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Discussion in 'Welcome Aboard' started by Tino352, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. Tino352

    Tino352 New Member

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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2012
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    19
    Hi Everyone,

    I'm new to the world of boating. I've finally decided to purchase my first boat and I'm looking at either the Ar190 or SX190. Any advice or tips are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Julian

    Julian Jetboaters Fleet Admiral Staff Member Administrator

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    Location:
    Raleigh, NC 27614
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    :Welcome:

    If you ever think you'll want a tower....get it now....its a pain to add later....especially if someone else is involved in the financial decision making :winkingthumbsup"
     
  3. Tino352

    Tino352 New Member

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    Location:
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    Boat Make:
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    Year:
    2012
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    19
    Thanks Julian. I'm leaning towards the AR190 because of the tower. I also like the Yamaha 212ss but unsure if that's a good starter boat.
     
  4. Drift Away

    Drift Away Jetboaters Lieutenant

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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    24
    Welcome. I always say the bigger the better. There is gonna be a ton of us here near Tampa. Alot of us hang out near Anclote
     
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  5. Tino352

    Tino352 New Member

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    Location:
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    Boat Make:
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    Year:
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    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    19
    Thank You Drift Away. I'm familiar with Anclote. My co-worker goes there. I plan to spend my time between Anclote, Pine Island, and one tree island. Are there any local jet boat groups?
     
  6. Julian

    Julian Jetboaters Fleet Admiral Staff Member Administrator

    Messages:
    10,377
    Location:
    Raleigh, NC 27614
    Ratings:
    +7,232 / 99
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    They don't make a 212SS anymore...but it was a cool looking boat with a low profile windshield! If you can afford and store a larger boat, I would go at least 21' to begin with. 19' is both cramped when you have a lot of friends on it, and handling in rougher water will be less enjoyable (its all in degrees of enjoyment....so don't get me wrong there....bottom line...the bigger the more comfortable your ride will be, but the less agile it will also feel)
     
  7. Drift Away

    Drift Away Jetboaters Lieutenant

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    Location:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    24
    There is about 5-6 up here near anclote that meet up everynow and then. We even let @TimH show up with the to spinning things on the back of his boat
     
  8. adrianp89

    adrianp89 Jet Boat Lover

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    Location:
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Ratings:
    +392 / 7
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    21
    Welcome!

    I would stay away from One Tree. I have had nothing but problems when going there, but maybe it is my bad luck. Had a buddy shot a shell through a wear ring on my ski, both times I had engine issues with boat were there, and I lost an anchor there. I will never go there again lol, besides it sucks to walk on. I am a bit more south, but usually hang out either in Bunce's or Honeymoon area. Still haven't made our way to Pine, planned to on Saturday but the weather was crap.
     
  9. Tino352

    Tino352 New Member

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    Year:
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    SX
    Boat Length:
    19
    Thanks for the advice Adrian. I definitely plan to check out Honeymoon island as well.
     
  10. Drift Away

    Drift Away Jetboaters Lieutenant

    Messages:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    24
    Honeymoon is nice. I have noticed the closer you get to Tampa bay the more law you see floating around. I tend to say clear of them
     
  11. Manny Nomikos

    Manny Nomikos Member

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    Location:
    tarpon springs
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2018
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    19
    I just bought a 2018 ar190 and i gotta say i love it. im in the anclote area too. havent seen many jet boats out here lately mostly just fishing boats.
     
  12. Drift Away

    Drift Away Jetboaters Lieutenant

    Messages:
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    Location:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    24
    Well there will be some of out today for sure. Should be around the north end of anclote or sand bar.
    https://jetboaters.net/threads/anclote-sand-bar.12635/
     
  13. Tino352

    Tino352 New Member

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    Year:
    2012
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    SX
    Boat Length:
    19
    Thank you Drift away
     
  14. Tino352

    Tino352 New Member

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Tampa Bay
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    +0 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2012
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    19
    Does anyone know if there is a battery cut off switch on the 2012 Sx190? I can’t seem to locate it.
     
  15. Scottintexas

    Scottintexas Jetboaters Captain

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    Location:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2007
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    23
    glad to have you on board,

    Have you ever been boating before?
    How do you intend to use your boat most of the time? hanging out at the cove, boarding, tubing, surfing, fishing
    how many family /friends do you think will be going with you normally?
     
  16. Tino352

    Tino352 New Member

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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2012
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    19
    Thank you Scottintexas,
    I’ll mostly just use it for cruising and hanging at sand bars. Occasionally some wake boarding. I picked up my 2012 Sx190 yesterday
     
  17. Scottintexas

    Scottintexas Jetboaters Captain

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    Location:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2007
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    23
    Great! Congratulations!

    Be sure to look at the FAQ tab at the top of the page for lot's of great tips and ideas for your boat, be sure to watch the video about how the cooling water flows in your engine,

    also first time out try to make it a non-windy, non-crowded day with only a helper if you can to get the hang of driving/slow speed docking/loading,

    It can ruin a trip or passengers get upset not understanding what it takes to get a boat in/out of the water,

    you might also consider a pair of locks for your cleanout plugs,
     
  18. Tino352

    Tino352 New Member

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    Location:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2012
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    19
    Thank you. I have been watching lots of YouTube videos and reading tips here. So far I’ve gotten lots of information, but I still have much more to learn. Any recommendations on the locks for the plugs?
     
  19. Scottintexas

    Scottintexas Jetboaters Captain

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    Location:
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    Ratings:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2007
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    23
    I would tell you Cobra's, they're inexpensive and easy to use and just work, you can probably drive to his house to pick them up, some people create their own with pins others just use nerf footballs (but those have other drawbacks) we have a section in the FAQ about it,
     

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