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. Service areas include Auckland, north-east Waikato and the Coromandel.
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Top 3 Spring Tips From The Jetski Doctor
#1 BATTERY CARE - Get your battery charging system hooked up NOW. Our favourite system is the CTEK and you can plug it in and walk away. Kevin can install the quick connection system for you if you need help. Make sure your battery is healthy now and it will get you through this summer.
#2 CHECK YOUR SERVICE SCHEDULE - All the reputable jet ski service shops are booking up to Christmas FAST. Check your service sticker and get booked in ahead so you don't miss out.
#3 GET OUT THERE - The weather may be all over the place at the moment, but now is the time to brave it and get your ski out to make sure everything is working as it should. You still have time to address any issues before everyone is booked up solid.
Ski M.D. Educational Videos
Our latest idea for educating watercraft owners regarding the best methods of looking after their ski is through short video clips of a topical nature. Here are the first two..
We will be following up with more topics such as how to check your oil and later on, the big one, which we are so often asked ........ Which Jet Ski should I buy?
Send us your feed back and any ideas you think we should cover in future videos, we love to hear your thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org or simply click here complete a 20 second survey.
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 - 5 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 for the weekend 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.
Ski MD Turns 10
We've come a long way since our little yellow shop in Takanini, South Auckland. When Kevin decided to leave his successful Seadoo dealership and go 'indepenant', it was a pretty brave move. The little yellow workshop could hold about 9 ski's overnight and we quickly outgrew the premises. We then moved ten minutes further south to Papakura, where we lived on site for five years and could lock up 18 ski's overnight. This still proved the number one bain in our life quite often over summer as it was never enough. We tried a wide range of hours to suit our customers who came from all over Auckland to ease their pain trying to drop off and collect; early mornings, late nights, Sunday evening drop off's... but no one plan suited everyone.
We announced about three years ago, that we were closing our workshop, leaving Auckland, and going 'mobile'. Quite a few concerned friends thought we were nuts and it would be the end of Ski MD. But sometimes you have to go with your gut feeling.
The last few years have been as chaotic as ever with our customers ecstatic that we come to them. All in all, it has proved to be a much better system than having a fixed position in Auckland.
Kevin's success and loyal customer following, some from the beginning 20 years ago, ultimately means that he is one of the longest standing PWC (personal watercraft) technicians in New Zealand. We've said it before, but THANK YOU to all our amazing customers that have been with us over the years. You are the ones that keep us going when it gets horribly busy before Christmas!
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
Nautique Marine in Horotiu for Kawasaki watercraft. Ph 07 8493364
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
Master Tech Marine in Tauranga for Kawasaki watercraft. PH 07 5794240
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
Action Power Sports in Christchurch for new Sea Doo 03 9435391
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 :-)
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
Disclaimer....Any and all products named on this website are the property of theirregistered owners.Ski M.D. are proud to be an independent personal watercraft service centre.