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Old 05-09-2010, 03:50 PM
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Looking for advice on what to look for in a used jet ski. What brands are the most reliable, what options are desirable, and what should the minumum H.P. be. I will be doing most of the driving for now about 180lbs but plan on giving it to my son as soon as he is old enough. Any advice is desirable even if I shouldnt by used. Thanks
P.S. It will be used in salt water
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Look at the Yamahas. Maintenance is easier/cheaper than most and it has a big safety feature with the water tail that you can see from a distance (patented so only they have it).
Frankly if you are looking to have a 14 year old run it you want to go with the lower end range in HP. I purposely went with a Yamaha XL700 for my 3 kids. It has an 80HP engine and is plenty zippy and fun. They wakeboard behind it with no issues.

Only thing I would like to have is the reverse option, don't know if the lower-end Yammies have them now.
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Thanks I was talking to a SeaDoo dealer who mentioned that their lowest model (130hp) tops out at about 40mph. How fast are the 80hp skis' ? Will dad have any fun on an 80hp ski
I saw my son checking out wakeboards so Im going to need something with enough power to pull 100lbs.

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Thanks I was talking to a SeaDoo dealer who mentioned that their lowest model (130hp) tops out at about 40mph. How fast are the 80hp skis' ? Will dad have any fun on an 80hp ski
I also saw him checking out wakeboards so Im going to need something with enough power to pull 100lbs.
I think he is wrong

the 85 hp ones do near 40 (I remember the spedometer reading 50 but I htink when we clocked with the boat it was 40) - the 130 hp ones must do 50 plus easily? It has been a while since the kids left so don't quote me...)

I have an 85 hp one for sale in CT for 2000 if you are interested and nearby. We have skiied with the 85 hp one - the 130 hp one could probably pull 2 skiiers with 2 maybe even 3 on board. Hav eno experience with Yamaha ones but they are very popular here and folks like them.

And, BTW, jetskiiers are not generally held in high regard on this forum especially from folks down South where apparantly Jetskiiers are idiots - I hthnk because they can rent them down there? -so expect some very snarky responses ) personally they never bothered me and in fact my kids met some real nice kids from out Marina with them and they would all watch out for each other)

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Come to think of it I have not seen much talk about Jet Ski's around here and if it were not for my son I wouldnt even consider it. I was on the search for a larger boat for dad but my wife and son are pushing for the ski. If I let them have there way now,,,,,,,,,,
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Originally Posted by Mine Now View Post
Thanks I was talking to a SeaDoo dealer who mentioned that their lowest model (130hp) tops out at about 40mph. How fast are the 80hp skis' ? Will dad have any fun on an 80hp ski
I also saw him checking out wakeboards so Im going to need something with enough power to pull 100lbs.
The 80HP skis are plenty fast enough - even for this hefty dad. They still move like shit off a hot shovel. Trust me you are going to be very nervous and cautious letting him ride it alone after you have tried it. Of course he will need to do the Boat Course - all 5 of us have, amd I would spend the first season with not allowing him out of sight of the mother ship.

Another thought. The newer models also have a restriction key - where the ski can be restricted to a lower speed than it is capable off.

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By the bigger HP ski. I had a older SeaDoo RX that I rigged a simple bracket that would only allow the throttle to pull so far, that way my nephew could ride it without me worrying about him killing someone. It really doesnt take much to rig and I could engage it and disengage in about 5 seconds. I believe now you can buy a throttle assembly that has a limiting feature built in. Regardless of the size they are all unofficially limited to 63mph anyway, There is a handshake agreement with USCG and the Manufs that if they keep thespeed limited themselves, the CG will not get involved.
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Used skiis that have been in salt water are a gamble...and not something you want to subject yourself to before spending the money on a PPI from a qualified mechanic/shop.

If the ski junks while somebody is on it...getting a tow is bad enough, but repairs on those things are almost always related to drivetrain...spelled, M O N E Y.

My neighbor bought two skiis for his kids from a fresh water environment. A year later, the kids had been out on them twice...never flushed...and he sold the hulks plus trailer for $1000.

Skiis are like helicopters. If you don't plan or want to do a lot of maintenance every time you ride them, then plan on walking away when they die...as they surely will.

Otherwise, they're a blast to ride and meet other people.
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If the skis are ridden in salt water most of the time, will a good flushing everytime lead to a much longer service, or does saltwater greatly reduce there life span?
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Flushing is everything....you'll keep them running just like in fresh water if you do that.

The two things that kill skiis on the coast are latent salt deposits and sand. Sand gets into the system while going through shallow water and sucking up the stuff. If your area isn't very shallow, then you've eliminated one of the worst enemies of jetskiis.

If your son will flush religiously, then he's going to have a lot of fun.
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You'll be soooooorrry!
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I saw two Yamaha ski's a guy was selling near here and the drive systems looked they were made of different materials. One ski looked like the drive was made out of alluminum (coroded) and the other one was made of a black material that didnt show any corrosion. Do they make the drives out of different materials for salt water use? The ski's were on a tandem trailer and Im sure they were used in the same kind of water.
The drive system on my neighbors ski seized last year from not being flushed, If I get one of these things flushing will be mandatory
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Flushing is really easy on the Yamahas. You have a little adapter that fits onto the end of a garden hose and clips into a socket under the seat. You turn on the hose and start the ski and let run in idle for a minute or two.
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You'll be soooooorrry!
Im sure your right, not my idea thats why I want to find a good used one.
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Flushing is really easy on the Yamahas. You have a little adapter that fits onto the end of a garden hose and clips into a socket under the seat. You turn on the hose and start the ski and let run in idle for a minute or two.
Sounds like the Yamaha outboard piece of cake
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Im sure your right, not my idea thats why I want to find a good used one.
Don't let them scare you. I have 2 XL700 (yamahas) formally rental skis from the outer banks area. I am sure they have tons of hours. I bought them about 6 years ago. The only parts I have had to replace is batteries, spark plugs and one solenoid (about 15 bucks online). They are fast enough for me and easily go over 40.
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We had 2001 XL1200 yamahas. Bought them in 2005 and sold them in 2008 for the same price.
You will put money in them!
I wish I still had them, but they sat in the garage for 7 months of the year. (keep that in mind)
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Originally Posted by Mine Now View Post
Looking for advice on what to look for in a used jet ski. What brands are the most reliable, what options are desirable, and what should the minumum H.P. be. I will be doing most of the driving for now about 180lbs but plan on giving it to my son as soon as he is old enough. Any advice is desirable even if I shouldnt by used. Thanks
P.S. It will be used in salt water
I own 2 Sea Doo's, one RX DI which is aprox 135hp and a GTX which is 185 hp, if you are concerned about speed and safety Sea Doo's have 2 different type of keys, learner [up to 35mph] and a regular key, problem solved
All of them are good but all will break down, go with one that has a dealer close to where you live.
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Originally Posted by Deep Run View Post
I own 2 Sea Doo's, one RX DI which is aprox 135hp and a GTX which is 185 hp, if you are concerned about speed and safety Sea Doo's have 2 different type of keys, learner [up to 35mph] and a regular key, problem solved
All of them are good but all will break down, go with one that has a dealer close to where you live.
There is a sea doo dealer near the house (good point). There are not as many used Yamahas as there are used Sea Doo's that I see listed. I may wait till I talk to some of my neighbors and see if any of them are looking to sell.
Im pretty good at general maintanance so Im hoping I can keep the cost down.

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