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This is my first PWC, and I don't know much about them. I've read around and understand this watercraft should go about 55 MPH. I have rigged mine for fishing so I have a Soar/GPS on it and my top speed so far, by GPS, is only 40-45 trimmed and on average water, not glass. This thing runs very good, starts right up, idles smooth, 10,000 RPM, has about 300 hours on the motor, and I have about 50 lbs of extra weight on it for fishing. I weigh about 170. I've only taken it out a couple times so far for a couple hours each, as I'm getting used to it. I got a good deal on it, it was a real beater, but mechanically sound. I think it was a rental in a previous life, I can tell by some signs. So is this normal degradation of speed from wear and tear? Engine seams very strong, so maybe pump is worn? Or maybe just the beat up hull is robbing me of some speed? On plane is cruses about 35 MPH at 8000 RPM, and that feels comfortable and about half throttle. The second half of the throttle gives me the 10,000 RPM but not much more speed.

One other question, running on the hose, out of the water, I don't get but a splatter of water out of the port outlet. Is that normal running on hose? I can't see if it has output in the water, as it's impossible for me to examine while I running it in water. It hasn't overheated, so it must be cooling some how!

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Thanks for the reply Ernest T!

I know the impeller is not perfect, I can see a few nicks and dings in the leading edge. I suspect this ski has seen a lot of abuse from stupid owners/riders. It goes fast enough for getting me to my fishing holes, I just won't be able to keep up with the bass boats, but that's okay. I was sure surprised when I took it out the second time with the GPS regarding the speed. The first trip it seamed like I was going a lot faster than I found out I was really going. And the speedo was not working very well, it would not get past 30, and registered less than 30 when I went faster...

It was in the driveway on a uphill slope when I was running it on the hose, so it was several degs from level. Maybe that's why I was not getting water out the "pisser", I like that term. When you say "clamp off the cooling water input line", exactly where are you speaking of, I'll try that next time I run it.

Thanks again!
 
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