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2021 Sea-Doo vs. Yamaha vs. Kawasaki

Wow, 2020 was such a crazy year for jet ski sales, and the way things are going, 2021 has a good chance of being crazy too!

In the past few years, I’ve created guides like this to help people buying new jet skis. I go through all 2021 jet ski models and compare and highlight each one.

I’ll try to be unbiased as possible, but my background is more Sea-Doo. If anyone or any manufacturer finds any errors, please leave a comment at the bottom, and I’ll correct it.

See 2022 Sea-Doo vs. Yamaha. Kawasaki post here!

You can also get more info from the manufacturers here.

Older Vs. Posts

I’ve been making a few of these posts for a few years now. Feel free to check them out and compare previous models to what is available now. This is also helpful if you’re looking at buying used.

Jet Ski vs. PWC vs. Waverunner

I need to point out the wording of each manufacturer. Most people call these things jet skis, but they can also be called PWCs or Waverrunners.

The name depends on the manufacturer.

  • Jet Ski = Kawasaki
  • PWC = Sea-Doo
  • Waverunner = Yamaha

Kind of like how everyone calls a tissue a Kleenex, everyone calls PWCs a jet ski. There is no right way or wrong way to go about this, everyone will understand what you mean.

Jet Ski Terms

Before we get started, I need to point out my Jet Ski Terms post.

Every jet ski manufacturer has there own way of saying the same thing, and it can be very confusing to new riders. Please visit that page and either print it out or keep it open so you can refer to the different terminology the industry uses.

iBR vs. RIDE

Since iBR and RIDE get used a lot in this article I’ll point them out here.

iBR is Sea-Doo’s forward, neutral, reverse, and braking.

RIDE is Yamaha’s forward, neutral, reverse, and their version of braking.

Kawasaki only has a manual reverse.

If you’re looking to buy a new jet ski, I have a few other posts you’ll want to read after this one.

25 tips for buying a new jet ski.

Jet ski beginners guide.

About Last Year

I need to note that 2020 was a crazy year for the jet ski and the boating world.

Due to current events, everyone was stuck at home. This caused many people to buy jet skis and most dealerships ran out very quickly.

It’s hard to predict what 2021 will be like, but I would not wait around to buy.

Jet Ski Categories

Just like how we have categories for vehicles (car, truck, SUV) we also have them for jet skis.

These are the categories I’ll be using as they’re more neutral and fit all models.

  • Rec-Lite
  • Recreation
  • Tow Sports
  • Sport Fishing
  • Performance
  • Touring

2021 Jet Ski Prices

MakeModelMSRP
Sea-DooSPARK 2up 60HP$5,499
Sea-DooSPARK 3up 90HP$6,799
YamahaEX$6,999
Sea-DooSPARK 2up 90HP iBR$7,199
Sea-DooSPARK TRIXX 2up$7,699
Sea-DooSPARK 3up 90HP iBR$7,799
YamahaEX Sport$7,999
Sea-DooSPARK TRIXX 3up$8,299
YamahaEX Deluxe$8,999
Sea-DooGTI 90$9,099
YamahaVX-C$9,149
YamahaEXR$9,499
YamahaSuperJet$9,499
YamahaEX Limited$9,599
KawasakiSTX 160$9,799
KawasakiSX-R$9,999
YamahaVX$10,049
Sea-DooGTI 130$10,099
KawasakiSTX 160X$10,199
YamahaVX Deluxe$10,849
Sea-DooGTI SE 130$10,899
YamahaVX Cruiser$11,149
KawasakiULTRA LX$11,399
Sea-DooGTI SE 170$11,499
KawasakiSTX 160LX$11,899
YamahaVX Cruiser HO$12,049
Sea-DooWAKE 170$12,299
YamahaVX Limited$12,449
YamahaGP1800R HO$12,549
Sea-DooGTR 230$12,599
Sea-DooGTX 170$13,099
YamahaVX Limited HO$13,549
YamahaFX HO$13,799
Sea-DooGTX 230$14,099
YamahaFX Cruiser HO$14,299
YamahaGP1800R SVHO$14,749
KawasakiULTRA 310X$15,499
Sea-DooFISH PRO 170$15,599
Sea-DooGTX 300$15,799
Sea-DooRXP-X 300$15,799
Sea-DooWAKE 230$15,799
YamahaFX SVHO$15,799
YamahaFX Cruiser SVHO$16,499
KawasakiULTRA 310R$16,499
Sea-DooRXT-X 300$16,799
YamahaFX Limited SVHO$17,699
Sea-DooGTX Limited 300$17,999
KawasakiULTRA 310LX$18,199

For more information on jet ski prices, check out my post here.

Rec-Lite

The cheapest new option for a jet ski will be found in the Rec-Lite category.

It’s only Sea-Doo and Yamaha in this category. Kawasaki has something that gets close at the higher-end of Rec-Lite, but I feel it’s falls more in the Recreational category. This is not a bad thing, it’s quite good as I’ll explain later.

When it comes to seating capacity for the Rec-Lite category, it’s a little tricky. While they will say it will seat 3 people, that doesn’t necessarily mean 3 grown men.

I tell people that when it comes to the Rec-Lite category, a 3 seater is really a 2 seater and a 2 seater is really a 1 seater. You could get 3 people, but only if you do two adults and one child, not 3 grown men.

Before you panic, the Rec-Lite watercraft are more stable than the jet skis of the 90’s and early 00’s. I’m 240 pounds and can stand on the side of my 3up Spark and not flip it. But get two of me on there, and you can feel the jet ski become less stable, but it’s fine. 3 of me and we’re going in the water.

Sea-Doo Spark Vs. Yamaha EX

Sea-Doo has the Spark, and Yamaha has the EX for its Rec-Lite watercraft.

This category started in 2014 with the Sea-Doo Spark and with Yamaha following suit in 2017.

I have a deep dive on where I compare the Spark to the EX here.

Sea-Doo 2up 60HP vs. Nothing

For 2021 Sea-Doo has dropped the 2up 90HP Spark from the lineup but kept the cheaper 60HP option.

Kind of a bummer as they had it last year, but understandable.

Both Kawasaki and Yamaha don’t have anything that can compete at the $5,499 price point, and clearly, the 60HP Spark is a price point machine.

SPARK 2up 60HP
MSRP$5,499
Top Speed (MPH)40
HP60
Weight (lbs)410
Storage Capacity (US Gal)0.42
Seating Capacity2
TransmissionForward Only
Fuel Capacity7.9
Length (Inches)110
Width (Inches)46
Height (Inches)41
HullPolytec
CoolingClosed Loop
Reboarding StepNo
MirrorsNo

The 2up 60HP Sea-Doo Spark is a bare-bones watercraft. With a top speed of 40MPH, which is fast for many people, it’s more than enough to get you on the water and having fun.

Sea-Doo SPARK 3up 90HP vs. Yamaha EX vs. Sea-Doo SPARK 2up 90HP iBR

SPARK 3up 90HPEXSPARK 2up 90HP iBR
MSRP$6,799$6,999$7,199
Top Speed (MPH)495049
HP9010090
Weight (lbs)425578444
Storage Capacity (US Gal)0.427.77.42
Seating Capacity332
TransmissionForward OnlyForward OnlyiBR
Fuel Capacity7.913.27.9
Length (Inches)120123.2110
Width (Inches)4644.546
Height (Inches)4145.341
HullPolytecFiberglassPolytec
CoolingClosed LoopOpen LoopClosed Loop
Reboarding StepNoNoYes
MirrorsNoNoNo

Spark 3up 90HP Pros:

  • Cheaper of the 3 options.
  • Weighs the least.
  • Driving modes (Touring and Sport)
  • Wider than the Yamaha EX.
  • Polytec hull.

Spark 3up 90HP Cons:

  • Storage could always be bigger, only have the glove box. You can add front bucket storage for an extra charge.
  • Only goes forward, no reverse.
  • Seats 3 people.
  • Smaller gas tank than the EX.
  • No reboarding step. Can add one for an extra charge.
  • Slightly slower than the EX but not by much. I’m 240 pounds and easily hit 48 on the gauge; lighter riders who ride my ski hit 49.

Yamaha EX Pros:

  • More horsepower than a Spark.
  • Slightly faster.
  • Seats 3 people.
  • Bigger fuel tank, always a plus!
  • More storage, but I need to talk about this more in a few.
  • A little longer, helps a little with the chop.

Yamaha EX Cons:

  • Less wide, more of an issue at lower speeds or stopped.
  • Cost more than the equivalent base model 3up 90HP Spark.
  • No driving modes like touring or sport mode.
  • No reboarding step.
  • Has more storage, but the storage is fragmented, unlike the Spark, where it’s one bucket (bucket cost extra on the base 3up Spark but comes on Sparks with iBR). Fragmented storage makes storing simple things like life jackets or covers harder.
Sea-Doo Spark Front Bucket Storage

SPARK 2up 90HP iBR Pros:

  • iBR (Forward, neutral, reverse, and braking) This is nice if you’re new to jet skis.
  • Front bucket storage, it can fit a life jacket and jet ski cover just fine.
  • Reboarding Step
  • Polytech hull.
  • Wider than the EX.
  • Driving modes, Sport and Touring.

SPARK 2up 90HP iBR Cons:

  • The most expensive option of the 3.
  • A 2 seater.
  • Shorter and more playful hull (could be a plus).

While you can’t get a Spark 2up 90HP, you can still get one with iBR. iBR is the braking, neutral, and reverse. Along with this, you also get the Convenience package, which comes with front bucket storage and a reboarding step.

I put the Sea-Doo Spark 2up 90HP iBR in the comparison of the other two because it’s only $200 more than the Yamaha EX. For $200, you get brakes, neutral, and reverse while the other Spark and EX only go forward. Unfortunately, you do give up the extra seat, which is a must if you do any pull sports required by law in many states.

If you mostly ride by yourself, the jump in price to the 2up 90HP Spark with iBR is the better value. If you plan on riding more people, the EX is the better deal. If you only care about price, you can be like me and get the base model 3up 90HP Spark. I did add a manual reverse and storage bucket later. If I had to do it again, I would go with the iBR over manual reverse as new riders understand it better, and I would have fewer dings on my Spark.

Sea-Doo SPARK 3up 90HP iBR vs. Yamaha EX Sport

SPARK 3up 90HP iBREX Sport
MSRP$7,799$7,999
Top Speed (MPH)4950
HP90100
Weight (lbs)446584
Storage Capacity (US Gal)7.427.7
Seating Capacity33
TransmissioniBR Manual Forward and Reverse
Fuel Capacity7.913.2
Length (Inches)120123.2
Width (Inches)4644.5
Height (Inches)4145.3
HullPolytecFiberglass
CoolingClosed LoopOpen Loop
Reboarding StepYesYes
MirrorsNoYes

Sea-Doo SPARK 3up 90HP iBR Pros:

  • iBR (Forward, neutral, reverse, and braking) Makes docking easier.
  • More useful front bucket storage.
  • Driving modes.
  • Cheaper.
  • Wider.
  • Polytec hull.
  • Palm rests.
  • Lower overall height and wider = more stable.

Sea-Doo SPARK 3up 90HP iBR Cons:

  • Smaller fuel tank.
  • Less HP.
  • No mirrors – needed in many states for pull sports.
  • Shorter

Yamaha EX Sport Pros:

  • More HP.
  • Longer, takes the chop better.
  • Larger fuel tank so you can spend more time on the water.

Yamaha EX Sport Cons:

  • Has a manual reverse, does not have Yamaha’s electronic RIDE system similar to Sea-Doo iBR.
  • Heavier.
  • No driving modes.
  • EX storage is larger, but more spread out and less useful.

The Sea-Doo SPARK 3up 90HP iBR is a real strong contender with the price and coming with iBR.

But the Yamaha EX Sport will be a little faster and has a larger fuel tank.

Sea-Doo SPARK TRIXX 2up vs. Sea-Doo SPARK TRIXX 3up

SPARK TRIXX 2upSPARK TRIXX 3up
MSRP$7,699$8,299
Top Speed (MPH)4949
HP9090
Weight (lbs)428439
Storage Capacity (US Gal)0.420.42
Seating Capacity23
TransmissioniBR iBR
Fuel Capacity7.97.9
Length (Inches)110120
Width (Inches)4646
Height (Inches)4242
HullPolytecPolytec
CoolingClosed LoopClosed Loop
Reboarding StepNoNo
MirrorsNoNo

Since the TRIXX are in a league of their own, Yamaha or Kawasaki don’t have anything similar, so I won’t compare them to anything.

The TRIXX is the “cool” Spark. By that, I mean you’ll have more fun on it because it has an extended VTS and other little features that make it do “tricks”.

You can pop wheelies all day long and spin it out. Just check out this video.

I love the idea of the TRIXX because I’ve been on many jet skis, and many of those were built for racing. I’ve done the 80MPH+, but I can honestly say I’ve had more fun on the slower TRIXX than the faster, more expensive jetskis.

Recreation

The lines between Rec-Lite and Recreation are blurring, especially in the next few sections.

Generally, the Recreation category watercraft are larger and more comfortable than the Rec-Lite category.

Recreational watercraft make for a perfect family jet ski or to get you in the sport with more comfort than the Rec-Lite offers.

The Sea-Doo Sparks and Yamaha EX line up are in the Rec-Lite category. The Sea-Doo GTI, Yamaha VX, and Kawasaki STX are in the Recreational category. Since prices are so similar, the lines blur a bit.

Yamaha EX Deluxe vs. Sea-Doo GTI 90 vs. Yamaha VX-C

EX DeluxeGTI 90VX-C
MSRP$8,999$9,099$9,149
Top Speed (MPH)504353
HP10090125
Weight (lbs)600668701
Storage Capacity (US Gal)7.740.330.1
Seating Capacity333
TransmissionRIDE iBR Forward Only
Fuel Capacity13.215.918.5
Length (Inches)123.2130131.1
Width (Inches)44.549.248.8
Height (Inches)45.344.847.2
HullFiberglassPolytec Gen. 2Fiberglass
CoolingOpen LoopClosed LoopOpen Loop
Reboarding StepYesNoNo
MirrorsYesYesYes

Yamaha EX Deluxe Pros:

  • Much faster than the GTI 90.
  • RIDE – forward, neutral, reverse, and “braking”.
  • More HP than the GTI 90.
  • More playful body compared to the GTI 90 or VX-C.

Yamaha EX Deluxe Cons:

  • A lot less storage than the GTI 90 or VX-C.
  • Smaller gas tank.
  • No driving modes.
  • No watertight dedicated phone storage.
  • Not as stable as the larger GTI 90 or VX-C.

Sea-Doo GTI 90 Pros:

  • More stable than the EX Deluxe.
  • More storage.
  • iBR – forward, neutral, reverse, and braking.
  • More comfortable seats compared to the EX Deluxe or even the Sea-Doo Spark. It’s a night and day difference.
  • LinQ attachment options, can add extra fuel tank, cooler, and many more accessories.
  • Palm grips.
  • Super attractive price point for a recreational category jet ski.

Sea-Doo GTI 90 Cons:

Yamaha VX-C Pros:

  • More comfortable than the EX Deluxe.
  • Multi-color display
  • More storage than the EX Deluxe.

Yamaha VX-C Cons:

  • Built for rental companies.
  • No reverse or brakes.
  • If I had to pick the VX-C or the EX Deluxe, I would go with the EX Deluxe. I rather have RIDE, a better-looking and playful jet ski.

The value of the Sea-Doo GTI 90 is amazing at that price point. You get a bigger, more stable body with a small fuel-efficient engine. Not only that, but you get a lot of storage and features meant for larger, more expensive units.

But it being slower than most is a put off for many people, especially if you do a lot of pull sports.

If you want a good, simple jet ski that is easy to ride and the most comfortable at it’s price point, the GTI 90 is a clear winner. If you do a lot of pull sports, the Yamaha EX Deluxe will be better for you. The lack of reverse and braking on the VX-C is a turn-off, so I can’t recommend it unless you have a rental jet ski company.

Yamaha EXR vs. Yamaha EX Limited vs. Kawasaki STX 160

EXREX LimitedSTX 160
MSRP$9,499$9,599$9,799
Top Speed (MPH)515057
HP110100160
Weight (lbs)540602864
Storage Capacity (US Gal)7.77.735
Seating Capacity333
TransmissionRIDE RIDE Manual Forward and Reverse
Fuel Capacity13.213.220.6
Length (Inches)123.2123.2124.1
Width (Inches)44.544.546.5
Height (Inches)45.345.345.4
HullNanoXcel 2 FiberglassFiberglassFiberglass
CoolingOpen LoopOpen LoopOpen Loop
Reboarding StepYesYesYes
MirrorsYesYesYes

Yamaha EXR Pros:

  • The cheapest option of the 3.
  • Fast, I wish Sea-Doo would make a slightly faster Spark as the EXR is a great value.
  • More HP than the EX Limited.
  • RIDE system – forward, reverse, neutral, and “braking”.
  • NanoXcel 2 Fiberglass

Yamaha EXR Cons:

  • Less HP than the Kawasaki STX 160.
  • Doesn’t have the extra accessories the EX Limited gets.
  • Storage is a bit fragmented.
  • Smaller fuel tank than the STX 160.

Yamaha EX Limited Pros:

  • RIDE.
  • Pull up cleats.
  • Limited Accessories – color-matched towable tube, tube inflator, a 12-volt outlet, tow rope, matching cover, portable speakers, waterproof bow storage, tow rope bag, and two fenders. This is a fantastic value!

Yamaha EX Limited Cons:

  • Smaller fuel tank than the STX 160.
  • Less HP than the EXR.
  • Does not have the NanoXcel 2 Fiberglass hull.
  • Slower than the Kawasaki STX 160.

Kawasaki STX 160 Pros:

  • Faster than the EXR or EX Limited by a fair bit.
  • More HP.
  • A little over 4X the storage of the EXR or EX Limited.
  • Larger fuel tank.
  • Reboarding Step.

Kawasaki STX 160 Cons:

  • Manual reverse, Kawasaki does not have any electronic braking or reverse like Sea-Doo’s iBR or Yamaha’s RIDE.
  • Heavy.
  • Cost more than the EXR or EX Limited.

I find the EX Limited to be a good value if you’re in the market for an EX Deluxe; you may as well spring for a little more to get the EX Limited as the extra Limited accessories it comes with are a great value.

The Kawasaki STX 160 does stand out and is an excellent value if you want pure power in this category. The STX 160 will be more stable and have more storage than the EX bodies that is for sure.

A Great video of the Kawasaki STX160 2020 – 2021 changed very little.

Yamaha VX vs. Sea-Doo GTI 130 vs. Kawasaki STX 160X

VXGTI 130STX 160X
MSRP$10,049$10,099$10,199
Top Speed (MPH)535257
HP125130160
Weight (lbs)719739864
Storage Capacity (US Gal)30.140.335
Seating Capacity333
TransmissionRIDE iBR Manual Forward and Reverse
Fuel Capacity18.515.920.6
Length (Inches)132.7130124.1
Width (Inches)48.849.246.5
Height (Inches)47.244.845.4
HullFiberglassPolytec Gen. 2Fiberglass
CoolingOpen LoopClosed LoopOpen Loop
Reboarding StepYesNoYes
MirrorsYesYesYes

Yamaha VX Pros:

  • Cheaper of the 3.
  • Has RIDE.
  • Multi-color display.
  • Weighs the least of the 3.
  • Second largest fuel tank of the 3.
  • Longer than the other 3, nice for choppy water.
  • Reboarding ladder.
  • Self-draining footwells.
  • Dry under-seat storage.

Yamaha VX Cons:

  • Has the least storage capacity of the 3.
  • The least HP of the bunch.
  • No driving modes.
  • It’s new body makes it harder to get to the engine compartment compared to the other 3.
  • The VX and VX-C have the standard boring fiberglass hulls, unlike the NanoXcel on the higher-end VX models.

Sea-Doo GTI 130 Pros:

  • Has the most storage of the 3.
  • iBR (Forward, Neutral, Reverse, and Braking)
  • Lower height, better stability.
  • Palm grip.
  • LinQ.
  • Watertight phone storage in the glovebox.
  • Wider than the other 3 for better stability.
  • Driving modes like Sport, Touring, and ECO.
  • RF DESS Key – the lanyard that starts your Sea-Doo is programmed for your machine only.
  • Large swim platform.

Sea-Doo GTI 130 Cons:

  • Slowest of the bunch.
  • Smallest fuel tank of the 3.
  • No reboarding step.
  • No cruise control.

Kawasaki STX 160X Pros:

  • The fastest of the 3.
  • The most HP of the bunch.
  • Cruise Control.
  • Reboarding step.
  • Largest fuel tank of the 3.

Kawasaki STX 160X Cons:

  • Manual reverse and no brakes.
  • Narrow, so more playful but less stable compared to the other 2.

The multi-colored screen on the VX is a huge win for it, it’s not a touchscreen like the FX models. The screen on the Sea-Doo GTI is easier to read if you ask me, but a multi-colored screen demo’s better and is a step in the right direction.

The upgradability and layout of the GTI with LinQ is the stand out feature for it compared to the other 2.

The STX having more power and higher top speed is it’s stand out feature.

Video of the All New 2021 Yamaha VX Lineup

Yamaha VX Deluxe vs. Sea-Doo GTI SE 130 vs. Yamaha VX Cruiser

VX DeluxeGTI SE 130VX Cruiser
MSRP$10,849$10,899$11,149
Top Speed (MPH)535253
HP125130125
Weight (lbs)692739697
Storage Capacity (US Gal)30.140.330.1
Seating Capacity333
TransmissionRIDE iBR RIDE
Fuel Capacity18.515.918.5
Length (Inches)132.7130132.7
Width (Inches)48.849.248.8
Height (Inches)47.244.847.2
HullNanoXcel Ultra-lightweight HullPolytec Gen. 2NanoXcel Ultra-lightweight Hull
CoolingOpen LoopClosed LoopOpen Loop
Reboarding StepYesYesYes
MirrorsYesYesYes

Yamaha VX Deluxe Pros:

  • RIDE.
  • Multi-colored screen.
  • Driving modes.
  • Low-RPM Mode / No Wake Mode.
  • Fuel management info.
  • Cruise control.
  • Watertight under-seat storage.
  • 12 volt and USB plug in the glovebox.
  • Footwell drains.
  • Cheapest of the 3.
  • Weighs less than the Sea-Doo.
  • NanoXcel Ultra-lightweight Hull
  • Large fuel tank.
  • Reboarding step.
  • Slightly faster than the Sea-Doo.

Yamaha VX Deluxe Cons:

  • Less storage capacity.
  • No Trim like what the GTI SE has.
  • Not as wide as the Sea-Doo.
  • Taller and thus not as stable as the Sea-Doo.
  • No comfort seat (I’ll have to talk about this more in a few).
  • PIN code security system – it works but not as easy as what Sea-Doo does or even Kawasaki with the key.

Sea-Doo GTI SE 130 Pros:

  • Greater storage capacity.
  • VTS – Trimming system, raise and lower the nose of the PWC for tow sports and other activities.
  • Driving modes – Touring, ECO, and Sport.
  • Slow speed mode – aka no-wake mode.
  • Speed Limiter Modes – aka cruise control.
  • Wider, more stable.
  • More HP – this is a huge deal for pull sports as you need the bottom end power and the 130 is a workhorse for this.
  • Not as tall, lower center of gravity, helps be more stable, especially with more people riding.
  • LinQ attachment system.
  • Bigger swim platform.
  • A more dedicated dry phone storage in the glovebox.
  • RF DESS key, easier, and quicker to use than a PIN.
  • Palm grips.
  • Ergolock seat – curved to fit your legs better and give you a better grip when sitting. Nice for shorter riders, taller riders won’t notice this.
  • Reboarding step.

Here are the different modes for the GTI models.

Sea-Doo GTI SE 130 Cons:

  • Slower than the 2 Yamahas.
  • Heavier than the other two.
  • Smaller fuel tank.

Yamaha VX Cruiser:

The Yamaha VX Cruiser has all the same pros and cons as the Yamaha VX Deluxe, except the Cruiser has a better seat, and two pull up cleats. The VX Cruiser also cost more and comes in a different color than the VX Deluxe too.

Kawasaki ULTRA LX vs. Sea-Doo GTI SE 170

ULTRA LXGTI SE 170
MSRP$11,399$11,499
Top Speed (MPH)5556
HP160170
Weight (lbs)932739
Storage Capacity (US Gal)6040.3
Seating Capacity33
TransmissionManual Forward and ReverseiBR
Fuel Capacity20.615.9
Length (Inches)132.7130
Width (Inches)4749.2
Height (Inches)45.344.8
HullFiberglassPolytec Gen. 2
CoolingOpen LoopClosed Loop
Reboarding StepYesYes
MirrorsYesYes

Kawasaki ULTRA LX Pros:

  • Touring size jet ski at a recreational price.
  • The most storage capacity of any watercraft on the market.
  • One of the biggest fuel tanks in the industry.
  • Cruise control.
  • Learning mode.

Kawasaki ULTRA LX Cons:

  • It’s a heavy watercraft. Keep in mind the weight for Kawasaki is the wet weight while the others are dry. Even then, it’s still a heavy PWC.
  • Manual reverse and no brakes.
  • More narrow than the Sea-Doo GTI SE 170.

Sea-Doo GTI SE 170 Pros:

Note: The GTI SE 170 will have all the same features as the GTI SE 130, it’s just the engine HP that makes them different.

  • VTS – Trimming system, raise and lower the nose of the PWC for tow sports and other activities.
  • Slightly faster than the ULTRA LX.
  • Weighs far less than the ULTRA LX.
  • Driving modes – Touring, ECO, and Sport.
  • Slow speed mode – aka no-wake mode.
  • Speed Limiter Modes – aka cruise control.
  • Wider, more stable.
  • More HP.
  • Not as tall, lower center of gravity, helps be more stable, especially with more people riding.
  • LinQ attachment system.
  • Bigger swim platform.
  • A more dedicated dry phone storage in the glovebox.
  • RF DESS key, easier, and quicker to use than a PIN.
  • Palm grips.
  • Ergolock seat – curved to fit your legs better and give you a better grip when sitting.
  • Reboarding step.

Sea-Doo GTI SE 170 Cons:

  • A lot less storage capacity than the ULTRA LX.
  • Smaller fuel tank.
  • Not as long.
  • Doesn’t take the chop as well as the ULTRA LX. The ULTRA is like a tank in the water and one of the best hulls for ocean riding.

Overall, the Sea-Doo GTI SE 170 is the better deal if you ask me. It’s faster, has more horsepower, and a lot more must-have features like iBR.

If you do a lot of ocean riding, that ULTRA LX hull is one of the best. The ULTRA LX will be better in rough waters.

Kawasaki STX 160LX vs. Yamaha VX Cruiser HO

STX 160LXVX Cruiser HO
MSRP$11,899$12,049
Top Speed (MPH)5758
HP160180
Weight (lbs)877794
Storage Capacity (US Gal)3530.1
Seating Capacity33
TransmissionManual Forward and ReverseRIDE
Fuel Capacity20.618.5
Length (Inches)124.1132.7
Width (Inches)46.548.8
Height (Inches)45.447.2
HullFiberglassNanoXcel Ultra-lightweight Hull
CoolingOpen LoopOpen Loop
Reboarding StepYesYes
MirrorsYesYes

Kawasaki STX 160LX Pros:

  • Cheaper than the VX Cruiser HO.
  • More storage capacity.
  • Larger fuel tank.
  • Lower center of gravity.
  • Cruise control (Adjustable).
  • Driving modes.
  • Reboarding step.
  • Audio System.
  • Luxury seat.

Kawasaki STX 160LX Cons:

  • Heavier than the VX Cruiser HO.
  • Slower.
  • Less HP.
  • Manual reverse and no braking.
  • Not as wide.

Yamaha VX Cruiser HO Pros:

  • More HP.
  • Faster Than the STX 160LX.
  • Lighter.
  • NanoXcel Ultra-lightweight Hull
  • RIDE.
  • Cruiser Seat.
  • Wider.

Yamaha VX Cruiser HO Cons:

  • More expensive.
  • Does not come with an audio system, but you can add one.
  • Smaller fuel tank.

Sea-Doo WAKE 170 vs. Yamaha VX Limited

WAKE 170VX Limited
MSRP$12,299$12,449
Top Speed (MPH)5553
HP170125
Weight (lbs)747697
Storage Capacity (US Gal)40.330.1
Seating Capacity33
TransmissioniBR RIDE
Fuel Capacity15.918.5
Length (Inches)130.6132.7
Width (Inches)49.248.8
Height (Inches)44.847.2
HullPolytec Gen. 2NanoXcel Ultra-lightweight Hull
CoolingClosed LoopOpen Loop
Reboarding StepYesYes
MirrorsYesYes

Sea-Doo WAKE 170 Pros:

  • Ski Pylon – gets the tow point up higher.
  • Wake Mode – allows the driver to set top speed and take-off power for the perfect pull every time.
  • WAKE Board Rack.
  • VTS – Trimming system, raise and lower the nose of the PWC for tow sports and other activities.
  • Driving modes – Touring, ECO, and Sport.
  • Slow speed mode – aka no-wake mode.
  • Speed Limiter Modes – aka cruise control.
  • Wider, more stable.
  • More HP.
  • Not as tall, lower center of gravity, helps be more stable, especially with more people riding.
  • LinQ attachment system.
  • Bigger swim platform.
  • A more dedicated dry phone storage in the glovebox.
  • RF DESS key, easier, and quicker to use than a PIN.
  • Palm grips.
  • Ergolock seat – curved to fit your legs better and give you a better grip when sitting.
  • Reboarding step.
  • Polytech Hull.

Sea-Doo WAKE 170 Cons:

  • Doesn’t include a towable tube, rope, inflator, and other VX Limited Accessories.
  • Heavier than the VX Limited.
  • Lacks a multi-color screen.
  • Lacks Factory Installed Integrated Audio System.
  • No footwell drains.

Yamaha VX Limited Pros:

  • RIDE.
  • Limited Accessories Package – Towable tube, cover, inflator, rope, fenders, and more.
  • Factory Installed Integrated Audio System.
  • Multi-colored screen.
  • 4 Pull-up Cleats.
  • Driving modes.
  • Low-RPM Mode / No Wake Mode.
  • Fuel management info.
  • Cruise control.
  • Watertight under seat storage.
  • 12 volt and USB plug in the glovebox.
  • Footwell drains.
  • Weighs less than the Sea-Doo.
  • NanoXcel Ultra-lightweight Hull
  • Large fuel tank.
  • Reboarding step.

Yamaha VX Limited Cons:

  • No Ski Pylon
  • No Wake Mode, but it does have something similar but lacking extra ramp settings.
  • No Trim system – very helpful for pull sports to angle the nose of the craft.
  • Slower.
  • Less HP, which is a concern for pull sports. The WAKE has 170HP, while the VX Limited has 125HP.
  • Cost more.
  • Less storage.
  • Not as wide.

For the past few years, I’ve refused to compare the Sea-Doo WAKE 170 to the Yamaha VX Limited, as they did not seem to be in the same game.

This year I wanted to compare the two as the Yamaha VX Limited is very similar to the Sea-Doo WAKE 170, especially since the VX comes with pull sports accessories.

To be perfectly honest, both machines are great, and you can’t go wrong with either one.

I need to note that the WAKE has a 170HP engine, while the VX Limited only has 125HP. That 125HP engine will pull a tube just fine, but the pure grunt power of the 170 can’t be ignored, especially if you do more than just pull tubes.

Sport Fishing

The Sport Fishing category is jet skis that come from the factory built for fishing.

You can make any jet ski into a fishing style jet ski but having one come from the factory ready to go is a huge help.

Sea-Doo FISH PRO 170 vs. Nothing

FISH PRO 170
MSRP$15,599
Top Speed (MPH)52
HP170
Weight (lbs)858
Storage Capacity (US Gal)39.6
Seating Capacity3
TransmissioniBR
Fuel Capacity18.5
Length (Inches)146.8
Width (Inches)49.4
Height (Inches)45.3
HullFiberglass
CoolingClosed Loop
Reboarding StepYes
MirrorsYes

Sea-Doo FISH PRO 170 Features:

  • GARMIN ECHOMAP PLUS 62CV FISH FINDER
  • iDF – Unclogs weeds and trash that gets caught in the intake so you can fish in those hard to reach spots. Here is video on how it works.
  • Way better color scheme this year!
  • 13.5 Gal. Cooler with recessed work area and tackle and bait storage.
  • Fishing Rod Holders.
  • Gunwale Footrest.
  • Trolling Mode.
  • Fishing Bench Seat.
  • Extended Rear Platform.
  • Watertight phone box in the glovebox.
  • Super stable hull, the longest, and does well in the chop.
  • LinQ accessories options for fishing.
  • Speed regulator.
  • Tilt steering.
  • Trim.
  • 5X fishing rod holders.

For the price, the FISH PRO is a great fishing boat. It’s going to be easy to store, and when you’re not fishing, you have a freaking jet ski to play on!

Fish Pro with iDF

Tow Sports

The Tow Sport jet ski category is your watercraft made to fill the tubing, wakeboarding, and skiing needs.

The WAKE 170 would be in this category too. The Yamaha VX Limited dances around this category too along with the Recreation category.

I find this category to hold it’s vaule the best in the used market because of all the features you get with it.

Great video on the features of the Sea-Doo WAKE – Video is of 2020 WAKE 170 but WAKE 230 shares very similar features and 2021 did not change.

Sea-Doo WAKE PRO 230 vs. Nothing

WAKE PRO 230
MSRP$15,799
Top Speed (MPH)65
HP230
Weight (lbs)829
Storage Capacity (US Gal)26.1
Seating Capacity3
TransmissioniBR
Fuel Capacity18.5
Length (Inches)135.9
Width (Inches)49.4
Height (Inches)45.2
HullFiberglass
CoolingClosed Loop
Reboarding StepYes
MirrorsYes

Sea-Doo WAKE PRO 230 Features:

  • The WAKE 230 is very similar to the WAKE 170. The WAKE 170 is based on the smaller GTI body, and the WAKE 230 is based on the bigger GTX body. Also, the WAKE 230 has a bigger 230HP engine. Other than the body and engine, they’re pretty much the same machine.
  • Ski Pylon – gets the tow point up higher.
  • Wake Mode – allows the driver to set top speed and take-off power for the perfect pull every time.
  • WAKE Board Rack.
  • VTS – Trimming system, raise and lower the nose of the PWC for tow sports and other activities.
  • Driving modes – Touring, ECO, and Sport.
  • Slow speed mode – aka no-wake mode.
  • Speed Limiter Modes – aka cruise control.
  • LinQ attachment system.
  • Large swim platform – excellent for putting on a wakeboard.
  • A dedicated dry phone storage in the glovebox.
  • RF DESS key, easier, and quicker to use than a PIN.
  • Palm grips.
  • Ergolock seat – curved to fit your legs better and give you a better grip when sitting.
  • Fiberglass hull (The WAKE 170 uses the Polytec hull).

The WAKE series of watercraft is still mostly dominated by Sea-Doo. This year I did compare the smaller WAKE 170 to the Yamaha VX Limited.

Sea-Doo WAKE 170 vs. Sea-Doo WAKE 230

Besides the engine and the hull, the WAKE models are pretty much the same. But those differences do make a world of differences.

Even though these are wake models, don’t expect the same effects as you do from a wake boat. Jet skis don’t have the weight to create massive wakes.

A wake jet ski is more for quickly getting on the water and doing watersports. Wake boats require time and a lot more energy to get going. Where a wake jet ski, you can hop on after work and get right to it.

While the WAKE 170 has less HP, it’s still more than powerful enough to get people up. I’ve pulled 280-pound dudes on the older 155HP version without issues. But the 230 will for sure have more confidence and more weight to balance out for bigger riders.

The WAKE 170 will feel more cramped compared to the WAKE 230, so if you’re tall, go for the 230.

Performance

The performance category of watercraft has the fastest and most powerful PWCs on the market.

These models are built for going fast, so if you’re new to the sport, be careful in this category.

Yamaha SuperJet vs. Kawasaki SX-R

SuperJetSX-R
MSRP$9,499$9,999
Top Speed (MPH)5359
HP100150
Weight (lbs)375551
Storage Capacity (US Gal)00
Seating Capacity11
TransmissionForward OnlyForward Only
Fuel Capacity56.1
Length (Inches)95.7104.5
Width (Inches)3030.1
Height (Inches)31.133.1
HullVaRTM FiberglassFiberglass
CoolingOpen LoopOpen Loop
Reboarding StepNoNo
MirrorsNoNo

Yamaha has finally upgraded their SuperJet away from 2-stroke and now has a 4-stroke engine. With this change, the SuperJet is bigger and heavier than it was in the past.

These are the only stand-up jet skis you can buy, and the people buying them are the people who race them. So if you’re new to jet skis, you’ll find it easier to buy a sit-down jet ski, especially this year as both are still new and in high demand.

This is also important to note that no manufacturer makes a 2-stroke jet ski anymore. 2-strokes pollute more and are banned on many lakes because of this. It’s an end to an era – it’s kind of a big deal, and I’m surprised no one is talking about it.

Great video on the Yamaha Superjet

Yamaha GP1800R HO vs. Sea-Doo GTR 230

GP1800R HOGTR 230
MSRP$12,549$12,599
Top Speed (MPH)6563
HP180230
Weight (lbs)734774
Storage Capacity (US Gal)28.442.5
Seating Capacity33
TransmissionRIDE iBR
Fuel Capacity18.515.9
Length (Inches)131.9130.6
Width (Inches)48.849.2
Height (Inches)47.244.8
HullNanoXcel Ultra-lightweight HullPolytec Gen. 2
CoolingOpen LoopClosed Loop
Reboarding StepYesNo
MirrorsYesYes

Yamaha GP1800R HO Pros:

  • Faster than the GTR.
  • Weighs less.
  • Not supercharged.
  • Bigger fuel tank.
  • NanoXcel Ultra-lightweight Hull
  • Reboarding step.
  • RIDE.
  • Cheaper.
  • Driving modes.
  • Multi-color screen.
  • Trim.
  • Cruise Assist/No Wake Mode
  • Auto Trim – Super sweet option!
  • Steering Adjustment.
  • Water Resistant Under Seat Storage.
  • Footwell drains.
  • Based on the GP1800R SVHO body – a real racing body.

Yamaha GP1800R HO Cons:

  • I’m still not a fan of the name; I preferred the old VXR name.
  • Not as wide as the GTR.
  • Much less storage capacity.
  • No LinQ attachments like the GTR.

Sea-Doo GTR 230 Pros:

  • More HP.
  • More storage capacity.
  • iBR.
  • Speed limiter mode – aka cruise control.
  • Eroglock seat.
  • Driving modes.
  • Slow speed mode.
  • Supercharger.
  • Palm grips.

Sea-Doo GTR 230 Cons:

  • Supercharger – this is a con because the GP1800R HO is faster without needing a supercharger. The fewer moving parts, the better.
  • Heavier.
  • Smaller gas tank.
  • No reboarding step.

The Yamaha GP1800R HO and Sea-Doo GTR 230 are your entry-level sit-down muscle craft.

What Yamaha has done with the GP1800R HO is outstanding! It uses the same style hull as it’s bigger and speedier brother GP1800R SVHO which is made for racing. And you get a lot of the creature comforts that come on many of the VX models.

I wish Sea-Doo would take the new 2021 RXP-X T3-R hull and put a 230HP ACE engine in and call that the GTR 230 (or RXP 230???). They did this back in 2007 with the RXP 215 as they had an RXP 155, and the only difference was the engine.

Yamaha GP1800R SVHO vs. Kawasaki ULTRA 310X vs. Sea-Doo RXP-X 300

GP1800R SVHOULTRA 310XRXP-X 300
MSRP$14,749$15,499$15,799
Top Speed (MPH)707070
HP250310300
Weight (lbs)7721051780
Storage Capacity (US Gal)28.45640.6
Seating Capacity331
TransmissionRIDE Manual Forward and ReverseiBR
Fuel Capacity18.520.618.5
Length (Inches)131.9132.7130.6
Width (Inches)48.84749.2
Height (Inches)47.245.344
HullNanoXcel Ultra-lightweight HullFiberglassFiberglass
CoolingOpen LoopOpen LoopClosed Loop
Reboarding StepYesYesNo
MirrorsYesYesYes

Yamaha GP1800R SVHO Pros:

  • Weighs the least.
  • Cheapest of the bunch.
  • RIDE.
  • Driving modes.
  • Cruise control.
  • Trim.
  • Auto Trim – super smart!
  • Steering adjustment.
  • Racing seat.
  • 3 seater, unlike the RXP-X.
  • Water-resistant under seat storage.
  • Footwell drains.
  • Multi-color display.
  • New hull design gives you greater control.

Yamaha GP1800R SVHO Cons:

  • The least horsepower of the 3.
  • The least storage of the 3.

Kawasaki ULTRA 310X Pros:

  • The most HP of any of the competition.
  • The most storage of the 3.
  • Shorter height than the Yamaha GP1800R SVHO.
  • Largest fuel tank of the 3.
  • Cruise Control.
  • Trim.
  • 3 seater, unlike the RXP-X.

Kawasaki ULTRA 310X Cons:

  • The heaviest of the 3, but Kawasaki does use wet weight, but it still heavy.
  • Doesn’t have brakes, only has a manual forward and reverse.

Sea-Doo RXP-X 300 Pros:

  • More HP than the Yamaha.
  • iBR – forward, neutral, reverse.
  • Lower total height – allows the driver to better position themselves when launching.
  • Truly built for the racer in mind.
  • Adjustable seat that better locks you in so you stay planted in the seat.
  • Shark Gills – Keeps you planted in the turns.
  • Weighs less than last year model RXP-X 300.
  • 0 to 50MPh in 2.7 seconds. The old RXP-X did this in 2.9 seconds.
  • Low profile handlebars built for racers in mind.
  • Trim.
  • Ergolock R system seat.
  • Launch mode.
  • Speed regulator.
  • LinQ attachment options.

Sea-Doo RXP-X 300 Cons:

  • The most expensive of the 3.
  • 1 seater from the factory with an option to get a 2up seat installed.
  • No reboarding step.

These 3 models are the sit-down racing watercraft, so if all you care about is speed, then this is what you want.

I must warn you if you’ve never driven a jet ski before, do NOT start at these watercraft. Not only are they fast, but the hulls are very nimble.

These PWC are built for racers in mind and not meant to be the everyday family jetski.

I love what Sea-Doo has done for the RXP-X 300, the 0 to 50 times are freaking impressive, but Yamaha has come in strong with the GP1800R SVHO.

You honestly can’t go wrong with either one; the customers are the real winners in this one as both sides have come out swinging in significant ways.

Kawasaki ULTRA 310R vs. Sea-Doo RXT-X 300

ULTRA 310RRXT-X 300
MSRP$16,499$16,799
Top Speed (MPH)7070
HP310300
Weight (lbs)1047829
Storage Capacity (US Gal)5626.1
Seating Capacity33
TransmissionManual Forward and ReverseiBR
Fuel Capacity20.618.5
Length (Inches)132.7135.9
Width (Inches)4749.4
Height (Inches)45.345.2
HullFiberglassFiberglass
CoolingOpen LoopClosed Loop
Reboarding StepYesNo
MirrorsYesYes

Kawasaki ULTRA 310R Pros:

  • Cheaper.
  • More HP.
  • More storage.
  • Cruise control.
  • Driving modes.
  • Racing style handlebars.

Kawasaki ULTRA 310R Cons:

  • Heavier.
  • Manual forward and reverse.
  • Not as wide – could be a good thing if racing.
  • Not as long.

Sea-Doo RXT-X 300 Pros:

  • Easier access to the front storage.
  • LinQ system.
  • Angled, extended Footwell Wedges.
  • Launch Control with Auto-Trim.
  • Race-inspired Sponsons for better cornering.
  • 18.5 Gal gas tank, it’s bigger than the 2019 models.
  • Modular seats and lounge area.
  • Palm grips.
  • Integrated Cleats.
  • Watertight phone box in the glove box.
  • Narrow racing seat.
  • Trim.
  • Speed Limiter Mode – aka cruise control.

Sea-Doo RXT-X 300 Cons:

  • Less HP.
  • Less storage.

The Kawasaki ULTRA 310R and the Sea-Doo RXT-X 300 are for the people who want a racing-style jet ski but with a bigger hull.

Touring Category

The Touring or also called Luxury category is your bigger and better riding watercraft.

Not only are they bigger, but this is where you find the top of the line and most expensive jet skis.

If all you care about is comfort, this is the category you need to be in.

Sea-Doo GTX 170 vs. Yamaha VX Limited HO vs. Yamaha FX HO

GTX 170VX Limited HOFX HO
MSRP$13,099$13,549$13,799
Top Speed (MPH)585858
HP170180180
Weight (lbs)776794836
Storage Capacity (US Gal)26.128.444
Seating Capacity333
TransmissioniBR RIDE RIDE
Fuel Capacity18.518.518.5
Length (Inches)135.9132.7140.9
Width (Inches)49.448.850
Height (Inches)44.847.248.4
HullFiberglassNanoXcel Ultra-lightweight HullNanoXcel Ultra-lightweight Hull
CoolingClosed LoopOpen LoopOpen Loop
Reboarding StepYesYesYes
MirrorsYesYesYes

Sea-Doo GTX 170 Pros:

  • Weighs less.
  • Cheapest of the 3.
  • iBR.
  • Lower total height, a better center of gravity, better stability.
  • LinQ.
  • Can get iDF from the factory.
  • Watertight phone storage.
  • Driving modes.
  • Cruise control.
  • Trim.
  • Tilt Steering.
  • Integrated Cleats.
  • ErgoLock seat.
  • Lounge seating.
  • Palm grips.
  • Same top speed as the other 3 but with less HP.
  • I call it the goldilocks jet ski, it’s just right.

Sea-Doo GTX 170 Cons:

  • The least storage capacity.
  • 10 Less HP.
  • No cup holders.
  • No touchscreen or multi-colored screen.
  • No footwell drain.

Yamaha VX Limited HO Pros:

  • Limited accessories package – color matched towable tube, tube inflator, 12 volt outlet, tow rope, matching cover, portable speakers, two fenders and more.
  • More HP.
  • More playful hull compared to the GTX or FX.
  • NanoXcel Ultra-lightweight Hull
  • More storage than the Sea-Doo GTX 170.
  • RIDE.
  • LED lighting in the glove box.
  • Phone holder, not watertight itself.
  • USB charging port.
  • 12-volt power outlet.
  • Underseat dry storage.
  • Sound system installed from the factory.
  • Driving modes.
  • Cruise control.
  • Cruiser Seat.
  • Pull up cleats.
  • Multi-mount system.

Yamaha VX Limited HO Cons:

  • Shorter – won’t take the chop as well as the GTX or FX.
  • It’s technically a recreational unit, but it’s priced so high I had to put it with the luxury units.
  • Not as wide as the GTX or FX.
  • No trim system – nice to have for pull sports and rough water conditions.
  • It’s a recreational unit, so it will ride like one where the GTX and FX are a better ride.
  • No cup holders.
  • Getting into the front storage is much harder compared to how the GTX is set up.
  • Doesn’t have an ErgoLock seat that the GTX has.
  • Engine compartment in all VX line up is harder to get to.

Yamaha FX HO Pros:

  • More HP.
  • Colored Touchscreen.
  • More storage than the other 3.
  • RIDE.
  • Widest of the 3.
  • Longer – will take the chop a little better.
  • Driving modes.
  • Cruise control.
  • Cup holders.
  • Tilt steering.
  • Trim system.

Yamaha FX HO Cons:

  • The most expensive of the 3.
  • Heaviest of the 3.
  • Harder to get to the front storage compared to the Sea-Doo GTX.
  • Touch screen can’t be used at speed and hard to use if fingers are wet.

Yamaha VX Limited HO vs. Yamaha FX HO

If it were me picking between the VX Limited HO or the FX HO, I would for sure go with the VX Limited HO. The lower price and all the Limited accessories you get is well worth it if you ask me.

The FX will ride a little better especially if you’re taller, but I rather have the accessories in this instance.

Sea-Doo GTX 170 vs. Yamaha VX Limited HO

If it were Sea-Doo GTX 170 vs. Yamaha VX Limited HO, that would be a hard one.

The VX Limited HO has the accessories I think are a nice touch, but the lack of a simple trim system is a bit of a letdown. The GTX is cheaper, and as a taller guy, the comfort of the GTX is more ideal.

For sure, this will come down to sitting on each one to see how it fits you as you can’t go wrong with either one. Find a dealership that will allow you to sit on each one for 15 minutes each and see which one feels more right.

Sea-Doo GTX 230 vs. Yamaha FX Cruiser HO

GTX 230FX Cruiser HO
MSRP$14,099$14,299
Top Speed (MPH)6658
HP230180
Weight (lbs)805838
Storage Capacity (US Gal)26.144
Seating Capacity33
TransmissioniBR RIDE
Fuel Capacity18.518.5
Length (Inches)135.9140.9
Width (Inches)49.450
Height (Inches)44.848.4
HullFiberglassNanoXcel Ultra-lightweight Hull
CoolingClosed LoopOpen Loop
Reboarding StepYesYes
MirrorsYesYes

Sea-Doo GTX 230 Pros:

  • The GTX 170 and GTX 230 are the same except for the engine and color.
  • Weighs less.
  • Much faster.
  • Cheaper
  • iBR.
  • Lower total height, better center of gravity, better stability.
  • LinQ.
  • Can get iDF from the factory.
  • Watertight phone storage.
  • Driving modes.
  • Cruise control.
  • Integrated Cleats.
  • Trim.
  • Tilt Steering.
  • ErgoLock seat.
  • Lounge seating.
  • Palm grips.

Sea-Doo GTX 230 Cons:

  • The least storage capacity.
  • No cup holders.
  • No touchscreen or multi-colored screen.
  • No footwell drain.

Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Pros:

  • The Yamaha FX HO and Yamaha FX Cruiser HO are the same except for the seat and pull-up cleats. Both have the same engine but different color options.
  • Touchscreen.
  • More storage.
  • RIDE.
  • Wider.
  • Longer – will take the chop a little better.
  • Driving modes.
  • Cruise control.
  • Footwell drains.
  • Cup holders.
  • Tilt steering.
  • Trim system.

Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Cons:

  • More expensive.
  • Heavier.
  • Harder to get to the front storage compared to the Sea-Doo GTX.
  • Touch screen is cool but has the same problem as the FX HO above.

If you care more about top speed and power, the Sea-Doo GTX 230 is the one to go with.

If you need more storage and a slightly wider hull, the Yamaha FX Cruiser HO is the one to go with.

I love the color the Sea-Doo GTX 230 and 300 come in this year. It’s a lot better than the dull GTX 170 blue color if you ask me.

Sea-Doo GTX 300 vs. Yamaha FX SVHO

GTX 300FX SVHO
MSRP$15,799$15,799
Top Speed (MPH)7068
HP300250
Weight (lbs)819818
Storage Capacity (US Gal)26.144
Seating Capacity33
TransmissioniBR RIDE
Fuel Capacity18.518.5
Length (Inches)135.9140.9
Width (Inches)49.450
Height (Inches)44.848.4
HullFiberglassNanoXcel Ultra-lightweight Hull
CoolingClosed LoopOpen Loop
Reboarding StepYesYes
MirrorsYesYes

Sea-Doo GTX 300 Pros:

  • It’s the same as GTX 230 except for the engine.
  • Same engine that is in the RXP-X 300.
  • Faster.
  • iBR.
  • Lower total height, better center of gravity, better stability.
  • LinQ.
  • Watertight phone storage.
  • Driving modes.
  • Cruise control.
  • Trim.
  • Tilt Steering.
  • ErgoLock seat.
  • Easier to get to front storage from sitting in the driver seat.
  • Lounge seating.
  • Palm grips.
  • The best color scheme of any 2021 if you ask me.

Sea-Doo GTX 300 Cons:

  • Can’t get iDF from the factory. Only the GTX 170 and GTX 230 have that option.
  • Less storage capacity.
  • No cup holders.
  • No touchscreen or multi-colored screen.
  • No footwell drain.

Yamaha FX SVHO Pros:

  • RIDE.
  • It’s basically the FX HO with a supercharger and different color.
  • Touchscreen.
  • More storage.
  • Wider.
  • Longer – will take the chop better.
  • Driving modes.
  • Cruise control.
  • Footwell drains.
  • Cup holders.
  • Tilt steering.
  • Trim system.

Yamaha FX SVHO Cons:

  • Less HP.
  • Harder to get to the front storage compared to the Sea-Doo GTX.
  • Touch screen is cool but has the same problem as the FX HO above.

The Sea-Doo GTX 300 is an oddball this year. It seems Sea-Doo has done away with the GTX Limited 230 and went with the GTX 300. It’s a bummer the GTX 300 doesn’t have the option for iDF while you can order it on the GTX 170 and GTX 230.

The GTX 300 has the best color scheme of any 2021 models if you ask me. Plus, you’re getting the same engine that is in the RXP-X 300 at the same price too.

RXP-X 300 vs. GTX 300 is easy to decide; go with the RXP-X if you race and want a super nimble machine. Go with the GTX 300 if you want comfort and more of an everyday machine. The hull of the GTX will feel a lot better, and being able to ride 3 people stock is nice too. I would personally go with the GTX 300 over the RXP-X as it’s a better value, especially if you’re not a racer.

As for GTX 300 vs. FX SVHO, I got to give it to the GTX 300. Bigger, more powerful engine at the same price. Add the color, and you have a real winner. The FX SVHO is nice, the little details like footwell drains, and the touchscreen are nice, but give me that 300HP in a nice color any day. But that is just me.

Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO vs. Nothing

FX Cruiser SVHO
MSRP$16,499
Top Speed (MPH)68
HP250
Weight (lbs)820
Storage Capacity (US Gal)44
Seating Capacity3
TransmissionRIDE
Fuel Capacity18.5
Length (Inches)140.9
Width (Inches)50
Height (Inches)48.4
HullNanoXcel Ultra-lightweight Hull
CoolingOpen Loop
Reboarding StepYes
MirrorsYes

Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO Features:

  • It’s basically the FX SVHO with a nicer seat and pull-up cleats in a different color.
  • RIDE.
  • Touchscreen.
  • Widest.
  • Longer – will take the chop better.
  • Driving modes.
  • Cruise control.
  • Footwell drains.
  • Cup holders.
  • Tilt steering.
  • Trim system.

Sea-Doo used to have a GTX Limited 230 that compared to the FX Cruiser SVHO. Since Sea-Doo does not make the 230 Limited anymore, the Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO stands by itself.

Yamaha FX Limited SVHO vs. Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 vs. Kawasaki ULTRA 310LX

FX Limited SVHOGTX Limited 300ULTRA 310LX
MSRP$17,699$17,999$18,199
Top Speed (MPH)687070
HP250300310
Weight (lbs)8228491073
Storage Capacity (US Gal)4426.156
Seating Capacity333
TransmissionRIDE iBR Manual Forward and Reverse
Fuel Capacity18.518.520.6
Length (Inches)140.9135.9132.7
Width (Inches)5049.447
Height (Inches)48.444.849.4
HullNanoXcel Ultra-lightweight HullFiberglassFiberglass
CoolingOpen LoopClosed LoopOpen Loop
Reboarding StepYesYesYes
MirrorsYesYesYes

Yamaha FX Limited SVHO Pros:

  • Cheapest of the 3.
  • Industry-first Touchscreen.
  • Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speakers.
  • RIDE (Forward, Neutral, Reverse, and “Braking”).
  • Single rider towable tube.
  • Tube inflator.
  • Soft-sided Cooler – This is nice that Yamaha gives you this!
  • Matching JetSki Cover.
  • 12-volt outlet to power the inflator.
  • 2 Fenders.
  • Weighs the least among the 3.
  • Supercharged.
  • Tilt Steering.
  • Cruise control.
  • Driving Modes.
  • Cruiser Seat.
  • Trim.
  • Pull Up Cleats.

Yamaha FX Limited SVHO Cons:

  • No ergonomic seats.
  • No lounge seating like the Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300.
  • No iDF like the Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300.
  • No Speed sensitive volume.
  • No “dual screen” like the Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300.

Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 Pros:

  • 300 HP.
  • 7.8 Inch long Multi-Color Screen with a split view, one for watercraft stats and the other for a map and your phone. (NOT a touchscreen)
  • iDF – Video here.
  • iBR (Forward, Neutral, Reverse, and Braking).
  • Driving Modes.
  • Trim.
  • Direct Access Front Storage.
  • Integrated Cleats.
  • Ergolock Seat, Stepped.
  • Watertight phone storage in the glove box.
  • Tilt Steering.
  • LinQ Attachments.
  • Palm Grips.
  • Audio System.
  • Speed sensitive volume – the faster you go, the louder the Sea-Doo outputs the music.
  • Jet Ski Cover.
  • With a smartphone and the correct app, you can have a Map always showing on the display.
  • Dry bag.
  • Water temperature gauge.
  • Cruise control.
  • Driving Modes.
  • USB Plug.
  • Depth finder.
  • Storage Bin Organizer.
  • Lowest height – Less weight high up, the more stable you’ll be.
  • Lounge Seating – You can move the seats around and have a picnic or relax on the back.

Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 Cons:

  • The least overall storage amount of the 3.
  • It doesn’t come with a tube like the Yamaha.
  • Doesn’t come with the bumpers like the Yamaha.
  • No touch screen.

Kawasaki ULTRA 310LX Pros:

  • The largest gas tank of the 3.
  • Most stock horsepower of the 3.
  • Largest total storage of the 3.
  • Audio System.
  • Driving modes.
  • Tilt Steering.
  • Cruise Control.
  • Cruiser Seat.
  • Trim.

Kawasaki ULTRA 310LX Cons:

  • Manual reverse, Kawasaki still doesn’t have brakes like what Sea-Doo and Yamaha are doing.
  • Heaviest of the 3.
  • The most expensive jet ski on the market for 2020.
  • No speed-sensitive volume.
  • Lacks extras like what Yamaha and Sea-Doo give. Things like a safety kit, towable tube, dry bag, etc.

You’ve reached the best of the best from each manufacturer. These 3 models are the top of the line with the most feature that each manufacturer offers.

So if you’re looking for the best of the best, you will find it with these 3 options.

The Yamaha and the Sea-Doo both come with a ton of accessories. The Yamaha comes with a bit more like, for example, the towable tube. But the Sea-Doo comes with the new iDF system to help unclog the intake.

The Yamaha FX Limited SVHO will have a multi-color touchscreen, which is nice. The Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 will have a wider and bigger multi-color screen but is NOT a touchscreen. The way Sea-Doo has done the screen is quite clever. When you plug in your phone, the left side of the widescreen is for your jet ski stats, and the right side is your phone stats like GPS, Radio, and other features. This way, you see all the jet ski data while the right side is for the extras, I like that idea a lot.

While the touchscreen is cool, I find the larger “dual screen” to be more useful. The touchscreen on the FX can’t be used when the jet ski is underway. This Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 screen is the same screen that BRP, Sea-Doo parent company, uses on the Can-Am Spyder RT line up, so it’s been around for a bit too.

The best part of the “dual-screen” display on the GTX Limited 300 is the ability to show a map of the water on the right side of the screen. Yes, GPS on a jet ski that is showed on display. With the WAVE app, only in the US, you basically get “turn by turn directions” for the water. The app is not free, but it would be worth it if you like to explore the water.

Before You Buy A Jet Ski!

Here are a few more of my post that will be helpful in your journey.

25 Tips for buying a new jet ski.

Must have jet ski accessories.

What mistakes to avoid as a beginner.

The correct gear to wear on a jet ski.

What is the best jet ski for beginners.

47 thoughts on “2021 Sea-Doo vs. Yamaha vs. Kawasaki”

  1. I am looking to buy 2 pwc for the family. I am looking at the Yamaha VX Cruiser HO, Yamaha VX Limited HO, Yamaha FX HO or Yamaha FX Cruiser HO. I will using them in California lakes. Want something that my teenager and younger adult kids will be able to have fun riding and fishing off them. Also have thought about Sea doo. This would be our first pwc that my family would be buying and riding.

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    • If you’re getting 2022 models I would suggest the 2022 FX HO as the changes made to them is worth it for a family. It’s a good middle ground jet ski but super stable ride and a fair price too. The models you’re looking at are about the same top speed but the FX lineup is getting more family-friendly features like GPS Geoblocking when you get the map card addon. Plus, the FX lineup can have the new fishing accessories added to it too. https://www.steveninsales.com/2022-yamaha-waverunner-whats-new/

      If you care more about fishing, Sea-Doo has the FishPro Scout 130 that is a little cheaper than the 2022 FX HO. It will be about 5mph slower but has tons of fishing accessories already added. The FishPro will have the GPS and fish-finder along with iDF while the Yamaha will charge extra to get the GPS and does not have iDF. https://www.sea-doo.com/us/en/models/sport-fishing/fish-pro-scout.html

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      • I am looking at the 2022 models. Want a well balance pwc to able to load up with 3 people to do tubing and the fishing when the kids want to fish by themselves. With all the models being close to each other very hard to pin point one. Is the difference with the FX HO and FX Cruiser Ho just the seat and that’s it. Between the Sea Doo and Yamaha and thing that will stand out more that would make it a better unit for the family.

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        • Seat and color are what make the cruiser models different, to me it’s not worth the extra cost. The closest to the FX HO will be the Sea-Doo GTX 170. The GTX will sit lower and be more stable in the water but it lacks as much storage as the FX. If you’re looking more for a family machine you can’t go wrong with either the FX HO or GTX 170, what can help determine the one you pick is your local dealers. See who can give you the better deal and who is closer too. See if you can sit on either one at the dealership too as this can tell you a lot.

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  2. Hi Steven – love the articles. I’m leaning towards a 2022 GTX 170. I’ll be on Smith Mountain Lake which sees significant traffic chop. We will want to tow tubes and maybe some boards for teenage boys. Wife and I will use it mostly for cruising and will want to be comfortable. Any reason I should be rethinking this choice? Thanks

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    • That sounds like a perfect fit for what you described. If you mostly do cruising the GTX body is a must and the 170HP is more than enough for pull sports. The GTX will also take the chop better than a GTI or smaller.

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  3. Hi
    What would be your recommendation to buy either a gtx 230 with sound or wake pro.
    It will be used off shore in rough water and occasional tow sports

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    • If you’re not doing much tow sports I would go with the GTX 230 for sure. You can always add the Ski Pylon if you need it and the wakeboard rack too.

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  4. Hi Steven, I really appreciate your reviews, it’s some great information. I was wondering if you could help me decide between these two jet skis. I’m looking at either the RXTX-300 or a GTX 300. Not a huge fan of the RXPX due to lack of 3-up. I ride by myself 80% of the time, but want the ability to take 3 if needed.
    I do a lot of tight cornering maneuvers, wide-open runs and overall aggressive riding. But, about 30% of the time, I’ll find myself cruising with my friends that are on a boat. Is there a large comfort penalty on the RXTX due to its “sportiness” that would warrant the GTX?
    Currently on a GTI 170, and I’m looking for something more refined in terms of handling and acceleration. I’m sure both models will be an upgrade (relative to my GTI) in these categories, but just wanted to see what you think.

    Thanks in advance,
    Bob

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    • In your current situation and how you ride the difference won’t be noticeable and an RXT-X 300 would fit your needs a lot better.

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  5. Which would be the more comfortable ride in Great Lakes chop with a couple riding it and loaded heavy with gear: GTX 170 or FX Cruiser HO ? This would be a day boating alternative – riding a few hours and spending time in the shallows with friends for a few hours.

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    • I would feel more comfortable in the GTX because you sit more sunken in which helps with stability especially when riding with two people. Both will feel the chop about the same. Plus, GTX is just set up better for hanging out with its lounge seating and easy-to-add accessories.

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  6. I need to decide Sea-Doo GTX Limited vs Yamaha FX Limited SVHO I like iDF on GTX, build in speakers, screen 300hp. On Yamaha side I like cuz its Japanese made, enough said. Are this GTX skis reliable, do not break down. Im buying my first ski and want top of the range family cruiser for going nearby islands. Which one u think is better and which one would u get?

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    • I’m more of a fan of the Sea-Doo’s but if you’re used to Yamaha go with that for sure. Right now the demand for both is really high so it will be hard finding either one. Ideally, you want to sit on both to see how the seats work for you.

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        • Both manufacturers have their own issues but the GTX 300 has not had anything crazy wrong with it that I’ve seen. The iDF on the LTD was a speed bump but only affected a very small amount of units. I don’t know why people claim Yamaha is more reliable as I’ve seen them have their issues too. I figure Sea-Doo gets more flack because they have a bigger market share? So long as you do proper maintenance either one will be fine.

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  7. Steve — AWESOME website and quality analysis! I am laser-focused on GTX Limited 300. Big dealer here in northern IL says sold out and doesn’t think he can source….true?! Any way to source?

    I’m trading in a ’19 Fish w/ 20 hrs and getting good price at $11k+

    My distant 2nd choice is Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO in all Black (I’m a subtle color scheme snob and can’t do the bright combo). I prefer the Limited features, but not into those color schemes. Besides making my on-water visibility terrible w/ Black (and hot), do you think this is suitable alternative?

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    • Models with iDF will be harder to come by because it’s so new and Sea-Doo can’t keep up. The demand for jet skis is high due to current events as everyone is home. Dealers can only get units from other dealers or the factory. Every dealer can sorta see if another dealer has one and how far they are using the web portal. Some dealers are less likely to give a unit away to another dealer especially if the unit is in demand so it’s better to call around yourself to see. The factory makes units in cycles so it may be weeks or months before they do the model you’re looking for.

      The Yamaha color does look better and you may have an easier time getting it than the Sea-Doo GTX Limited this year. Though the Yamaha waverunners are in high demand too.

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  8. These reviews are great!

    I was hoping to buy another GTX 230 Limited this year to match my 2020, but they discontinued it. I read the reviews hoping to pick a suitable replacement and I have to say I think you have sold me on the Spark TRIXX 2up as an alternative. It will mostly be for my teenage kids since I already have the Goldwing of the Sea! It looks like a pure FUN machine!!!

    If anyone reading this is looking at a used or new 230 LTD it is the best compromise ever since it has an amazing hull with great stability, 230HP for all the fun, yet runs on regular fuel and saves some money versus the 300 LTD.

    Thanks for the great info

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    • Hi,
      We bought a VX Deluxe last year and the whole family loves it, so much so we are planning on getting a second PWC fo this year. We are looking for a more powerful model and are considering the VX HO or the FX HO. We are on the Great Lakes and occasionally ride in sizable chop. I really like the new features on the 2021 VX. How much better the FX is in the chop and for long rides? Is the difference significant or small?
      Thanks – great website!

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  9. Good evening. I am thrilled to have found your reviews! We are a family of 6 with four younger kids (3-12). We are looking for a pair of machines that we can all have some fun on and are trying to decide between the Yamaha VX Deluxe or the Kawasaki Ultra LX.

    I love the RiDE system that the Yamaha has, I like the swim platform and the reboarding step, and I feel like the smaller kids will manage the more ‘bench’ style seat better. I also like the footwell drains, that its lighter and the rooster tail! lol.
    With the Kawasaki I love the look of them, the 4 cyl and the 1500 ish CC, the storage space for day trips with kids and the slightly better price point.

    Have you had experience with smaller kids on the high contoured seats? I feel like my 3 and 5 year old will be sitting behind me with their bottoms stuck in a contour having to lean forward a lot to hang on to me…

    Is the RiDE system so good that it outweighs some of the benefits of the Kawasaki? Do people have much trouble with the RiDE system – is it reliable?

    Any other thoughts on the best option for this situation?

    Thank you in advance! Nicola

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    • In your situation, I would go more towards the Yamaha VX Deluxe. The RIDE system is very much worth it and Yamaha has had it for a few years so the bugs are pretty much gone. Having brakes on the water for a jet ski is a must if you ask me, it’s one of the reasons I say to go with the bigger models for beginners. https://www.steveninsales.com/best-jet-ski-beginners-not-think/ The VX Deluxe is also cheaper than the Kawasaki Ultra LX, lighter and better on gas, and more futureproof if you ask me with the new body and gauges. The only real benefit the Ultra LX will have is more storage and will take to the ocean chop a little better.

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  10. Steven,
    I finally decided to get a Sea-Doo GTI SE 170. I put in an order for one last week. After reading your information and talking to local dealers I kind of went from getting a smaller Yamaha EX , then the Yamaha VX deluxe or GTI 130 and finally decided on the GTI 170. I figure it could adapt to various situations(riding, towing kids that get bigger, adults etc). Can’t wait to try it out this summer.

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  11. I am very happy to be find and discovery your website. I’m from Argentina and I wanna buy a new pwc, because i have a old Sea Doo SPX 1993 and they are to old. I looking for a Yamaha 4 stroke PWC like ex or vx. Thanks for sow many tips.

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  12. Steve,
    New to all of this….INCREDIBLE job with your knowledge…INCREDIBLE… dumb question…While I am not OCD or germaphobic….why oh why is Yamaha the only oprion for footwell drains???

    CAn I get Seadoo to put them in as an option?

    Bob

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    • Footwell drains are interesting. It’s a great idea but doesn’t work like many people think they do. The footwells fill up when the jet ski is sitting and it rains, the footwells act like a bucket. The drains work best when the engine is on to help suck it out but can fill up just like any other jet ski without the drains. The reason why more jet skis don’t have it is that the drains can get clogged over time just like any drain and thus stop working. What I do when my footwells are full is that I hop on my jet ski and just take off and the water flows out. If the jet ski is on land on my trailer I tilt it back or put the cover on it. Keeping the cover on the jet ski, which is ideal when you’re not using it, will help keep the footwells from filling up too much. I often put a tarp over my cover to help it even further during the winter months when I’m not riding.

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  13. Steven
    Great article, I’m 6 ft 250. Will be riding on Lake Erie and it seems like it will be hard to have many of the different models to set on as half of them are sold already :(.
    I’m looking for the range of the VX Yamaha limited HO or the GTI SE 170 ? Could be talked into the FX model or the next higher sea doo if it’s worth it.
    Which one? 🙂 Brian

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  14. Steven,
    It looks like I’ll be getting a 2021 Yamaha VX Deluxe or the Sea-Doo GTI SE 130. Price is not an issue since they are so close. One day I lean towards the Yamaha the next day it’s the Sea-Doo. I like the yamaha because it has the nano cell hull, self draining footwells, boarding step and reputation. I like the Sea-Doo Se 130 because it has the boarding step, Polytec body, different driving modes, and the trim. You mentioned that both machines have great engines. I haven’t sat on either machine yet since they are not in around here yet. Seat comfort may play apart. Will I be happy with either machine? Is there anything you may think of that may help in my decision? Thanks Steven

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    • You honestly can’t go wrong with either machine. Yamaha has changed their seat on the VX models to be more comfortable but the Sea-Doo GTI seat I find to be even better. I find the ergonomics of the Sea-Doo GTI to be better especially if you’re taller; the groves of the seat cutouts and the plastic fit the body better if you ask me. But if you want to be more playful and ride aggressive the Yamaha VX will give you more freedom of movement.

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  15. Hi Steven,
    Great website. I value your opinion. I currently have a 94 Polaris SLT750. It’s still running! Want to get a new watercraft. Here is what I would use the new machine for. Riding around the lake to cool off. Occasionally tow a young kid on a tube or skis. It’s a 800 acre lake. Here are the machines I am looking at.
    Yamaha EX Sport or Deluxe
    Yamaha VX or VX Deluxe
    Sea-Doo GTI 90
    Sea-Doo GTI 130
    Sea-Doo GTI SE 130
    I’ve been leaning towards the VX or GTI SE 130.
    As per usual reliability is important, but I think it comes down to how a person uses and maintains their watercraft. After all I’ve had my Polaris since 2000 and have only needed to replace the link between the engine and impeller and finally rebuilt the carbs last spring.
    i’ve read your info and value your opinion. Which machine(s) would be best for my situation?

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    • If it’s between the VX or GTI SE 130 I would go with the VX. It’s going to be cheaper but it will lack all the extra driving modes the GTI SE 130 will have. A more fair comparison of the GTI SE 130 would be the VX Deluxe or Cruser. The reliability of both will be nearly the same. The Yamaha TR1 and Sea-Doo 130HP engines are nearly “bulletproof”. Just do your recommended maintenance and you’ll get a long life out of them. Since you’re coming from such an old jet ski I highly recommend you sit on each model to see how it fits you. It’s going to be a night and day difference in comfort going from a SLT750 to a VX or GTI. The way the VX sit compared to the GTI will be different and if you plan on having this one for a long time too you want to make sure it fits well. Sit at least 10 minutes on each one to see how it feels.

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      • Steven,
        Thanks for the great advice. I’ll try to sit on each one if there is an opportunity in January or February. I feel better about choosing either watercraft. The VX , VX Deluxe or one of the GTI 130’s. Looks like the VX Deluxe and the SE GTI 130 have some nicer features. Thank you.

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  16. Hi Steve, thanks for these reviews, they help a lot. Just one question: in what case would you recommend a GTX limited 300 over the RXT-X. I’m looking for speed and agility but also something that i could occasionally take offshore with the family. What would you say the differences in performance between the GTX Limited and the RXT-X skis. thanks

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    • I’m all in on the GTX 300 over the RXT-X 300. It’s cheaper, has the same engine, and the few racing features the RXT-X has don’t seem worth it for the cost. The seat on the GTX will limit movement compared to the RXT-X but in the long run, the GTX is just a better machine. I also think the color scheme on the GTX 300 looks way better than the RXT-X. Unless you want to race the RXT-X for a living it’s a hard sell compared to the GTX 300 but that is just me.

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  17. Hello, your reviews are great! One question I have is, which one of the high end models is the best for rough waters? I heard the the heavier the weight and the lower the width and length the better it is. Do you agree? Something very light, wide and long will probably move a lot I am guessing.

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    • Kawasaki ULTRA’s are more known for its rough water hulls but both Yamaha FX and Sea-Doo GTX hulls hold up very well too. The longer the hull the better, this is why bigger boats take the chop better. Width is better for stability especially and lower speeds. Also, total height is important too as the higher you sit the more top-heavy you are and less stable you are at lower speeds.

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