I got an ex pro-mod 1st generation GP1200 with a Dan Lamey R&D powervalve motor that has a fresh bigbore kit. Factory triples, Novis, GForce, Magnum setback pump, girdled head, MSD total loss.
Can't wait to run it (didn't get a chance last fall cause it got cold soon after it arrived, and when we had an odd warm day there wasn't any C17 fuel handy.. Is in short course tune with tabs and a scoop grate and an acceleration prop. S'posed to run mid 70's on the rev chip at 8400. Will give feedback after i get it wet, but my plan is to true the hull, lose the scoop, send the impeller back to Skat for a repitch, and see if I can get 80.
4 stroke vs 2 stroke?
The 2001 up XLT1200 Yamaha is a wonderful boat. Aside from starter solenoids and the need to ditch the catalytic converter, they are just about perfect for a 2 stroke 3 seater. You can find killer deals on them too.
They ride well, corner well, jump acceptably, accelerate hard, top out high 50's, and have a nice deep exhaust rumble. Lots cheaper than the 4 stroke and feel much nimbler due to the weight and distribution of it.
Only drawback on the 2 stroke 1200 is that it is thirsty and has a bit of mid speed vibration that comes back thru the bars just a touch.