Best Jet Ski on the Market: A Review of Sea-doo and Yamaha Jet Ski

Sea-Doo vs. Yamaha

A Sea-Doo RXP in action.
A Sea-Doo RXP in action. | Source

Looking for a new water craft? If you want a recommendation based upon experience, you've come to the right place. Below is a review of the latest et Skis from the two most popular brands on the marketplace: Sea-Doo and Yamaha.

While I worked as pit crew logistics manager for world champion Jet Ski racer Ricky Sneddon, I became convinced that both Sea-Doo and Yamaha make products that simply knock the likes of Kawasaki, Polaris, and Honda right out of the water.

Now I still hold Sea-Doo close to my heart, since I have had so much more fun in the surf on a Sea-Doo than on the Yamaha, but that's just my personal experience.

The bottom line is, when you're travelling at close to 85 mph across the water on a crotch rocket, does it really matter what your riding? At that speed, yes. New Sea-Doo water craft are fitted with Intelligent Brake Systems. You might think, why would anyone want brakes on their water craft? Well, I'll let you decide which watercraft suits your personality and pocket.

Kawasaki lovers out there: I'm afraid you'll have to move along now because there's nothing to see here.

Jumping Waves on a Personal Water Craft

Yamaha or Sea-Doo: The Choice Is Yours.

A Yamaha machine born and bred for water at high speed.
A Yamaha machine born and bred for water at high speed.

Sea-Doo Watercraft

The Sea-Doo Jet ski offering will always be one of the finest personalised watercrafts available in the world. Synonymous with speed, reliability, fun and ingenuity, Sea-Doo is always striving to be the most favoured of jet ski enthuasists in the world jet ski market. Newly releasing their latest range powered by the 4-TEC Rotax powered powerplant.

Sea-Doo is backed by Bombardier and is the home of the ever popular Rotax Powered Motor. Rotax has become known as a leading front runner in the snowmobile, jet boat, and microlight industry and offers peak performance in their jet ski series with an unprecedented reed valve system second to none.

The Best on the Market: Sea-Doo RXP-X 255

By far the best 2009 personal watercraft on the market: the Sea-Doo RXP 2008 in red and RXP-X 255 2009 in silver.
By far the best 2009 personal watercraft on the market: the Sea-Doo RXP 2008 in red and RXP-X 255 2009 in silver.

Jet ski Type: MuscleCraft Performance Series

Engine Specifications: 255 Horsepowered Rotax powerplant with 4-TEC configuration

Features: If you're looking for the best jet ski that personal watercraft sport has to offer, then look no further. Anyone pulling up to the waters edge with 2 RXP -X 255'S on a double trailer will be the bees knees wherever they go. It just doesn't get any better than this.

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $13,399

Sea-Doo 2009 GTX iS Limited in Action

The GTX Sea-Doo makes everything else seem to stand still.
The GTX Sea-Doo makes everything else seem to stand still.

Sea-Doo GTX 215 and GTX 155

Jet ski Type: Luxury Performance Family

Engine Specifications: 215 or 155 Horsepowered Rotax powerplant options

Features: Primarily a two-seater with a specialised touring seat, but can be used for an adult and two children. More sophisticated onboard computer system offering lanyard safety and 18 functions including a compass. A watertight removable storage compartment, step up foldable ladder and forward, neutral, and reverse controls.

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $10,699 for 155 hp option to $11,999 for a 215 hp option

Traditional Baby Sea-Doo GTI 130

Jet ski Type: Recreational / Family Fun

Engine Specifications: Basic 130 Horsepowered Rotax

Features: Primarily a two-seater, but can be used for an adult and two children. Digital information onboard computer system offering lanyard safety and 15 function memory. A watertight removable storage compartment and forward, neutral and reverse controls.

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $7,799

Sea-Doo GTI SE 155 and Sea-Doo GTI SE 130

Jet ski Type: Recreational / Family Fun

Engine Specifications: 130 or 155 Horsepowered Rotax options

Features: Primarily a two-seater, but can be used for an adult and two children. Digital information computer system offering lanyard safety and 17 function memory incorporating a compass and water temperature function. A watertight removable storage compartment and forward, neutral and reverse controls. Newer features include a fold up step on platform and wider handlebars.

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $8,699 for the 130 HP AND $9,699 for the 155 HP

Sea-Doo GTX Limited iS 255

Jet ski Type: Luxury Performance Family

Engine Specifications: 255 Horsepowered Rotax 4-TEC powerplant

Features: The largest in the GTX range provides three adult seating including a specialised touring seat. The most sophisticated of watercraft systems to date including an iBR (Intelligent Brake and Reverse) capability, the new iTC (intelligent Throttle Control) system and iS (Intelligent Suspension upgrade). The newest state of the art retractable mooring line system and housed on an S3 Hull platform providing the best in family watercraft features for 2009. With multiple watertight removable storage compartments, a standard step up foldable ladder and forward, neutral, and reverse controls.

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $16,499, this model remains #1 in its class.

Sea-Doo RXT IS 255

Sea-Doo's agility on sharp corner enables quick out-of-the-box maneuvering.
Sea-Doo's agility on sharp corner enables quick out-of-the-box maneuvering.

Sea-Doo RXT IS 255

Jet ski Type: MuscleCraft Performance Series

Engine Specifications: 255 Horsepowered Rotax 4 - TEC powerplant

Features : Fitted with the Intelligent series adaptions and coupled with the speed and variability of performance and muscle make this the best and most sought after jet ski model of all time. Most raced model and favourite of speed freaks the world over. If you're looking for a gift for someone who has everything, then this is the it.

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $ 14 999 before you start adding all the race extras you've got your eye on.

Sea-Doo RXT-X 255

Jet ski Type: MuscleCraft Performance Series

Engine Specifications: 215 or 155 Horsepowered Rotax powerplant options

Features: X series X-throttle and X- traction matting and X-racing handlebars. Fitted with a VTS (Variable Trim and Tilt System) for planning control and a specialised intake system, make this one of the quickest watercraft on the planet. Definitely the one you want on your double trailer.

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $13,699

Sea-Doo RXT 215-2009 model

Sea-Doo RXT 215-2009 model
Sea-Doo RXT 215-2009 model

Sea-Doo RXT 215

Jet ski Type: Luxury Performance Family

Engine Specifications: 215 Horsepowered Rotax powerplant

Features: Sophisticated onboard computer system offering lanyard safety and 18 functions including a compass. A watertight removable storage compartment, step up foldable ladder and ski tow eye. An all rounder for speed, endurance, family fun and enough power for wakeboarding and skiing behind.

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $11,999

Sea-Doo RXP 215

Jet ski Type: Luxury Performance Family

Engine Specifications: 215 Horsepowered Rotax powerplant

Features: Similar in most respects to the RXT 215, save for extra wide steering, Variable trim and tilt system and added computer features. Personal preference to design features are individual and so is the RXP 215.

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $11,999

Sea-Doo Wake 215 2009 model

Easy handling with the new ski pole attachment for wakeboarding behind the 2009 Wake Sea-Doo.
Easy handling with the new ski pole attachment for wakeboarding behind the 2009 Wake Sea-Doo.

Sea-Doo Wake 155

Jet ski Type: Luxury Sport Series

Engine Specifications: 155 Horsepowered Rotax powerplant

Features: The first of many firsts by Sea-Doo, the Wake series is purpose built with wakeboarding and skiing in mind and offers every conceivable necessity for a day on the water. Includes a retractable ski pylon and removable board rack. Often a choice for deep sea anglers to retrofit for fishing uses.

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $9,999

2009 Sea-Doo Wake Pro Jet Ski

2009 Jet Ski Sea-Doo Wake Pro now fitted with retractable ski pole.
2009 Jet Ski Sea-Doo Wake Pro now fitted with retractable ski pole.

Sea-Doo Wake Pro 215

Jet ski Type: Luxury Sport Series

Engine Specifications: 215 Horsepowered Rotax powerplant

Features: Fitted with the removable Wakeboost system technology creating the best wake for non stop boarding. The first of many firsts by Sea-Doo, the Wake series is purpose built with wakeboarding and skiing in mind and offers every conceivable necessity for a day on the water. Includes a retractable ski pylon and removable board rack. Often a choice for deep sea anglers to retrofit for fishing uses. Includes a high performance Variable Trim and Tilt system

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $12,999

Yamaha Watercraft

Yamaha has always been a frontrunner in the world of racing and produces some of the finest machines to the superbike, motocross and quadbiking fraternity. With an intelligence for race design and performance engines, Yamaha will remain a contender in the jet ski market for many years to come or for as long as they decide to compete for the coveted number 1 spot in jet ski world championships.

If you are looking to maintain a performance enhanced, eat my dust, throttle to the max kind of attitude to your personalised watercraft, whether for recreational enjoyment or for competitive reasons, Yamaha Jet skis are a consideration for you.

Yamaha Waverunner FZR

Jet ski Type: Power Class

Engine Specifications: Supercharged 1812cc Four Cylinder Four Stroke

Features: Electronic Fuel Ignition,Adjustable Steering and Cruise Control

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $12,599

Yamaha Waverunner FZS

Yamaha Waverunner FZS
Yamaha Waverunner FZS
Yamaha supercharged 4 stroke marine engine.Click to enlarge.
Yamaha supercharged 4 stroke marine engine.Click to enlarge.

Yamaha Waverunner FZS

Jet ski Type: Power Class

Engine Specifications: Supercharged 1812cc Four Cylinder Four Stroke

Features: Electronic Fuel Ignition,Telescopic Steering and boarding ladder.Remote transmitter starup.

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $12,899

Yamaha Waverunner FX SHO

Yamaha Waverunner FX SHO

Jet ski Type: Power Class

Engine Specifications: Supercharged 1812cc Four Cylinder Four Stroke

Features: Electronic Fuel Ignition,Adjustable Steering and Cruise Control

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $12,599

Yamaha Waverunner FX Cruiser SHO

Plenty of room for comfort.2009 Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO
Plenty of room for comfort.2009 Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO

Yamaha Waverunner FX Cruiser SHO

Jet ski Type: Power Class

Engine Specifications: 1812cc supercharged 4 stroke 4 cylinder yamaha marine engine

Features: Cruise Control no-Wake mode, remote transmitter startup and adjustable steering

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $11,399

Yamaha Waverunner FX HO

Yamaha FX HO 2009 model
Yamaha FX HO 2009 model

Yamaha Waverunner FX HO

Jet ski Type: Power Class

Engine Specifications: 1812cc supercharged 4 stroke 4 cylinder yamaha marine engine

Features: Cruise Control no-Wake mode, remote transmitter startup and reverse function

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $11,399

Yamaha Waverunner FX Cruiser HO

Great all rounder for dam and surf capabilities.
Great all rounder for dam and surf capabilities.

Yamaha Waverunner FX Cruiser HO

Jet ski Type: Power Class

Engine Specifications: Supercharged 1812cc Four Cylinder Four Stroke

Features: Electronic Fuel Ignition,Telescopic Steering and boarding ladder.Remote transmitter starup.

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $11,899

Yamaha Waverunner VX Cruiser

Yamaha Waverunner VX Cruiser

Jet ski Type: Power Class

Engine Specifications: Supercharged 1812cc Four Cylinder Four Stroke

Features: Electronic Fuel Ignition,Telescopic Steering and boarding ladder.Remote transmitter starup.

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $12,899

Yamaha Waverunner VX Deluxe

Yamaha Waverunner VX Deluxe
Yamaha Waverunner VX Deluxe

Yamaha Waverunner VX Deluxe

Jet ski Type: Power Class

Engine Specifications: Supercharged 1812cc Four Cylinder Four Stroke

Features: Electronic Fuel Ignition,Telescopic Steering and boarding ladder.Remote transmitter starup.

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $12,899

Yamaha Waverunner VX Sport

Yamaha Family Sport VX edition
Yamaha Family Sport VX edition

Yamaha Waverunner VX Sport

Jet ski Type: Power Family Class

Engine Specifications: 1052cc Four Cylinder Four Stroke

Features: Electronic Fuel Ignition,Sport edition

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $7,899

Yamaha Waverunner VX

YAMAHA family jet ski
YAMAHA family jet ski

Yamaha Waverunner VX

Jet ski Type: Family Waverunner Class

Engine Specifications: 1052cc Four Cylinder Four Stroke, Double Overhead Cam, 20 valve heads

Features: Electronic Fuel Ignition and judged one of the most popular entry level craft in its class.

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $7,699

Yamaha Superjet Standup

Yamaha Superjet Standup
Yamaha Superjet Standup

Yamaha Superjet Standup

Jet ski Type: Stand Up Super

Engine Specifications: 701cc super 2 stroke 2 cylinder yamaha high performance engine

Features: Skid plates and traction deck.

Recommended Retail Price: Starting at $7 199. A tried and tested as well as proven winner in its class for nearly 20 years.

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Dale Nelson 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks to all those who voted in the poll.It seems that Seadoo is narrowly ahead.Common Yamaha supporters where are your votes.


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Dale Nelson 7 years ago from South Africa Author

And Yamaha jumps ahead by 16% of the votes.Good going Yamaha fans


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Dale Nelson 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Did anybody find this article of any help in their quest to find the best jetski.Which model do you think is the best.Let us know.here in the comments section.


Michael John S. Manahan 7 years ago

How many liters of fuel?


Michael John S. Manahan 7 years ago

How many liters of fuel?


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Dale Nelson 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Michael,

That's a good question.Jet skis tend to operate on similar capacites as motorbikes and as such can hold 12 -20 liters of fuel dependent on the make and model. Two stroke motors will require a special octane or unleaded to produce the best performance which can be determined by a Race Shop or Jet ski mechanic for your intended use. 4 strokes tend to run on richer octane for better performance. Hope this helps


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Curious Jen 6 years ago from Canada/Nicaragua

Great hub. Lots of good information. Which is your favorite? You might want to check out some of my hubs on Seadoo Covers.


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Dale Nelson 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for the feedback Jen.Will have a look see.The Yamaha Gp series always handled well in the surf for me due its abilitity to carry 3 people with a good 1200 cc of power.For performance, I have to say i enjoy the updated Seadoo of teh Xp series due to the non rigid ride by the suspension seating arrangement.


brad  6 years ago

Does the Sea Doo Wake 215 ballast system really create a good wake vs. a ski without a ballast system?


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Dale Nelson 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Brad, thats a great question.Seadoo has designed varuos shaped hulls over the years(as have yamaha and others) so when looking at function, the hull selected for the Wake 215 streamlines water and and the combined directional blast form the propulsion system create a near perfect outflow of wake to be distributed in the correct position at towing speeds for maximum enjoyment by the skier. So to answer your question, the position of the ski in the water is controlled by the ballast system to create the right wake from the various factors all being in sync with each other.Hope this helps


griffin avery 6 years ago

i love sea doo


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Dale Nelson 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for the comment Griffin.Good to have feedback from readers.


Stan 6 years ago

This article gives some good basics, but a side-by-side comparison of comparable models of Yamahas and Seadoos would be great, including comments on handling and performance. Even better would be fuel economy and average annual maintenance costs. All of these would be factors in any buying decision for me.


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Dale Nelson 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Stan,

Thanks for the feedback. You have valid comments when looking at comparables for the manufacturers. I will hopefullt place an article link to more information soonest. The article is quite long at the moment to get all the available jet ski models in and dont know how long it will take to load the page if I add to much detail. The showroom should have brochures on exact specifications near your area once you have narrowed it down to horsepower and intended use and be able to give you recommendations of the best jet ski for your needs.


Sherri 6 years ago

Which has the best cooling system? Have heard that Yamaha uses the water in which you are playing, to cool.


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Dale Nelson 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Sherri,

That's a good question.

All manufacturers use the same technology to use the water in which the jetski is operated. A jetski motor uses what is called an impeller to churn the water as propulsion as opposed to the convential ski boat propeller. The impeller behaves as a turbine much like that used in dams and spins the water out for force and power.

So in essence it won't really matter which manufacturer you chose if this is your criteria.


Hoang Tung 6 years ago

Hi Mr. Dale Nelson

Thanks for your good information of SeeDoo and Yamaha.

I'm from Viet Nam and I want to buy some of Jetskis and I'm interesting in GTI 130 and Wave Runner VX. Which one is better in fuel consumtion? And if I want to buy them, who can I contact with?

Thanks so much.


H MAN 6 years ago

I have owned Seadoos in the past. I just today picked up my 2008 Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO from the dealership. It was in getting the 100 hour service for $360. Anyway, everyone who works at this huge dealership who sells mostly SeaDoos tells me candidly that all of the techs prefer working on the Yamaha, and there are way to many things that break and go bad on the Seadoo. My supercharged ski takes regular 87 octane fuel. If you want reliabilty and save a lot of money and go just as fast the answer is simple, go with the Yamaha. Better seat, just as fast, all the bells and whistles including pop up cleats, easily adjustable handlebars (on seadoo u need an allen wrench to adjust lol)cruise control, no wake mode, cup holders, etc. They told me that shock absorber which caught my interest on the Seadoo was crap. I also asked about the braking system and they said it is not so great. The only thing they say the Seadoo has over the Yami is the closed loop system, especially if you ride in salt water like I do. BUT, if you just flush with "Salt Away" when you get home, VOILA no more advantage Seadoo. Such an easy choice. They offered me a RXT-X for less then my Yamaha SHO back in 2008, I still went with the Yami and I'm glad I did. So is my wife who rides on the back sometimes. Smooth and comfortable.

Check out this link.

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/waverunner/waverunnerc...


N Khan 6 years ago

I would like a machine for family and fun. Do both makes have a facility for waterski attachments?


b taylor 6 years ago

im wanting to buy a two seater jet ski for family use, to be able to tow a ring ect, nothing two powerfull, cheap to maintain,and running costs, for about3-4 thousand pounds,fresh water use only. yamaha-seadoo, any advice wellcome. thank you.


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Dale Nelson 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi B taylor,

That's a good question. In my opinion, your best bet would be a Yamaha GP 1200 or GP 800 or from Seadoo a SPX or GSX. These 4 Jet Ski models will be a few years old but will have been serviced at regular intervals and should have roughly 50 - 100 hours of use on them. They should fit comfortably into your budget and be reliable enough for a few years before considering a trade in. They will have between 135 - 150 hp motors and can personally say that all 4 will be powerful enough to tow a tube ring or a wakeboard at 15 -25 mph. The GP 1200 will be the most versatile of the four in terms of use for 2 passengers.

Hope this helps.


simon 6 years ago

can anyone tell me what they think of the seadoo wake 155 and how fast it is thanks


jeff 6 years ago

? I'm Looking For Racing/Fun Watercraft I'm 34 And Race Most Of My Life On Land Now I Want To Try Water Do You Have Any Recommend For Me?

I'm A Yami Freak All I Have Is Yami But Friends Are Telling Me Sea Doo Are The Top Watercraft So I'm Looking For A Yami To Prov Them Yami Still Hold The Gold.


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Dale Nelson 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Simon,

Pulling a wakeboard with a passenger on a seadoo wake 155 should pitch you in the 20-25 mph range which is adequate for wakejumping/boarding.

Hi Jeff,

In the Yamaha Range, you will find that most of the jet skis are 4 stroke powered and some seadoos are two strokes giving higher rev ranges. So if you relate this to the motocross fraternity, it becomes a question of powerful 4 strokes versus quick out of the box revving 2 strokes.

In order to adjust for the rev range of the seadoo, I would say that the supercharger on the VX Deluxe would be your best bet. You will be best advised to go for weight reduction if you are piloting the watercraft alone (no passengers). Go for upgrades on the engine management system - high performance chip modifications to tune the motor above the factory specifications.Then start switching steering etc to aluminum and graphite aftermarket components. You will be amazed at how many components you can get from Yamaha Racing.


jeff 6 years ago

thanks you and safe ridin


adam 5 years ago

can any1 tell me what the go is if you get caught on a jetski with no license? and can you tow skiers on a 2 seater? some1 told me 3 but i dont see the diff.


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Dale Nelson 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Adam,

I honestly have no idea what the current legislation is for fines as they vary from state to state.

As far as towing goes, form experience we have fouund that 85 hp engines have sufficient power to tow a wakeboard and one person at a decent pace. For two up I would say 130 horepower with no passengers on the jetski.

Thus if you were to have a passenger and two persons skiing, I would say a 3 seater jetski with minimum 150 horspower for the pilot, a passenger and two skiiers. Hope this helps.

Dale


Hannah 5 years ago

I have a seadoo and it's really awesome I love it!


michael 5 years ago

can anyone tell me the life expectancy of a sea doo rotax motor,and the four cyclinder in the yammys. and which would be the cheaper way to go for general maintenance and upkeep?


Bradley 5 years ago

My new seadoo gtx is 215 goes like a scalded cat.


Emma 5 years ago

Hey for the question about the towing, I have heard that you are only allowed to have the amount of people being towed as can fit on the jet ski. Like if you have a three seater u can have one person being towed, one person watching back, and the driver. Where as with the yamaha jet boats you can tow heaps more people.

Now for my question! We are looking for a 10-15000 dollar jetski. Three seater, fun for the family but still got good horse power to get fast??? Also I just heard that with the seadoo u have to put them in for a service every 100 km that costs $1000???? So all in all what would be a cheaper to maintain jet ski???? Thxxx


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Dale Nelson 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Emma,

Let me see if I can answer all your questions. Firstly, you are correct in stating that the law requires a spotter and driver to tow a skier from a jet ski.

I also agree that a jet boat will have more power as they will possibly have two jetski motors sitting alongside each other.

As far as choices go, using your need for speed and also be able to use as a wake creating ski, then I would suggest to look into the cruiser series from Yamaha or look into the Yamaha Waverunner FX Cruiser SHO which has a supercharger.

As far as servicing goes, you are advised to have any make of jetski serviced at least every thirty hours, irrespective of how far you have travelled. There are onboard clocks on all jetskis with digital storage memory. So cost is the same for all, but check with a jet ski maintenance shop for pricing in your area.

Hope this helps.

Dale


Steve 5 years ago

I have both a Doo and Yami....

If you want an entry lvl model, I would have to say go with the Sea Doo's. I have a 07 GTI SE 155, its fuel consumption is great (100+ mile range on full tank), the N/A Rotax is a stout motor, plus it has power to GPS clock in at 58.6mph, and the hull is a MUCH better design vs the entry lvl of Yammi. Its more stable, and is one of the sea doo's better hull designs.

Now if you want POWER...Go for a FZR or FZS. They are faster then the 255-260 RXT/RXP, easily adjustable handlebars, cheaper, RUN on 87 vs 91+, and not so many issues reported as with the S/C'd Doo's. I have a 2010 FZS, I was look at the RXT-X but price, only needing 87, and overall performance numbers had me going for the yammi. The FZS w/ 14hours on the clock has gps clocked in at 68.3mph....That is moving, but the pure fun of this beast is the insane acceleration


Jacob 5 years ago

hi

i want to get a jetski for small wave towin surfing. i want it to be fast, stable and be good for towing.

Thanks


Derek  5 years ago

Hi,

i am trying to compare the Sea Doo and yamamha waverunner. The main concern is which is best for pulling a Wakeboarder and I have heard that the Sea Doo is a bit tipsy when going slow. Can you advise?

Thx

Derek


Chris 5 years ago

I am looking at a jetski for offshore fishing including beach launching in South-Africa, any advice on which ski to consider?


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Dale Nelson 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Chris,

Due to the beach breaks we experience during launching in South Africa, i would suggest a jet ski that has more of a bull nose for stability.

In the last 12 months, I would have to say that RaceTech Yamaha is producing the most effective and useful attachments for Jet skis. You can ask for Patrick who should be able to ship products to you via timefreight or such if you are not near Pinetown.

In order to take the best advantage of fishing ski products, I would go for a few year old GPX 800 or 1200 Yamaha or a new model 4 stroke.

Good luck in your search.

PS. Fantastic fishing at Cape Vidal from Jetskis.


Hunter 5 years ago

I have a 1995 seadoo spi and haven't had any problems with it for the past 16 years, seadoos are definatly built to last. I also have a 2008 seadoo rxp-x. I love the feeling of not having to worry about anyone beating me in a race because I have the riva stage II racing kit. Tops out at 85.6 mph from my garmin gps. I would never buy anything but seadoo....


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aerosmith46310 5 years ago from Arizona, USA

I bought a Seadoo GTX limited in November and am hoping to take it to the lake this weekend. Must say we have rented several brands and strongly feel Seadoo has been the best. It has provided the best ride and comfort. Looking forward to hitting the lake for the first time with it.


Paul 5 years ago

How much gas should I expect to burn with the wake pro 215?

Is it easy for someone to wake board with it? Being so low to the water its not hard to get out of the water and stay up?


Kobus Jacobs 5 years ago

I am looking for a second hand CDI Pack. The part number is 10555202.

Kind Regards

Kobus Jacobs


Super Dave 5 years ago

My Sea Doo 2009 rxt is rocks! Blows by everything and you can hear it coming a mile away. Smooth as silk power, ride, and with warp speed any time you want it.


Paul 5 years ago

Sorry to tell you, Honda is by far the best jet ski on the market. After riding all of the top companies (Yamaha, Polaris, Kawasaki and Sea-Doo) it is immediately clear that the Honda is extremely comfortable and 10-15% faster at full throttle than the others. It's silent and keeps the rider dry. The only downside is that it does not handle as well as the Yamaha, but it doesn't loose by much.


Kevin 5 years ago

I'm in S. Florida and looking for a used sea doo or Yami. I like the idea of a 4 stroke 185HP supercharged machine (speed junkie who once owned a Ninja sport bike). Any years to avoid or factory issues to watch out for? I want to find one under 75 hours less than $3500. I'll do the compression test and test drive before I buy


Jeff Hunt 5 years ago

I am looking for advice on buying my first jet ski. I will be using it for family fun and fishing in Rockport, Texas. Salt water bays are the norm. I have heard Yamaha's closed system is best. Also two or three seats? Would really appreciate advice. Beard I don't need turbo charged.


Bev 4 years ago

Looking at buying a seadoo 3 seater for family fun towing at least two teenagers. What would be the best for all of us to use safely. Heard the cooling system in the Seadoo is the best of all. Can you help.


Stephen 4 years ago

Hi I am in Australia. I would like to buy a jet ski for all type of fun and rec. Wave jumping,fishing etc. To be used in rivers and the open sea both salt and fresh water rivers. I would like a three seater. I must have the most stable jet ski as I have a disable son who I take with me for a ride as he is a quadriplegia I strap him to me and hold him with my are around him as well I don't go fast or silly with him with me as I have hired jet skis for many years and taken him on his ride which he truly loves so this is why I need a stable and reliable jet ski. I don't take him out to sea I stay inshore close to land and go not to fast. But when I am alone I go flat out so what would you recommend sea doo or yamaha?.


Chris 4 years ago

I can get 2 x 1999 Yamaha 1200 GP's on double trailer (very good condition for all equipment) for R 75 000.00 (South African Rand - ZAR), which is about US$ 9 830.00.

My aim is to be able to have fun with my wife and 3 kids all at the same time. We would probably use it more on dams and rivers inland (we reside in Pretoria), but it would be an added bonus if we would be able to use it on the sea, if the need for that arises.

Would you recommend this type of model for the above needs? I am aware of far superior crafts on the market, but I am trying to juggle the combination between practicality, fun & value for money...


shaggy 4 years ago

Hi imthinking of buying a kawasaki 2008 can somebody tell me howbis kawasaki compared to yamaha i know have a yamaha and a seadoo but was looking at this kawasaki help me decide anybody please


Unimportant 4 years ago

Semi-helpful. Can't really compare when you format the company's info in different ways.


pete 4 years ago

I had 2 2007 seadoos gti. 130/155hp. Absolutely loved the. Never had any issues. My brother in law on the other hand bought a 2007 yama ho w/20 hrs on it. His engine just fell apart going 30 mph.


russell yarnton 23 months ago

hi there I'm about to sign up for a Yamaha fzs svho. I chose Yamaha over sea do because the Yamaha look much better to me. A nice crissy present for myself.


Charlie Kiss 10 months ago

In the market for a watercraft. Seadoo or Yamaha? Need luxury, power to pull wakeboard, skier, 3 people comfortably and dependable enough to stay out of the shop.

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