I agree that given the posts so far, just close your eyes and buy the used Magnus.
- I can't stand the loud noise the Piranha makes but they are working on it.
- I have Genesis envy.
- I also have Bonex envy. Super quiet and fast. $10k
- Laura makes one very important point: don't scoot where you can't swim your way out of. If that's not an option you then also need to buy a Piranha, Minnus, or Sierra to tow as a backup scooter
- I could teach a scooter class but I'm unwilling to re-up my NAUI instructor liability insurance for $650/yr. A class is good but it's pretty common that people just attend workshops or get some of the golden rules drilled into them by some veterans. I would recommend a SOLID class/workshop that rigorously deals with:
Towing while sharing air
Turning, formations, planning, weighting, balance, rigging, stowing, swimming the scooter, not blowing out visibility with your scooter, locking the trigger when appropriate, etiquette
I've heard the speed control on the Genesis can be bumped pretty easily and likes to rotate handle down (and getting it's speed control bumped – there are probably ways to mitigate this.)
I like the Submerge Scooters grip/throttle control. Both Magnus and Minnus are FUN!
Not the biggest fan of DiveX triggers but I have two Cudas so obviously it's not the end of the world. In fact, super fun!
Gavins are cheap but you basically need to become a Gavin service tec and enjoy carrying around 100 pound objects. Roughly same deal for Makos... you basically want to stay away any lead-acid based battery IMHO, not much range and super heavy.
"But I can get a See Doo for 200-300!" Yes, but they are bathtub toys or for free diving.
How I justified a $7000 new Cuda Fury: "It's cheaper than a boat, even if you got the boat for free!"