Researching a new boat
Posted 26 August 2011 - 12:11 PM
I am thinking about getting a boat and I am trying to do a little homework.
I would be a first time boat owner and would like to know your expericences with your jet boat and what kind of issues you have. How and why is a jet boat better than any other boat?
please feel free to be frank and ramble if necessary.
Thanks in advance,
Posted 26 August 2011 - 01:54 PM
First consideration was prop or jet. I went jet for the quickness and safety of not having a prop. Even though several people I know have props, and one had owned an old islander.
Next was size. The 180 with 8 passengers had enough room, unless ALL my relatives show up. And the trailer with swing away tongue would fit in the garage. Its also a light boat. Actually, light enough to get on and off the trailer without much help (or none as an 11 and 15 yrs old girls aren't much help).
Third decision was new or used. I went new since I have never owned a boat and wanted the security of a warranty.
All in all, I am very happy. A few small things I would like to see different now, but if this one sank tomorrow, I would buy another the minute the insurance check arrived.
PS: There are several other threads on this topic if you look.
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Posted 27 August 2011 - 01:19 AM
Posted 27 August 2011 - 07:22 PM
Posted 15 September 2011 - 01:04 PM
What are you going to use the boat for? (Towing Kids vs Partying vs Serious Wake Boarding)
I decided to get the Sea Doo because of the engines, I had my previous Sea Doo engines for 6 years with very little maintenance and I absolutely trust their reliability. I have now ventured 40 miles off shore from the California coast in my new boat (my previous record on my PWC was 70 miles). I have taken the boat through 10' breaking swell and had waves crash over the top of the boat, no issues with the toughest ocean conditions.
I typically cruise at 30mph, and only use about 3.5 mpg. That is something to consider with other boats.
The boat is great and I really recommend it. I have the '11 210SP.
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