Originally Posted by LiterateStylish
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