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Jare

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I’m retiring to Florida soon. Want to get a jet boat to fish and safe for grandkids (no prop).
Looking at Yamaha and scarab 19’ center console fishing models. Which of these are better? Reliable, easy to maintain. Stand behind warranty? Have problems? Since I’m on a limited budget, I want to TRY to find answers. Both makes, salesmen talk up theirs and down on competition. Please offer thoughts or experiences. Thanks, Jare
 

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I’m retiring to Florida soon. Want to get a jet boat to fish and safe for grandkids (no prop).
Looking at Yamaha and scarab 19’ center console fishing models. Which of these are better? Reliable, easy to maintain. Stand behind warranty? Have problems? Since I’m on a limited budget, I want to TRY to find answers. Both makes, salesmen talk up theirs and down on competition. Please offer thoughts or experiences. Thanks, Jare
Not sure what part of Florida you're going to but check out @CYCLEsPRINGS in Clearwater Florida. They're the largest Yamaha jet boat dealer in the country. Great service department, I have never had any issues the dragon or Michael, great dude's, ask for the salemen scott, hes a stand up guy.
 

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Yamaha has been making these boats uninterupted for years and has a good track record for their entry level boats. Are they perfect....no. Scarab has only been in the jet boat market a short while, and initially had some serious quality challenges but seems to be improving quickly. Their closed loop engine cooling has some benefits in salt water, but if you are trailering, you are going to flush the engines & exhaust anyway.

They Yamaha clean outs are a key differentiatior for me. I can get my arm all the way to the grate with mine - but I don't have huge arms (your results may vary).

Cycle Springs is a great dealer, and has lots of Yamahas with custom T-Tops.
 

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I would go with Yamaha in this case. The 1.8 drive trains are pretty much bulletproof.
Other things can be fixed.

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I would also ensure you DRIVE one of these boats before you buy it! They are not a perfect fishing only platform.....straight line tracking is their downfall, so if trolling is your plan....you might want an OB.
 

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I think you get used to whatever you drive boat wise. Yamaha is pretty bulletproof if you follow the instructions. Reliability is key for me so I went with Yamaha. Kids and no prop are a great combo. The boats are the same so get the cheapest one and carry a jumper pack you will save a bunch over the deluxe with the extra battery. You can make a curtain for the center consol yourself also with a $40 porta potty u have a bathroom in it. A 7” chart plotter and fishfinder, you are ready to go for 30k they finance it out for 15 years you can do it!!!!
 

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Welcome @Jare. My only comment would be what your local waters are like. No jetboat likes sea grass or seaweed as they plug up the jet intakes. If your boating in waters where this is not a big concern O would take a ride in both then let pricing & deal help you decide.
 
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