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    Video: Is This The Most Ocean-Prepped Jet Ski Ever?



    Dr. Rick Van Groningen custom built what he dubbed the “Wilson” Jet Ski; naming it after the volleyball in the Tom Hanks film, “Castaway.” Inspired by the death of his 24-year-old daughter who was killed in a car crash, he lived alone and needed a project to him going and to help keep his mind off difficult things. “Since I live in Port by myself, I needed a project to take my mind off things, particularly at night,” he explained in an interview with the Port Douglas News.

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    wow.., complete with a tender too!

    Nice project, what is the intended purpose? Is going to use it for an expedition of some type?

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    Jet Ski training wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raceneked View Post
    wow.., complete with a tender too!

    Nice project, what is the intended purpose? Is going to use it for an expedition of some type?
    C'mon man, read the story!

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    Thanks Kevin, for sharing such an amazing story about a father who loved his daughter enough to want to take on such a trip. I hope he makes it and we get to see this story end in a joyful way. His stick-to-it, attitude will serve him well. Bravo !

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    I read stuff like this and it scares the heck out of me could not imagine loosing one of my kids let alone build and plan something like that my hats off Doc
    nice write up

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    In full disclosure, I honestly thought it bordered on desperate, if not quasi-suicidal. The man was distraught and admitted that he needed to escape his own "dark thoughts." I found a little hope in the story (and therefore shared it) as his ride proved somewhat therapeutic.

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    Could this be adapted for a quadriplegic (paralized upper chest down) to be able ride? I road my Kawasaki 250X about 5 times a week here in SC before I broke my neck in a mountain bike accident. Still have my ski, but no balance.

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