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Your going to like the 15f. Good hulls, and a good reliable ski. I would plan on a oil and filter change, get a shop manual, and check the impeller to wear ring clearance.
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+1 on what Rods said. At 20hrs you should be good to go. Even if poorly maintained. But yes give it a good once over looking for anything out of place. And clean it well inside and out. I use the foaming bleach scrubbing bubbles inside and I rag. Then rinse well and vacuum out any leftover water with small wet vac. Always get the inside clean and dry before putting away.
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+1 on what Rods said. At 20hrs you should be good to go. Even if poorly maintained. But yes give it a good once over looking for anything out of place. And clean it well inside and out. I use the foaming bleach scrubbing bubbles inside and I rag. Then rinse well and vacuum out any leftover water with small wet vac. Always get the inside clean and dry before putting away.
The owner said he took it into the shop and got the 25 hour service.....I did not see the paperwork but he is going to show me on Monday when I pick it up.

I mean this thing is really immaculate...no scratches anywhere, even underneath. He is the second owner and I am guessing he bought it directly or indirectly from the previous owners. He said the original owners were from back east, over 60 years old and living down by the Colorado river. It seems this was probably more machine and jetskiing was maybe more interactive than driving a boat. I feel 93% good about the guys stories but once I have him fire it up and certainly once I get it down to the lake.

Another question....the black and green looks really sharp. I suppose you can wax your sleds? Or, is that overkill? And/or is that environmentally not recommended?
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If the oil change has been longer than 8 months, change it again. Oil like gas breaks down. You should change it at the end of the season every year. Ski's are hard on oil.
I'm actually jealous. I love that color scheme. I prefer Kawi's over anything.
A good wax like mothers is recommended and protects it from the elements. I've heard some say that wax causes friction on the bottom, but I disagree, but at the least, keep the bottom good and clean.
Did the ski come from the east coast ? I would look around for any salt water corrosion and rust. I mean everywhere. Look at the jet pump from both ends for any impeller or pump damage, and expect to put ne bearings and seals in the pump every 2 years as a safety precaution (depending on the amount of use of course). That's my suggestion with every modern ski. If the bearing fail, it puts pressure on the thrust bearings and surfaces of the crank, and can wipe them out pretty quick.
I use a trigger spray leather conditioner on seats and any other vinyl on my ski's after use. Spay it heavy wipe around with a paper towel, and let it soak in and dry. Wipe off excess after a couple of hours.
I also highly suggest you watch videos about using pwc's, and go talk to your local Kawi dealer to get familiar with the controls. Remember, when you start it, it moves. There is no neutral, well there is kind of if you put it in reverse halfway. That's all neutral is on ANY pwc. The jet pump is going as soon as you start it for cooling purposes, so be pointed in the direction you want to go, take it easy for a few min, and shut it off early enough to just coast into where ever when your done.
Also set yourself up with a mooring setup. I use a 15lb anchor, bow line, large boat bumper, and a good carabiner to hook on to the bow loop. I highly discourage beaching. Beaching scratches and gouges the hull, and can get sand and rocks in the jet pump and cooling system. Be in no less that 18" of water before starting.
Remember, when you shut the engine off, there is no steering, and minimal steering at idle.
Take your time and get used to it.
Your really going to like that ski !!!!!
We want to see pictures when you get it !!!
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So, I picked up the ski yesterday. The guy was not aware how to use the recirc to run water through it so I could it was operational but I had brought a hose for the test. It has the Kawa extended warranty through 2021...sweet! Got it registered yesterday (here in Nevada we go to Fish & Wildlife which is way more mellow) and now just have to brace myself to visit the local DMV to register the trailer. It was the original 2015 fire extinguisher which I need to replace. Even though there is no room to put a box on this particular trailer, that is ok since I drive a wagon AND it fits in my garage nicely. It was over 80 degrees yesterday so I can hardly wait for the weekend. I invested last Saturday in a 9 hour USCG Boater Safety class which was helpful.

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Oh, and the guy last year paid the $500 for the 25 hour service even though it only has 20 hours.....
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Congrats, nice looking ski. Be careful and have fun. remember go easy till you get a feel for how it handles.
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Congrats, nice looking ski. Be careful and have fun. remember go easy till you get a feel for how it handles.
Sage advice. I hear you loud and clear. The advantages of being an old fart and having a history of riding motorcycles I 100000% respect your comment and advice. I also rode snowmobiles (aka as snowmachines) in Alaska and I also learned the nuances of a sort of floating device and how to maneuver. CONTROLLED speed is your friend. Slow speed can be bad and too fast can be a death ride.
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Gorgeous ski !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those things just scream sexy. Good thing is with a 4 stroke you'll not have any issues getting on Mead or Havasu.
If you decide to get rid of it, I take charity donations.
Good for you taking the safety class.
I've thought about doing a PWC training class.

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If you decide to get rid of it, I take charity donations.
I always wondered if there were kind-hearted people like this in the PWC world. GTK! hahahaha
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