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post #71 of 79 (permalink) Old 05-30-2016, 12:23 PM
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I think you should buy two. You never know when you will want to have a friend along. Esp. if you're married. One for you, one for her.

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Do some research on the ski before going to look at it. NADA or Kelly Blue Book for resale values (these are just base values, and I use the avg. resale as top end values). If after market parts have been added to the ski, you made need to expect to pay a little more, depending on what they are. Find reviews of that ski, and see what people are saying about it.
There's lots of stuff to look at. Hull condition (scratches and gouges are signs of beaching, and possibly running the ski in less than 2ft of water). Look for blistering of the paint. This is a sign of being left in the water for extended periods of time (days). The paint gets saturated and substraight gets contaminated. Sometimes this will be extremely visible in the jet tunnel. Not a deal breaker, just know it's there, and will have to be repainted soon so the substraight doesn't start delaminating and develop mildew. (at that point, the bad material will need to be shaved out, and filled with fine hair bondo glass (I have used this with excellent results) or the equivalent (needs to be SMC compatible)). Ask about, and look for repairs to the hull. Do a compression check, and look at the plugs. Remove the fuel cap and smell. It should smell like fresh gas, and not gas that has been setting for 6 or 8 months. Again, not a deal breaker, just might require a entire fuel system cleaning.Start the ski for a seconds, and listen for anything that doesn't sound right (10 sec running max), ski should start right up if a 4 stroke, and a 2 stroke might take a few short cranking cycles to get it fired (nothing longer than 5 or 10 seconds max per cranking cycle (4 or 2 stroke)). I usually give 1-2 second cycles until the fuel system primes on a 2 stroke. These starters are not built like a automotive starter. Take a good flash light and look at the leading edge of the impeller for damage (you will have to look through the intake grate). Check the condition of the oil injection lines if it is a 2 stroke. Ask if the engine has been rebuilt, and if so, what all was done, who did it, how long ago, and why it was done. Shake the trailer wheels. Looking for excess play. Should be just a slight amount of play. To much, and you will probably be doing wheel bearing, but not a deal breaker. Costs about 30.00 in parts. On avg., a nice single trailer is worth about 600.00, and a double 1000.00.(as of 6/11/2016)
Use common sense. If the ski is nice, and you can comfortably live with the price, why not. Don't be afraid to barter the price some. The seller knows what it is worth.
If it is near water, by all means, ask if you can take it for a test ride. Do you buy a car without driving it first ? Try and round up someone you absolutely trust that knows a thing or two about ski's, but don't let them tell you, you are being to anal about things. It is your money, not theirs.

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post #73 of 79 (permalink) Old 06-13-2016, 01:37 AM
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Ended up finding a 2001 Yamaha XLT1200 with a trailer for $2150. Going to go look at Tuesday. Hull is in really good shape judging from pictures. Has about 200 hours on ski, with about 40 hours on SBT motor. Owner said new pump drive and coupler was installed, cat removed, new ride plate, new intake grate, and pump jet drive. Said he installed wave eater clips, replaced steering cable along with reverse cable.
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post #74 of 79 (permalink) Old 06-16-2016, 02:39 AM
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Went and looked at the Waverunner and ended up getting it. $2150 for a 2001 Yamaha Waverunner and a 2013 Karavan trailer. Thought I made out pretty decent. Guy was really nice, took about 15 minutes to go over the Jet Ski with me, showed me the Wave Eater clips and showed me just about everything else about the Waverunner. He had a nice GPR800 and another 2013 Supercharged Waverunner. He was a mechanic and the work that was needed on the Waverunenr throughout the years was done by him.
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Nice. looks like a nice set up.
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post #76 of 79 (permalink) Old 04-26-2017, 02:57 AM
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Senior looking for used stable waverunner

Hi- I'm 62 and am looking for a wave runner to use at my cottage. I frequently have 2 guests, so I would like it to seat three. Would probably prefer a 4 stroke so it isn't so loud. Think stability over speed. I'd like it to be fast enough to jump waves and have fun, but no super high speeds are required. I'm not confident i'm strong enough to get back on it if i were to fall off, although i'd plan to add a ladder.

Concerns- I had a jet boat at my cottage and had to give it up because it was constantly sucking up weeds. In a year I only rode it twice. I'd bring it into the dock and it would be fine, then 5' later I'd head out and it wouldn't go. I'm on disability and don't have the energy to have to get out of the boat and pull weeds out all the time. Yet I have a neighbor with a jet ski and he doesn't seem to have any problems. If weeds were to get trapped, I'd have to be able to get back to the dock before clearing them out.

Do any jet skis have levers that push the weeds out?

Would like recommendations for models that might work for me- any manufacturer. Again, nothing fancy required. But after giving up my jet boat and buying a pontoon, i miss being able to go fast from time to time. I still have a need for speed....

Would like to stay around 3 to 4 grand with a single trailer, if that's realistic. I have zero mechanical abilities, to it would need to be new enough/ dependable enough that it would work through the season without issues. I would have it professionally winterized at the end of the season. Thanks!
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I would look for a Yamaha VXCruiser or a Kawasaki STX15f. Your just going to have to scour craigslist and your local ads to see what's out there. You need to be looking for a ski better than 10' in length, at least 3.5' wide, and better than 650-700 lbs. If you use NADA's website you can look at basic specs of PWC's.
No, they do not have anything that clears the intake grate as of yet.
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thank you!
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I could use some opinions. I am buying my first PWC and wondering what would be a good model for me. Looking around, most of the PWCs in my price range are models from about 1997-2001 ($1500-2500). Mostly, a lot of older 2-stroke Gti and GTX in those years and price range. Basically, I just want a fishing machine to get me on the lake or 1-2 miles offshore in the gulf a few times/year. High speed and maneuverability are not as important to me as reliability and stability. Would these older 2-stroke models suffice until I get a feeling as to whether this is a hobby I want to spend money on and get a newer 4-stroke PWC.
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