Setup and Installation
Please read this manual in it’s entirety. You’ll save yourself a lot of headaches![su_box title=”ATTENTION!!!” box_color=”#ba0003″]
- DO NOT over tighten screws. Only hose and U pipe clamp screws need to be very tight. Make sure to re-torque each clamp before first use. Do it every time before you go out on the water for the day!
- To prevent damaging the nozzles and Y pipe inspect bearings after 20 hours of use. Replace them or lubricate if needed.
- To prevent damaging your Wataboard (Y pipe, nozzles, flotation pods, pull pin disconnect levers) DO NOT drop or drag on the ground.
- To prevent damaging quick release clamp levers; always lock them together with the pull pin when the board is off the swivel. The two screws that hold each lever to the bottom of the Y manifold are a bit loose. This is by design and they are locked with a thread locking glue.
- Before starting your jet ski make sure the hose is completely extended under the jet ski. Also, make sure there are no kinks in the hose before charging the hose with water.
- Do not drag the hose on the ground on it’s folded edge. Doing so concentrates all friction in a very small part of the area. This eventually will cause damage to the hose. To make your hose last many years make sure to drag it on it’s flat side.
DO THIS EVERY TIME BEFORE RIDING!
- Re-torque all clamps before use. Make sure all screws in clamps are very tight. Torque to 18 NM.
- Inspect the U pipe for any damage. Make sure all quick connect fittings are in proper position placement.
- Inspect hose for damage. Make sure there are no holes or tears in the material. Make sure all quick connect fittings are in proper position placement. If you see damage do not use and replace the damaged part.
- Inspect Y manifold (EX2 models) for damage. Make sure there are no holes or tears in the material. If you see damage do not use and replace the damaged part.
- When possible use none laced boots that have a loose fit when not fastened. For safety reason we highly recommend boots with Velcro straps only.
Recommended Maintenance Schedule
To make sure that your Wataboard lasts you many years please follow recommended maintenance:
- Inspect ball bearings inside each nozzle and swivel every 20 hours of use. If you see any wear or damage replace them before use. Use marine grease to lubricate the inside before reassembling.
- Inspect your hose before every use. Make sure there is no visible damage. Do not drag the hose on the ground.
- After use in salt water thoroughly wash off all components with fresh water.
You can use any wakeboard style bindings with a 6 inch (153mm) bolt spacing. Open toe boots with Velcro instead of laces are highly recommended. We also recommend using properly sized bindings that fit you correctly.[su_service title=”Attention!” icon=”icon: warning” size=”16″]Make sure to use correct size screws to attach them to the boot plates. Size should be M5.
DO secure your feet into bindings while you are floating in the water. This will prevent accidental undue stress on the floatation pods.[/su_service]
Adjusting Anchor Bolts
NOTE: This step also applies to the metal U pipe that’s part of the Power Flow System.
Before securing the jet pump plate on to the jet ski pump you will need to adjust each of the anchor bolts (x4) so that the U pipe fits snug to the jet pump plate when it is locked together with the plunger pin. Once you have the bolt in the correct position secure it with the lock nut.
TIP: Use a few sheets of paper between the jet pump plate and the U pipe (or steering adapter plate) when aligning the anchor bolts. The papers will space the plates from each other while you adjust each bolt. After the bolts are secure you may discard the paper.
When the quick connect plate or U pipe is locked against the jet pump plate it should have very little play. There should be just enough play to be able to rotate the nozzle plate against the jet pump plate to lock or unlock it.
NOTE: The above illustration shows a quick disconnect nozzle that fits with a flexible U pipe. This illustration is also relevant for the metal U pipe and steering adapter.
Attaching the Jet Pump Plate to the jet ski jet pump
You will need to remove the stock venturi/nozzle and turning mechanism from your jetski. After that you will be able to mount the jet pump adapter plate to the back of your jet ski with the included bolts.
After you have adjusted the 4 anchor bolts and secured them with lock nuts on the U pipe you are now ready to attach the jet pump plate to the jet ski pump.
ATTENTION: If you have a Yamaha jet ski, you will need to adjust the ride plate by lowering it 1/4in (6mm) in order for the U pipe to have clearance to connect to the jet plate. Loosen all 4 bolts for the ride plate (about half way). Insert the two plastic horseshoe shims around the 2 rear bolts. Tighten all 4 ride plate bolts.
ATTENTION: If you have a Sea-Doo with a 3 bolt pump pattern you will need a special spacer before you are able to mount the jet pump plate. You should have received this spacer plate with your order.
Simply place the plate against the exposed jet pump and match the holes of your jet pump with the holes on the plate. Use the included bolts that came with the plate.
- Insert one of the hose ends over the swivel hose barb and secure with clamps size 110-120.
- Assemble the female camlock with levers to the hose barb and connect to the other end of the hose and secure with clamps size 110-120.
- Make sure that each clamp fits into the groove of the hose barb. Easiest way to line up the hose with the grooves is to use a pen and mark each groove on the hose. When you insert the hose over the barb you will have the exact position of the grooves marked. Tighten the screws on each clamp very tight (18 nm) and re-torque them before you go out flying every time. In time the metal in each of the clamps will stop to expanding and you won’t need to re-torque them.
Step 1. Connect one end of the 10 foot section hose to the U pipe with two (2) 120-130 steel clamps.
(1) Make sure that the cable that supports the hose at the front is at a 90 degree angle or slightly forward. You’ll need to pull the hose so that you can see where a good spot would be to put the Velcro strap around the front of the 10 foot hose. Use the rubber bumper with your suspension cable as shown in the pic. The bumper will prevent the metal fittings from hitting your jet ski.
TIP: If your jet ski is under powered you can increase the lifting power of your jet ski dramatically by shortening the main hose. The main hose combined with the booster hose is 70 feet in length. Most people will not fly over 20 feet unless you’re a professional. You can safely shorten the main hose to 50 feet. Adding a dual impeller will also increase performance by up to 30%.[/su_note]
Age and Weight
1. Persons MUST be 18 years of age or older to use the Wataboard.
2. No Operator can weigh over 375 lbs.
Equipment Required (Operators must wear this equipment at all times while using the Wataboard)
1. Coast Guard approved Buoyancy Vest
2. Wakeboard (or comparable) helmet
3. Isothermal Pants – The penetration of water through the oriﬁces of the body during a fall may cause serious injuries. Wearing a simple bathing suit is not adequate protection against the power of water penetration into the lower oriﬁces of the body.
4. Ear Plugs (unless you have a Wakeboard Helmet that covers the ears) Putty style ear plugs are recommended as they are not small enough to get forced into the ear canal.
Use of Wataboard
1.The Wataboard user and PWC driver must be able to swim efﬁciently.
2.The Wataboard must be used only by one person. It is strictly forbidden to have two or more persons on the Wataboard at the same time.
DO NOT USE the Wataboard when:
1.Winds exceed 35 mph and/or waves exceeding 3 ft in height.
2.Under the inﬂuence of alcohol, narcotics or drugs that affect alertness.
4.Dealing with any pre-existing conditions and/or injuries; please consult your doctor before use of the Wataboard.
5.You are phobic of water.
6.Tired or fatigued.
7.Using compressed air or scuba equipment. This could cause an embolism and death.
8.Wearing contacts lenses or eye glasses.
- Follow the navigational laws in force in the country where using the Wataboard.
- Find an area away from any other watercraft such as: boats, PWCs, and other hydroflight operators. Also, stay clear of swimmers, divers, and other people in the water.
- Operate the Wataboard in a minimum depth of 8 feet of water, unless diving in and out of the water, in which case maintain a depth of 12 feet or greater. Also, be aware of any obstacles beneath the water and only dive in water with 100% visibility to previously speciﬁed depths.
- Be aware that water depth can change signiﬁcantly over short periods of time due to tides, currents, and man-made events. You must adjust your depth accordingly to meet the minimum depth requirement set forth above.
- Direct the jet propulsion towards a person.
- Dive into murky water. Most water injuries are caused by diving into the water. You could cause neck and/or spinal injuries. Know your water area. If you are going to dive into the water, it is best to dive into clear water.
- Take off and/or land, on land, or use the Wataboard near any surface such as rocks, docks, beaches, boats, banks, etc., as the risk of injury near these surfaces is high.
- Attempt to swim while attached to and/or using the Wataboard. The Wataboard will ﬂoat and while wearing the correct CE Certiﬁed vest, you will ﬂoat.
- Exceed your physical limits. Also, avoid aggressive maneuvers to reduce the risk of losing control. The Wataboard is a high performance machine, not a toy.
- Reproduce stunts, tricks, and risky behaviors as seen on television, the internet, or in person (example: back ﬂips). These are made by professionals and if attempted by a non-professional, could risk serious injury, put your life in danger, and damage the equipment.
- Operate the Wataboard near sand. Sand will get into bearings.
Warning: Make sure that the hose is all the way extended before you throttle the power of the Jet Ski to raise the Wataboard user out of the water. Powering the throttle before the hose is fully extended could seriously cause injury to the Wataboard user.
When turning, you must have a minimum turning radius of 30 feet. An aggressive turn against the PWC may cause:
- The Wataboard user to fall
- The PWC driver to fall
- Malfunction of the Wataboard
- Destruction of Wataboard in whole or in part
You can go 45 feet high and we recommend not going deeper than 8 feet deep. If you go deeper than 8 feet and you do not pressurize your ears, you can rupture your ear drums.
It is advisable that the Wataboard user falls forward as much as possible so that the nozzles of the propulsion are directed downward, which greatly helps to cushion the fall and aids in not sinking under water.
Never take a path towards the PWC either forward or backward.
The Wataboard user and PWC driver must make sure that the Wataboard user has sufﬁcient stability without falling (forwards or backwards) before attempting higher elevations.
If, when submerged the operator becomes disoriented, the operator should release the throttle or shut off the engine to the PWC in order to ﬂoat back to the surface.
In water where strong currents are possible, you must have the PWC’s power on to be able to escape the current from pulling the person on the Wataboard under. If the Wataboard operator needs to turn the power off, quickly turn the power back on to aid in escaping the water current.
For a novice Wataboard user
The driver of the watercraft must not exceed 4500 RPMs (Revolutions per Minute) when trying to lift the Wataboard user out of the water, unless the Wataboard user weighs 225 lbs or more, then the watercraft must not exceed 5000 RPMs. If the Wataboard user fails to take off, it means that their feet are not positioned correctly. It is important not to accelerate more than the RPMs stated because the user may be propelled in the air and rise out of the water higher than is allowable.
When the Wataboard is operated from a person from the PWC (without the electronic kit), the driver of the watercraft must not exceed 6000 RPMs. It is recommended for PWCs over 250 hp, to use their key to limit the amount of horse power used (please see your PWC manual).
The Wataboard user must
- Enter the water face forward.
- Maintain a minimum distance of 15 feet from the PWC at all times.
- Always be absolutely positioned to move forward and never backward to limit falls on their back. You want to fall on your front side and fall away from the PWC, this will help you avoid coming in contact with the PWC and Hose.
- Constantly control their position relative to the PWC and be even more vigilant when they rise to heights greater than 15 feet.
- Also be aware of, and avoid, the presence of any objects, reefs, buoys, shallow land, etc.
- Be aware that the water depth can change signiﬁcantly over short periods of time due to tides, currents, and man made events, such as releasing water from reservoirs. You must adjust your depth accordingly to meet the minimum depth requirement of 8 feet.
If and when the Wataboard user
- Gets closer than 15 feet, release the throttle. This will help the Wataboard user to remember to stay away from the PWC.If the Wataboard user is higher than 10 ft, release the throttle gradually.
- Gets closer than about 8 feet, do not release the throttle, by doing so the operator of the Wataboard could hit the PWC. Instead, slowly let up on the throttle.
- Falls into the water, the Wataboard user must be aware of the distance between themselves and the watercraft which the Wataboard is connect to due to the inertia that may push the PWC towards the Wataboard user. You want to avoid the PWC from hitting your head.
- Falls on their back or goes underwater (from a fall, dip, etc.) the driver of the watercraft must immediately release the throttle and turn off the engine to stop the person from going to the bottom of the lake or body of water.
- Falls, especially on their back, the user may go underwater to a depth of about 6 feet and must anticipate an apnea of about 10 seconds during the fall and during immersion.
DO THIS EVERY TIME BEFORE RIDING!
- Re-torque all clamps every time before going out on water for the day. Make sure all screws in clamps are very tight!
- Inspect the U pipe for any damage. Make sure all quick connect fittings are in proper position placement.
- Inspect hose for damage. Make sure there’s no holes or tears in the material. Make sure all quick connect fittings are in proper position placement.
- Always use none laced boots/shoes that have a loose fit when not fastened. For safety reason we highly recommend only bindings with velcro straps.