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    Default F3T Submarine

    The weather report said cloudy but no rain till 10 - so I took to my Spyder to run an errand - 7 miles out 7 miles back.

    On the way home the sky fell and a deluge caught me off guard. When the rain comes in Mobile, Al. It can come hard, heavy and fast.

    Just 3 miles from home I was being careful; moving along at 35 mph being careful to look for standing water. Then it happened, I entered a slight and I mean very slight dip in the road where 6" of water was standing for maybe 15 ft of my pathway do to poor drainage. I had a car coming up on my immediate left , and before you could sing "we all live in a yellow submarine" I was totally (felt like it) submerged in water from all directions , under, over, above and oh my gosh the car on my left plowed a wave into me that felt like a wall of wet . I held my course and speed to avoid crazy things happening. Zero visibility. I didn't hydroplane - fairly new tires - and 15 seconds later, I emerged from the wall of water, Spyder still running, still on course, and safe . I kept expecting the Spyder to cut out any second from sucking some water into the air intakes - but it kept running fine. No problems for the remainder of the ride home, BUT, I'm not planning on letting that ever happen again.


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    wow lucky person

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    Holding your line, and doing nothing unusual, was the wise thing to do!
    on your first Submarine dive: Captain!

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    I think when the need arises our Spyders take on the characteristics of their cousins the SeaDoos

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    Default Yikes...!!

    As long as the air intake is above the water line and you stay on the gas so no water in the exhaust pipe you will make it through. Is much easier on the manual. Glad you made it through and just both wetter than planned.
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    Keeping it under 50 also helped with the "no hydroplaning." Had that happen to me twice, and the "nanny" saved me. Now, I have it figured out.

    And sometimes, those cars go out of their way to give you the best wake that they can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akspyderman View Post
    And sometimes, those cars go out of their way to give you the best wake that they can.
    No kidding! I am still searching for a mount for my bazooka. Can't get ammo for it any longer but it sure shocks the hell out of those cage boaters!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RinconRyder View Post
    No kidding! I am still searching for a mount for my bazooka. Can't get ammo for it any longer but it sure shocks the hell out of those cage boaters!!!
    "Man the torpedoes, all hand battle stations, open forward tube doors, fire one and two forward tubes, prepare rear tubes for launch."

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    is it a yellow submarine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye Bleau View Post
    "Man the torpedoes, all hand battle stations, open forward tube doors, fire one and two forward tubes, prepare rear tubes for launch."

    Joe


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