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    Personal watercraft info

    I'm thinking about buying a waverunner or jetski or something like that. My requirements are:

    1. Easy to operate
    2. Must be able to sit 3
    3. Can pull a skier

    In that order. Probably looking for used. Any recommendations/opinions?



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    Re: Personal watercraft info

    Buy a boat.

    I have known a bunch of people who have purchased waverunners etc for the idea of going skiing and carrying family members and they end up being extremely disappointed.



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    Re: Personal watercraft info

    Quote Originally Posted by cys_av8r View Post
    Buy a boat.

    I have known a bunch of people who have purchased waverunners etc for the idea of going skiing and carrying family members and they end up being extremely disappointed.
    Already have a boat. The only reason I added the "pull skier" requirement is so more people could be skiing at once. Probably could do without that though.



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    Re: Personal watercraft info

    From my experience, if you need to carry 3 people than get a 4 passenger. The big downside is that once you get something that big you are no longer driving a PWC you are driving a couch.

    Yamaha seem to be the best.



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    Re: Personal watercraft info

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    From my experience, if you need to carry 3 people than get a 4 passenger. The big downside is that once you get something that big you are no longer driving a PWC you are driving a couch.

    Yamaha seem to be the best.
    Are they easy to drive? That is, could my very petite wife drive it with two kids on the back?



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    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    Are they easy to drive? That is, could my very petite wife drive it with two kids on the back?
    Yes.

    I think the biggest problem people have is the fact that it won't steer unless you're accelerating. Once you figure that out, they are very easy to drive. They are also very hard to flip but if they do flip they are a PITA to get back over.

    You won't flip one unless you're being a complete idiot.

    The 4 strokes are very nice.



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    Re: Personal watercraft info

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    From my experience, if you need to carry 3 people than get a 4 passenger. The big downside is that once you get something that big you are no longer driving a PWC you are driving a couch.

    Yamaha seem to be the best.

    Exactly.

    I had a very durable 1996 Yamaha Waveblaster II. It was supposed to be a 2 seater but was basically built for one. I had more fun on that thing than my buddy had on his 3 seater Yamaha.

    If you want something that big, may as well stick with a boat. If you are looking for something to do donuts with and splash water, get a 2 seater at most.



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    Re: Personal watercraft info

    Thanks all. I may have to re-think what exactly we want.



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    Re: Personal watercraft info

    They also make those little boats with the jet-ski motors. I've never road/driven one but they look like a lot of fun.



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    Re: Personal watercraft info

    I have a Kawasaki 2 seater and a Kawasaki 3 seater. The 2 seater is way more fun I think. Both have been very reliable.



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    Re: Personal watercraft info

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    They also make those little boats with the jet-ski motors. I've never road/driven one but they look like a lot of fun.
    Jet-Ski Boat? Our friends use to have a sea-doo one and they got two seats out front that are pretty much "zee-yah" seats. Then they got a back row of seats that include teh drive and 2 other people.

    The one thing I remember with that damn thing is going about 15-20 miles per hour and throwing that little jet-ski boat in reverse. The tip of the boat dives down and goes under water adn before you know it, a huge wave of water is coming straight for ya. Then it hits you real hard, and then the whole boat is literally filled with water. Takes a minute to drain out of there, but super fun. you can do 360's and waht not, but like I said the person in teh front two seats won't last very long in the boat lol.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CYCLONE STATE View Post
    I have a Kawasaki 2 seater and a Kawasaki 3 seater. The 2 seater is way more fun I think. Both have been very reliable.
    We use to have a sea-doo 3 seater, and a bunch of people we went boating that had a couple 2-seater jet skis. My ex-gf's fam had a 3-seater jet ski that was supercharged. When I'd ride both 2 and 3 seaters the biggest thing I notice without even getting on, is taht the 3-seaters most have fins in teh rear of the boat off to the sides that control the 3-seater from tipping and balance. No matter how hard I would try, I couldn't tip teh 3-seaters. However, when I got on the 2-seaters, some with adjustable trim at the rear, and others with it not there...The biggest thing I see with those is they tip ALL the time and are very touchy steering wise. As for a family standpoint with little kids, I'd stay away from the 2-seaters as they are fairly hard and unstable to mount. I know the last two 3-seater jet skis we have had have had a nerf bar that was spring loaded on the back that really helped getting on the jet-ski and saved from banging up knees and ankles from the rear of the watercraft. And, it can keep your kids from trying to step on the outlet to wear the water propels out and possibly cutting up their feet. I know on older versions tehy may not have these, but am fairly sure you can purchase one of these to put on.

    Another thing you might want to consider is that of getting a digital display instead of a car type pointer display. The times I have dealt with it seem like the pointer type always seem to break and not to be very accurate...maybe some people might have other things to say about them. But with the all digital displays you get data such as speed, gas, avg mile.hr, distance traveled, how much more time you have left til gas runs out, and all warnings are text listed on the digital display instead of just a beep on one with the pointer type displays.

    As with mirrors, they look nice on them. But I hardly ever used them, and the reason why is because once you get riding on the open waters they soon get covered in water droplets and make it damn near impossible to look behind ya. Then when they dry you always get water spots which always seem to suck too. When you do happen to look into the mirrors if they are somewhat clean you can see very little of what is happening behind you. It's almost easier to just turn your head around to see what is around you.



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    Re: Personal watercraft info

    I have a pontoon boat and an older 2 person jet ski that we call "old smokie" ... don't let harley people work on jet skis :-). My dad owns a sweet Sea-Doo GTX 3 person that does around 60 mph and is very stable and good for skiing/wakeboarding. What we like to do is park the pontoon boat in the middle of the lake and then everyone takes the jet skis out. Once they are tired of riding them after 20 or 30 minutes they come back and chill on the pontoon. Jet skis are fun to ride but if you think you can take one to the lake and ride it all day then I would say you are mistaken but I could be wrong.

    To answer your questions:
    1. Easy to operate?: They all are as long as you don't shut it off before you are where you want to be.

    2. Seat 3?: Any newer 3 seater will hold 3 people comfortably. Most time we have 3 people and skis with us.

    3. Pull a skier? Again any newer model 3 seater will do more then pull a skier. One thing with pulling a skier on a jet ski is that the throttles are a little bit more touchy then a boat. My sister about broke my leg a couple of years ago when she accidently gave it to much gas (mental note, don't put leg in ski rope while showing off when sister is driving the jet ski).



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    Re: Personal watercraft info

    Good info. Thanks people.



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    Re: Personal watercraft info

    I had a Kawasaki with the 1100.... If you are buying for yourself get one with the big engine that can get up and go..



    This is exactly like the one I had. 2 problems...

    No reverse....

    Also only seated 2 and legally couldn't pull a ski even though it was fast enough.

    I also had problem with the automatic trim... Any problems you have will cost you an arm and leg to fix and tune up...

    I got rid of that jet ski and went in with my brothers to get a pontoon... Damn good investment... Specially if you like just sitting in the bay and having a few cold ones with friends


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