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Alvin, Texas
United States


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Jan 18, 2010 at 4:59 am
We just returned from Pardi Gras and had a blast driving around New Orleans
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Jan 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm
No that is too funny! I luv it!
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Jan 11, 2010 at 9:29 pm
dig it!

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2004 Art Car Her Own Lot's of Trim (Rita)

Last updated Jan 11, 2010  

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Welcome to the Island of Rita the Jetski that swims on land

When you gaze across 'Rita's hull, you will see Her water and Her ocean life in the rear; coming across Her bow there are turtles climbing on shore, which is lavishly decorated in gems and jewels -the pirates' lust- which have spilled on the shore of Margaritaville, and are protected by the Holy Squids. On Her hood there are butterflies and dragonflies, flying into the stars, the evolution of man's soul. Her underneath is a shark, always in search of new adventures, representing man's base beginnings. Margaritaville is an elusive Dream, a state of mind. It is the one we always search for and never seem to find. "I have found that dream"..... It is in the hearts and souls of all living things. It is in this Machine, which brightens the lives of all those who behold Her. She is the Goddess of Laughter, the laughter in our dreams.

I believe we are just a little southeast of disorder!

When the project started early November 2003 I knew exactly what I was after: “The Evolution of a Jet Ski”. I was in search of a watercraft to build my little bit of Paradise. A friend of mine showed up with this poor, mistreated, abused and beaten body of a wave runner. I went to work on her. And when I fired up the first set of lights on her engine cowl and stood in front of her, I knew that she was in fact alive and ready for her new life.

Margaritaville was built from a 10 ft Kawasaki wave runner and a John Deere lawn tractor. It was literally like attaching a 2x4 to a rock! Now She is an Art Car. An Art Car is a vehicle that is transformed into art, where Her body becomes the canvas.


Lighting System:

2 tiki torch lights, inside and top
2 flamingo lights (for glow effect)
6 sprayer lights
Several camp fire lights on the bow
250 ft of E.L. wire operated from a separate 4.5-12 voltage regulator
4 purple tube lights, 3 at rear and 1 in engine compartment using mirrors for reflection.
A Cannon that shoots Twinkies 40 yards, It will shoot anything I can fit in the tube.

Stereo System:
Pioneer DEH-P5100ub 200 watt Mosfet
Sirius Pioneer Module Satellite receiver
4 120 watt speakers connected to stereo
2 240 watt speakers hooked up to the Amp

Ignition and Starting System:
Magneto ignition with kill switch.
Fuel switch & starter on relay operated by having main switch & fuel switch on at the same time.
Starter safety switch, connected to the brake.

Charging System:
65 amp Chevy Alternator
12 Volt Interstate Battery, (Yeah, a big one).

Sprayer System:
6 Sprayers, 2 fore, 2 mid, 2 aft operated by 3 push button switches and 3 separate pumps supplied water tank.

Power Plant:
Engine is a 18.5 hp. Kohler.

Drive System:
Hydrostatic Transmission
Belt driven,
Top speed is 6 mph.

Rita now sits on a John Deere frame as of 7/12/08
All of 'Rita's controls, including the steering wheel, were hand-fabricated and fitted through the Jetski body to fit the original John
Deere Frame.

Safety System:
There are 3 switches to control the engine: Ignition, Fuel, and Main Power. Without the fuel switch in the "on" position, the starter

Factory Options

All Hand made and installed


You Kidding right.

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