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Hi everybody I am brand new to the Jet Ski world. I am looking for advice in purchasing an older model jet ski. I want to get back and forth to different fishing spots (Saltwater) in Moreton Bay in QLD Australia. Speed is desirable but not that important, power is nice, but stability, comfort, fuel economy, reliability and storage space are need. I will need a small ice chest. I will probably run a lot of miles each trip. I also want to do a lot of trolling so a four stroke is preferred.

I am looking at three seat models. I am very handy with a spanner and have lots of experience with Rotax aircraft engines so I am leading towards seadoo. I am on a limited budget at first until I see if I like doing this and how I handle it. I also dont want to buy a nice new ski only to drill holes in it everywhere and bash it around fishing. Please forgive my OCD if I ask questions about how to spend lots of hours to save little amounts of money.

I am looking for information about hull types and history, how they behave and compatibility with later upgrades. Also would be interested in knowing if later more powerful engines can be retrofitted. As time goes by I am not worried about resale value if I can slowly modify the ski to suit my fishing requirements. I do enjoy a tinker as well.

For example me knowing nothing a Seadoo Gtx 4tec looks appealing to me with 2002 models selling for around 2500 Aud.

Would love some input from the more expereinced,

thanks in Advance for all advice
 

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Looking to purchase my first new 2020 Waverunner. I am having trouble which one to buy. I need something for Chicago, IL so choppy Lake Michigan but also only used 3 months out of the year so dont want to purchase any thing high end or fast. I was told Yamaha was my best chose over Seadoo. I want a waverunner that i can do my own annual preventive maintenance on. Something that will last longer years with low hours since its not used often. Is it realistic to get Two- 2020's for $20k?
 

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Hi there, I purchased a 2010 Kawasaki STX 15F Jetski, ask $3200, got it for $2500. During test ride removed seat and ran it around the lake. Noticed no water entering hull, rode smooth, no vibrations. I asked seller about compression, he said he checked it, all good. I took his word. Never do that, check yourself. A seized spark plug can cost $1500 to fix. I did most of the work myself, BM inspection $200. I replace all head gaskets $200. Had master mechanic adjust valve shims and timing $550. Then noticed exhaust system completely oxidized, brandnew DIY $800. Total about 4250.
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Hi everybody I am brand new to the Jet Ski world. I am looking for advice in purchasing an older model jet ski. I want to get back and forth to different fishing spots (Saltwater) in Moreton Bay in QLD Australia. Speed is desirable but not that important, power is nice, but stability, comfort, fuel economy, reliability and storage space are need. I will need a small ice chest. I will probably run a lot of miles each trip. I also want to do a lot of trolling so a four stroke is preferred.

I am looking at three seat models. I am very handy with a spanner and have lots of experience with Rotax aircraft engines so I am leading towards seadoo. I am on a limited budget at first until I see if I like doing this and how I handle it. I also dont want to buy a nice new ski only to drill holes in it everywhere and bash it around fishing. Please forgive my OCD if I ask questions about how to spend lots of hours to save little amounts of money.

I am looking for information about hull types and history, how they behave and compatibility with later upgrades. Also would be interested in knowing if later more powerful engines can be retrofitted. As time goes by I am not worried about resale value if I can slowly modify the ski to suit my fishing requirements. I do enjoy a tinker as well.

For example me knowing nothing a Seadoo Gtx 4tec looks appealing to me with 2002 models selling for around 2500 Aud.

Would love some input from the more expereinced,

thanks in Advance for all advice
A 18 year old ski may require lots of repairs. Checkout my post.
 
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