Rabu, 17 Maret 2021

Yamaha WaveRunners and Sea-Doo Wake Ride the Wave - Car and Driver


Michael Simari/Brian RozarCar and Driver

From the April 2021 issue of Car and Driver.

Yamaha WaveRunners

Personal watercraft (PWC) are joyful machines. They exist purely for goofing around on the water, and even a 35-mph rental unit will displace your worries with rambunctious entertainment. But faster is always better, and Yamaha's 1.8-liter inline-four WaveRunners represent the penultimate level of PWC performance. Above them lie supercharged models, and below them . . . most everything else. So the question is: Do you really want more power than this?

Brian RozarCar and Driver

It won't make much difference at the top end. Both the $12,549 GP1800R HO and the $1000-pricier VX Limited HO we sampled max out at 62 mph, close to the 65-mph governor that all PWC manufacturers impose. And they get to that top speed in a hurry. Unless you're on a quiet lake, your personal speed limit will likely be determined by physical stamina rather than outright horsepower. Both hulls will skip across chop, but throw a few wakesurf boats into your local waterway and it won't matter if you've got 300 horsepower: At 60 mph, there's a certain size wave you don't want to hit.

As for the differences between these two, the three-person Limited is more luxurious (ours came with a wonderfully preposterous stereo) while the GP1800R is harder edged, carving turns that might toss passengers overboard. Either one is a blissful means of escape, the offshore speedboat experience distilled to a seat and a set of handlebars.

Sea-Doo Wake 170

Think car prices are crazy? Wait until you see what goes on in the boating world, where people take out 20-year loans to buy wakeboarding boats priced like houses with the monthly payments of a car.

If you're not falling for that mind trick, there is a financially sane alternative to making your wave-jumping action-hero fantasies a reality. The $12,299 Sea-Doo Wake 170 costs less than the cheapest new car you can buy, makes 73 percent more power, and is way more fun when you launch it into a lake. Sea-Doo bills the Wake as the only personal watercraft designed specifically for tow sports. It has a rack for carrying a wakeboard, an optional 100-watt Bluetooth audio system for blasting Limp Bizkit, and a telescoping pylon that raises the tow-rope mounting point to help wakeboarders get bigger air.

Michael SimariCar and Driver

In Sport mode, the 170-hp Wake accelerates hard with hair-trigger responses, which is why Sea-Doo also includes a Ski mode that delivers gentle starts for the person at the other end of the rope. The Wake makes a predictably small wave compared with the splash of a six-figure boat with ballast tanks. You won't get monster-truck hang time jumping the Wake's wake, and no one will be riding the Sea-Doo's surf without a rope. But the Wake 170 gets you on the water for a fraction of the cost of most alternatives, and no matter the size of the wave, wakeboarding always beats swimming.

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March 18, 2021 at 05:06AM

Yamaha WaveRunners and Sea-Doo Wake Ride the Wave - Car and Driver



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