I think its down to what you want out of the ski, you always sacrifice something in order to achieve something else, the only downside I find possibly with my yamaha is that its a reletively big ski, a lot of the other skis that have shorter hulls seem to be able to get more airtime from smaller swells, I find when the sea is huge and gnarley my yamaha really comes into its own. Ive heard seadoo are better on flat water but thats not realy my thing so Im better with a yamaha ski.
I think theres alot of hype these days in regards to horsepower going on, but thats just my opinion, I havent had a ride on a Seadoo but I did have a ride on supercharged yamaha with all the performance mods (intake grill, larger pump e.t.c) and cant really say I noticed enough of a performance increase to warrant all the money it cost him, Im guessing its more in the top end speed, if anything I would say my 180hp ski got out of the box as fast if not faster likely due to the added weight of the supercharger.
Im pretty sure the yamaha dealer did mention to me that the FXHO will pull of the mark slightly faster than the FXSHO.
The Kawasaki skis I see out there on the water seem to go great and dont look to bad either, but never ridden one to compare. The only Seado skis Ive rode were back in the 2 stroke days an XP that was great fun, would like to own either a 2 stroke seadoo XP or a 2 stroke Yamaha gp1300r, them skis are my sentimantal favorites.
Remember also when it comes to water hulls it takes exponentially more horsepower in order to achieve very small performance increases, its more about hull design, A ski boat with a fast hull will be useless on anything else but flat water, a fishing trawler will not break any speed records for that matter, you cant simply use hp numbers to determine if its the best ski, there is no such thing as the best ski, you get the ski that is best for your type of rideing.
Last edited by squid vicious; 01-27-2013 at 11:52 PM.