Ok, I know you are anxious to get a ski and get out there. All I will say is look around good. In this economy you can find some really good deals by just being in the right place at the right time. I like the the four strokes for the trouble free hours of use. However if you like two strokes the late model XP Seadoo are a good bang for the buck. My friend just picked one up from EBAY for $1500.00, complete with mods. You have to know what to look for when buying used skis. Most importantly SEA TRIAL first.