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Old 11-02-2019, 10:40 AM   #1
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Looking for tips, advice, or accessory suggestions for my soon-to-be-ordered new jetski.

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Waterproof bags for your phone and other carry on accessories. Also a top quality life preserver made for water sports. Since you will be wearing all the time while riding, get one that is quality made and fits you well!

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Waterproof bags for your phone and other carry on accessories. Also a top quality life preserver made for water sports. Since you will be wearing all the time while riding, get one that is quality made and fits you well!

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The new GTI will have a waterproof phone storage pocket, and we've got a waterproof bag.

Suggestion on a PFD?

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These guys have great accessories and apparel. I have one of their PFD’s, which is very comfortable.

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Also, consider a pair of goggles. Great for high speed riding, and they float.

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These guys have great accessories and apparel. I have one of their PFDs, which is very comfortable.

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Also, consider a pair of goggles. Great for high speed riding, and they float.

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Do you find goggles are better than sunglasses? My concern would be sunlight/tinting.

Also, is it possible to stay dry on a ski? I'm guessing my feet will always be wet, but what do people do in early/late season to not get wet/cold? Is the jetski season just a little shorter than boating?

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At higher speeds, with most sunglasses, the wind will get through at the bridge of your nose and make your eyes water. It depends upon the fit of your glasses.

Your feet can stay dry depending upon the lake conditions. I took my Yamaha to the ramp to put it on the trailer a couple of weeks ago and it was flat calm. I left my shoes on and they stayed dry. When it is rough on the lake keeping your feet dry is more difficult.
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At higher speeds, with most sunglasses, the wind will get through at the bridge of your nose and make your eyes water. It depends upon the fit of your glasses.

Your feet can stay dry depending upon the lake conditions. I took my Yamaha to the ramp to put it on the trailer a couple of weeks ago and it was flat calm. I left my shoes on and they stayed dry. When it is rough on the lake keeping your feet dry is more difficult.
What do you typically wear for footwear?

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Do you find goggles are better than sunglasses? My concern would be sunlight/tinting.

Also, is it possible to stay dry on a ski? I'm guessing my feet will always be wet, but what do people do in early/late season to not get wet/cold? Is the jetski season just a little shorter than boating?

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As Tilton pointed out, sunglasses will allow wind to creep through by the nose and around the sides. Goggles seal out the wind. You can get the lenses tinted or untinted, depending on your preference. For footwear, I use a WATER SHOE made by Speedo. Other than your feet, you can pretty much stay dry as long as you pay attention and maneuver properly around big waves. If you plow straight through them, you’re gonna get wet.

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For cold water and cold weather, and keeping your feet warm, the $229 dry suit from www.mythicdrysuits.com in Maine encloses the feet so you wear a quality pair of Speedo water shoes over the dry suit feet that fit good and stay on.

If you get dumped while doing donuts or something, having a dry suit, water shoes that stay on, a quality pfd, and using the shut-off lanyard is a good thing.

These dry suits are one piece, whole body, with openings for the head and two hands, while enclosing the feet like pajama footsies.

Also, helps a lot to wear non-cotton long underwear under the dry suit for staying warm, jet-skiing, in November, December, and April, with air temps below 40.
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As Tilton pointed out, sunglasses will allow wind to creep through by the nose and around the sides. Goggles seal out the wind. You can get the lenses tinted or untinted, depending on your preference. For footwear, I use a Speedo water shoe. Other than your feet, you can pretty much stay dry as long as you pay attention and maneuver properly around big waves. If you plow straight through them, youre gonna get wet.
Seaplane Pilot, you had me worried for a moment. I was glancing through your post and missing the first two words in the sentence, I read "...I use a Speedo..." and then saw water shoe. Erasing the Speedo image from my brain (as feeble as it may be), I then read the sentence in total.

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Seaplane Pilot, you had me worried for a moment. I was glancing through your post and missing the first two words in the sentence, I read "...I use a Speedo..." and then saw water shoe. Erasing the Speedo image from my brain (as feeble as it may be), I then read the sentence in total.

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Seaplane Pilot, you had me worried for a moment. I was glancing through your post and missing the first two words in the sentence, I read "...I use a Speedo..." and then saw water shoe. Erasing the Speedo image from my brain (as feeble as it may be), I then read the sentence in total.

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A Bizer chart. We have a real small laminated one rolled up and fits in glovebox. Life jacket should be shorter than those used for skiing since you are sitting and with pockets for your boating certificate, credit card or money and any other things you might need. A clip on device to attach your jetski key to your jacket so if you fall off the machine shops. We wear regular clothes and sandals. I only get wet if I want to in 90 degree weather. I also dont get air when I drive. I wear a winter jacket, hat and gloves in the early spring when the breeze off the water is cold. I used to have motorcycle glasses, but now just regular sunglasses. I also have a waterproof case for said boating license and jetski registration that I keep in the jacket pocket.
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Does the PFD have a pocket for license, or the machine?

The kill switch bracelet/vest clip should come with the machine?

I have a pretty good photo of a lake chart on my phone, but I suppose a folding map wouldn't take much space.

I wear pretty full coverage sunglasses, so I don't think I'd need goggles in regular weather. I guess I'll have to find out about when it's chilly.

It appears that most of my concerns about clothing are for pre and postseason, which experience will help with!

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No just flip flops.
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Alright, so I was pretty much sold on the Sea-Doo GTI SE 170 but now I'm wondering about the Yamaha VX Cruiser HO. The GTI has some great features, but I can't seem to shake the reliability thing...

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Alright, so I was pretty much sold on the Sea-Doo GTI SE 170 but now I'm wondering about the Yamaha VX Cruiser HO. The GTI has some great features, but I can't seem to shake the reliability thing...

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I don't think you can go wrong with either one. While the GTI 170 is a new model the GTI has been out for many years and they are very reliable.
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I don't think you can go wrong with either one. While the GTI 170 is a new model the GTI has been out for many years and they are very reliable.
I think the features are gonna win over reliability for this one.

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Alright, so I was pretty much sold on the Sea-Doo GTI SE 170 but now I'm wondering about the Yamaha VX Cruiser HO. The GTI has some great features, but I can't seem to shake the reliability thing...

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What are you hearing/reading about the reliability of the Sea Doo?
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What are you hearing/reading about the reliability of the Sea Doo?
Mostly that rental fleets are almost always Yamaha, that Sea-Doo innovates more than perfects, etc. I've posted the question in different places and read lots of forums, and there's little to contradict that narrative.

That being said, it *appears* a sizeable portion of reliability problems revolve around new technology (iBr in its infancy, etc.) or supercharged components.

Given that I'll be avoiding both of those, and that there are those features I would like, I'm hoping I'll be ok. Haven't ruled out the Yamaha VX Cruiser HO, but definitely leaning towards the GTI.

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Mostly that rental fleets are almost always Yamaha, that Sea-Doo innovates more than perfects, etc. I've posted the question in different places and read lots of forums, and there's little to contradict that narrative.

That being said, it *appears* a sizeable portion of reliability problems revolve around new technology (iBr in its infancy, etc.) or supercharged components.

Given that I'll be avoiding both of those, and that there are those features I would like, I'm hoping I'll be ok. Haven't ruled out the Yamaha VX Cruiser HO, but definitely leaning towards the GTI.

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The iBr is awesome. My older 09 GTI 130 doesn't have it but my 13 Sea Do does. It makes it so much easier to dock.
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The iBr is awesome. My older 09 GTI 130 doesn't have it but my 13 Sea Do does. It makes it so much easier to dock.
Have your machines been reliable?

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Other than human error, yes. I got too close to shore once and sucked up some rocks. I was lucky it was just at an idle and there was no damage. I just had to remove the rock that got lodged in the impeller.
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Other than human error, yes. I got too close to shore once and sucked up some rocks. I was lucky it was just at an idle and there was no damage. I just had to remove the rock that got lodged in the impeller.
How deep does one have to be to avoid this? Also, how does one get away from the trailer/shallows without being in the water?

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It was my own fault, I left the dock with out my vest and went back to get it on shore. I left the machine running for a second in neutral to go ashore and grab the vest. The machine drifted into about a foot deep and suck up some rocks.
I should have just shut it off. I learned my lesson.
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It was my own fault, I left the dock with out my vest and went back to get it on shore. I left the machine running for a second in neutral to go ashore and grab the vest. The machine drifted into about a foot deep and suck up some rocks.
I should have just shut it off. I learned my lesson.
Sooo...how will I get into deep enough water to start? Can I do it without getting wet?

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Your not seriously asking this question are you.

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Absolutely serious. The temp dock at my camp is shallow at best, sometimes scraping bottom at worst. Since most of my concerns have to do with early/late season temps, keeping dry may be the difference between being comfortable/using the ski and not.

There's also the very real potential that climbing on is not easy for me. At a lofty 5'6" with tiny T-Rex arms, boarding from the water will be...interesting.

Also, another member was right: you need to get a life. Most of your posts are more useless than FLL's. At least he's cheerful.

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It was my own fault, I left the dock with out my vest and went back to get it on shore. I left the machine running for a second in neutral to go ashore and grab the vest. The machine drifted into about a foot deep and suck up some rocks.
I should have just shut it off. I learned my lesson.
I hope marine patrol is not reading this. No life vest... then leaving it running with nobody on it.

Good grief.
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Absolutely serious. The temp dock at my camp is shallow at best, sometimes scraping bottom at worst. Since most of my concerns have to do with early/late season temps, keeping dry may be the difference between being comfortable/using the ski and not.

There's also the very real potential that climbing on is not easy for me. At a lofty 5'6" with tiny T-Rex arms, boarding from the water will be...interesting.

Also, another member was right: you need to get a life. Most of your posts are more useless than FLL's. At least he's cheerful.

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Your not seriously asking this question are you.

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There is no such thing as "stupid questions"... (cough, cough)

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If you're not leaving from a dock you're at least going to get your legs wet up to your knees. You will have to push off from shallow water before you start the machine.

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Absolutely serious. The temp dock at my camp is shallow at best, sometimes scraping bottom at worst. Since most of my concerns have to do with early/late season temps, keeping dry may be the difference between being comfortable/using the ski and not.

There's also the very real potential that climbing on is not easy for me. At a lofty 5'6" with tiny T-Rex arms, boarding from the water will be...interesting.

Also, another member was right: you need to get a life. Most of your posts are more useless than FLL's. At least he's cheerful.

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If you're not leaving from a dock you're at least going to get your legs wet up to your knees. You will have to push off from shallow water before you start the machine.

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Get a "retractable" paddle that stores on the machine somewhere. Problem solved. Will also come in handy if, and when you break down, or run out of gas... It's not rocket science. It may even be mandatory that you have a paddle on board. I know there is a law that says any vessel under a certain length (16' I think), has to have a paddle on board. Not sure if these waverunner's fall under that category, but they are considered a "boat". Just common sense anyways to have one on board at all times.
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I hope marine patrol is not reading this. No life vest... then leaving it running with nobody on it.

Good grief.
I was 20' off my dock when I realised I forgot my vest. And the vest was on my chair which was right on my beach but that 2 seconds was 2 seconds to long.

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Here you go think....this should help.

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This also means (defeated kill switch) if was running with out anyone on it.
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Maybe he had one of those "extra long" tether cords... No worries!!
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If your worried about getting your feet wet on a jet ski...well, maybe another type of water transportation would be best....

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Dan, as a White Mountains and winter hiker, I'm conditioned to keep dry in cool/hypothermic weather, i.e. early and late season. Given the criticism here, that's clearly stupid of me.

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Its obvious you should not be out there on the water. Consider taking the safe boating course again. The very people we are all afraid of.
Explain why asking questions about keeping my new jetski from sucking up gravel and/or boarding safely/as dryly as possible means I should be off the water. You may be the first member I block because you're nothing but critical.

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Agreed. I'm not worried, I was referring to posts 30 and 32.
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Explain why asking questions about keeping my new jetski from sucking up gravel and/or boarding safely/as dryly as possible means I should be off the water. You may be the first member I block because you're nothing but critical.

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Another useful comment. Thanks for taking your time to add nothing. Gooo you!

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I'm just wondering Think, when you go hiking in the White Mtns, and it starts snowing, how do you distinguish yourself from all the other snowflakes???
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Hahaha! There you are! The brilliant Cal Coon we all know and love. You know, denial is not just a river in Egypt. (Another CC gem!). You go girl!

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What am I in denial about? Not understanding your logic there..., but glad to see you learned something from me. You probably didn't think that would be possible. Never say never... And by the way, you don't know if i'm a girl or not. I could have an "X" for my gender on my license for all you know. I'm kind of offended at that. Are you insulting ALL women here by calling me a girl...??? I think all the women on this forum should block you for your intolerance. You are so mean and "critical".
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This thread is amazing on so many levels.


EDIT: Regarding reliability.....I'd simply look at the broken Seadoo's compared to the broken Yamaha's on CL and go from there. You will see that many of the broken Seadoo's are 10yrs or newer whereas many of the broken Yamaha's appear to be 15yrs or older.
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If you're not leaving from a dock you're at least going to get your legs wet up to your knees. You will have to push off from shallow water before you start the machine.

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Biggd, what would you say is the minimum depth you'd have your ski running? Most of what I've found is 3', but I'm not sure I'll have that in the best launch scenario.

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Regarding reliability.....I'd simply look at the broken Seadoo's compared to the broken Yamaha's on CL and go from there. You will see that many of the broken Seadoo's are 10yrs or newer whereas many of the broken Yamaha's appear to be 15yrs or older.
I'd searched over the summer, and it seemed like there was an equal number of machines for sale, but most of the older ones were Sea-Doo. I couldn't tell if that was because they were broken or had outlasted others or it was a numbers game.

I did start searching rental places, and on Winni it's 50/50 whereas elsewhere--in my quick search--it looks like 75/25.

My sense of things from a lot of reading is that the difference today isn't as dramatic as it once may have been and that when looking at simpler machines, it's probably more about maintenance than design.

I think at this point it'll be about how it feels to sit on it, the features, and the final price.

Side note: I posed this question to my association, and almost everyone has a Sea-Doo from DaSilva's with zero negatives to report, and many of them are early 2000 models.

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Think, I think you are way over thinking this purchase. Stop thinking about it, and (as (pos) Nike would say), Just do it!! And then let us know what you think. I think that would be in your best interest, I think...
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Think, I think you are way over thinking this purchase. Stop thinking about it, and (as (pos) Nike would say), Just do it!! And then let us know what you think. I think that would be in your best interest, I think...
I don't disagree, but 1. researching/looking/discussing are part of what I enjoy about buying new things, especially in the off-season and with new-to-me stuff. It's the reason boat shows exist. And b. a sizeable part of our ability to afford (and enjoy) the things we do on teacher salaries is through smart choices.

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Biggd, what would you say is the minimum depth you'd have your ski running? Most of what I've found is 3', but I'm not sure I'll have that in the best launch scenario.

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I think you're safe in 2 feet.
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I think you're safe in 2 feet.
Yeah, I was watching that video Dan posted above, and it looks like the 3' may be from the waterline as opposed to the bottom of the ski.

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Explain why asking questions about keeping my new jetski from sucking up gravel and/or boarding safely/as dryly as possible means I should be off the water. You may be the first member I block because you're nothing but critical.

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If I asked these questions before I bought one then maybe I wouldn't have sucked up rocks in the first place. Like someone else said, "there's no such thing as a stupid question".
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This also means (defeated kill switch) if was running with out anyone on it.
Well if I didn't have my vest on then I didn't have anything to hook the kill switch to. This is why I realized I didn't have my vest on. I guess we all can't be as brilliant as you every day of our lives.
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What many people forget is that in jet skis and jet boats as long as the motor is running the pump never stops. Even in neutral the intake is still drawing in water and in shallow water whatever sand, rocks, and weeds are below can be sucked up.

I found if you have at least a foot of clean water under the hull you could idle to deeper water before touching the throttle without drawing any debris in.

I have beached jet skis many times but always get it heading for shore and try to shut it off in about 2 feet of water and let the headway take care of the rest.

When I sucked up weeds in a Yamaha jet boat you could tell right away by the reduced power and minor shaking, out of balance feel. On some occasions I could get it back up to speed and then shut the motor off. Many times the suction of the passing water (without any suction from the motor) would clear the intake screens of debris. Sometimes the only way to clear the intake was to get under it and do it by hand. In time, you make fewer errors and learn to avoid these problems.
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When I'm taking off from my beach I usually go in up to my knees and push off from the back into deeper water, then hop on the back before starting it. If it doesn't start for some reason you're going swimming.
I have a dock so I can get on it without getting wet but I never go on it expecting to stay completely dry.
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Absolutely serious. The temp dock at my camp is shallow at best, sometimes scraping bottom at worst. Since most of my concerns have to do with early/late season temps, keeping dry may be the difference between being comfortable/using the ski and not.

There's also the very real potential that climbing on is not easy for me. At a lofty 5'6" with tiny T-Rex arms, boarding from the water will be...interesting.

Also, another member was right: you need to get a life. Most of your posts are more useless than FLL's. At least he's cheerful.

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Well if I didn't have my vest on then I didn't have anything to hook the kill switch to. This is why I realized I didn't have my vest on. I guess we all can't be as brilliant as you every day of our lives.
All you gotta do is pierce a nipple and put a key chain ring through it and hook up to that. You will be good to go. And, (unfortunately), you will look completely normal in this whacked out pierce happy society we live in today. You will blend right in and no one will even give you a second look...
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All you gotta do is pierce a nipple and put a key chain ring through it and hook up to that. You will be good to go. And, (unfortunately), you will look completely normal in this whacked out pierce happy society we live in today. You will blend right in and no one will even give you a second look...
I know I shouldn't be forgetting to put my life vest on but forgetting things is a daily occurrence at my age.
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I hear ya there, you are not alone... That would be another benefit to the nipple ring. I would think that every time you snag it, tug it, or pull it on something, the pain will be a constant reminder that it is always there when you need it!!! Win, win!! lol
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I hear ya there, you are not alone... That would be another benefit to the nipple ring. I would think that every time you snag it, tug it, or pull it on something, the pain will be a constant reminder that it is always there when you need it!!! Win, win!! lol
I'll make sure to put it on a post-it note, "get a nipple ring", so I don't forget
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What many people forget is that in jet skis and jet boats as long as the motor is running the pump never stops. Even in neutral the intake is still drawing in water and in shallow water whatever sand, rocks, and weeds are below can be sucked up.

I found if you have at least a foot of clean water under the hull you could idle to deeper water before touching the throttle without drawing any debris in.

I have beached jet skis many times but always get it heading for shore and try to shut it off in about 2 feet of water and let the headway take care of the rest.

When I sucked up weeds in a Yamaha jet boat you could tell right away by the reduced power and minor shaking, out of balance feel. On some occasions I could get it back up to speed and then shut the motor off. Many times the suction of the passing water (without any suction from the motor) would clear the intake screens of debris. Sometimes the only way to clear the intake was to get under it and do it by hand. In time, you make fewer errors and learn to avoid these problems.
I forgot to thank you for this--I wouldn't have known the pump is constantly running, even in neutral.

So, whenever I'm in a situation where something is close enough to be sucked in, I should make sure the machine is off. Check!

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I forgot to thank you for this--I wouldn't have known the pump is constantly running, even in neutral.

So, whenever I'm in a situation where something is close enough to be sucked in, I should make sure the machine is off. Check!

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No worries! You would have figured it out as soon as you sucked up your first waterski line! There is a reason why many of the hourly jetski rental places do not give dock lines to the renters.

"Neutral" is when the "bucket on the rear where the water jet exits throws 1/2 the water forward under the jetski and 1/2 the water backwards to hold the jetski in place. Sort of.
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Hey! I just saw a photo of the front access storage on GTX models--any thoughts on GTX vs. GTI?! It looks like it'd only be a grand or so more...

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My 09 is a GTI and my 13 is a GTX. They are very different and handle differently. I think I touched on this before. The GTI is a little more nimble and sportier. The GTX is more comfort and convenience.
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My 09 is a GTI and my 13 is a GTX. They are very different and handle differently. I think I touched on this before. The GTI is a little more nimble and sportier. The GTX is more comfort and convenience.
I think I'd be more interested in a smoother/stabler ride, especially with the kids. I'm thinking DaSilva's will have both at the boat show to check out.

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Thinkxingu - you are navigating the circle of information I did a year ago and maybe arriving at the same spot??? Take a look again at my post 30 in your former 'New Jet Ski Advise' string). There I speak at length about the very storage thing you are thinking about. It was a major reason I went for the SeaDoo GTX Limited.

Sounds to me you are more interested in cruising versus sport. Having that front access falls squarely in the 'cannot do without category' for this comfort-focused cruiser - me.
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Thinkxingu - you are navigating the circle of information I did a year ago and maybe arriving at the same spot??? Take a look again at my post 30 in your former 'New Jet Ski Advise' string). There I speak at length about the very storage thing you are thinking about. It was a major reason I went for the SeaDoo GTX Limited.

Sounds to me you are more interested in cruising versus sport. Having that front access falls squarely in the 'cannot do without category' for this comfort-focused cruiser - me.
Thanks for the reminder about your post--I had read about the storage but at the time didn't realize there was both the "standard" with up-front/over-the-handlebars access and "direct access" from the driver's seat. It seems like that--with my T-Rex arms and all--might be the game changer.

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