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    Post Checklist for purchasing a used watercraft...what am I missing?

    I normally have this list in my head but wanted to put it down electronically. I did a forum search and didn't find a checklist, so shoot holes in this one:

    Owner quiz at 1st conversation
    1 Break in procedure
    2 Oil type/brand
    3 Flushing procedure
    4 Lubricants (salt water use)
    5 Pump bearings greased
    6 Gas treated during storage
    7 Any damage/mishaps
    Take with you
    1 Flash light
    2 Rags
    3 Compression tester
    4 Jack (trailer bearings)
    5 Life jacket
    6 Spark plug wrench
    Static checks
    1 Oil condition
    2 Hull
    3 Intake grate
    4 Impeller/wear ring
    5 Corrosion/rust
    6 Compression
    7 Oil in hull
    8 Engine knock/noise
    9 Spark plug condition

    Dynamic checks
    1 Acceleration
    2 Overall normal operation
    3 Water in hull afterwards
    Trailer checks
    1 Bearings
    2 Tires
    3 Spare
    4 Lights/wiring
    5 Bunks
    Paperwork to get/sign
    1 registration card/docs
    2 service/repair records
    3 bill of sale-ski
    4 bill of sale-trailer
    Accessories to get
    1 Owner's manual
    2 lanyard
    3 cover
    4 tool kit
    5 fire extinguisher
    6 oil/filters/lubricants
    7 spare parts


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    Don't forget your Colonoscopy camera just kidding but your list looks very thorough. I would say depending on what ski your looking at may affect this list....

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    Looks good. Can't think of anything you are missing.

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    for the sake of completeness, a check of the steering gear can save big money. Any type of mushy feeling or overall stiffness means there is some trouble, as will a check of battery voltage during the standing-cranking-running phases.

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    What kind of ski are you looking to buy used?? That will help determine whats needed to check it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmpeter View Post
    for the sake of completeness, a check of the steering gear can save big money. Any type of mushy feeling or overall stiffness means there is some trouble, as will a check of battery voltage during the standing-cranking-running phases.
    I'll add those to the list, although I don't know what the voltages should read pre, during, and after starting...13ish, 8ish, 15ish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wotxxxsd View Post
    What kind of ski are you looking to buy used?? That will help determine whats needed to check it.
    My next purchase will be a NA 3 seater for touring rides, but I wanted to make the list universal...understanding that some items may not be applicable for all skis. I do more purchasing of vintage craft such as Wetbikes, so I started with a checklist for vintage and tried to morph it to modern skis.

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    Was just telling a friend of mine a few things as he is in the market and told him I knew I was forgetting some stuff. This is as good as it gets for someone looking to get into the pwc world. Bravo.. I'll just have him take a look at this..

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    Here's an update with the items mentioned:

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    Owner quiz at 1st conversation

    1 Break in procedure
    2 Oil type/brand
    3 Flushing procedure
    4 Lubricants (salt water use)
    5 Pump bearings greased
    6 Gas treated during storage
    7 Any damage/mishaps

    Take with you

    1 Flash light
    2 Rags
    3 Compression tester
    4 Jack (trailer bearings)
    5 Life jacket
    6 Spark plug wrench
    7 Multimeter

    Static checks

    1 Oil condition
    2 Hull
    3 Intake grate
    4 Impeller/wear ring
    5 Corrosion/rust
    6 Compression
    7 Oil in hull
    8 Engine knock/noise
    9 Spark plug condition
    10 Voltage-off, starting, running

    Dynamic checks

    1 Acceleration
    2 Overall normal operation
    3 Steering bearings (stiff/mushy)
    4 Water in hull afterwards

    Trailer checks

    1 Bearings
    2 Tires
    3 Spare
    4 Lights/wiring
    5 Bunks

    Paperwork to get/sign

    1 registration card/docs
    2 service/repair records
    3 bill of sale-ski
    4 bill of sale-trailer

    Accessories to get

    1 Owner's manual
    2 lanyard
    3 cover
    4 tool kit
    5 fire extinguisher
    6 oil/filters/lubricants
    7 spare parts

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