Welcome to Ski M.D. We are one of NZ's leading independent PWC service specialists operating an advanced mobile workshop specifically designed to service and repair jetskis. We have a full range of diagnostic equipment and one of the most experienced technicians in the watercraft industry. We also have an extensive parts inventory to allow for prompt repairs. Service areas include Auckland, northern Waikato and the Coromandel.
Bookings/Enquiries: Please use the booking button to the left.
We are currently booking our regular days in Auckland and the Waikato with about a fortnight lead time. Urgent assistance is available to existing customers as always.
If you are not an existing customer and you live in another part of the county outside our service area, please understand we can't answer everyones queries and it is appreciated if you can contact your local shop or technician to help with your questions during these next few months. We have listed as much information as possible to help jetski owners in other areas.
Thanks everyone & have a safe summer on the water.
#1 WATER RESTRICTIONS - If you are in a holiday area with water restrictions, make sure you are using a flushing product such as Salt-Away or MACS flush additive. You can reduce your flushing time dramatically and care for your ski correctly.
#2 FAMILY BEWARE - Extreme caution is advised when lending your ski to someone who is a jetski novice to ride - this is when the biggest accidents happen. Take a good amount of time to give them a lesson, especially about boating rules, how to avoid a collision and riding in the shallows will damage your jet pump!
#3 LET YOUR SKI BREATHE - Get back to the bach, flush your ski and take the seats OFF! Let the engine bay cool and dry out to reduce condensation revolving around the engine and causing corrosion.
Without a doubt, the battery on your ski can cause the biggest amount of grief during your time as a jet ski owner. Every year we answer the same questions from owners who are not familiar with the basic science of batteries. So lets cover a few important things;
* Your battery takes the hardest hit over winter. If you don't use your ski for more than 3 months it can cause serious damage to the healthiest of batteries and may require replacement.
* If you look after your battery seriously well, you should get 3 years of good service.
* If you are not using your ski once a fortnight, you will need to invest in a battery charger. We use the CTEK system at $99 - it can be left on the battery full time and has a permanant connection so you don't have to fiddle with your battery terminals when you want to plug it in.
* Basic rule of thumb; charge the battery overnight once a month to bring it right up to full charge (or if you have an auto charger as above, you can just leave it on). Some ski's will drain the battery faster and require charging every 2 weeks - this can also apply to some dual battery set ups.
* A dying battery will take on a charge and seem ok, then be flat the next day. We generally refer to this as the capacity. Once it has suffered damage in a discharged (flat) state or starts to get old, it will be enough to effect this capacity/ability to hold its charge.
* Battery brands; new ski's have a genuine Yuasa battery which are the best lead acid battery. When it comes to replacement, the best way to go is a maintenance free Motobatt which are constantly improving their technology and ability to stay healthy if not in use or on charge.
* Handy tip; if your ski starts on a cold engine at the beginning of the day (and it hasn't just come of the charger), then you should have no problems with it for the rest of the day. If is sounds sluggish, have it checked before you go out.
Flyboard Use May Void Warranty
We have recently been made aware that if customers are using their jetski for Flyboarding, a purpose it is not designed for, they may not be covered by the factory warranty.
Kawasaki Japan recently declined a warranty repair saying using a Flyboard causes the 'boatload' to be different from the designated 'loadline' and the cooling ability around the combustion chamber will also be reduced.
It is a timely reminded for anyone wanting to use their jet ski for competitive or slightly unusual activites such as racing, that you consult your dealer first, and if in doubt ask for something in writing.
Inflatable Life Jacket Warnings
Extract from the Coastal News, December 24th..
Survey results from last summer indicate a large number of boaties own an inflatable lifejacket but don't know that they need regular checking and servicing. The Waikato Regional Councils Maritime Services team leader Richard Barnett says "Whatever type of inflatable lifejacket people wear or own, it is imperative they know what type it is, how it works and how and when it must be serviced or checked.
Richard urges boaties to follow guidelines available on the Maritime NZ web page www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Recreational-Boating/Lifejackets/Lifejackets.asp.
Yamaha SVHO Named 2015 Watercraft of the Year
The Yamaha FX SVHO® WaveRunner® is the 2015 Watercraft of the Year. The annual award is presented by Watercraft Journal magazine, and is bestowed on the personal watercraft that exudes innovation, technology, attractiveness and ultimately, the watercraft’s impact on the industry.
Read the full article here:
Every day I get this question… “Where should I go to buy a jetski”?
While there are a number of retailers out there peddling the brands, there are few that are specialists in the PWC industry. Jetski’s are not boats and should be considered different in every aspect from the suitability of the craft to your needs, the required customer maintenance right through to the aftersales back up and ongoing servicing. Of course I would say whatever ski you end up owning you will get the best service from me but I am certainly not nationwide so the following is some of the dealers that I consider 'industry specialists' and should be at the top of your list to look.
Marine North in Whangarei for new Yamaha Waverunners. Ph 09 4388927
Family Boats in East Tamaki for New Yamaha Waverunners. Ph 09 2740511
JFK Powersports in Mt Wellington for new Sea Doo’s. Ph 09 262 4285
Rollos Marine in Hamilton for new Yamaha Waverunners. Ph 0800 804809
Trev Terry’s in Taupo for new Yamaha Waverunners. Ph 07 3787779
Makz Gear in Tauranga for new Yamaha Waverunners. Ph 07 5711161
Action Sports Direct in Tauranga for new Sea Doo Ph 07 9288045
Firmans Marine in Napier for New Yamaha Waverunners. Ph 06 8359718
Taranaki Motorcycles in Stratford for New Sea Doo and Kawasaki watercraft. Ph 06 765 7732
Capital City Sea Doo for new Sea Doo in Wellington Ph 04 5666100
Mike Phillips Personal Watercraft in Christchurch for used skis and Sea Doo service. 03 3655779
The Waverunner Centre in Christchurch for new Yamaha Waverunners and all brands used. 03 3898980
Otago Personal Watercraft for new Kawasaki Jetski’s 03 4178993
For all riding gear and accessories www.jetskijunk.co.nz
In the case of used ski’s remember always have a pre Purchase Inspection done by a qualified third party and get warranty in writing. Just because you found them on our web site does not constitute any form of recommendation, we are simply offering a guide :-)
The Go-To Place For PWC Events
At this time it is best to search Facebook as coordinated events are very regional and it's fair to say the National body are doing little to bring cohesion to the many aspects of the sport. Jetski racing used to be the predominant force in attracting members to jetski clubs but now it seems recreational riding groups and fishing are the ones bringing the numbers.
Jetski Shopping 101
One of our most common enquiries at Ski MD comes from new customers wanting buy their first jetski. Because we don't sell them but do work on the top 3 brands, people often turn to us for an unbiased opinion. Here are the top 5 do's and don'ts to get you started;
1. Go to the SMART STUFF page and read Buying Your First Jetski - this covers the basic FAQ.
2. WINTER is the best time to BUY as demand is not high and people wanting to sell may be more negotiable.
3. Go to http://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!
4. Go to our TOP 10 favourite models to buy (further down this page). Noting these a very YEAR specific. Not all models of the same name were created equally!
5. Lastly, get a pre-purchase inspection done before you buy preferably from a dealer familiar with the brand - it's no guarantee but a 99% chance of getting something that won't be dubbed "the lemon".
Here are some common mistakes we often see:
1. Don't assume that because the ski has done low hours it will be a better buy. It is rare but not unheard of for hours to be incorrect on imported ski's. Also, a well serviced/used ski can be better than one which has done 30 hours in 4 years and never been serviced correctly. Visual inspection in person will normally tell a well kept ski, ie: very clean, polished, service history in a folder, etc.
2. We know first hand someone's idea of well serviced can be drastically different from what the factory recommends. Find out what the service intervals are of the model you are buying and ask to see the history, or have the dealer/agent confirm regular service records. *Note, there may be a fee to request service documents and the owners permission will need to be obtained first.
3. Surprisingly, the most common error from buyers is not knowing what year the ski is they have just brought! This is critical to check for problem models which fall into engine years etc. Often we find customers are several years out! Check the last 2 digits of the external serial tag, and at very least run the model and year through Google to check if re-occuring issues are commonly documented.
4. "I have a model that no one will service". Check with your local boat/jetski service centre to see what models they can work on. For example, Seadoo have specific expensive diagnostics and not many places around NZ actually work on them if there is an issue.
5. "A marine shop down the road is selling it so it must be okay". We disagree! If a ski has been traded in but it is not a brand they normally work on, they may be honestly unaware if it is a lemon on not. Consumers guarantee will be on your side, but it may still be a stressful situation if it turns ugly, for both parties.
The Jetski Doctors' Top 10
With a multitude of options to new jetski buyers, here is a list of our favourite ski's which combine 3 important factors: overall mechanical reliability, general ease of application for multiple uses (ie. fishing, family use, etc), re-sale value.
A word of warning - some of the models listed here are very year specific - don't assume the previous or following year models are the same, especially in Seadoo models. This is just a general guide and in no way assures that every one of these models are in good working order if they are second hand.
#1. Yamaha FXHO & SVHO 2011-current NZ New
#2. Yamaha FXSHO + SVSHO 2011-current
#3. Seadoo GTI 130 or 155 2009-2011
#4. Seadoo GTX 155 2008-2009
#5. Yamaha FZS - all
#6. Yamaha VXR 1800 - all
#7. Seadoo GTR 2014+
#8. Yamaha VX Deluxe 2009+ NZ New
#9 Sea Doo Spark 2015 + (2014 jet pump seals were poor)
#10. Sea Doo GTR 215 all
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