Thread: How did you get started?
01-02-2010, 11:27 PM #1
How did you get started?
How did you first get intrested in skiing was it random or self choice or force
How i got started is,
Well about a year ago i was working for one of my customers on his sea doo i think and he let me ride it this was my first time on ANY ski he let me go alone and at first i was a little hesitant but i just let it rip and then the addiction started a few months later i bought the polaris rode it one for 30 seconds and that was the end of the ski, BUT then i met another customer named Joyce Baumgart and she let me ride all of her skies 3 seadoos one a 2000 ish and the others 95 and 96, the 95 ran out of gas and needs a carb rebuild now, then the 96 i went wild and did a 180 and i guess got some junk in the carbs cause it needed a carb rebuild too.
but the 2000 runs perfect still and then i bought the 1992 ultranautics sea flash i just got it running tonight and i still got carb work to do but other than that i have to rebuild joyces skies then i hopefully have my own skis to ride Once the disease gets in you theres no cure anymore
01-03-2010, 01:37 AM #2
Back in 1994, a customer of mine,(I owned a landscape bizz) bought a brand new 1994 SLT Polaris. It was the first ski I ever rode and then the second ski I rode was a rental that same year out at Catalina Island.
That 1994 SLT Polaris is in my backyard, lovingly named "Polaris Hilton", because she only does a coupla things real well and is high maintenance.
I now own six ski's, 5 different brands, and I guess you could say I've got the bug.
01-03-2010, 09:14 AM #3
Loved Jetskis from the get-go. Just didn't have the money at the time for a rich guys toy..lol Never rode one but thought, Hey, I think I'd like to do that. looks like a blast.
Finally had enough $$ to get one. Paid 2100.00 for my 95slt back in 2001. Loved it ever since. Came with 2 life vests, the real owners hard back manual,lanyard, shorelander trailer, ophead, copper gaskets and the ocean pro F/A/s, and a cover for the ski. The guy paid 8500.00 new, I have the original bank loan papers from his bank. The month after he paid it off, I bought it. he paid over 10,500.00 for the ski after he was done paying it off.
Never tuned anything, just rode it.>>>>><<<<<Newbie.. Finally 1 day, out in the lake screwing around doing doughnuts, I sucked a rock into the pump. bad news,,,,jammed the pump. thought it was the motor that fried. Sat for 3 years until I bought a 94sl and swapped motors. runs good again. And changed the pump.
Funny thing is,,Now I have 2 more skis, and they both together cost less than the 2100.00 I have in the SLT!.DOH! (the Pro and the SLX).
Now I have 3. 4 sorta with the sl... I'm addicted. Oh, the sl was 500.00 running.
01-03-2010, 01:42 PM #4
- Join Date
- Oct 2006
- Cleveland OH
Always wanted to ride one, but never knew anyone that had one.
Took the GF at that time to rent a couple. We rode the hell out of them, and 1 week later, I bought one from Ebay.
Found this site, and that added to the addiction. Bought 3 more hulls and numerous engines/parts since then.
Yeah, I'm addicted.....
01-03-2010, 01:43 PM #5
I've been into jet ski's for the last 7 years. Just never owned my own
I always used them on holiday etc and luv them, until this year I went to Spain and they wanted 60euros around 100bucks for 15mins usage of a jet ski
Now bearing in mind me my dad and my cuz all wanted 1 each i felt they were taking the p*ss, so we didnt bother, this rattled my cage and upon returning home i started looking into get my own ski figuring I had save 180euros not hiring them in Spain
Anyways I come across the 780SLT on ebay as a runner but overheats after 10mins usage, it come with a trailer etc, i placed a post on here and you guys all helped and gave advice saying it should be a easy fix, i had seen the ski in question advertised for £950pound however i got it for £300pound around $550bucks so i bought it
You guys trouble shooted it with me on here and now she is a gooden and I cant wait for some warmer weather now i have a roller trailer and a working fuel gauge and no errors lol
I think i have started a new obsession in my life with jet ski's though
01-03-2010, 01:56 PM #6
A neighbor took us out for the day on his ski and while I was admiring his sea-doo he asked "how often do you use your "ski-doo's" in the garage. It doesn't snow enough in Chicago anymore to warrant a "sled" so we decided to get into PWC's. Getting a Polaris was an accident (a good one too) because when I was shopping for a ski in 1996 the sea-doo dealers and yamaha dealers were out of stock. Went to Rydens Marine in Hazelhurst, Wi and the owner (Jerry Ryden) not only sold me a SLT780 but cut me a great deal and showed me how to ride it and how to maintain it.
01-03-2010, 04:04 PM #7
i have always loved going fast, i spent alot of time riding atv's hot sweat'y and coughing up dirt. i thought i would try going fast on water. two days after i got the idea i got my first ski a 09fzr heck that was only three months ago. even though ive only riden it a few weekends i love it and the wife wants one. caint wait till this summer. got some modding to do.
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01-03-2010, 04:19 PM #8
Interesting stories. Great idea for a thread. Good thinking there Katz!!
01-03-2010, 05:31 PM #9
Came home one night about 1030 11 ish and my dad "Hayabusa" was looking at some parts for his Yamaha jet boat on Ebay. I glanced over at the screen as he was scrolling down the page and saw a jetski. I tols him to go back and we looked at it, It was a 94 sea-doo xp for a buy it now of $1,000 from a pawn shop in Detroit. I had just come back from the Marine Corp and wanted to take the summer off and spend it with my Father, so i said screw it, lets buy it, so I clicked the buy it now button and two days latter we grabed our guns and took a drive into detroit to pick her up, both of us have been addicted ever sence.
01-03-2010, 06:08 PM #10
I bought a 19' boat in '06 but wanted something for solo trips to the lake. I started checking ebay, considered a SeaDoo my friends family owned, and finally bought a '96 SLT780 off craigslist.
I burned the 780 down and rebuilt it with the help of GH. I then bought a '97 SLTX with a blown motor off CL and rebuilt it. It's in the projects section getting ready for triple pipes.
Then I bought another '97 SLTX off ebay.
My 4th ski is a '97 Pro 785 with blown motor.
I've arranged to buy a motor and some other goodies for the Pro. I have a sale pending on the 780, and I'm going to part out the 2nd SLTX and keep the Pro and piped SLTX.
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