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Old 13 December 2009, 08:04   #21
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I used to own a JetSki (Which was stolen - if any of you Ski lovers come across a man called John Hopkins, do not do business with him as he is as dishonest as they come!) mainly for school work, and it was good fun. It was a SeaDoo GTX 4-Tec, and the things I liked about it were just how easy it was to launch and recover, cheap on fuel, and minimal hassle.

I didn't like being treated like a chav just because I owned one though , nor did I particularly enjoy riding it for extended periods of time - couldn't see myself going to Cowes on it for a pub lunch for example!

Good fun for a blast around, but not much value as a viable craft I'd say.
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Old 13 December 2009, 09:13   #22
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They dont row very well though when your engine breaks down ,
Nor are they much good for carrying dive gear, camping gear, dogs... or wives.

On second thought, what model would you suggest?













In case she ever reads this thread, for the record, this was a joke. I am NEVER happier than when Mrs. Stoo is sharing a jockey seat with me!
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Old 13 December 2009, 09:24   #23
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A couple of my mates who are not bad guys really and useally sensible did this
Have to ask or wonder if this a mid life crisis at there age
I had a Seadoo wake 155Hp, it gave me a grin that went right round my head.
Performance was out of this world, never tried the 215s, as I don't have enough underpants.

I did feel that I was classed as a Chav, even did the RYA PWC course, which is well worth doing, before you are let loose.

The idea was to sell the ski and buy a rib, but that hasn't happened yet.

In an ideal world, i think it would be great to have a ski and a rib.
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Old 13 December 2009, 09:38   #24
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Nor are they much good for carrying wives.

On second thought, what model would you suggest?


Thats one good reason having said that, at full throttle you could get your own back for all the years of nagging.










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Old 13 December 2009, 13:18   #25
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what model would people buy second hand with up to 3k?
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Old 13 December 2009, 13:45   #26
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I'd got for the last of the seadoo 2 strokes - maybe the GTi 130 - thats 130hp I think !

can get 3 adults + stuff & still hit 30 + knts .

But make sure its been well looked after - probably do able for 3k . I'd want one with more hours than less, like outboards, lack of use can be a killer for long term reliability .

Most hours I managed in a year was 40 ish - just not fun in the real cold , or for more than 20 minutes at a time.
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Old 13 December 2009, 13:58   #27
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waverunner fx140

quality 4 stroke 3 seater cheap to run ultra reliable
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Old 13 December 2009, 14:13   #28
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doubt you would get a fx140 for 3k unless its done hundreds of hours.
i believe the most reliable skis aroung are the Yam 2 strokes which come in a 80 /120hp and 155hp, guise(155 s drink for england) Gp series (no reverse bucket) and the XLT series have reverse.hence most of the rental skis are these models.
Kawasaki do a st 1100 di great mechanics but Hull too shallow and hence rough ride, some cheap stx 1200f coming along now but still hull not as good as waverunners.
you will start seeing the fourstrokes coming in shorty for cheap money but normally high hours, well 150 plus
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Old 13 December 2009, 14:15   #29
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Mate and myself bought a new 6.5m Rib last year, but have still got our jetskis.

I've got a Seadoo RXT @ 215hp. Have never QUITE managed to 70mph, but have hit 69+ on a few occassions. Believe me.. that really does put a big grin on your face!

The ski is great if you want a couple of hours of total madness.

Saying that, being able to take more friends, and staying warm and dry on the rib is nice too

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such a good hull
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