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. 

Oct/Nov Bookings - Please Help 

It's here again.  The busy season.  Thank you to those who have already checked their ski's and done any serving required or have booked for October.

Kevin becomes extremely busy over the next 10 weeks as we lead up to summer holidays.  Please book EARLY to avoid disappointment.  We take limited jobs for December/January and these are reserved for our loyal customers for emergency repairs.

If you are attempting to phone Kevin, please remember while he is on the job he will not take calls.  Please leave a message or preferably send an email with your contact details.  He will endevour to answer your queries the same day.

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 find jetski owners in other areas.

Thanks everyone!  A great watercraft technician is a un-stressed one!  :-)

 

Pre-Summer Checklist

Get the head's up on the summer holidays now;

#1   Get your ski out of the garage, get some fresh fuel in it and make sure your battery has survived winter.

#2   Go ride it.  If you haven't done for months.  It is good to make sure everything is functioning ok.

#3   Check your trailer WOF & rego.  Fines are not cool.

#4   Check all your emergency gear and make sure you are prepared when that weather comes right.

#5   If you are due for your annual service between October - March = Book now or schedule in your diary at least 3 weeks out. 

 

Battery Basics

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: 

http://watercraftjournal.com/we-announce-the-watercraft-journal-2015-watercraft-of-the-year-2/   

 

 

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.

North Island:

Marine North in Whangarei for new Yamaha Waverunners. Ph 09 4388927

Jetski’s Direct in Waitakere for used Yamaha and Kawasaki’s.   Ph 09 833 9000

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 and Kawasaki plus all makes used. 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

South Island:

Mike Phillips Personal Watercraft in Christchurch for new Sea Doo and all brands used. Ph 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

This website is one you need to lock into your Favourites if you have not done so already:

www.nzjetski.co.nz

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.

 

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 - the models listed here are very year specific - don't assume the previous or following year models are the same, especially in Seadoo & Kawasaki 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 2009-current NZ New

#2.  Yamaha FXSHO + SVSHO 2009-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   Kawasaki STX-15F  2009+  NZ New (for recreational use not including fishing)

#10. Sea Doo GTR 215 all  

 

Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride Event

February 26th - 27th 2016

The fourth annual NZ Festival of Freeride kicked off on Friday 26th Feb at Karioitahi Beach on the West Coast of South Auckland.  Each year has been bigger and better and this was the biggest event on the jetski calendar so far this year.  Check out the video from Yamaha NZ on the day.

https://www.facebook.com/YamahaMarineNZ/videos/989785717762542/  

 

Jetski Parts R Us - No Longer

We had fun starting the first online jet ski parts and accessories online store in New Zealand back in 2012 that was JetskiJunk.co.nz and we were continually amazed by the local support.  It started originally as a silent 'sister' business to Ski MD but eventually grew into it's own thing requiring dedicated staff and extra support.

Mid 2015 we had to make the hard decision to choose it or Ski MD as we couldn't do both to the standard we wanted.  An offer came in from someone who has made a commitment to grow JetskiJunk and take it to the next level which is good for the New Zealand jet ski community.

So we are back to 100% concentration of Ski MD and servicing our area, and if you are looking for parts - look online at http://www.jetskijunk.co.nz of course! If you are in the Christchurch area, you can also visit in person inside the Waverunner Centre on Ferry Road.  

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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