Well, if you've learned you lesson, you'll stay away from seadoos LOL. The Hondas are extremely reliable, offer a good ride, and are great handling skis. The only addition I would suggest is a splash deflector. They are less than $100. As for range, you're looking at, on average about 90 miles to a tank (before the low fuel warning goes off). Of course wave conditions & how hard you are on the throttle will affect your mileage, but if you're cruising with little or no waves, you should be able to get over 100 miles. I've seen 2006 F-12Xs for $6000 on ebay. I'd try for one of those. You won't regret it! Good luck.