Thread: How good is 250X in rough water
04-07-2007, 08:57 PM #1
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How good is 250X in rough water
The 250X is my first ski but I keep hearing people say it is the best jet ski for rough water. How much better it is compare to RXT and 15F? I rode in couple foot chops today and it seems like one can go full throttle through it standing up even though the pump is hooking and unhooking. Is the main advantage the ability of the pump to stay hookup in the rough water? I figure if I am unhooking, others must be having more problems.
Also how do you ride in 3-4' chops? It seems like the ski is out of the water too much.
04-07-2007, 09:18 PM #2
Just Picked up mine yesterday from the pier and put on regi. numbers and went riding with slo key. Put on 2 hours and burned 9.5 gals. of gas. This am, went riding just got in and now ski has 6 hours. Filled up 15.6 gallons once beeper went off and went right back to the ocean. We had some 2-3' swells as winds here are about 10 to 15MPH. Could not for the life of me open her up outside in open ocean. But inside the breakwall, all I can say is this ski rips. This is the most stable ride, she seems to just slice through the water. Yesterday we rode in about 6' seas and in slo mode I got a little wet going only 20 to30 MPH on speedo. Then again she tracked flawlessly. Rode for about 30 miles and she just cruised right along. Hope this helps.
04-07-2007, 10:33 PM #3
I've only ridden one for 30 minutes but it's better than anything I've ridden in the ugly water. It may come in and out of the water but it stays hooked up better than everything but maybe a race boat.
I feel it's better than the Bombardier GTX/RXT and better than the Polaris MSX.
Due to the 15F's ergonomics I rate it lower than the 3 listed ski's above. I just can't get into the 15 due to the feel of the boat.
04-07-2007, 11:17 PM #4
I have ridden most of the ski's out there and I would rate the 250 as the most confidence inspiring stock boat I have ridden. It stays hooked up, it scrubs little speed in the chop, the ride is smooth and most importantly, predictable. There are a lot of hulls out there that will go anywhich way but straight when it comes to chop, especially cross chop. The Waveraider 1100 is the prime example.
It does have a few quirks but nothing major. The nose will plow a wave if your going too slow. In the really rough stuff the back end does skip a little in the turns but aftermarket sponsons should cure this. The only problem I am having is getting used to the transition in turns. It seems so benign going into the turn until you start pushing it, then bam, it's aggressive. I guess I am just used to the way I have my XPL setup, if you even twitch the bars , hold on tight.
Riding comfortably in chop is all about finding the right speed. Too slow and you'll get punished because the ski is see-sawing over the crest and down into the troughs. Too fast and your launching.
04-08-2007, 03:40 AM #5
In rough water, simply incredible for a stock ski.
04-08-2007, 07:38 AM #6
in 2' to 3' offshore closely spaced waves in FL ocean.
I did get pretty wet with waves breaking off bow and
the spray flying as I headed mostly into the wind.
Stay's hooked up, if you went faster you'd literally be
flying and slamming!
I did plow the nose with a following sea, thought you
could totally submarine it with that big cowcatcher up front!
You have to back totally off throttle or goose it some to
lift bow with that scenario.
04-08-2007, 02:55 PM #7
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04-08-2007, 05:37 PM #8
2 different machines
Both of my ski's have their attributes that will appeal to different
riders and are somewhat dependent on where you ride.
Today we went out on a freshwater lake and a canal system.
The SD is very playful, very maneverable and was doing some
fun tricks. The big Kawa is the long distance go anywhere
jetski with plenty of power and great cruising attributes.
It's great to have both, my son really prefers the SD, he's
14. I like the heavy, solid, don't worry about the water feel
of the big Kawi. Now my age is.........too old to be calculated
acurately, in fact a birthday on Tues that I hate to celebrate...
reminds me the clock is really ticking!!
I would be hard pressed to recommend any particular ski, just
get one you like to ride where you like to ride.
04-08-2007, 06:35 PM #9
Last summer I spent some time on a friends 15F and also another friends Honda F12x. I liked each one for different reasons. The Honda handled great but the Kawi had a MUCH stronger bottom end. I also liked the seating position on the Honda better. Although I have yet to get my 250X in rough chop, I have gone very fast across some large boat wake. It slices right through like it's not there. You also get less impact feel in the hull and handlebars.
04-08-2007, 07:30 PM #10
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I only ride on a freshwater inland lake but we do get lots of convergent boat wakes which is often harder to ride than ocean waves all going in one direction and roughtly evenly spaced. The Ultra handles it better than anything else I've ridden. Got back on my GPR the other day for a while and it actually feels light and nimble now
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