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    Island Hop

    Hey all, newbie here

    I was wondering what pwc you all would suggest for a 30 mile island hop in 3-5 foot Atlantic swells/chop.

    1. $5000 budget
    2. Thinking non-supercharged, as I wont be able to go 70mph in these conditions, and fuel here is $7 a gallon
    3. Is there a big difference in fuel consumption between a supercharged and naturally aspirated machine.
    4. Though it is supercharged, I looked at a 2006 gtx-4......good machine?

    Thanks


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    higher h.p. = higher fuel consumption.
    W.O.T. = higher fuel consumption

    ...similar to driving. many things can affect your range.

    For 30 mile hops(one-way, I'm guessing) shouldnt be a problem - including the 30 mile return (60 mile total trip).

    The supercharged machines do require more maintenance.

    the GTX is a good machine, but there are also many things that come into consideration here too.
    Total hours & overall condition of machine, maintenance practices of previous owner(s), etc., etc.

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    Except for possibly the new SD S-3 type hull, Kawi is the king of the chop. For the $5K and your riding conditions, I'd look at a NA Kawi and do your homework for any "known issues" for what ever year/model you choose.

    Good luck,

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    only the kawi supercharged had the better chop hull, the stx12 and 15 can be compared to the gti as far as ride goes. i'd look into a gtx n/a 4-tech, or a honda f15 ,I doubt that you'll find many with low hours in that price range though. a yamaha fx cruiser isn't a bad choice neither.

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    you could easily find a GTX or the wake edition skis for that price. Get either the 175 or 155, and theyll run forever. They also handle the chop very well

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    Thanks guys, yea I am totally new to pwc, really my main concerns are:

    1. Reliability!!! I am currently living on a rock in the ocean with 1000 residents! Repiars will be near impossible! I work in the powerplant here so I can do the work myself, but the parts would have to be ordered and I am unfamiliar with these machines.

    2. Making the trip in one piece! I am very familiar with the ocean, am pretty fit, and love adventure, but I don't want to die out there.

    I would just buy a small boat, but my pockets aren't deep enough
    Last edited by indosurf; 10-31-2011 at 08:40 PM.

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    go with the honda NA…. all u have to do is change oil… and when u do have to work on em they r simple…. friend has a company that does tours…. solid machine

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    If reliability is a major concern, I would stick with a N/A (naturally aspirated) engine.
    I, personally, dunno squat about the Hondas, other than of all the sections in G.H.; the Honda section is by far the smallest. i dunno if this means that few like them, or if they are costly, or what.
    I've heard alot of people saying that the N/A Yamahas are capable of 2000 hrs w/o rebuilds, when properly maintained.
    Gosh, that almost hurt, being that i am pretty brand loyal to Sea-Doo; but facts are facts, and i have not heard of rental businesses/individuals claiming that w/ a 'Doo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raceneked View Post
    but facts are facts, and i have not heard of rental businesses/individuals claiming that w/ a 'Doo.
    I agree and have heard that about the N/A Yamahas but all the jet ski rental places around my area are all Sea Doos. I remember talking with he guy and since it was around August he said the skis had 1300 hours on the original motors. Ran fine too.

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