Posted this over in the general thread with no luck so far. Hoping the Yamaha enthusiasts can help me with a few questions...
I've been kind of itching for a ski since I started going down to my MIL's lake house for a few years now and riding them at various rental places. There are a few lakes and a river nearby that would work as well so have started looking into it more.
Specifically, I have been looking at the Yamaha VX Cruiser HO (new). Having a few kids, I want something that could pull a tube and also want plenty of power with some creature comforts for just when wife and I are cruising the larger lakes. I've ridden ski's several times but not this specific model, although it does seem to get good reviews. I know the local place will let me test drive it no problem though. Now, on to the questions...
1. What is your opinion of the ski I am considering?
2. When is the best time to get a ski? I always have heard after July 4th but wondered if there was really a "sweet spot" of when the dealers are really looking to move inventory. I'm not in a huge hurry so can afford to wait it out even if it means I won't be riding until next year.
3. How much off retail to the dealers move, i.e. what is a good deal? The 2019 ski in question retails for $11,499, however, I have seen it at the local place for $9,799 and on PWCTrader for $8,999. What would you guys consider a decent deal?
4. What is a good price for a trailer (single for now, if wife digs it may get another, we'll see)
5. Are you limited to pulling one tube or can you pull two with this model? I know that adds up to four people (two tubers, driver and spotter) but lets assume we could load up easily at the boat slip (like I can at my MIL's place). For reference my kids weight around 100 lbs each right now.
5. What other things am I missing or should I ask about? Anything you have learned over your time with skis you can share that may help a new guy out?
Much thanks for any responses!
Hi, welcome aboard.
I'll give you what I can as I have only older 2Stroke skis.
The vx cruiser is a good ski based on what knowledge I have of them. It will easily pull a tube. 2 may be pushing the limit on any ski. Tubes create quite a bit of drag. I pull 2 teen girls behind a 97 wave venture 1100 on a single tube or hot dog.
As for best time to buy, around this time of year they usually start pushing sales. And making package deals. Ski/trailer.
As for cost. It all varies widely by region so what may be a great deal here may not be there. That being said. To me it comes down to how well you can talk the dealer down and where you feel good about the purchase 😊. Work on them to throw in a cover, trailer, vests, what ever you may need. How much they deal is also based on do they have it already on the lot. or are they ordering it. If it's on there lot it's costing them money and need to move it to make money. One big piece of advice I can't push enough though. DO NOT take possession of the ski before you do a thorough once over. Especially on the underside for deep scratches, Nicks, and gouges. The paint on these skis is delicate. Use what you find as a bargaining chip.
Trailer cost again varies based on manufacturer and model. Galvanized, aluminum, painted. Single galvanized and I'm guessing here around 600/700.
Aways flush and wash ski after use. Keep corrosion down and value up. Especially if saltwater riding. And if in saltwater use saltaway/salt terminator in your flush.
Another point of info ask this same question on greenhulk.net in the 4stoke Yamaha or Yamaha open discussion.
Hope this helps with some of your info needed. I'm not real familiar with the new market for skis. As I prefer the older 2 Stokes.