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I am new to the forum and I have a question, Will the Honda f15 last as long as the Sea-Doo GTX in salt water? I know that the GTX has a closed loop cooling system that circulates fresh water through the engine and not salt or lake water. I always flush my boats after every trip even on lake outings. Will the Honda's engine last as long with all the proper maintenance done to it?
 

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It's hard to say? I wouldn't trust a Sea Doo ever because they have the worst reliability. Honda on the other hand has only been making jet ski's less than 10 years so I don't know where their technology is at compared with Yamaha and Kawasaki which are the only 2 I will ever even consider buying.
 

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I live on an island so most of my riding will be in salt water. How long does the Yamaha or Kawasaki engine last with correct maintenance.
 

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Yamaha's and Kawasaki's will last you a very long time if properly taken care of. I grew up in San Diego and my 2 jet ski's saw nothing but salt water for most of their lives. My stand up has anywhere between 125-150 hours on it with probably 90% of those hours being in salt water and I have never had an issue with it. My Ultra 150 has 42 hours on it and I'm going to guess that maybe 28-30 of those hours are from the salt water and I still have no issues with it either. As long as you flush the jet ski out with hose water afterwards and "Salt Away" you will be good. Then wash your jet ski with soap and water and rinse out the engine compartment real good. Then when that is done, WD-40 then engine compartment and all moving parts like your throttle linkage and so on and you should be good to go.

The only reason why I will look at those 2 brands is because they have been around the longest and have the best technology and are the most reliable. Kawasaki has been making jet ski's since the mid 70's and Yamaha since I believe the early 80's. All of the other brands did not come out until at least the late 80's or early 90's and pretty much had borrowed technology from the older model Kawasaki and Yamaha's. I had a good friend back home that was a jet ski mechanic and he was sharing with me all of the problems that he sees with all of the other brands but Kawasaki and then Yamaha were the 2 makes that he would least see in for repair but also at the same time, when they would come in, those manufacturers were the easiest to deal with and get approval for warranty repair work. I too can testify to this when my stand up had a engine seal go out and it filled up with water and sunk at the Colorado river. We refloated it and towed it back to shore but the electrical system was shot and some other things had to be replaced too. The bill was over 4k do to a majority of things being labor costs but Kawasaki paid for the entire thing. Needless to say, I have always spoken very highly of them ever since then!
 

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thanks, it looks like I will start looking at a Kawasaki. Any particular model you recommend
 

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The Kawasaki 260 is a great ski. However, I am a massive fan of anything Yamaha. Having worked on all types of jet skis for over 10years, Yamaha is heads and Kawasaki is shoulders above the rest, no question! If a FX SHO or FZR doesn't do it for you, then the 260X should. I have no doubt Honda will compete on even terms with these two soon.
 

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kingf450, please do more research on pwctoday.com. I think you'll find very knowledgeable people there that will help you find the best machine for your needs. Read product reviews and check out owner satisfaction surveys. I would recommend the Honda (they make the best engines) or the Yamaha (they are pretty fast) or the Kawasaki (if you don't mind paying for the gas). But, don't take my word for it, or anyone else's. Do lots of research before you commit to buying one brand. Find the machine that's gonna fit your needs the best.
 

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I am new to the forum and I have a question, Will the Honda f15 last as long as the Sea-Doo GTX in salt water? I know that the GTX has a closed loop cooling system that circulates fresh water through the engine and not salt or lake water. I always flush my boats after every trip even on lake outings. Will the Honda's engine last as long with all the proper maintenance done to it?
There's a rental place in Hawaii (salt water) that has Hondas with over 1800 hrs. with just regular maintenance. How's that for longevity? RIDE RED!
 
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