Welcome to Ski M.D. We are based in Auckland operating an advanced workshop specifically designed to service and repair jetskis. We are Auckland's leading independent PWC service specialist & offer free unbiased advise for new and used PWC buyers. We have all the high tech diagnostic equipment and by far the most technical experience in watercraft. Experience the difference at Ski M.D. Bookings essential.
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The year that was 2013......
I'm busy writing up a storm on the year that was 2103 in the New Zealand jetski market. Corporate lawyers will be sharpenning thier pencils ready to critique my opinion for my new years write up and as usual, I will say it as I see it.
Kawasaki 2014 Models - Sounds Like Fun!
Kawasaki fans can enjoy a refreshing new range of models for 2014, starting with Ultra 310 LX which offers a luxurious three-passenger ride with the updated engine and impeller of the other models, however it adds creature comforts, such as a new JETSOUND audio system, a heat-resistant seat cover that keeps riders and passengers cooler and Hydroturf striped pattern deck matting for a classy look and superior grip.
The Ultra 310X engine is upgraded for the 2014 year with its supercharged 1,498cc DOHC inline four-cylinder engine giving a massive 310 hp and the revised 3-blade impeller design allows for greater initial acceleration. It also features new instrumentation including a new fuel consumption function, a revised boost meter scale, riding modes, external water and air temperature, clock, time, trip and hour meters, tachometer (in digital or graph displays), speedometer and max speed functions.
In addition to receiving the same upgrades as the Ultra 310X, the Jet Ski Ultra 310X SE has a new Sportseat with a special support bolster and a grippy KX motocross-like seat cover, along with aggressive graphics.
The Ultra 310R offers extreme performance with upgrades similar to the 310X, but adding a KX motocross-style electro-polished stainless steel handlebar and a 12-position handlebar mount.
The Game Changer
This summer is going to be very interesting. What's sparking the interest? Seadoo is releasing a brand new model for 2014 which you will be able to buy at your local dealer for less than 10k. It's called the Spark.
This PWC is small, nibble and lightweight, yet able to be "optioned" to seat 3 and used for family tow sports. The 900cc 4 stroke engine is new to the PWC range but derived from the Ski-Doo (snowmobiles), with optional 60 or 90 HP. This ski will be economy at its best with just a 30 litre fuel tank, that is aimed at lasting the day at the beach, keeping the family entertainment costs down.
In the past, Seadoo have dominated the budget end of the market in NZ with the very popular GTI 4 stroke averaging $15 new, but the new Spark will now be just two-thirds the price of the entry level models of the other manufacturers. To the other end of the scale, in Seadoo's own model line-up, there will be a $17,000 difference between the base models to the top end models. Now that's going to be an interesting sales pitch!
There could be an extreme effect on the second hand market of all ski's when the Spark is on the market, and also for all older ski's which would normally be repaired or rebuilt. Why rebuild that 15 year old ski when a brand new one is within reach, an especially for future 2015 onwards when the second hand Sparks start coming up on Trade Me - what would that fair price be? 1 owner, 1 year old, $8,000. Interesting!
Auckland PWC Registration Goes Up
The Auckland council have hiked up the jetski registration costs by over 40% in time for the coming season's new ski buyers. Any new or previously unregistered PWC's will have to be registered with the council's harbourmaster at a new cost of $50.00, plus numbers if requested. Although this cost does cover the life of the jetski, so any second hand buyers can change the ownership details free of charge. It is unknown what has caused this large fee inflation, or if boaties are also going to be required to register as promised years ago.
See www.jetskijunk.co.nz for coloured alternative registration number kits to match your ski.
The YAMAHA Festival of Freeride
History was made this year at Port Waikato in the North Island with NZ's first freeride event. Check out the vid...
Yamaha Grow While Others Cease Production
With the entire PWC market being affected heavily by the world wide economic slump, it is positive to hear that one of the PWC producers are growing and expanding....
Jetski Shopping 101
One of our most popular services at Ski MD is helping new jetski owners buy their first jetski. Here are a few tips for winter 2013 to get you started:
1. Read the current "What's the hot ski to buy" article just a bit further down the page for our latest top recommendations.
2. Go to the SMART STUFF page and read Buying Your First Jetski - this covers the basic FAQ.
3. WINTER is the best time to BUY as demand is not high and people wanting to sell may be more negotiable.
4. Go to www.jetskijunk.co.nz and establish what you will need to spend on accessories to get you started. This is a good place to get a line up of prices on everything from life jackets to flushing fluid and because it is 100% Kiwi - it's also a good place to buy and have goods shipped to your door!
5. Lastly, get a pre-purchase inspection done before you buy - it's no guarantee but a 99% chance of getting something that won't be dubbed "the lemon".
Servicing Costs In Black & White
We get asked all the time what the costs of a service are and customers are often confused as to the vast difference between prices at different service agents. To put it in a nutshell and keep it in the four stroke era, we can suggest the following would be a fair price/value guideline;
Sea-Doo (4 stroke)
A Sea Doo 4-Tec service including spark plugs, oil filter and oil with a good check over including jet pump removal for greasing of the drive line splines and a full diagnostic download is $350.00 inc GST. If the supercharger is due for a rebuild that cost will go out to $1000 including the service as above. Other common 'consumables' are the plastic jet unit liners (wear rings) at $100-150, oil cap o-rings at $10-15 for the 3, and coolant top ups.
Yamaha (4 stroke)
A Yamaha which is a four cylinder engine with all the same service requirements and once again including spark plugs, oil and oil filter plus a diagnostic download is $350-385 depending on model. Again it's jet pump out and all trim etc lubed up for long life. No extra costs on supercharged Yamahas as the chargers do not require service at prescribed intervals.
Kawasaki (4 stroke)
Kawasaki 12F/15F craft are as per Yamaha at $380 inc as they are also four cylinder and parts prices are about the same. Supercharged versions may require belt changes which will add to this cost. The Ultras all take expensive spark plugs which will bump up costs approx $120 and the 300X also have an interim oil change every 25 hours so this will be a $120 between services cost.
We see some customers come in with routine service bills from marine shops that are quite simply out to lunch, so before you drop off your craft, ask the price and "WHAT WILL YOU GET" for your money? Check also that they have the correct diagnostic tools to check for faults correctly.
Most two stroke craft have made it to the point now where it is more logical to do repairs as required than services as such. We all know they eat a battery a year due to the off season lack of use and a set of plugs to kick off the season with a compression test is a good starting point. Expect to pay a couple of hundred dollars to get that done and knock off a couple of rough edges to kick start the season. Pump bearings and liners are ongoing items at the age of most of these craft.
Remember it's your hard earned and while jetski's are not quite as complex as helicopters, the results can be just as bad when the engine stops so ensure your dealing with someone who has in-depth experience in your model of craft.
Whats The Hot Ski To Buy?
At Ski M.D. we are called on a daily basis asking which PWC is the one to buy. It is well known that Ski M.D. have no affiliation with any of the brands from a sales point of view although we are happy to broker the best deals on "any" brand purchasers choose. If you are looking for new and top end, we find the following....
Kawasaki 300 Ultra is the open water and horsepower king. It is a big three seater with a 1500cc engine and all the usual bits and bobs. These things take off like a rocket and punch through the ocean like nothing else. We have a number of customers with these craft and we have had no issues to date. I rate this ski as my "money no object" number 1 machine. I have ridden these a lot and if you are nice on the throttle, they are good on gas. If your a rev head, you will use it as you would expect. Two years warranty on these craft.
Yamaha FXSHO are supercharged three seaters that are fast and light and benefit from Yamaha's reputation in reliability long term. A solid four cylinder twin cam 1800cc engine is class topping in cc's which we all know " there is no substitute for cubic inches". Simple mechanical reverse on the 2012 model takes all the electro gizmo tech away from salt water applications and ensures long term happy ownership with minimal on-going repair costs. Yamaha stand behind there product in a fashion beyond expectation as they value the fact they are synonymous with reliability. 3 years warranty on these craft.
If you are looking for used machines at a lower cost, the best machine to date in my opinion has been the Sea Doo GTI 130 from model year 2007 to 2010. These lower spec three seaters have the three cylinder 1500cc Rotax engine and not a lot of bells and whistles which make them reliable as can be. Good speed, fuel economy and low annual service costs if they have been looked after make them a top pick. You should be able to find one of these from $7000 - $12000 and should not be disappointed. *Note; the GTI is a long standing model from 2 stroke to the later models which is why we have specified exact years and outside these specs are a completely different story and must not be confused. If in doubt, contact us for advise.
JetskiJunk.co.nz: NZ Made And Turning Heads Worldwide
Jetski Junk, the new online store for PWC parts and accessories, was launched last September 2012 and has apparently exceded all expectations for sales to date. Although it is still in the early stages, orders have been rapidly flowing in to meet demand from smaller towns around NZ where no local boat/jetski shops exist.
The Jetski Junk team have already been approached by multiple overseas suppliers wanting to have their stock featured and sold through Jetski Junk. This is fantastic news for NZ customers who will find listings for more and more parts available locally without the need to make risky international transactions.
There is an estimated 400+ products still to be loaded onto this new site, which will be undertaken in a masive project due to start very shortly. Watch this space! www.jetskijunk.co.nz
NZJSBA Awards Rider Of The Year 2013
The governing body of PWC racing events, the NZJSBA has awarded this years Rider Of The Year to Brad Clarke from Christchurch.
Brad is also the manager of the Christchurch Sea-Doo dealership which took out the top position for sales during the 2012/13 summer.
Aside from the career success, Brad spent last winter training hard at his local gym during lunch breaks, buffing up to attend the 2012 Worlds in the USA. At the end of the week, he walked away with a World Title - joining the select few New Zealanders who ever have.
Brad also supports and compets in his local events in Christchurch where the club racing attendance is the highest in the country.
The Go-To Place For PWC Events
This website is one you need to lock into your Favourites if you have not done so already:
This is the go-to place to check what is on all around the country for PWC events, complete with calender marking upcoming dates. This site will alert you to club races, national races, social rides, charity rides and fishing comps, as well as a host of other jetski-related info.
The NZ Jetski website is supported by the local advertisers, so please support those who advertise or if you have a jetski related product/offer - get in touch with Grant - you can secure a spot for as little as $75 and be seen where it counts.
Let The Warranty War Begin!
Sea-Doo lead the way with their 2 year warranty which has been in effect for a few years now. Both the other major players in the NZ PWC market, Kawasaki and Yamaha, have also come to the party, with Yamaha going one up on it's opposition by diving into the 3 year warranty plan.
All three manufacturers have strict servicing rules which owners must comply with in order to receive this warranty, but there's no doubt Yamaha are comfortable leading the field with their current range being consistently the world's most reliable brand. It will also add to the debate over grey imports which were previously worth the risk of not having the 12 month warranty, but now that it's 3 years..... will it makes private importers think twice?
Kawasaki 300HP In Production
The first of the Kawasaki 300X's are on the water dominating the open water race scene worldwide and proving very successful as a jetski fishing platform. View the photos of the 300X in action at the racing around the North Island on our 'Photos' page.
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