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Discussion in '2017 Yamaha Boats' started by Darin, May 18, 2017.

  1. OCMD

    OCMD Jet Boat Junkie

    Messages:
    522
    Location:
    Silver Spring, Maryland
    Ratings:
    +476 / 4
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2008
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    23
    Used 230; not 210. I am surprised noone has really chimed in hard about how easy these boats are to maintain and operate. Stress free. DO NOT BE AFRAID OF A USED YAMAHA BOAT. These boats are bulletproof. I bought my first Yamaha over 10 years ago - sight unseen just based on talking to the owner through a forum. When I realized I should have bought my 2d boat first, I picked up a pristine 230, from the other forum. This will be my fifth summer with the 230. Truly, all I ever do is turn the keys and go. Winterize over the winter (it gets cold in MD). Break it out in the summer....which reminds me I have to do this soon. Then again, I was thinking the other day, come July 31, all my kids will be away in college for their sports and NCAA compliance and all that nonsense.....JULY 31! WTF it gets earlier every season! I bet I get out on my boat 3 or 4 times this summer, if I am lucky. Might be time to sell. (Kidding) But for grins, if I sold mine I would easily get almost what I paid for it in 2013, $23,900, as it remains in perfect condition and under 150 hours. Why pay 80K and eat that depreciation? Get a nice used one, they are out there. A few weeks ago, I was the go between between Tollus (of this site) and my buddy, who bought his decked out 2007 SX230. I drove it, and determined it to be near perfect, and the two cut a fair deal right there on the water. My friend now has his TEN YEAR OLD bulletproof Yamaha on Lake Anna, for a little less than what I bought mine for, in 2013. Be advised that the older models are now holding (or perhaps slightly increasing) in their re-sale value, precisely because Yamaha has now outrageously priced their new models. For 80K I would expect a much better fit and finish than you get on a Yamaha. Not to knock the "bulletproof-ness" of these boats, as they are. But for 80K, Yamaha could certainly up the quality of the finish items of the boat. At 80K I would at least expect this.
     
  2. OCMD

    OCMD Jet Boat Junkie

    Messages:
    522
    Location:
    Silver Spring, Maryland
    Ratings:
    +476 / 4
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2008
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    23
  3. Matt Phillips

    Matt Phillips Jet Boat Addict

    Messages:
    527
    Location:
    Lake Tahoe
    Ratings:
    +269 / 1
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2009
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    23
    Definitely go with a 21 or 24 and get a tower model. My thought is that those two older boys will very soon want to bring friends along and you'll want the room of the larger models. And oh yeah, they will want to wake board becuse it's cool.

    When I bought my first Yamaha in 2012, the boat came with a tower...It wasn't a requirement for me at the time. Well, it wasn't even a full season before we were wakeboarding and we do some sort of watersports every time we go out. Yes, that tower boat will be $2k Joe expensive, but it'll safe you the hassle down the road of wanting to add one.

    Yamahas overall have good dependability and finding a used one may be an option. Whatever boat you decide on, we are here to help you out.

    Also, since you're on a lake, you can likely store your boat in the lake. I put my boat into Lake Tahoe in June and it comes out every Labor Day. Yes, there are a few that the you need to do like ensure you always have power to your bilge pump (that's easy even without electricity internet the dock) and some extra scrubbing when she comes out in September. Some of the old timers around my area taught me some tricks and with 2-3 other helpers, we can get all of the growth off her and have her ready in about 90 minutes. If you go this route, PM me, and and I'll gladly help.
     
  4. Wayloncle

    Wayloncle Jetboaters Commander

    Messages:
    1,514
    Location:
    78154 Schertz, TX
    Ratings:
    +1,311 / 10
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2009
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    23
    I wouldn't worry about someone else's headache, I bought my '09 AR230 in 2013, and it hasn't had a single problem.
    I've always been the type that doesn't start off with a "starter" motorcycle/camper/boat I have always purchased what I think I will want for a long time.
    I have no regrets at all for not going new.
     
  5. GoVols01

    GoVols01 Active Member

    Messages:
    127
    Location:
    College Grove, TN
    Ratings:
    +80 / 4
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    X
    Boat Length:
    21
    Something else to consider here is how mechanically inclined are you? Or, do you have time to troubleshoot and fix issues with your new toy?

    I have, for the most part, fixed anything that's been wrong on any of the 5 boats I've owned, new or used. Heck, even my new Regal as well as my new '17 212x have / had issues I'll have to fix myself because going to the dealer for warranty work is a very involved process where you can leave your boat for weeks.

    If not buying new, try to find a used boat that's still under warranty.

    B.O.A.T = Break Out Another Thousand!
     
  6. Darin

    Darin Member

    Messages:
    49
    Location:
    Red Oak, Texas
    Ratings:
    +9 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Boatless
    Year:
    Other
    Boat Model:
    Other
    Boat Length:
    Other
    Well the Lake House Remodel is going to take more money than planned (they always do). So, problaby going to be seriously shopping at the Dalals boat show in Feb.

    Wife is sold on the 242x.

    D.
     
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  7. Mighty Peace

    Mighty Peace New Member

    Messages:
    18
    Location:
    Alberta
    Ratings:
    +8 / 0
    Boat Make:
    SeaDoo
    Year:
    2012
    Boat Model:
    Challenger
    Boat Length:
    21
    I was in your same "Boat" so to speak...lol but no lake house....just newer holiday trailer for the lake. Never owned a boat (except a 12' aluminum fishing boat with 8hp outboard).

    We have boys- 11 and 9 and have been talking about boats for a couple years and was going jet. We were initially looking at the 18-19' models. Been looking mostly at the Yamaha and SeaDoo, and then included the newer Scarabs & Chaparrals. I am a Yamaha guy with a few of their outdoor toys ( Rhino , Snowmobiles)...so I know their product reliability...a good friend is a local dealer but not on the Marine side. I then decided to make sure I only bought once and made the decision that min length is 21' and have enough HP and room for when my 2 boys grow and get bigger, along with their friends.

    For our season here in northern part of Western Canada, and my work season busier in the summer months, IMO makes no sense to buy a new boat. I missed out on a 2009 AR230 and a 2012 242LS last season that had low hours. I tried to deal on a SeaDoo 210SP as well but the guy's family said to keep it so the deal fell thru last minute. I contemplated on a Yamaha 2008 AR 230 with 120 hours in great shape in March...but I wanted a bit newer.

    I kept watching Kijiji , dealers and other sites for used boats. Was tempted to pull the trigger on a Yamaha 2014 212x that had a lot of accessories and low hours but it was a bit more than I wanted to spend, not that I couldn't afford it or that of a new boat. The boat was listed on this forum site back in MArch. I seriously considered a 2012 Seadoo 210 and 230 WAKE but for $7000 more in Options (motor size and ballast bags and others) I thought I could buy ballast bags to lay down on the back of a boat.

    In April I seen a posting for the boat we ended up buying. I jumped at it..private sale... 2012 SeaDoo 210SP in MINT shape with 44 hours and warranty till end of July. The price was good as well as we paid just over $ 30G Canadian. In our first 3 outings we put on more hours than the previous owner did all of last year.

    I think there are lot of good deals on used boats. There are people with financial issues and dumping toys as they cannot afford the payments...just got to watch.

    IF I lived in Kelowna,BC on the Okanagan Lake, I definitely would buy either the Yamaha 242x E series or a Chaparral 223/243 VRX with the Aerial Surf Platform .
     
  8. txav8r

    txav8r Jetboaters Admiral Staff Member Administrator

    Messages:
    6,372
    Location:
    Lake Ray Roberts, Texas
    Ratings:
    +2,952 / 21
    Boat Make:
    Boatless
    Year:
    NA
    Boat Model:
    Other
    Boat Length:
    NA
    Welcome to the forum and congrats on the lake house and boat bug! Phil Dill won't be the cheapest, but if you do your homework and compare pricing, they will get close to anyone, because they want your business. They treat their customers like family and will continue the relationship for years. My salesman from 5 years ago is now the GM and all of their folks step up and try their best to take care of you.

    Now the downside of paying for your maintenance and needs vs doing it yourself...your boat becomes a shop queen. Not because they do a bad job or the boat is a lemon, but because in the busy season, any small issue you want addressed, and every issue will be new to you, will take weeks for them to get to. They are just that busy and every boat dealer is during the season. That is why a Yamaha is such a good choice, because it is easy to do most of the work yourself.

    What lake are you on? Good luck on the search and welcome aboard once again!
     

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