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Old    Jamie Corvin (Bumpass1)      Join Date: Oct 2010       01-27-2013, 5:18 PM Reply   
So my brother got caught up at a boat show over the weekend and put a deposit on a '09 Yamaha 232 Limited S with 15 hours on it. He has not seen the boat, but put money down on the salesman's word (idiot I know). I am going to go with him next weekend to check it out. I know next to nothing about jet boats other than that they are the big brothers of the jet skis we all hate. Is there anything that I need to know prior to inspection. How is the steering? How do they handle chop? How do they back up? He is not a wakeboarder other than when he comes out with me and is lucky if he can cross the wakes. He and his family are just looking for something that will get them on the water so they can enjoy themselves. I just want to help him make the right decision and not let him get something that he will regret.

Thanks for the help.
Jamie
Old    Frank Berg (Iceberg)      Join Date: Dec 2011       01-27-2013, 6:15 PM Reply   
I own a Epic 23V. My neighbour owns an AR240. The 232 is a very nice boat, I almost bought one. The fit and finish is among the best you will find, however, not as much bling as some. The boat is superb in chop or rough water. They are not glorified jet skis. In strong crosswind it is actually easier to dock the jet boat or put it on the trailer than my V-drive. You can definitely get a decent wake out of it if you weight it correctly. It backs up much better than any V-drive. It is a good, fun all-around boat.

What to look for:

Just like any other boat, hull damage, (ya, I know it is like new)
Engines should start instantly (fuel injected) and rev to 8,000 + rpm, balanced throttles. These engine run at high RPM, that is how they are designed.
The impellers should be smooth with no dents, chips or nicks. No vibrations.
Steering should be smooth side to side. Remember you need thrust to steer. Many people put nozzle rudders on as well, but you still need thrust. It takes a bit of practice, but maneuvering it is easily learned.
All switches and accessories work as advertised.
Check the jet-drive plugs, look for any shaft damage. As well, make sure they are always put back in correctly.

If I ever sell my wakeboat, I would probably buy a Yamaha - they are that good! I am sure they enjoy it immensely.

Go to the Surf section and do a search of my posts for my surf review.
Old    Frank Berg (Iceberg)      Join Date: Dec 2011       01-27-2013, 6:31 PM Reply   
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http://www.wakeworld.com/forum/showthread.php?t=795543
Old    Jamie Corvin (Bumpass1)      Join Date: Oct 2010       01-27-2013, 6:45 PM Reply   
Surf wave looks respectable!!!
Old    supra for me (supra24ssv)      Join Date: Mar 2006       01-27-2013, 8:03 PM Reply   
just sold mine, great boat
not a wakeboard boat but a fun boat
Old    Jamie Corvin (Bumpass1)      Join Date: Oct 2010       01-27-2013, 8:27 PM Reply   
Yea he's not looking for a wakeboat at all. I'm just surprised he pulled the trigger so quick. He only decided to look into getting a boat about a week and a half ago.
Old    supra for me (supra24ssv)      Join Date: Mar 2006       01-28-2013, 7:17 AM Reply   
Gotcha, well they have to have power for steering ( just like jet skis) you can add on fins that help ($350) or so. Either way they are very difficult in reverse and hard for newbies at any slow speed. They handle chop well and they do use some oil, so always check that. Check the back clean outs and make sure they go in and out with ease.
Old    supra for me (supra24ssv)      Join Date: Mar 2006       01-28-2013, 7:24 AM Reply   
Gotcha, well they have to have power for steering ( just like jet skis) you can add on fins that help ($350) or so. Either way they are very difficult in reverse and hard for newbies at any slow speed. They handle chop well and they do use some oil, so always check that. Check the back clean outs and make sure they go in and out with ease.

http://www.cobrajetsteering.com/index.php for the fins

Last edited by supra24ssv; 01-28-2013 at 7:25 AM. Reason: added link
Old    Dustin Nell (dnell)      Join Date: Oct 2011       01-28-2013, 12:36 PM Reply   
We had a 212x loved it for our first boat. Supper fun and very safe for the kids. Only thing I would say is your clean out ports get stuck and I mean stuck. Always clean the rubber seal and lube it after each use. Other than that time on the water will solve the steering issues.
Old    Jamie Corvin (Bumpass1)      Join Date: Oct 2010       01-28-2013, 1:10 PM Reply   
This boat has a tower on it, but I haven't found any good pictures of the stern. Is there a tow point on the stern for towables back there? I know all wake towers say you are not to pull towables from the tower. I assume the same is true with Yamaha but haven't been able to find a clear answer yet.
Old    Dustin Nell (dnell)      Join Date: Oct 2011       01-28-2013, 2:06 PM Reply   
Ours had one but we never used it. Tower pulls all day long. The towers are super sturdy
Old     (OCMD)      Join Date: Jan 2013       01-28-2013, 9:10 PM Reply   
If your brother buys, he can't go wrong with a Yamaha, especially on the reliability. if he does buy one, he will need to become a member of

YamahaJetBoaters.com

The absolute best forum advice site on Yamaha jet boats, on this planet.

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