Friday, March 25, 2016

Business spotlight - Jet Ski guy - By Michelle Libby

Summer is coming and for the Jet Ski Guy Tim Gaudet it’s the best time of the year. With his latest shipment of jet skis, Gaudet now has five personal watercrafts to rent for the ultimate in affordable fun on the lake. 
“We’re hoping for an explosive season,” Gaudet said. With the new jet skis and delivery to the lakes in the area, renting has never been easier.  “We even lowered our price to make sure the skis are out there every day being used,” he added. 

Jet Ski Guy opened officially in 2011 after working from his garage for several years. Now at 999 River Road, he has more room to work on jet skis and has a base of operation for rentals. 

“I love the water. We do not like winter at all,” Gaudet said. His love for the power sports industry is what got him involved in jet skis at the start. “Everyone loves something small and fast,” he said. 
Alex Hurtubise and the Jet Ski Guy, Tim Gaudet.

Signing up for rentals is simple and even easier now that it can be done on their website, through a new reservation system. The jet skis Gaudet has can seat three and have enough power to pull a tube, skier or a wakeboarder. 

The average jet ski user only runs the ski for five to eight hours a season. When figuring the cost of buying the machine, insurance, maintenance, registration fees and possibly training, it’s a whole lot cheaper to rent. 

This year Jet Ski Guy is renting out three 2015 Yamaha VX deluxe, and two 2013 Yamaha VX deluxe.  Life jackets are included in the rental. 

Delivery fees will apply if the travel time is more than half an hour. There is a $100 deposit required when the reservation is made and a $1,000 security deposit due the day of drop off. The cost for a daily rental is $275 per jet ski. Call or check on the website for multi-day discounts. Renters must be 21 and have a major credit card. Rentals start next week. Although Jet Ski Guy doesn’t rent wet suits, he does rent tubes, wakeboards and skis. 

Jet Ski Guy has insurance which also covers the renter. There is a contract that the renter signs before taking the jet skis. 

Jet Ski Guy services all makes and models like Polaris, Kawasaki, Sea-Doo and Yamaha. From spring start up to new engine rebuilds, they work on anything personal watercraft including jet boats. This spring owners can bring their jet ski to the shop by appointment to have spring maintenance done to make sure the machine runs great right off the trailer. 

“People need to know they’re not locked in with dealers,” Gaudet said. “More people need to know we’re out there.”

Currently, they are running some aggressively priced spring start up specials that make getting tuned up more affordable by booking early. Turn-around time on service is generally one to three days. Motors are usually serviced for one to two weeks. Ski guy provides mobile service and general repairs on the water too. More extensive repairs have to be brought back to the shop. They also do recovery of jet skis if one should sink. 

“I treat every customer as if they’re my only customer. I find out what their needs are and go from there,” he added. There is also free pick up for customers in Windham. 

New this year is injector cleaning for $25 per injector, which will give the machine better performance.
Jet Ski Guy is also the home of VP gas cans, a virtually leak proof can with a price that rivals online retailers. They stock a variety of colors with camo and pink being the most popular. 

Jet Ski Guy has a total of three employees. They accept all forms of payments. 

Summertime hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. 

For more information or to rent jet skis and equipment, call 939-6235, visit or like them on Facebook.

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