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    2011 Yamaha VXS versus VXR - is the VXR worth an extra $300

    I would appreciate feedback from experienced PWC'ers on if you think that the difference in price between the models:

    a) represents value?
    b) would one model suit a certain kind of user more than another and how?


    Here is what I have come up with so far on the differences.

    Yamaha VXR
    • Three passenger
    • Race-inspired seat
    • Reboarding ladder
    • Metallic paint
    • Available in Bright Blue Metallic or Silver Metallic


    Yamaha VXS
    • Three passenger
    • Traditional seat design
    • Available in Eclipse Black


    From a review:

    "I tested the VXR, priced at $11,199 with a sport seat (still rated for three riders), a flip-down boarding step, and metallic paint in silver or blue. For $300 less, you can get the VXS with a seat better shaped for toting passengers, no boarding step, and non-metallic black paint."
    http://features.boats.com/boat-content/2010/10/new-yamaha-vxr-is-a-real-budget-blaster/


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    Its worth $300 just to have the reboarding ladder

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    Quote Originally Posted by nashvegas View Post
    Its worth $300 just to have the reboarding ladder
    Ditto, I don't have one on my FZR but I have heard nothing but praise from people who do. If you are going to make that big of an investment my as well go the extra mile, you won't regret it down the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nashvegas View Post
    Its worth $300 just to have the reboarding ladder

    If you have one you will be glad you do. If you are tired and have that ladder to help $300 won't mean anything.

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    In this economy, you can probably get either one for the same price. I doubt if a motivated dealer is going to lose your biz for $300.

    We have the boarding steps on ours and they are very worthwhile.

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    I think the seat on the VXR changes the whole look of the ski...looks much
    sportier IMO. The XS with the standard seat looks like a rental to me.

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    Article: "Top speed easily reaches the mandated limit of 68 mph. Acceleration is on par with any stock boat on the water."

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    ladder benefit and use

    This is a real newbie question

    I have only had boats so far. Now re a PWC when would I need a ladder in terms of how you all use this type of pwc i.e. not a standup for tricks etc.

    I dont plan on falling off much
    Normal boarding would be from a wharf or beach.

    I will probably get the VXR the one with the ladder) but really not sure when it would come into play in normal useage.

    What am I not getting?

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    You may find yourself in the water unexpectedly, or deliberately when the weather heats up. The boarding step facilitates getting back on the ski, that's all. When you add a passenger(s), reboarding becomes more difficult. The weight of the riders overcomes some of the hull buoyancy, the ski becomes less stable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjgolf View Post
    This is a real newbie question

    I have only had boats so far. Now re a PWC when would I need a ladder in terms of how you all use this type of pwc i.e. not a standup for tricks etc.

    I dont plan on falling off much
    Normal boarding would be from a wharf or beach.

    I will probably get the VXR the one with the ladder) but really not sure when it would come into play in normal useage.

    What am I not getting?
    It's not required by any means.
    But I can tell you, if you jump in to cool off and you're climbing back on the rear deck of a ski in 15 feet of water, it makes reboarding a lot easier. It also makes boarding a lot easier for a passenger treading water or someone you were pulling on a tube.

    Also, when you leave the beach area, you don't want to start that engine in 12 or 15 inches of water. You want to push the ski out into 36 inches of water and get on it there. In order to do this easily, I put that ladder down and place one foot on it, then grab the rear handle and skip out to deeper water before getting on the back and starting the engine. It just makes life easier; and having had boarding steps on 4 out of 6 skis I can tell you they are nice.

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