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    Question New to the PWC ("Jet Ski") World - Advice Sought

    I've been flirting with the idea of purchasing a jet ski ever since the first time I rode one on vacation in the Bahamas almost ten years ago. I'm interested in learning as much as I can before I make that leap, which brings me to this forum.

    The characteristics that seem to be most important to me at the moment, although I welcome input/additional considerations, are the following:

    (1) stability/safety - I'm an inexperienced and somewhat "conservative" rider
    (2) reliability - I'm not mechanically inclined
    (3) value - I would purchase pre-owned and would love to choose a brand and model that holds its value relatively well

    The jet ski would be used in the Harbor and perhaps Long Island Sound (NY). Should I look for a 2 seat or 3 seat ski, and how should I make that decision?

    Any advice, especially related to brands, models, and model years to consider (and to a lesser extent avoid) is much appreciated!


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    Click avatar for tech links/info, donation request K447's Avatar
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    Welcome

    Find the threads started by DrivingZiggy.

    He just went through this process, starting with this thread;
    http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=196303

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    The Yamaha FX HO or FX SHO models would be ideal for you; very stable, reliable and good fuel economy. Yamahas are used almost exclusively in the rental industry for durability and less mechanical issues. If you go with a pre-owned pwc, make sure you get one with the 5 year extended warranty (Y.E.S. warranty) which can be transferred into your name at the time of purchase. Ziggy's story is a good idea; I think this is the thread you're looking for:

    http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=196589

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    A N/A 3 seater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skipSC View Post
    A N/A 3 seater.
    Beginner lingo alert.

    N/A means Naturally Aspirated engine, with no supercharger or turbocharger.

    Not having these allows the engine to be mechanically simpler, easier to maintain, and less expensive to buy and operate.

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    Thanks YoYamma, skipSC, and K447 for the input and clarification!

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    We ended up with the Yamaha FX HO as can be seen in the threads those other guys directed you to. They are really no comparison to the rental machines in regards to power and handling. It's a completely different animal.

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    Check out the Kawasaki Ultra LX. (not 300LX) It has the most storage, the most range, turns on a dime, holds its value better than any ski, more fuel capacity so if you go 35-40 mph you can go a very L O N G ways. Super reliable, they just don't break, at all. 3 seater and very stable. Excellent in the ocean or rough water and loadsa fun.
    In my opinion it is the best all-around ski and it is the next ski we will buy.
    Heres a friend on one last Friday. He is a big fella (250) and he is very happy with it.



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    I will echo the Yamaha FX.

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