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    Long Term Test - '09 FZS w/221 hrs. of Ocean Use

    OBJECTIVE
    This report is targeting the people who have never owned a supercharged PWC and may be wondering what it takes to keep one running. I will describe the experience I had in 221 hours of ocean use. I mention the duty cycle because I feel the craft takes far more abuse in the ocean than in fresh water bodies because of the salt and near constant pounding from the waves. I am not defending or criticizing Yamaha-I am just reporting what happened with this boat.

    MODIFICATIONS
    1) R+D intake grate
    2) Jettrim spray deflector
    3) R+D serviceable Power Plenum air filter in stock air box
    4) Riva SST pump wear ring (the bore of the stock piece shrinks due to corrosion)
    5) installation of Odyssey brand AGM battery

    MAINTENANCE PERFORMED
    1) 6 oil changes
    2) 4 oil filter changes
    3) 3 changes of spark plugs
    4) 200 hr check- motor and fuel tank removal to check motor mounts, driveshaft coupler, valve clearance, fuel filter condition
    5) all checks recommended in the factory service manual

    REPAIRS MADE
    1) cracked keel repaired
    2) supercharger and idle gear replaced
    3) impeller replaced due to a grounding event

    FUEL CONSUMPTION
    5.9 gal/hr over the 221 hour period

    SUMMARY
    I am very happy with this boat. For the type of use I think it has stood up well. The only unresolved issue is a crack in the hull that I haven't been able to permanently fix. I think the hull is way too fragile and difficult to repair but the benefit is that it is a lighter and more responsive ride. I had no idea what to expect when I bought the boat as it was my first 4 stroke. I thought the fuel consumption would be outrageous but my '96 Sea-Doo GSX consumed 5.8 gph and the FZS is much heavier and faster.

    About the pictures below - the fourth one from the left is the stock air box opened up and it shows how much salt accumulates in it; the fifth picture shows how much material had to be removed from the keel to rebuild it
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    Thats some crack !!! Was that stress from wave jumping or did you actually strike something?

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    That looks like its from a trailer?

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    Absolutely nothing was hit. I bought a '12 FZR and the keel is also cracked in this area. I believe the crack on the FZS was there a long time and I didn't notice it until the damage had propagated and started taking on water.

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    you are trying to tell me that is a "crack" ? Maybe the picture is deceiving but that sure looks like something was hit to me.... I will go look at my ski is the same area to see if there is any sign of cracking..

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    He says in his original post that that is how much material had to be removed to fix it.....not the initial crack.....

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    How's it doing on fuel? You mentioned your GSX got 5.8GPH. Did you know what your FZS gets for GPH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCharged67 View Post
    How's it doing on fuel? You mentioned your GSX got 5.8GPH. Did you know what your FZS gets for GPH?
    Reread his post, its in there

    "FUEL CONSUMPTION
    5.9 gal/hr over the 221 hour period"

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    Must be one of the 4........ or just dont pay attention

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