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Old 01-01-2013, 07:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Happy New Year!

Here's wishing every Yamaha enthusiast a Happy and safe New Year! May all of your mechanical problems resolve themselves without any cost or effort, and may you never experience any problems of any kind with your watercrafts throughout 2013.

Thanks to Earnest T. and all of you other guys out there who try to make my, and everyone else's, boating excursions safe and enjoyable times.

Peace, prosperity and happiness to all during this new year.

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Old 01-01-2013, 04:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Happy new Year to all

What us Seadoo guys shouldn't have a Happy New Year??? Well Happy New Year to all my buds and members on this forum, no matter what you ride.
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Best wishes for a happy and safe new year to all PWC owners and riders out there! And I extend sympathy for all of the sea doo owners.

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Old 01-02-2013, 09:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the kind words ZARDOZ, however unlike you I have yet to regret owning a Seadoo, but I have seen some Yamaha owners feel the same way you do about Yamaha problems. So I guess to each their own. I am very happy leaving Yamaha FZR"S in my wake with a 2006 Seadoo RXT. The look on their face when they lose is priceless....Catch ya on the flipside.


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Old 01-04-2013, 06:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I knew that Outlaw had to respond. Great to hear from you.

Once you have been stranded by a pwc with a broken timing chain and puked engine (w/ only 47 hrs) and loose half of the value of the ski after owning it less than 2 months it leaves you with a bad taste and attitude, which in my case hasn't gone away yet. But, I will admit that there have likely been many, many Yamaha pwc's that have puked and left people stranded, just not me.

At least we can agree on land rockets. I have a '74 Corvette roadster w/ the hard top option and a '79 t-top. Being '70's, they may not be as much "rockets" as the 2006, but they still turn heads and go as fast as I want to go.

Here's hoping that everyone, even sea doo owners, has a year without breakdowns and problems, and Earnest T. can have a year of rest. Happy boating, Outlaw!

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ZARDOZ, what year and model Seadoo did you have that shit the bed?
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I knew that Outlaw had to respond. Great to hear from you.

Once you have been stranded by a pwc with a broken timing chain and puked engine (w/ only 47 hrs) and loose half of the value of the ski after owning it less than 2 months it leaves you with a bad taste and attitude, which in my case hasn't gone away yet. But, I will admit that there have likely been many, many Yamaha pwc's that have puked and left people stranded, just not me.
Sounds like a freak failure. There was a guy on here who's brand new Yamaha FX SHO threw a rod at like 14 hours. It can happen to any brand.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:39 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Outlaw, the sea doo that puked on me was a 2006 GTI w/ 47 hrs. I purchased it on 13 May 2011 when it had 30 hours. The timing chain broke on 6 July 2011 while I was cruising aroung Kelleys Island in Lake Erie with my two sons and I on board. I purchased it from an older fellow, a friend of a friend. It was immaculate, and I believe that the prior owner had not abused the ski, as he was an older guy like me who is not too prone to wave jumping. It ran without problem until the timing chain broke. sea doo said "It's out of warranty, sorry for your luck."

Any way, not being mechanical enough to fix the ski myself, it would have cost me $2,500 to get the ski running and I would have had much, much more in the machine than it was worth. That's when I sold it to a guy in Canada for half of what I had in it and purchased a used Yamaha XLT. I acutally like the Yamaha much more than the sea doo, even though it is a two stroke and not a four, and a few years older.

The rest of my story deals with the sea doo breaking down, and me taking off on my Polaris to pick it up. My timing was off and I did not make it back to the launch ramp before dark. Then, the Polaris quit working and I had to push/pull 2 skis in the water, in the dark, for over an hour before I could find a dock to tie up to (no beaches, just straight up-and-down rockface). As before, the sea doo was a broken timing chain and bent valves, the Polaris was a bad fuel pressure regulator. Both are now gone, replaced by 2 XLT's.

My theory is never buy a jet ski which has been sitting for a long time, no matter what brand it is. I think that the sea doo I bought had been sitting for a few years without being used. I have come to the conclusion that letting skis sit without being used is the worst thing for them, maybe even worse than running the piss out of them all of the time.

Plans for summertime fun at Kelleys Island this year have already been made. If all goes well this will be the first time since 6 July 2011 that I will be able to enjoy 2 skis at the lake at the same time. Wish me luck!

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