5 tips for buying a Jet Ski
In the market for a jet ski? Not sure whether to buy second hand or invest in a brand-new model? We’ve collated our top 5 tips for first-time jet ski buyers in need of direction.
No matter what, taking the time to research your buying decision will make a big difference to what you end up spending, as well as the long-term suitability of your new best friend.
With this in mind, let’s get started!
All hail the 3 main brands
When it comes to Jet Skis (also known as PWCs or ‘personal water crafts’), there are 3 big brands that dominate the market – Kawasaki (who coined the name ‘Jet Ski’ 40 years ago and still own the term today), Sea-Doo and Yamaha.
Each of the brands listed above are considered reliable and reputable, and you’ll find cheaper ‘run-out’ models from the previous year available for sale. Of course, you’ll have to weigh up the benefits of saving on last year’s model with the new features available on the 2019 upgrades.
Although Kawasaki is the namesake of Jet Ski, its range is not as diverse as its big band counterparts. The core changes to Kawasaki Jet Skis in 2019 impact the colour and trim, rather than substantive upgrades.
With this in mind, a cheaper 2018 model could be a smart choice, especially with many dealers Australia-wide offering good warranties and interest rates.
Sea-Doo has a variety of models from last year on clearance, as well as some 2019 models in stock. Clearance sales will save you somewhere between $500 and $3,000, and you’re likely to get a 2 to 3-year warranty on certain Sea-Doo models.
Discounts on 2019 models are not great, however the newer ‘Fish Pro’ and RXT-X300 models are in demand.
Yamaha offers significant savings across last year’s models, with up to $2,000 (and a gift card worth $1,000 for accessories) on offer. The 2019 model has well and truly shipped, with the ‘Waverunner’ range making a splash with PWC lovers Australia-wide.
The Waverunner series includes model upgrades, including a complete update of the deck, hull and control systems.
To supercharge or not to supercharge?
A super charged Jet Ski will boost your acceleration from zero. The non-supercharged Jet Ski is more fuel efficient and ultimately safer, which is why we recommend it.
No matter which option you choose, it’s vital to stay within recommended speed limits, so you and those around you remain safe on the water.
Of course, if you’re planning on towing, it may be worth considering a super charged jet ski and using it with good sense. (We know you will!)
How many seats do I need?
There are plenty of 2 and 3-seater Jet Skis on the market, no matter what brand is your go-to. If you’re planning on riding with friends or family, then consider how many seats you really need. With this in mind, a 2-seater is probably all you require.
When you’re starting out, you’re more likely to ride in a seated position. So, choose a Jet Ski with a comfortable seat. As you get more confident, you’ll probably prefer to stand while riding.
What hull is right for you?
The type of hull you choose depends on the kind of conditions you’re likely to ride in. As a general rule, the heavier and longer the Jet Ski, the more suited it is to rough conditions. If you’re looking to tow into waves, or ride in choppy water, then heavy and long is your calling.
If, however you’re sticking to rivers and other flat-water ways, a lighter model could be the go. Don’t go too light, as Jet Skis that don’t weigh much are more difficult to handle.
It’s vital that you secure the right cover for your Jet Ski, so you have peace of mind while you’re having fun on the water. At Trident, we offer comprehensive PWC insurance for Jet Ski owners Australia wide.
Ask us for an obligation-free quote and we’ll make sure you’re properly covered. For more information on choosing the right Jet Ski for you needs, head here.