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First Time Purchase

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by phancy_phil, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. phancy_phil

    phancy_phil New Member

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    Location:
    Bordentown, NJ
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    I am finally in the market for a jet boat. This will be my first boat I owned too. Other than me taking out a 21' Sea Ray out in Cayuga Lake last week in upstate NY, I do not have much experience other than being a professional passenger. I live only 5 minutes from a boat slip on the Delaware River so that would be my primary use. I would also like to take it out in the bay during the summer too since I'm 45-60 minutes from the Jersey Shore.

    I was originally looking at this listing which i know is mostly geared towards river use. There is no interior pics but he did sent me some and it looked to be in pretty good shape. He originally had it posted at $6000 and now down to $5000

    http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/boa/5754790594.html


    But since I took the sea ray out and came across this one and seems like a pretty good deal. B/c it was nice to have the room. Almost too good of a deal and I do realize it does not come with a trailer.

    But do you feel like is appropriately priced for this boat?

    It is only my wife and 13 month old son but I would like to take our families out too so something that seats 8-10 people is now more ideal that the smaller 18'

    http://cnj.craigslist.org/boa/5804127517.html

    Thanks for any information you might have. And Im super jealous at all the newer boats I see on here. Gotta start somewhere
     
  2. Michael Rasmussen

    Michael Rasmussen Jet Boat Addict

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    Location:
    Rochester, NY
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    +202 / 3
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    Welcome Phil, I live right near the finger lakes, beautiful area...

    I don't know much about those boats so maybe someone else can chime in.

    I went with a new boat because I didn't want to break down on the lakes and deal with issue.

    That boat doesn't seem like it is going to hold more than a few adults, again, maybe someone else can chime in.
     
  3. Gym

    Gym Jetboaters Captain

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    Location:
    Falmouth, MA (Cape Cod)
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2006
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    23
    Welcome to the forum @phancy_phil. The SR230 is the stripped down version of the SX230 which many of us do or did own. That being said it looks like the current owner attached several items that didn't normally come with the SR model. The bimini & carpeting were added at least. This would be a good first boat assuming the physical and mechanical conditions are in line or better for its age. Make sure the clean out plugs come out easily and take it for a ride. The engines should throttle up smoothly and the engine compartment should be dry at the end of the test. The SR & SX models had plastic scupper valves below the water line so check to see if he changed over to the stainless steel scupper. If not we can advise you on that.

    You should check our user map to see if someone is near you that may be willing to go look and or test drive it with you. There is a lot of experrience on this board.
     
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  4. Michael Rasmussen

    Michael Rasmussen Jet Boat Addict

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    Location:
    Rochester, NY
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    after reading Gym's I see that you listed two boats lol, I only looked at the seadoo. The yamaha for sure looks more like what you are looking for. The seadoo looks to small
     
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  5. Julian

    Julian Jetboaters Fleet Admiral Staff Member Administrator

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Raleigh, NC 27614
    Ratings:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    I would go with the 2nd of those two options every time. Would be curious to know what he had done to the engines....post if you get that info.

    As others have said, a sea trial is important, and if you can find a forum member near you willing to assist they can help identify any issues you may not notice.

    Those seats look to be pretty worn....and depending on the stitching might begin to split....something to be aware of....not critical, but can cost you.

    If the engines run great and this is a starter boat for a few years....looks like a good way to get into boating.

    No trailer is a downside..

    Would also be interesting to hook those engines up to #YDS and see if they have any errors and the number of hours.
     
  6. REM835

    REM835 Well-Known Member

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    Location:
    Lebanon, OH
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    SX192
    Boat Length:
    19
    Definitely skip the Challenger. I traded mine for a Yamaha. You can still get engine parts but nothing else unless you get lucky on eBay. It's a two stroke and if it has 89 hours on original engines I would be very wary of it. Those were made to be run and if not the internals deteriorate, crank seals especially from sitting. It is an extremely fun ride though but will beat you up with an 13 month old. Without a doubt I would recommend the Yamaha.
     
  7. Zarrella

    Zarrella Jetboaters Captain

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    Location:
    Lake City, Florida
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    +1,954 / 9
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2008
    Boat Model:
    Limited
    Boat Length:
    23
    Wow! Maybe he bought the 230....the ad has been taken down. Good luck on your search. Also check the classified ads here for boats.
     

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