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    From 98 GP1200 to Ultra 250X

    Hi,

    I'm awaiting arrival of my new Ultra 250X. (They take a little longer to get to Ireland!)

    I'm stepping up from a 98 Yamaha GP1200 which I've owned from new. It is stock. Am I safe to expect a very substantial improvement in performance?


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    You have just stepped up to the BENTLEY of the water.

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    Hang on tight.......

    I opened up my Ultra in the FL keys over the weekend. There
    was a stretch where the water had just a little 1/2" ripple from
    some wind coming around an island......just about perfect to
    dance across.....it was flying! My speedo maxed up at 70mph.
    Hard to say if that's accurate as I lowered my speedometer impeller
    all the way down, it was reading way low.

    I get my GPS this week, will be seeing what it does. I did get
    some looks by US Coast Guard at their base, I could tell those
    young guys wanna run me sometime.........may be giving them
    the opportunity soon.........see what Uncle Sam really puts in
    those RIB's!!
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    Tom, nice riding area! Turquoise waters looks very pristine.

    mitch

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    Yeah, some of the best waters

    There are coral reefs offshore, the largest living ones off the
    US coast. Next trip is to John Pennekamp state park
    http://www.pennekamppark.com/
    They have buoys there you can tie up to and snorkel/dive
    various wrecks and see the abundant marine life.

    These reefs off the FL Keys were the bain of the Spanish
    treasure fleets. In fact many of the ships that were lost were
    carrying silver/gold from the Phillipines. The Spanish shipped
    the precious metals to the Mexican west coast and then was
    taken overland to Vera Cruz, Mexico. From there shipped to
    Spain. Mel Fisher, now deceased, was the most famous recoverers
    of the Spanish loot in recent times. He has a great museum
    in Key West. Original investors in his expeditions got many thousands
    of returns.
    http://www.melfisher.com/

    Some of the loot is still down there..........wonder how much I can load
    on an Ultra? !!
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    That is one of the most interesting expeditions you can take on a pwc. Think I may have to come down and join you.

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    I predict around GPS of 66-67 mph with wedge since it is getting HOT in FL.

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    Come on down!

    This is good PWC riding for sure! I've got an extra bedroom or
    two west of Ft. Lauderdale....stop on by!

    TG

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    Maybe some time this summer we can get a group together to do that run. Been fishing all around there but never took a ski.

    Still some awsome shots there Tom. Im going to refer to you as the Jimmy Buffet of Watercraft. Cool , layed back cruiser of the islands.....

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    Funny you mention that......

    My first boat was a 21' Reinell Sterndrive that I kept on
    Lake Lanier, GA......."Havana Daydreamin"......and I named
    my Yorkshire Terrier "Buffet". Yeah I saw Jimmy when he
    was just starting out at the Fox in the Little Peach (ATL).

    The Gold Bikini talent was my first mate.......and get home
    skipper........

    We have to get a big gang together and do the Islands......
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