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Thread: Ski Choices
05-22-2012, 07:08 AM #11
- Join Date
- Jan 2012
- Englewood, Florida
i had a 2007 vx110 cruiser, not a powerhouse but 50-55mph is all you need for a fishing rig...
they are very very reliable models
had it rigged with gps/fishfinder and rear cooler rack with rod holders.. its one ski i'd take back if given the chance
05-25-2012, 05:58 AM #12
- Join Date
- Jul 2009
Second the vx110 use one here in jersey, 50mph very good on fuel and super reliable have 230 salt water hrs on it without any issues. Maybe not as much storage as I would like but a great boat!
05-25-2012, 06:32 AM #13
By far the Ultra LX is your best bet. I have an 07 with MANY hours on it and none of those bearing issues. We do not have the power which caused the problems on the 250. I did however just upgrade to a 2012 pump since it was finally time for a new one. I would probably recommend when it is time to rebuild the pump to upgrade it. On an 08 it is probably time. TONS of storage. enough fuel to go all day and Sorry Tim but the Ultra hull is very well known as the best rough water hull.
Milsy, check around Austrailia and you will see that the Ultra is the most common salt water boat. Sirbreaksalot and Nicjak are the two Aussies best known in the Kawi section. The engine is the same 1500 powerplant that has been around for years and the same engine as the 15F. The hull is huge and very stable. a solid mid 50 MPH ski. That is the ski I fish off and so do several people I know on the east coast of the US in the ocean. The skican carry the weight also. I have carried 4- 5 gallon fuel cans and I fish a tournament in the Gulf Of Mexico on my ski where I carry a 120 QT Ice chect and all of my tackle on the rack. The 15f while it is a great ski is not the ski for this application. If you put the skis in question side by side you will see what you would be most comfortable being out on the ocean with. The seadoos are good economical skis that are very reliable. The plastic wear rign in the sandy environment may wear a bit quicker but an easy fairly inexpensive fix. The Sea doos would be my second choice.
05-30-2012, 09:13 PM #14
05-30-2012, 09:17 PM #15
My buddy has one and he has to follow me so he doesn't get pounded and drown from the water that is being smashed in his face. I have to break the waves up for him so he can keep up.
05-30-2012, 09:24 PM #16
I'd say the gtx 155hp. I've seen the 155 hp motors go to 900+ hours at rental companies before they sell them.
I've had too many issues with kaw' s.. the closed loop cooling on the doos is the way to go in salt water.
06-06-2012, 08:46 PM #17
- Join Date
- Mar 2010
i decided to go with a 2007 SeaDoo GTX155/Wake, added a Humminbird 798c SI GPS/FF and a custom welded Alum rack with 5 rod holders and accommodate a 100 Qt cooler.
Very happy with the whole pkg and the extra large cooler is great for packing ice and long fish like lingcod or salmon or hopefully even a nice halibut.
Also added a compact automatic bilge pump and switch (damn happy i did too!, but that is another story).
Having had the pkg for over a year now, the things i would do different looking back would be the following:
- buy a 2010 or newer SeaDoo 215hp SC RXT or 215hp SC GTX. With small tweeks, the SC engines are very reliable and i thought 155 was plenty, but now would love the extra 60hp! Also the hull has been slightly improved over 2009 and older versions, storage and access hatch's in the rear deck allow for easy upgrade such as adding an additional AGM battery to run electronics such as the GPS/FF (stock battery just doesn't have capacity to run GPS/FF all day), not to mention the access would make the transducer install much easier too. The newer models also have VTS (variable trim), cruise control (very nice for longer runs and trolling), and a true(r) neutral position which allows for better neutral drift fishing rather than the slow "spinning".
- i'd buy the same GPS/FF but opt for the unit with the internal GPS antanne for an easier and cleaner install with likely greater reliability having less connections and parts exposed.
- instead of my "fancy" and expensive custom fab'd powder coated aluminum rack, i'd get a couple HD alum. flat bars bent into "flat hoops" for the riser/feet and thru bolt them to a HD cooler like a Yeti 75 or 100 Qt cooler. I'd buy nice rod holders and thru bolt those to the cooler as well. For what i paid to get my rack built, an "expensieve" Yeti cooler with all additional accessories would still put me a few hundred $ ahead of my cost of my existing custom rack. I wouldn't thru bolt a cheap cooler and expect it to hold up especially bouncing offshore, but something like a Yeti is a different story and part of the reason the Yeti is literally 5-10x's the cost of a cheap cooler of similar size.
Would love to have more time to ski-fish as it is truly a blast (even at times have more fun fishing from it than my 28' Grady), can only say that you should go for it.
Don't need to commit and stick a pile of $ into the project, you can start small like strapping a milk crate with pvc tubes for rod holders zap strapped to the crate and a handheld GPS to get you started. But likely you'll find it a blast and customize the ski for hardcore action. Good luck and get fishing!
06-07-2012, 06:18 AM #18
Cdoofishr, great choice on your ski and excellent post! You could not have posted a better reply!!!!
06-09-2012, 08:51 AM #19
06-10-2012, 03:21 AM #20
- Join Date
- Mar 2010
here's some pics of my rig as requested
Thought about mounting the GPS/FF to the glove box as it would have simplified the install, but i'd loose much of that valuable storage and i really didn't like the location of the display being so low and having look down especially if underway (uncomfortable and much less safe having to take your eyes off where's your going to look down), also having the display mounted between the "handle bars" puts the 5" screen much closer to my eyes (hey, 5" is pretty small display, would have mounted a 7-8" unit but just too big between the handle bars!). The GPS/FF install worked out great and doesn't even hinder the ski cover when the ski is towed or not in use.
Only think i need to figure out is how and where i can either replace or add a small 12v AGM battery to run the additional stuff (GPS/FF, bilge pump) as i'd hate to drain the small starter OEM battery and be dead in the water offshore.
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