Water Sports Equipment

Jet Skies

Personal watercraft recreation vehicles are among some of the most sought out ways to have an entertaining experience with nature. But being an amateur consumer of them can hurt your pocket book and may even harm your buying experience with future purchases. Jet skies are among the person watercraft that requires more consumer information to confirm that you get that vehicle that is right for you. There are many areas that need to be considered before making decisions on purchasing.

The following websites I found very helpful in understanding what is important information when considering personal watercraft. Stand-up personal watercrafts, or jet skies, are for anyone looking for an adventure. They are easy to control due to their high maneuverability and light fixture.

Pay attention to jet skies design. You want the Jet Ski to feel like it is a part of your body. Adjustable handlebars should match the height of the rider and allow the rider to stand up in comfort. The rider should also be able stretch or take a wave without getting crushed.

The purchaser must gain a good knowledge of the engine. Many new models have newer engines, like 4-strokes and direct-injected 2-strokes, which are more rider/bystander-friendly. These engines reduced noise level and have no exhaust smell. It would be a good trade off for pure speed by looking for a personal watercraft with good stability and handling.

Like most other motor vehicles a test drive is always a good choice when wanting to purchase. This is done to find out which one suits your riding style best. Most dealers are able to demo a ride. Another option is to find a rental outlet that has carries the models you are interested in. The rider will know if a jet ski is right for you within one hour.

Top Online Resources:

  1. PowerSports Network
  2. Jetski.com
  3. Boat World

Water Skis

In conducting this research, a variety of tips to watch out for when buying water skis was found. All of the information below is derived from websites.

You should begin by searching for a sporting goods store or water sports specialty store close to your home and then calling to ask if they sell water skis. You next have to determine which kind of water skis you want. Most people primarily go with two different kinds of skis: combination pairs and slalom skis. Combination pairs feature wider tips on the end, which allow for sturdier control of the skis. Slalom skis have flat bottoms and wider tails, and allow for more ease and comfort when attempting to get up on to the surface of the water. There are also trick and jump skis, both of which are pretty self-explanatory (i.e. these are the types of skis you want if you’re a daredevil). As far as the length of your water skis go, look for ones that are about 6 feet long and 6 inches wide. If you’re still in the beginning stages, look for skis that are a bit longer than the previously stated measurements—longer skis offer superior control, and you won’t go as fast on them. You should take note of the flexibility of the water skis. Newbie’s should look for skis that are quite flexible, for they allow greater ease when making turns. Highly flexible skis also won’t move you along the water so fast. Finally, you should be sure to talk to the salesperson in the store you decide to shop in about other things you should look for in skis, depending on your skill level. Inquire about sales too, and which brands of skis have the best reputations among seasoned water skiers. If you are buying used water skis, you should closely examine them for hairline cracks, and also ask the owner how long he/she has had the water skis. If the skis look quite old and a bit rough around the edges, do not buy them.

Places to buy water skis include amazon.com, shopping.com, and msnshopping.com. Some of the best summer brands include Hyperlite, Liquid Force, H.O. Sports, Body Glove, TYR Sport, and Pro-Tec. Remember to watch for sales and good deals, and compare prices of different brands, for costs fluctuate over time.

Top Online Resources:

  1. How to Buy Water Skis
  2. Water Skiing - Wikipedia
  3. Ski - MSN Shopping