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    Question Buying my first boat (jet boat) some questions first

    I've never owned a boat in my life...but I have driven and been in a few Sea Doo's before.

    My first concern is what type of boat? Is there a particular year, make, and model should I be looking for? I have found a few 97 Sportster Sea Doos for a fair price. Under 3k sounds good for me.

    I also have a few restrictions on storage. Ultimately the boat w/ trailer can't exceed 19' x 8'.9". I don't mind a small boat at all actually if it's a jet boat.


    Thanks!


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    Welcome

    What do you want to use the boat for?

    What kind of water? Smooth, rough, ocean?

    Is speed important?

    Fuel economy?

    Will you be doing your own maintenance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Welcome

    What do you want to use the boat for?

    What kind of water? Smooth, rough, ocean?

    Is speed important?

    Fuel economy?

    Will you be doing your own maintenance?





    I might not go around the WHOLE tip... but I'm mostly going to stay in the bay area.

    It's salt water. That pictures is Highlands NJ. I'm probably also going to be going in the lake near my town.

    I don't know how to give you a good idea of the waves, but it can be mild because of other boats and their wake. It's not horrible though. I've been in the channel before in a SeaDoo Jet Boat.

    I don't really have any idea of how much power I will want. I think if the boat goes 40 mph I think that's good? As long as it's decent, I'm happy. I don't need 60 mph speeds....

    I want to hop around on other peoples wakes while enjoying the sun and water.

    Fuel economy? I never really thought about it. It's 4 or 6 miles to get to the road that says "36". Mostly I think I'll be traveling that far up.

    I think my budget is around 2500 or less. I would love to get a 90's Jet Boat for 2100 though with trailer. If I have to, I will spend a little more.

    Do all SeaDoo's come with speakers built into the boat? I like that accessory. I would like to come with 4 seat as well if possible...

    What should I be paying for a SeaDoo? This seems like a lot for a 97...
    http://newjersey.craigslist.org/boa/1336473307.html


    So what model am I looking for ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    ...Will you be doing your own maintenance?
    The older models have one or two 2-stroke, carburetor engines.

    Even a well maintained example will require maintenance, and repairs on a ten year or older boat are to be expected.

    The twin engined models have two of everything, which increases maintenance costs. Two engines, twice as many carbs, two jet pumps, etc.

    It doesn't sound like you will be going very far, so the extra fuel consumption of dual engines shouldn't be a big factor.

    If I recall correctly, many 2000-2004 models have a single Mercury engine and jet drive, and even newer models have the 4-Tec engines.

    If you will be storing it at the dock in salt water, that tends to create maintenance issues over time.

    You might find this web site useful;
    http://seadoosportboats.com/downloads.html

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    I'm going to be storing it in a garage and placing it at a marina (out of water) for winterization as needed.

    I agree, I believe I only need a single 2 stroke engine. I also believe 85 hp is plenty?

    Do you have a recommendation to a particular model while having a low budget? Do you know if it's more expensive to get one with 4 seats?

    I'll go on that forum and look also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marker227 View Post
    ...I believe I only need a single 2 stroke engine.

    I also believe 85 hp is plenty?...
    Jet propulsion needs more HP to achieve the same speeds as a propeller motor.

    85HP in a jet boat is not a lot of power. A 3 person jetski PWC with 85 HP would be considered rather slow.

    A jet boat hull is larger and has more water drag than a PWC, so it needs more power to get it up onto plane, and maintain good forward speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Jet propulsion needs more HP to achieve the same speeds as a propeller motor.

    85HP in a jet boat is not a lot of power. A 3 person jetski PWC with 85 HP would be considered rather slow.

    A jet boat hull is larger and has more water drag than a PWC, so it needs more power to get it up onto plane, and maintain good forward speed.

    How much HP do you need for 40 mph? Is that a decent speed?

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    You can look for a late 90s Challenger single 787 engine. 110HP. I have one.

    It's slow 35-45mph depending on how many people in the boat
    It's noisy, but can be fixed (you can do a search to see what people have done)
    People claim that it is one of the worst seadoo boats out there (just because of noise and lack of speed), but hey you only got 110hp!
    4 people max capacity
    With 4 people on board, it takes a lot of effort to get up on plane
    It takes a while to pop a skier out of the water.
    Open loop cooling so in salt water you'd better flush / clean it often

    Plus side.
    787 engine, tons of used parts out there, easy to work on
    Pretty fuel efficent for a boat
    Small, and easily towable behind a regular car
    Gets the job done

    I am sure you can find one for your price range.

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    35-45 mph is enough I think. I'll be in a bay area... I mean, you don't have to go that speed to go over a wave and jump a little I imagine? I want to hop around and stuff.

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