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    I am considering purchasing an AC Bearcat 4 stroke big pig. My question concerns open water. I have ridden open water on a mountain style machine but I am concerned about the performance of this heavy of a machine on water. I have heard snow machines compared to boats in that a lighter planing style machine will do well on water whereas the heavy displacement style machine will not. I have also been told that track speed is very important and the widetracks are geared for power and not speed. I assume momentum would carry one across narrow stretches, but what about 50 yards or even more?

    Thanks in advance to the super aquaman snow machiners out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstumpe View Post
    I am considering purchasing an AC Bearcat 4 stroke big pig. My question concerns open water. I have ridden open water on a mountain style machine but I am concerned about the performance of this heavy of a machine on water. I have heard snow machines compared to boats in that a lighter planing style machine will do well on water whereas the heavy displacement style machine will not. I have also been told that track speed is very important and the widetracks are geared for power and not speed. I assume momentum would carry one across narrow stretches, but what about 50 yards or even more?

    Thanks in advance to the super aquaman snow machiners out there.
    I wonder about your judgment. Stay away form open water.
    Tim

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    Thumbs up They will !!

    We Use Bearcats and Yamahas and give them the gas and they rip water!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mit View Post
    I wonder about your judgment. Stay away form open water.
    I wonder about a lot of people's judgement. Sometimes things just can't be avoided, as was the case when I last had to cross water. If I was out there skipping water all the time I would be an expert and wouldn't be asking this question. I don't have to have the huge wide track but I am considering it and some input on the capabilty will be used to decide purchase.

    Thanks for caring, Mark.

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    I've done it with a Skandic SUV and would recommend some studs or screws in the track for control on the ice.

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    I have a polaris widetrack it,s been across some water pulling a sled to It was a night everybody stopped behind me,I thought was overflow.It wasn,t was over my head deep. needless to say they found a way around it. And i did not go back though it in the day lght on the way back! Didn,t look so bad a night,Ha, Just floor it,ajust speed on the way though, It,s the landing on the other side i worry about,smooth so you don,t catch your skies coming out of it.

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    I have had the expernice with a friend and his dog on the back of my swt skandic on the yentana and fish lake creek in april and I agree it's a rush but it's one of the things you need know about alaska. And some advice be real carefull with fast moving water back behind Mantaste lake theres a river called the slana that has an underground river that pops up and makes swift currant and ice bridges doon't fall in.

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