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    Any decent jet skis out there for under $5k?

    Hey all,

    I'm looking to buy a ski for under $5k that I could use for fishing and long rides in port phillip bay Victoria. Any decent used ones out there for sale?

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    Re: Any decent jet skis out there for under $5k?

    Grant i don't believe there are any used jetski's in good condition engine wise as they all cop a floggin, jetski engines are direct drive meaning they run at what ever RPM u hold the throttle, my first jetski was back in 2001 a Seadoo SPX little 85 horse power 2 seater i absolutely cained the ass off of it but i never knew any better and it was fun that is untill i tried to water ski behind it and blew it up

    i sent the engine off to a Seadoo dealer on the central coast dealers back than were few and far between from memory there were only one dealer in Sydney at the time Andrew Short Marine

    i took my engine to the central coast store not ASM i kept calling up about my engine asking if it had been rebuilt back than they never quoted u on a job it was put the engine in let them tear it down and than they'd give u a quote well i put the engine in and said just fix it, 3 weeks went by not a call 6 weeks went by not a call i waited 11 weeks finally i get a call to say my engine is ready $2800 repair bill

    i think the big repair bill was when the water police towed me back to the boat ramp they were towing 2 of us on the ski around 70kph it forced the entire engine to fill with salt water

    i had the cash for the repair bill from memory over the time they made me wait i saved some extra cash but i ended up buying a second hand Seadoo HX 720 that was a ex race ski

    anyhow IMO if u can't learn to rebuild a jetski by your self than your better off not owning one, they cost an absolute fortune to repair even when making the repairs your self but when u get a shop to do the work the price sky rockets

    have only ever owned 2 stroke jetski's and any advice i will give u if u go with a older model like the 2 bangers stick to 2 cylinder engines as the 3rd cylinder on some bigger models doubles the rebuild cost if not more than double

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    Re: Any decent jet skis out there for under $5k?

    Quote Originally Posted by gazza2006au View Post
    Grant i don't believe there are any used jetski's in good condition engine wise as they all cop a floggin, jetski engines are direct drive meaning they run at what ever RPM u hold the throttle, my first jetski was back in 2001 a Seadoo SPX little 85 horse power 2 seater i absolutely cained the ass off of it but i never knew any better and it was fun that is untill i tried to water ski behind it and blew it up

    i sent the engine off to a Seadoo dealer on the central coast dealers back than were few and far between from memory there were only one dealer in Sydney at the time Andrew Short Marine

    i took my engine to the central coast store not ASM i kept calling up about my engine asking if it had been rebuilt back than they never quoted u on a job it was put the engine in let them tear it down and than they'd give u a quote well i put the engine in and said just fix it, 3 weeks went by not a call 6 weeks went by not a call i waited 11 weeks finally i get a call to say my engine is ready $2800 repair bill

    i think the big repair bill was when the water police towed me back to the boat ramp they were towing 2 of us on the ski around 70kph it forced the entire engine to fill with salt water

    i had the cash for the repair bill from memory over the time they made me wait i saved some extra cash but i ended up buying a second hand Seadoo HX 720 that was a ex race ski

    anyhow IMO if u can't learn to rebuild a jetski by your self than your better off not owning one, they cost an absolute fortune to repair even when making the repairs your self but when u get a shop to do the work the price sky rockets

    have only ever owned 2 stroke jetski's and any advice i will give u if u go with a older model like the 2 bangers stick to 2 cylinder engines as the 3rd cylinder on some bigger models doubles the rebuild cost if not more than double

    Read and learn..these are wise words...talking to my local dealer about jet skiis..which he sells a lot of.......his main comment was that many people that buy them have NO idea of the annual service costs to keep them in good nick...and then when they find out ...they dont get them serviced cos its too expensive...as a % of the purchase value of the craft per annum it is right up there with maintaining actually even worse...an all wooden yacht...so second hand unless it has a meticulous service record....???

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    Re: Any decent jet skis out there for under $5k?

    Plenty on Facebook market place.
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