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Author Topic: Advice Required need advice for a new jet ski  (Read 9714 times)

Offline ihsan

Advice Required need advice for a new jet ski
« on: June 29, 2017, 02:28:13 PM »
hi guys,

after braking enough bones and losing enough points on my license, i thought it would be a good idea to switch to jet skiing from motorbiking. but i'm so new to this, i'm not sure which ski is the one for me.

i'm a 43 year old, 100kg male busdriver and so far my weekend hobby has been my motorbike.

i have read a lot about what people say about pwcs, and everyone seems to give advice about which model is good for whom, but i think it's best to ask the local people, as they also know about the local waterways, australian laws as well as what type of jet skis there are on the market.

seadoo seems to be the leading brand when it comes to jet skis, so being new to all this, i thought it would be safe to go with the crowd.

i've already got my boat & jet ski license, and so far i have only been on 1 ride with jet ski safaris (apart from the day i got my license) and it was one of the best experiences i've ever had.

i have a good amount in reserve to invest in the jet ski, but i still don't want to spend $30,000 on a new hobby and i'm sure whatever i buy will feel very fast, at least at first. my worry is that i don't want to get bored of it too quickly. there's also the issue if i buy something very fast, there's no room to grow for my next jet ski, or i might be overwhelmed with all the power and get scared and cool off.

between my partner and myself we have 3 kids and we will be towing them on tubes. also my partner (55kg) is a surfer and she's very interested in wake boarding / water skiing.

first of the many questions that i'm sure will follow:

i can't decide between a gti90, wake 155 or something supercharged  dno (i understand it's quite a broad range from 90hp to 200+, but as i said i'm very new)

local law questions:
do i need a spotter when i'm towing a wakesurfer?
do i need a spotter while i'm towing the kids in the tube?
can we be 2 adults on a 3 seater jet ski and 2 kids in the tube?

thank you
ihsan

Offline Dirk

Re: need advice for a new jet ski
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2017, 07:33:52 PM »
Hi Ihsan, I trust you're not planning on getting more points. There are plenty of interesting characters on the waterways already giving us a bad name. So, benefit of the doubt  dno

I suggest a supercharged model. You need the towing power. I personally would not go above 210 hp. Some in the forum might have a different view if they also do what you want to do. I've seen skis with less power struggle in difficult conditions and get frustrated - without towing anyone.

I suppose most of us are happy with the choice they've made at the time. Unfortunately, no one will be able to tell you what's best for you. You can get a lemon from every brand at the end of the day. I'm happy with my Seadoo, everyone else is happy with their Kwaka/Yama (don't know why  cl). Have a chat with Mandy and pop by her shop. She'll might have a good second hand model that is reliable if she says it's good to go.

As to your question abut the local laws - yes you need spotters. I trust that was covered whilst getting your license?

Good luck with your choice.

Cheers,
Dirk


Offline ihsan

Re: need advice for a new jet ski
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2017, 08:15:25 PM »
I didn't know you guys had a bad reputation, we always look at you with admiration. Rest assured I'm not planning on hooning with the new jet ski. I'll probably just go on group rides with my partner and explore the waterways.

Thank you for the advice.

Offline David & Megan

Re: need advice for a new jet ski
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2017, 08:56:10 PM »
Re Wake Boarding:  When you get serious about serious wake boarding you will find a jetski very inadequate, no wake and to fast and way to light. Slow is the key on smooth water and lots of weight.
The wake is where it is at, great fun and challenging.
Jetski can be fun though for learners.


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Offline johno

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Re: need advice for a new jet ski
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2017, 06:04:09 PM »
Hey mate. The tube and boat/ski are separate vessels so if u got a three person ski and a three person tube, you can take 6 ppl around no worries.

Have you ridden any of these skis? The 155 wake will no doubt pull the tube with 3 kids. Id say the 90 would seriously struggle with 2 adults on board and three kids on the tube.

Id consider throwing the fxho into the mix as well. Stable, reliable, economical to own. Boring styling and a bit plain jane to ride, but strong performance from the engine.  Undoubtedly less fun to ride than seadoos S3 hull but heaps of guys like them as a great all rounder.
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Offline ihsan

Re: need advice for a new jet ski
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2017, 08:24:13 AM »
The tube and boat/ski are separate vessels so if u got a three person ski and a three person tube, you can take 6 ppl around no worries.

That's great news. I thought we had to have enough room on the jet ski to accommodate tubers in case something goes wrong with the tube.

Have you ridden any of these skis? 

We have ridden (ok so we say "ride" a jet a ski) gts90 when we hired one from jet ski safaris and what i think was a gti90 (it had iBR) when we were getting our license. both seemed very fast to us (but we have nothing to compare). With no helmet, i'm sure every jet ski would feel very fast.

Id consider throwing the fxho into the mix as well.

we visited the gold coast yamaha dealer, twice. the first time we were approached by a salesman. he just asked how much budget we have, and showed the model that fits into that price range. the second time we went there, the salesmen were busy on the phone and the finance lady helped us. she explained what each model have/do, starting from the very basic model. she was a lot more helpful than the salesman we had the time before. that day i made up my mind on the fx but now i know seadoo is the leading brand and i will feel more comfortable a common/popular jet ski so i will be safer if i have trouble with it or have any questions; and if i need accessories, there will be plenty.

however everytime we walked into jsw, although there were also other customers in the showroom, no salesperson were helping anyone, they seemed to be busy either staring at their computers, or chatting with each other. so maybe i'll call ahead before i go there next time.



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Re: need advice for a new jet ski
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2017, 10:28:57 AM »
Ok mate well good luck with all the mental gyrations. Its a great sport, I know you'll love it. Remember 95% of the time that you're on the water, your hull and ability determine how fast you ride.

There are so many fantastic places to ride, boredom just wont be a factor, if youre prepared to be adventurous. See ya out there sometime brpvyam
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Offline mackst

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Re: need advice for a new jet ski
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2017, 11:05:51 AM »
Have you considered Kawasaki? I initially decided on a seadoo, but went and looked at kawasaki and bought 1. Absolutely love it.


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Offline ihsan

Re: need advice for a new jet ski
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2017, 02:01:08 PM »
Have you considered Kawasaki?

i haven't... but you're right i should go a see the kawasakis up close, and talk to a salesperson.

just like you did, i'm sure i'm gonna love what i have once i buy one.

Offline mackst

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Re: need advice for a new jet ski
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2017, 07:02:07 PM »
Yeah right on! For me it was the perfect fit!!


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Re: need advice for a new jet ski
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2017, 07:03:29 PM »
Oh a tip see Brisbane kawasaki ask for Jamie could do enough for me even delivered the ski to me in Ashmore on a Friday night!!


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Offline ihsan

Re: need advice for a new jet ski
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2017, 06:49:52 AM »
Oh a tip see Brisbane kawasaki ask for Jamie could do enough for me even delivered the ski to me in Ashmore on a Friday night!!

will do for sure.

is there any such thing as a test ride when you're buying a jet ski?

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Re: need advice for a new jet ski
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2017, 12:12:52 PM »
Absolutely


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Offline David & Megan

Re: need advice for a new jet ski
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2017, 05:26:56 PM »
hi guys,

after braking enough bones and losing enough points on my license, i thought it would be a good idea to switch to jet skiing from motorbiking. but i'm so new to this, i'm not sure which ski is the one for me.

i'm a 43 year old, 100kg male busdriver and so far my weekend hobby has been my motorbike.

i have read a lot about what people say about pwcs, and everyone seems to give advice about which model is good for whom, but i think it's best to ask the local people, as they also know about the local waterways, australian laws as well as what type of jet skis there are on the market.

seadoo seems to be the leading brand when it comes to jet skis, so being new to all this, i thought it would be safe to go with the crowd.

i've already got my boat & jet ski license, and so far i have only been on 1 ride with jet ski safaris (apart from the day i got my license) and it was one of the best experiences i've ever had.

i have a good amount in reserve to invest in the jet ski, but i still don't want to spend $30,000 on a new hobby and i'm sure whatever i buy will feel very fast, at least at first. my worry is that i don't want to get bored of it too quickly. there's also the issue if i buy something very fast, there's no room to grow for my next jet ski, or i might be overwhelmed with all the power and get scared and cool off.

between my partner and myself we have 3 kids and we will be towing them on tubes. also my partner (55kg) is a surfer and she's very interested in wake boarding / water skiing.

first of the many questions that i'm sure will follow:

i can't decide between a gti90, wake 155 or something supercharged  dno (i understand it's quite a broad range from 90hp to 200+, but as i said i'm very new)

local law questions:
do i need a spotter when i'm towing a wakesurfer?
do i need a spotter while i'm towing the kids in the tube?
can we be 2 adults on a 3 seater jet ski and 2 kids in the tube?

thank you
ihsan
$30k thats one kick #ss budget.
U can get a good ski for under $10k with all the tubes jackets you will need.
If you don't like it or like it and don't use it at least you can sell it fir around the cost you bought it for.
If love it buy another and have 2!


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Offline ihsan

Re: need advice for a new jet ski
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2017, 10:46:21 PM »

$30k thats one kick #ss budget.

it was just a figure of speech. i'm not gonna spend 30k for a jet ski. i wish i could :(


 

 

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