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I have a question on the early Yamaha hulls. I'm looking to buy my first pwc, and from what I've read so far, I want one of the Yamaha's. I'm buying during the winter to save a buck. I know, bad idea, but the price range I'm looking in, I figure worst case, I can throw an SBT motor in it and still not come out too bad.
I'm a 375 lb inexperienced rider and I'll be riding mainly in a lake cove, but also lots of times will be out in the rough water of Lake of the Ozarks. I've heard the Yamaha 760's have bad porpoising issues. Is that all the 700 range hulls, or just the 760? And is it really that bad for an inexperienced rider, or is that something that mainly experienced riders notice more?
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I have a question on the early Yamaha hulls. I'm looking to buy my first pwc, and from what I've read so far, I want one of the Yamaha's. I'm buying during the winter to save a buck. I know, bad idea, but the price range I'm looking in, I figure worst case, I can throw an SBT motor in it and still not come out too bad.
I'm a 375 lb inexperienced rider and I'll be riding mainly in a lake cove, but also lots of times will be out in the rough water of Lake of the Ozarks. I've heard the Yamaha 760's have bad porpoising issues. Is that all the 700 range hulls, or just the 760? And is it really that bad for an inexperienced rider, or is that something that mainly experienced riders notice more?
Thanks, JP
The "700 range hulls" don't exist as Yamaha put those engines in several different hulls. I can tell you that the Wave Raider and first generation GP hulls porpoise. Look for a GPR, Wave Venture 1100, or XLT1200. Go for the big three cylinder engines, You won't be sorry.
 

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Here are some of the ones I'm considering:
a 1996 Wave Venture 700 from a Yamaha dealership for an asking price of $1899
No trailer, but feel a bit more confident buying from a reputable dealer. They said if I had a wet suit, they would put it on the water.
Surdyke Yamaha Inventory

a 2003 Yamaha 800R with trailer from an individual asking $2200 obo. He has no problem starting for a few seconds and running a compression check
2003 Yamaha 800R Jet Ski W/Trailer

or possible this pair... Yamaha 750 and 1100 on a trailer. Supposedly the 750 is ready to go and the 1100 needs some kind of motorwork. Asking price $1500 obo
Pair of Yamaha Waverunners

While I have never worked on a pwc, I've turned a wrench on about everything else you can think of, so I have no problem tearing into a motor or swapping one out.
 

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If it were me I'd keep looking as the 700 WaveVenture and 800GPR are underpowered. Being a heavier rider you need as much power as possible. The two Wave Raiders seem like a good deal but I never rode one so I can't tell you what they handle like. Also don't know how stable they'd be with a heavier rider as it's a fairly small hull. If you fell off in the middle of the lake you could be in trouble. Been there done that. I can tell you the GPR hull can handle 350 lbs no problem.
 

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so you could tell from the pictures that those two were Wave Raider hulls? I asked the guy and he didn't know. He said he got them at an auction and now needed money for something else. I figured if I talked him down to $1000, it would be hard to go too wrong. If nothing else, if the 750 runs, I could trade it for motor work to get the 1100 back up and running. But if those hulls are too small, maybe i'd be better off with the newer 800 GPR? Even though it's underpowered for my size, the bigger hull might make up for that? Because I will be riding double at times.
I also plan on fabricating some sort of aft mounted boarding ladder. I know from trying to climb into my boat that I'm not very graceful.
And I'd also like to say thanks to you YamaDoo for the advice. I appreciate the help.
by the way... I'm on an $1800 or less budget.
 

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Yes those are Wave Raiders, the predecessor to the GP series. If you plan on riding two up you need to get a three seater. Even on the GPR hull 375 lbs would be pushing it, I think they are offically rated at 350 if I remember correctly. Looks like the Wave Venture you posted is going to make the most sense. If not you could look at an XLT1200 or XL700/760 if you don't mind going slower. The latter used to be the watercraft of choice at rental places due to their reliability. No problem glad I can help.
 

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I was also thinking about looking at this one. Unfortunately, most people don't list the letter designation in their ads, and I don't have the knowledge to identify the different models by sight. There are several 760 skis listed in the area, but I was worried about the porpoising issues that I read about with the late 90's hulls. But with my beginner skill level, that may be not so much an issue, I don't know. A decent ride is more important to me than speed. At least it is for my first ski.

1997 Yamaha 760 Twin Carb Wave Runner, 3 Seater
 

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I was also thinking about looking at this one. Unfortunately, most people don't list the letter designation in their ads, and I don't have the knowledge to identify the different models by sight. There are several 760 skis listed in the area, but I was worried about the porpoising issues that I read about with the late 90's hulls. But with my beginner skill level, that may be not so much an issue, I don't know. A decent ride is more important to me than speed. At least it is for my first ski.

1997 Yamaha 760 Twin Carb Wave Runner, 3 Seater
I don't think the Wave Venture porpoises badly like the Wave Raider and 1st generation GP. My dad had a new Wave Venture 1100 back in 1997 and it was a very nice machine. Very stable. Go for it.:thumbsup:
 

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For what you are looking for I would recommend a 2001 - 2004 Yamaha XLT 1200. Very stable, very dependable, and lots of fun. No problem with power, no problem carrying your weight, and all potential problems are pretty much known and preventable.

XLT w/ trailer should run you $2,500 - $3,500 if working properly. If not working properly, then $500 -$1,500, and it's a two stroke so it fairly easily repaired. Not so unforgiving as a four stroke.

And, of course, stay away from sea doo.

Zardoz

former sea doo owner, will never own one again
 

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I am comparing between Yamaha 2015 FX SHO cruiser and the 2015 FZS with the new SVHO engine. I appreciate your opinions What do you think is better ? I will ride in saltwater
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We are looking at purchasing a Seadoo Wake 155 or the GTX 155. Or we could go the Yamaha VXR. I have read so much I am now very confused which way to go.

We have teenage kids so we would like to try a bit of tubing and wakeboarding, and hopefully they will take to that. My hubby would also like to do some trips over to the islands once he knows what he is doing. (We are in Brisbane - so Coochie Mudlo, South Straddie?, Peel, Moreton etc).

We were settled on the Wake 155 but then someone said the hull of the GTX155 would be better if going to Moreton etc

I would appreciate any thoughts?
 

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Hi guys new to the site and new to jet skis I have just purchased brand new stx15f 2015 my mates are also in the market for skis and are looking between the stx and sea doo 215 I have never ridden sea doo but absolutely love the stx any advice between the better ski (performance, reliability etc)
 

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Can anyone tell me what make, model, engine size of this ski. I just bought it and have no idea what it is . There are no stickers on it or brand on the head. It seems to have a lot of after market parts. I would like to rebuild it. Any info would be appreciated thanks! !
 

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are these a good deal?

We are looking into getting our 1st jet ski. We have found 2 sea-doos & wondered what you all thought about the deal.

They are 2007 GTI SE 155 (yellow/gray/black/white). Have 120 hours on each. Trailer that holds two included. Total price for two skis and trailer is $6,000. We don't know much more & have not seen them yet.

We thought to post about them & see what you all thought about their reliability & any suggestions on how to check them out or make sure they are not lemons. I believe they have just been in fresh water & no salt water.

Thanks so much for you input!!
 

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Well, since you asked ....

Former owner of 2006 sea doo GTI. Here is my 2 cents:

1. Only PWC that ever threw me & my kid off when I didn't expect to be thrown off. = $250 for lost glasses,

2. Bought it with 17 hours, timing chain broke at 30 hours, entire engine puked. = $2,500 down the tube.

sea doo is known for bad timing chains.

Price that you are giving is a good price, but you're getting sea doo.

Go Yamaha.

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Looking at buying an older model Jet Ski

Ok I am brand new to the Jet Ski world. I am looking for advice in purchasing an older model jet ski and am looking for all the advice I can get. The sole purpose of this purchase is just to get back and forth to different fishing spots (Saltwater). Speed is not that important as it sounds that most units will run 40+. I will be wade fishing so most likely running protected water. Will mount running lights and rod holders....I will have to figure out carrying a small ice chest. I will probably run less than 5 miles each trip.

I am looking to spend around $2,000 and want to try and get something as reliable as possible. Just 1 passenger and maybe another from time to time. It seems that the Yamaha's and Sea Doo's are available in my price range. I am going to stay away from Honda and Tiger Shark due to them not being built anymore. It sounds like what I have read so far the Kawasaki's a less reliable than the Yamaha's and Sea Doo's.

I love to hear knowledgeable and experienced peoples thoughts and suggestions.

I would also like to get some ballpark figures as to the different repairs that I can probably expect as I use the ski. I have no idea as to the cost to have one of these motors rebuilt. Carb reworked, etc.

I would appreciate all the information I can get. Thanks in advance.
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Hey all,

New to this site. I have always wanted a Jet Ski but just never went and got one. I bought a snowmobile a few years ago but haven't used it as much as I thought I would so I thought I would try a Jet Ski for a change. There aren't many used ones close to me. I was looking to get one probably 2001-2004. My wife's brother bought a boat from a place near me and they have a few Sea Doo's and one Yamaha. Can see them here.

I noticed some people are saying Yamaha's are a little bit more reliable. They are hard to come by around here. I did see one near me here:

I also noticed some dealers are selling last year's model Yamaha V1 for $6999-7999 w/o trailer.

The first dealer has a few Sea Doo's.. Trying to stay under $4000. Advice?
 
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