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Hey all. I am in the market for a 3up 90 hp spark. I weigh 360 and I'm 6 food 4. Are these stable enough for a big guy like me?
 

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Im 325 and I just got my 3 up and while it's not the most stable. I can still get on it out on the lake with no problem
 

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Im 325 and I just got my 3 up and while it's not the most stable. I can still get on it out on the lake with no problem
Thanks for the info. Is it still fun ride? I just don't want to get into something that my fatness really hinders the experience. :)
 

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I'm a little smaller than you at just under 300, and I can say it is a blast to ride. I have no problem accelerating to my hearts content in sports mode, whipping 180s and catching air.

I also can board in deep water on a 3-up with boarding step despite being middle aged and having poor upper body strength + being fat.

I'll be surprised if you don't love it.
 

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Scott. Get one. Go ride and have a blast. I took my wife's 2 up out and stood it on its tail for about 50 feet just with the throttle the 3 up is a little harder to tail stand but it will also do it
I'm 53 325 about 5 foot 8 inches and not in the best shape either ( wait round is a shape) They are both a blast to ride. As for unstable. I also kayak so I'm used to a little unstable Tap the throttle and they settle right down. Go have a blast
 

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Scott. Get one. Go ride and have a blast. I took my wife's 2 up out and stood it on its tail for about 50 feet just with the throttle the 3 up is a little harder to tail stand but it will also do it
I'm 53 325 about 5 foot 8 inches and not in the best shape either ( wait round is a shape) They are both a blast to ride. As for unstable. I also kayak so I'm used to a little unstable Tap the throttle and they settle right down. Go have a blast
Thanks all. The sea foo dealer is closed today so Ill go out tuesday and get into a spark or a gts 130 if i can get the price down to the 6500 area. (what the spark retails at)
 

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A buddy of mine rode my 2 up around a little this weekend at the lake. He didn't complain at all about the ride, acceleration, any of that kind of stuff. He did however fall off one time and couldn't pull himself back on. Every time he got close it would start to roll over. He is an "unathletic" 320 and eventually we had to pull the pontoon over and he had to reboard from the boat. Id say it all depends on your athleticism/build.
 

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Well I called a dealer at they quoted me 8k for the 3 up HO with a trailer. I think that is a bit high as the ski was 7300 of it and it msrp's at 6500. I know there is little mark up on them but I think 7.5k would be fair for it all.

edit: got him to throw in the convenience package but realized that the yellow tag even doesn't give any additional warranty on the spark :(
 

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Depends how it's configured. My 3 up was 7200 list price, as I got IBR and the convenience package.

As an un-athletic 300 pounder, I advise: get the 3up. :) I get on no problem.
 

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If there are any 2014 Sparks left you will get raped on price. Supply and demand sucks. You can wait until 2015's come out in Nov but they are forecasted to start at a higher price. However the first year kinks will be worked out too. It depends on how fast you want it.

Don't get raped like this ... ( does not include trailer )


They wouldn't come down on the price for s**t because there were literally four people in line behind me waiting to get the last Spark in Miami. When I said " I'll take it " and they were about to leave I over heard the sales manager whisper " don't leave yet, she hasn't signed the paperwork " Raped, no lube, blah, whatever... Do your best to fight the BS add ons. You should be paying for the Spark, sales tax, registration/title and maybe a handling or paperwork fee or whatever but I don't see it being fair if its over about $50. I've seen some people's receipts where there were no extra fees. Don't forget to buy & have the flush kit installed if you don't want to DIY one or put it on yourself


I think you will be fine with the 3up. You are not over capacity but if you have a lot of stuff with you that brings the weight up or want to bring a friend you will be. (Unless you have a kid or an 85lb woman lol.

I'm not a small woman so if I bring a friend on mine they have to be a light weight. The more weight I lose the heavier a friend I can bring lol. My nose tips up when I'm at very low speed but once I'm at about 10mph it straightens out. Being larger and seeing people laying out on islands tanning, and swimming, being super active out in the water is def a weight loss inspiration ( for me anyway ) Maybe someday when I hit my goal weight I'll be out there in nothing but pasties, a life jacket and a g-string LOL!

I say go for it. Just a couple of tips from experience : Getting on and off, just do your best to make sure you are centered. When you have more weight than the average person and are off center, there is more to push the ski into a position of tipping over. I look like a walrus on crack trying to get on my ski from the side, from the dock, but I make it happen LOL. Make sure you eat something healthy for energy before you go out ( like a protein bar ) and bring plenty of water with you. Having extra weight on you, then out there riding hard, holding on tight, having a blast makes you forget you are pretty much doing an isometric muscle contraction workout the whole time. ( possibly for hours ) For people who are in killer shape, its nothing, for people who are not it is pretty exhausting once the rush has worn off and you are going back. You will be pretty beat when you get back and then get to deal with flushing, washing and drying the ski. I'm pretty beat when I get home and then sore for days. (It surprises me since I can get through daily 2 1/2 hr gym workouts no problem) Maybe its a combo of the heat and working muscles that get hit from being on the Spark but not at the gym ) Is it worth it? H e l l ya :) If you are going out on the water I'd dedicate the whole day to it. Play then recover :)
 

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Ever think your constant use of the word `raped`is inappropriate? I don't think paying extra and rape are the same thing. Might be time to 'class it up' a little no?!
 

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Quite honestly I like that the tone on this forum seems to be "adult" and not "family."

Using colloquial speech that reflects the casual atmosphere is also a pleasantry for many of us. I don't need to feel like we are writing for catholic school nuns.

Also, I find that being offended by word choice is being offended by the wrong thing. A person's speech should be judged by content and intent. Straight was saying she was charged harshly. The word rape in context took on that meaning. English is a living language, and we shouldn't be afraid of words. There was nothing offensive about her content or intent.

NetAtNite, I don't mean this to be taken harshly by you. I really fell that this is something I speak about often. People think they are being less offensive when saying offensive things and using euphemistic language, which is not true. The opposite is also true. Using coarse language is not offensive if the actual content and intent of the usage is inoffensive. Words should not have that much power or stigma attached.

Just my 2 cents on my philosophy on the use of language for the day.
 

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Very true Run It. Thanks. At the same time I often don't think about the impact certain words may have on people who may have been through a bad situation,( or family or friends who have been ) connected to a word, even if it was not implied that way. This was a bit of a wake up call to think first about that particular word and I can now see that, yes I do use it too much. Thanks for pointing it out. And the band played on .. :)
 

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ended up getting a gts 130 for what i was going to pay for the spark. I still love the spark and maybe in a couple years will have to get the misses one.
 
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