# Your question: Will a snowmobile sink?

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A snowmobile cannot change direction while “skipping” — it can only go in a straight line. If a snowmobile doesn’t make it across the open water, it sinks. It only takes one second for a snowmobile to sink to the bottom of a lake or river.

## Will a snowmobile sink in water?

If one hits the water at an acceptable speed (5 mph per 150 lb or 12 km/h per 100 kg of weight) and keeps the sled’s throttle open, the track keeps the snowmobile on the surface of the water without sinking. If the rider backs out of the throttle or the sled bogs or floods out, the sled will sink.

## How fast do you need to go to water skip a snowmobile?

For example, if a snowmobile and rider weighed 780 lbs., it would have to be going at least 30 mph to skip. The distance of water a snowmobile can cross is 2″, plus 1/2″ for every 5 mph over the minimum skip-speed.

## How far can a snowmobile go on water?

The record for farthest distance on a snowmobile on water is 69.28 km (43.3 miles) and was achieved by Kyle Nelson (CAN) on the Cowan Lake, Canada on 3 September 2005.

## Can a snowmobile go on road?

California. The state prohibits the operation of snowmobiles on almost all the public streets in California. There are only very few streets where some local authorities designate for snowmobile operation.

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## How do you stop a snowmobile?

When pulling over, or stopping, remember to always:

1. Pull over to the right as far as possible.
2. Ensure you’ve left enough room on the left side of the trail for others to safely pass you and for any oncoming snowmobiles.
3. Always stop on a flat area and NEVER stop at a curve in the trail or on a hill.

## Can snowmobiles go through deep snow?

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