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!
former sea doo owner, will never own one again