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    Stand up ski for my teen...

    My 14 year old son has been riding my wife's Yamaha FX for the last year and we are looking at putting him into his own ski. We are tossing around the idea of a stand up. I know Kawasaki was the pioneer so that's where I am starting. I am looking for a simple, stock ski that he can have fun on without raping the water. What are some budget conscious options? I'd like to stay under $2000 for a good running ski.


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    I am interested in the same thing. Whats a good stand up choice for a beginner? Although I want the stand up for my wife and me to play on.

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    You are right the kawi is the best to start with $ and parts also stability not so much with the older hulls but the 650 up very good . I have rode yamahas because my brother work for them nice but very $ ! My self I'm going back to a 750 this summer I miss it I have made my mind up to do a back flip so after I finish the project I'm on now it's stand up time

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    Every now & then you can find a good 750 for around 2K.
    Usually around 25-2800.
    You can find 550's and 650's for 1500 & less, with many good 550's around 5-800.
    Look on Craigs and look on PWCToday for ski's.
    Parts for these are reasonable and aplenty. They are easy to work on for the most part.
    My old 550 goes about 43 with my 200lb arse on it. Fun to ride and is a challenge for me. For a young guy probably not so much.

    There is a light years difference between the 750's and the 550/650's, as far as power, ride, etc. They are all a load of fun. I have a 5 gallon tank on my 550 and have gone on some long (100+) rides on it, with the STXKawasaki Valdez hauling fuel cans for fill-ups. A rack is easily made to carry fuel jugs out of PVC. I made mine tough for ocean riding and works great. Used plumbing insulation on it so it does not leave a scratch on the ski.

    You'll have a lot of fun having a stand-up in the family.

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    How big is he? I rode a 650 until I was about 190lbs and it was great but lacked power as I grew. The 750 is a huge jump but if he is a big kid you might want to start him there.

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    Just curious, are 14 year olds allowed to operate PWCs in Georgia? In my state, they can after completing a boater safety course.

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    IMO a Kawi 750 or Yamaha SJ is the way to go if you can.

    They are much easier to find parts and upgrades for. The kawi 550, and 650 are fine for beginners but people typically end up wanting to upgrade in no time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanP View Post
    I am interested in the same thing. Whats a good stand up choice for a beginner? Although I want the stand up for my wife and me to play on.
    Bryan, We come across standups all the time. ( Just sold one last weekend). If you are serious about looking, let me know I am sure we could get you into a good ski you would enjoy.

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    If you come across a deal on an sxr let me know 😊

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    Quote Originally Posted by john zigler View Post
    IMO a Kawi 750 or Yamaha SJ is the way to go if you can.

    They are much easier to find parts and upgrades for. The kawi 550, and 650 are fine for beginners but people typically end up wanting to upgrade in no time.
    I've been browsing PWCT and there are tons of standups for sale but they are all 10 hours+ away. LOL

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