Popular recreational models include the GTI 40 Tec SE and the GTI 4-Tec, both suitable for family fun. These are entry level models, but certainly don't skimp on features. These include a watertight removable 40 litre storage bin and 155hp or 130hp Rotax 4-Tec engine. Importantly they have the Sea-Doo learning key for learning to ride with greater confidence and control. The GTI series has a contoured seat for up to 3 riders. The SE model adds mirrors, reboarding ladder, ski tow eye, speedometer and water temperature gauge, and premium footwell mats and reboarding deck.
If you are looking for more of everything, then the GTX and GTX Limited models are the next step up. They deliver a blend of comfort, luxury and style. The GTX is powered by a 155hp engine, while the GTX Limited steps up to the 215hp supercharged Rotax engine. Features include tilt steering, 19 function digital infocentre with depth gauge, glove box with removable built in handheld GPS and touring seat, with greater lower back support. Moving to the performance model, the RXT is the most powerful three seater available, while the RXP is the most powerful watercraft on water. The mark of these machines is their incredible acceleration, stable handling and outright speed.
Both models are powered by a tweaked 215hp supercharged intercooled Rotax engine, with closed loop cooling system, that keeps the engine at its ideal operating temperature for maximum performance. It features new wider, higher handlebars and new adjustable steering. There is seating for three and the colour scheme sets these craft apart. For all enquiries regarding the Sea-Doo range, contact BRP Australia on (02) 97946600.
Perhaps the most important tip any power watercraft rider can give is to be aware of what is happening around you. Other useful tips to improve safety on the waterways include:
_ If the spray or the sun affects your vision, slow down or stop
_ Always wear a safety lanyard or ignition cut off line
_ Always wear an approved personal floatation device
_ Relax when you ride. Do not ride with your elbows locked. Bend your arms and knees slightly when riding to allow for any swells and wakes.
_ Keep your eyes open and be aware that swimmers may be obscured behind swells, waves and wakes.
_ Do not cut blind corners
_ Use your mirrors and check over your shoulder before turning
_ In narrow waterways slow down
_ Ride within your experience eg. do not go out on coastal waters before practising first on inland waters
_ Maintain your PWC to the manufacturers requirements and have the craft serviced reqularly
_ Ride in a safe controllable manner
_ Never ride when tired or unwell
_ Never operate a PWC under the influence of alcohol
_ If you are riding with a first time passenger brief them on how the PWC will handle and what to expect
_ Be aware of PWC exclusion zones in your riding area and obey any signs that relate to PWC?riding
_ Ensure all passengers have a secure hold of each other in the around chest position or a firm hold of the PWC.
_ If your PWC has a water tight compartment consider carrying sunscreen, water and a mobile phone