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    New ski advice

    Hi all.

    This is a great site and looking for some advice from the community.

    I'm from NZ and looking at buying my first ski. The main options in my budget are the following: -
    • 2000 ish seadoo gtx
    • seadoo xp - early 2000 or 2004 di
    • 2000 Yamaha gp1200
    • 2005 Kawasaki Stx 900
    • 2005 Kawasaki Stx-r1200
    The seadoo appeals due to closed loop cooling and looking at an older ski thinking there will be less issues. I won't be modding the ski as not very mechanically minded. I may carry out the minor maintenance so need something that is as reliable as possible. Understand all jet ski's require regular looking after and $$ but rather not get something that is in the shop more than the water!!

    mainly used in the ocean with light chop and take out a biscuit or wakeboard occasionally. No rules here requiring a 3 seater for towing. Also no regulations on 2 stroke.

    just want some advice on pros and cons of the models listed. Or any other ski's that I should be looking at.

    thanks for your help.
    Adam


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    I think the Kawi Stx 1200 R is a very reputable ride for ocean riding.

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    Adam, yes there are still bylaws in NZ about the number required for towing therefore the size craft required (eg three seater - driver, spotter, and towee) however it generally isn't policed unless your in a high use area.
    How much are you looking to spend?

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    • 2000 ish seadoo gtx
    • seadoo xp - early 2000 or 2004 di

    I’ve owned these 2 and they are VERY different machines. The XP is sporty and a fun ride for one. 2 is difficult at idle unless it’s 2 small people. The GTX is a 3 seater and very stable at idle compared to the XP. It is a full blown “couch”…stand on the side and it won’t tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GZA View Post
    Adam, yes there are still bylaws in NZ about the number required for towing therefore the size craft required (eg three seater - driver, spotter, and towee) however it generally isn't policed unless your in a high use area.
    How much are you looking to spend?
    Well every day is a school day!!

    I won't be riding at one of the big lakes so doubt there will be an issue with towing on a 2 seater.

    As it's my 1st ski and the Mrs has finally agreed to let me get one I didn't want to go over the top so looking at between $4k & $6k as there seems like a lot of options but I would go higher if there was a good deal around.

    There are a couple of XL 1200 and ZXi1100 on trademe. The XL seems like the family choice of 3 seater - is it still fun solo? Would the ZXi be comparable to an XP?

    There will normally be 2 of us but will occasionally ride out on my own so would want something that is fun and not like driving a tank on the water. I'm sure the answer is to buy 2 ski's but that isn't an option!

    Thanks for the advice so far.

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    Gp1200r or Kawasaki STXR-1200

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    After spending more and more time looking at other threads I'm considering increasing my budget and looking at a 4-stroke due to reliability & maintenance.

    There are a few Sea-Doo GTX & GTI options which I may be able to stretch to - any opinions on these ski's?

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    Good choice stretching to a four stroke if you can, any of the N/A 4 strokes are generally reliable skis.
    I would also keep an eye out for a Kawasaki STX12 or 15F. They seem to be priced higher at the moment but come winter they will be closer to your price range.

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    Thanks for that

    Was thinking of waiting until winter as more likely to grab a bargain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillsy View Post
    Thanks for that

    Was thinking of waiting until winter as more likely to grab a bargain.
    Yeah but you'll miss this whole up coming riding season. Maybe look at a new Stx-15f you can get them for $7500 or less. Brand new machine and they run 61 out of the box. Nevermind I forgot you are in New Zealand.

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