We’re cold and wet and the fire is barely enough to return feeling to our chilled extremities. But it’s all been worth it. We’ve been wakeskating on waters few others have seen and no one else has ever carved on. So far our only other company has been...well, no one. Our plan was to trek deep into the hinterlands, so far inland that there are no more roads and no other boats. Sometimes the best waters are miles away from the nearest marina. Sometimes as a boater you have to find a way to go off the grid.
Toys ’R’ Me
The idea was an extension of something I’d been doing for years. Living by a beach, I’d used an ATV to trailer my fleet of small boats over the dunes and down to the water. I’d take that concept and expand on it. I just needed the right boat.
That boat would be a Sea-Doo Wake 155. Without a prop, it can go pretty much anywhere, and it’s relatively light to make towing easier; plus Bombardier has a cool custom trailer for it. For towing I wanted more power than my ATV has, so I got a Can-Am Commander XT “side-by-side.” This is a whole new genre of off-road vehicle. Think of what General Motors would have made instead of Hummers if it had built golf carts. There’s not a sand trap that can stop this little beast. The missing link, literally, was the connection between the trailer and vehicle.
The hitch on your car swings left and right and a tiny bit up and down — fine for flat roads and gentle ramps, but I’d be squirming over some rough terrain. For that I used a Lock N’ Roll hitch with a universal joint that lets the Can-Am and trailer twist independently. It was the key to making this rig a success.
The final touches were a ramp to get the Can-Am into the back of the pickup truck, and a hitch for the trailer. Now I could roam the highways searching for a trail that might lead to water. No matter how remote, if there was enough water to float the Sea-Doo, I’d be there.