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Old 06-10-2011, 07:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Was offered a 1997 Tigershark Monte Carlo + Double Trailer for $1400. I want a 3 seater (which this is he said) because I'm a big guy (300 pounds) and my GF is 145 pounds and I want something that will be stable at 450 pounds. Apparently 3 seaters are the way to go I've heard.

Just wanted people's thoughts on the '97 Monte Carlo. Stability? Good engine? Etc.

Thanks for the responses in advance guys. Great forum!
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Old 06-10-2011, 07:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Also found a 1995 seadoo gts if anyone has opinion on that.
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Was offered a 1997 Tigershark Monte Carlo + Double Trailer for $1400. I want a 3 seater (which this is he said) because I'm a big guy (300 pounds) and my GF is 145 pounds and I want something that will be stable at 450 pounds. Apparently 3 seaters are the way to go I've heard.

Just wanted people's thoughts on the '97 Monte Carlo. Stability? Good engine? Etc.

Thanks for the responses in advance guys. Great forum!
Hi, I would not recommend that ski for your needs at all, unless you want headaches and substandard stability. Riding that ski is like swimming in muddy water. Your wet but it ain't fun. First of all when it was new it wasn't very good, With the payload your going to put on it, it will be at or below the waterline and very tippy.

Next Tigersharks were produced by Artic Cat (Snowmobiles) with two stroke Suzuki engines . They failed miserably in the Jet Ski market, very wet and bouncy rides. They soon were discontinued for lack of sales. Now finding parts is a beg. Add that to 14 year old technology and you have the perfect headache. I don't know what your budget is, but I ride Seadoo,s but I am going to recommend you look for a nice Yamaha 1200 SUV 4 seater. It can carry a nice payload and much more reliable as a used ski than anything else out there. If you want to see something very cool "Jetski Brian" in this forum has converted a couple of those to offshore fishing skis. I'm talking this dude take his 30+ miles offshore fishing, wouldn't take a tigershark, 2 feet offshore. Look up some of his posts. I'm sure Ernest T. will agree with me on this one.

If I had to rate market dominance right now it would go like this,


#1 YAMAHA, with Seadoo closing fast.

#2 SEADOO best new technology

#3 KAWASAKI, the weak sister fading fast.

#4 HONDA, the best discontinued ski

#5 POLARIS, discontinued and uses FUJI motor hard to get parts:

#6 TIGERSHARK, ARTIC CAT should have never even tried, poor design

Ok there is my $.02
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Unless you get into the 2003 and up 4 stroke Seadoo three seaters, I still recommend the Yamaha 1200 SUV 4 seater

Remember it is hard to walk home off a dead jet ski
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Pass on that Tiger Shark. 4 seater Yamaha SUV is not a bad idea. If you don't want something that big look for a 95-97 Yamaha WaveVenture1100. These machines were very stable, powerful, and good features (they have reverse.) Also a late 90's SeaDoo GTX with an 800 motor would be a great choice too. You can easily find one of these for the $1400 they are asking for the T/S. If you need anything you just head across town to the Yamaha or SeaDoo dealer and get what you need. With the Tiger Shark you'll be spending hours scouring Craigslist for people parting one out just to get parts for it.
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Unless you get into the 2003 and up 4 stroke Seadoo three seaters, I still recommend the Yamaha 1200 SUV 4 seater

Remember it is hard to walk home off a dead jet ski
haha. Thanks for the advice! I would prefer a 4 stroke, but the prices for those are just too high. So I don't mind a 2 stroke. I'm mainly looking for stability. I don't mind going in the mid 40's. I mainly want a leisurely Jet Ski I can ride around on a nice day and jump a couple of waves. That's all.

I asked at the Seadoo forum and they said the GTS is well known for stability and that the under hull has never been changed.

Have you ever ridden the GTS? I'm pretty new to this. (thanks for all the help)
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Pass on that Tiger Shark. 4 seater Yamaha SUV is not a bad idea. If you don't want something that big look for a 95-97 Yamaha WaveVenture1100. These machines were very stable, powerful, and good features (they have reverse.) Also a late 90's SeaDoo GTX with an 800 motor would be a great choice too. You can easily find one of these for the $1400 they are asking for the T/S. If you need anything you just head across town to the Yamaha or SeaDoo dealer and get what you need. With the Tiger Shark you'll be spending hours scouring Craigslist for people parting one out just to get parts for it.
Ok, I'll pass on the Tiger Shark.

Funny you say that, I've actually spent the last week scouring the local craigslist sites to find a GTX. No luck unfortunately. What do you think of the GTS

Just quickly looked for the WaveRunner and cant find anything in my area
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Ok, I'll pass on the Tiger Shark.

Funny you say that, I've actually spent the last week scouring the local craigslist sites to find a GTX. No luck unfortunately. What do you think of the GTS

Just quickly looked for the WaveRunner and cant find anything in my area
Do you use searchtempest.com? It's a great CraigsList search engine. Type in what you need, your zip code, and the desired radius of search and it does the work for you. GTS is fine too, I just said GTX because I always recommend to go for the biggest and the best and the GTX was SeaDoo's flagship until the RXT came out in 2005.
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haha. Thanks for the advice! I would prefer a 4 stroke, but the prices for those are just too high. So I don't mind a 2 stroke. I'm mainly looking for stability. I don't mind going in the mid 40's. I mainly want a leisurely Jet Ski I can ride around on a nice day and jump a couple of waves. That's all.

I asked at the Seadoo forum and they said the GTS is well known for stability and that the under hull has never been changed.

Have you ever ridden the GTS? I'm pretty new to this. (thanks for all the help)
I can't say I have, I started with a 2006 RXT Seadoo then modified it to 300 hp, then a 2008 GTX 215 hp, then the 2009 RXT-is 255 hp, to round off my fleet, I hate two strokes thats why I don't own one.
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Do you use searchtempest.com? It's a great CraigsList search engine. Type in what you need, your zip code, and the desired radius of search and it does the work for you. GTS is fine too, I just said GTX because I always recommend to go for the biggest and the best and the GTX was SeaDoo's flagship until the RXT came out in 2005.
Oh wow, what a great search tool! Thanks for showing me that.
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