The Best Watercraft of 2017 – GTI 90

The Sea-Doo GTI 90HP has got to be the best Watercraft of 2017. The funny part about this watercraft being the best is that it’s not the fastest, not the cheapest, or even the best looking.

But… it’s the best watercraft I have come across in a long time.

Quite honestly, I was going to say the new Yamaha EX was the best for 2017 but the more research I did, the more I kept on coming back to the GTI 90HP. I go into great detail why the EX is not that great and show you better options HERE.

Why The GTI 90HP?

The reason why the GTI 90HP is the best watercraft of 2017 is that it’s the best well-rounded machine on the market.

  • It’s great on gas (Fuel Efficient Engine with a Big Gas Tank)
  • Fits adult size people really well
  • A lot of Storage that is dry
  • Has BRAKES (iBR)
  • Starts in Neutral
  • Has reverse standard
  • Digital Keys (even a learning key for friends and family)
  • Has a huge gas tank for its engine size
  • Takes the chop pretty well (compared to rec-lite)
  • Priced extremely well
  • Comfortable Seat
  • Big and Easy to read Gauges
  • Has Mirrors (for tow sports)
  • A good balance of playful and stableness
  • Has ECO mode for even better fuel efficiency
  • Sport and Touring mode – you pick the ride you want to have
  • Closed Loop Cooling
  • Handle grips with palm rest – makes those long ride comfortable for your wrist
  • Splash guard in front – helps to cut down on the splashing

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All these features made it a no-brainer to say this watercraft is the best jet ski for 2017.

There is really nothing like it on the market. Yamaha or Kawasaki don’t make anything similar, especially for the price that it starts at.

If you want to learn more about Sea-Doo’s brakes, reverse, and neutral (iBR) then check out this great video…


The Part That Makes It Special

What makes the GTI 90HP so Special is the fact that it has a Poly-Tec bottom. The same bottoms that Sea Doo Sparks are made of are what the GTI 90HP is made of too.

This hull material makes the watercraft a lot lighter.

Since the watercraft is so much lighter, you don’t need that big of an engine. It uses the same 90HP engine that the Spark uses and still is pretty fast!

Unlike the Spark or the Yamaha EX the GTI 90 Still keeps its 600 pounds weight capacity which is a lot more than either EX or Spark.

What about the durability of the hull? Sea-Doo has made an interesting video to answer that question…


The Engine

Since the craft is lighter, it doesn’t need that big of an engine. They could have kept the old engine, but that is not the point of this watercraft. But this is a big clue for the next year or the year after that – there is going to be an “X-Model” which will have a larger engine and use the lighter hull.

But you might be thinking, “it’s going to be slow!”

No, it’s not.

The 3-Seater Sea-Doo Spark can get my fat butt (240lbs) to 50MPH with no problems. This makes me think the GTI 90HP will be able to around 47MPH no problem. That is plenty fast, especially for a watercraft that is perfect for a family. Trust me, this GTI 90HP will still put a smile on your face when you hit the gas.

Pulling Power: The GTI 90 has the same 0 to 30MPH as the GTI 130, so the take off will feel the same for both engines. This is also means the GTI 90 has more than enough power for pulling tubes too!

Since the GTI uses the 90HP engine which is crazy fuel efficient, it can go a long time on a tank of gas. The best part is that Sea-Doo kept the same 15.9 Gallon fuel tank that they usually use in the GTI. This means you can go for a long time on this gas tank. This makes the GTI 90 a great cruiser if all you want to do is ride all day long. Or even a great watercraft if you just want to pull the kids on the tube all day long without worrying about gas.


Since this GTI 90 is just a regular GTI, this means it has the GTI’s 30 gallons of total storage.

That’s a lot of storage for a watercraft!

Most of the storage is in the front storage compartment with the rest in the glovebox. This storage is also pretty dry compared to the Spark or even the EX.


Another reason to get excited about the GTI 90 is its price. The 2017 GTI 90 starts at $8,899 which is cheaper than the 2016 model it replaced.

You’re getting the full-size recreational watercraft at this price point. The closest thing to the GTI 90 would be the Yamaha VX, but it can’t compete on price. It gets even crazier when you compare the GTI 90 to the Yamaha EX Deluxe like I did here.

The GTI 90 is priced so well that anyone with a Spark wanting to upgrade shouldn’t think twice – buy the GTI 90.


Let’s Be Honest

If you’re looking for the fastest or the most luxuries watercraft on the market, then the GTI 90 is not for you.

If you want a fast watercraft then look at the RXP-X and if you want Luxury Look at the GTX Limited S.

If you want the all around best family watercraft then strongly consider the GTI 90. Even better strongly consider it and all the other machines that compete with it. The GTI 90 is a great machine and would be the watercraft I would buy when I trade in my 3 Seater 90HP Spark.

This is coming from a guy that has ridden just about every Sea-Doo. I’ve been on watercrafts that do 90MPH and I’ve been on the watercraft so small that it’s funny. I find the GTI 90HP a good machine that fits the needs of many, thus the reason why I’m calling it the best.

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  • Have a question? Looking to buy a PWC but my family is on the hefty side. Anywhere from 200 to almost 300lbs. So, my question is if 2 of my family members get on a PWC, what watercraft would you recommend for 2 person with the weight of 500lbs that will get up and go?

  • Thx for the article. I was between the spark 90 3up and gti se 130.
    Now I’m leaning toward the middle ground.
    I like range and fuel economy over power (long as it hits 45mph+) .
    So this might be my solution.

  • Hello Steve, do you recommend having a boarding ladder installed on the 2017 GTI. I guess my concern is eventual water leak as its an after market install…by the dealer though.

    • A reboarding ladder is great and a must have if you ask me. As long as the reboarding ladder is a Sea-Doo made part installed by the dealership with the proper silicone and allowed to dry for 24 hours you should be fine.

  • Hello Steve, I am curious to have your opinion with regards to running 87 octane fuel in a 2017 GTI as suggested by Seadoo. I have always run high test 91 octane in any small engine….outboards, lawnmower, previous PWC, etc. My concern is build up within the fuel system that certainly causes issues in the long run. How and why can we now start running a lower grade fuel?

  • Hi Patricia, in Canada, our regular grade fuel contains ethanol, which causes lots of problems in small and large engines alike. If you burn regular grade, make sure you’re going to burn through the tank in a week or 2. High test has no ethanol so it does not have any of the water attracting properties of a grain alcohol. You won’t gain the degree of performance increase as with a performance engine, but the fuel system will stay clean and thank you, especially if you store the watercraft over the winter.

  • Thank you very much Steven! I just purchased a new GTI SE 90. It looks beatiful – and I never would have considered it without your advice. I have learned ALOT from your site and videos over the last two weeks. THANK YOU! without this, I would have ended up with a Yamaha EX Deluxe or a Spark. it was a tough call on the Spark; my kids would have prefered the “fun” factor of the Spark more than the GTI – but too bad!

  • Great article. My wife and I just purchased two of the GTI SE with the 90 HP engine. These are our first two ski’s ever and we couldn’t be more pleased with the price, size, functions and power of the PWC. Let me say straight away if your looking for speed this isn’t the machine for you. I am all of 250 lbs and the top speed I have seen was teetering between 43/44 MPH. they are NOT a top speed model. This is fine for us as beginners and we are not racing them. This machine is great for touring around, exploring coves and just a moderate speed to cruise on. 2 weekends ago we were out on the lake for 4+ hours and didnt even burn 1/2 tank of fuel. This includes using sport mode for a small time and touring as well. I bet on economy mode it wouldn’t have even used that much.
    If your not looking to have a top speed model and just want to get out there and have fun this may be the model for you..

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