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Old 09-10-2009, 07:24 PM
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Default What brands of jet skis are the best? Which ones to avoid

I am thinking about buying 2 jet skis between now and through the winter. I am looking at all brands, mostly from the late 1990's to early 2000's. What are the best, most reliable brands? What makes and models should I avoid?

I am partial to Yamahas, as our outboard is reliable and easy to work on, but I am open to any brand. I just need to know what units to avoid, to narrow my search.

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Yamaha.

Easier to work on from what I am told and read (and recently experienced!).

Plus, the patented flume is a great safety device.

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Menzies isn't it about time to head to New York? Wish I could go. Oh sorry, Owned a Yamaha in the past. Loved it. 0 problems. If I were to buy a used one, yamaha for sure. New maybe look at that Kawasaki 260. I hear shes a beast.
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Menzies isn't it about time to head to New York? Wish I could go. Oh sorry, Owned a Yamaha in the past. Loved it. 0 problems. If I were to buy a used one, yamaha for sure. New maybe look at that Kawasaki 260. I hear shes a beast.
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I have 2- 2005 Yamaha FX Cruisers with double trailer and 2 floating docks for $13,500 for everything.
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In that range and for working on it yourself, I think the simplier Yamaha 1200s are probably your best bet. (ie the non-powervalve basic 2 stroke models, like the GP1200 but not the 1200r) Really solid engine and well put together.
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Honda....Bulletproof..
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I am a Yamaha fan, for sure. I definitely will look for Yamahas, but are there any brands or models to avoid? I am open to any brand for sale in my area, if they are priced right and in good condition.

I seem to see many Polaris skis for sale that state, "low hours and rebuilt engine". I, personally, do not like rebuilt 2 stroke engines, so I avoid these, but it seems that many Polaris skis needed to have them rebuilt. Seeing many rebuilt units tends to make me avoid them.

Are there any brands to avoid?
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seadoo's are the elite.....closed system.....best made.....price reflects it.
yamaha is second.....and i have a SHO FX......3 person.....supercharged.....top speed close to 70mph. FUN< FUN, FUN!
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Honda....Bulletproof..
My buddy smoked his Honda jetski motor under warranty. No, not bulletproof. Yes, Honda's are awesome, but it's still a jetski...
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I've had SeaDoos and Yamaha...If your gonna stick w/ late 90's early 00's you def want to find a Yamaha. Preferably a 4 stroke...may be tough though. The 2 stroke GP12/1300R are alot of fun and fast.
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yamaha for sure i had a waveraider 700, got it used and ran the hell out of it. only thing i ever had to do to it was plugs and a battery. i know to many people that have blown there seadoo engines, i don't know one person that has ever blown a yamaha.
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Danny - I have had both Sea Doo's and Yamaha's. Yamaha's have been much better than the Sea Doo. And the Yamahas I have have been through hell. They are the base model XL 700 and are 2001 models. I got them from a rental fleet in Haiti of all places. They had been run hard but maintained by the operator and probably had 500+ hours on them. I have had them since late in 2002. One "is" my sons and he has run the crap out it too. We did have to put a rebuilt engine in his a few years ago. The other one still runs good. Just change the plugs regularly.

The base model has worked out fine for me. It is not as fast as a 1200 so I don't mind as much letting my sons friends and others ride it. Do not have to worry about a reverse gate or sophisticated electronic engine systems. Just add 2 stroke oil and gas and go.

FYI - the rental operator had used Sea Doos before and switch for two reasons. reliability (especially when you are in Haiti) and ease of riding. The Yamaha has more of a boat ride whereas the Sea Doo slips and slide a bit in turns. Our Sea Doo did the same but once you get used to it, you have a fun ride.

Something to note however, the last time I talked to the operator he was having a problem with cracked hulls on the newer 4 stroke Yamahas. Yamaha was actually sending a tech to inspect. I never heard the outcome.
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If you are buying used you might want to avoid turbo charged models.
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There is no doubt - Yamaha is the best for reliability and maintenance. Just look at every PWC rental company and see what they use!

I'd recommend a '00-02 GP1200R
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I am in atlanta and I think its the best one for sale
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/boa/1356370388.html
If you are interested let me know.
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Yamaha. Maintenance (and reliability) is easier/better on a Yamaha at least that is my experience. I had a sea doo, it was fun but had issues and winterization was more complicated. Three seaters are more stable, have more storage and ride better. I have two 3 seater Yamahas (XL700) that were previously rental units that I have owned 4 and 5 years respectively. I have replaced batteries once and a starter solenoid on one of the waverunners in that time. They run great and are reliable. Most rental skis are Yamahas. Hondas are not always bulletproof. The ones with turbo can have issues if you ride it hard and cut it off quickly often(from falling off). At least that is my understanding from an aquatrax owner.
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Any STOCK Yamaha is your best bet avoid anything modified. I ran a jet ski rental for a while and the yamahas were the most reliable. Always having a fresh battery is a must for any ski.

Jet skis are great, they make a cool crunching sound when they bounce off the bow of my boat.
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Always have had good luck w/ seadoo avoid at all cost Polaris
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