If you are looking for the the world’s fastest Jet Ski, Waverunner and Sea-Doo, then this post if for you. We provide here detailed information and videos on these PWCs.
In this article, you will even get the chance to compare top speeds and acceleration specs for all watercraft models on the market today in one easy-to-use chart.
Whether you are simply curious about the offerings on the market, or you are a hard-core PWC enthusiast, there is one question we are certain is on your mind:
What are the top speeds of the
fastest Jet Ski, Waverunner
and Sea-Doo on the market?
Just about every PWC fan (or curious newbie) wants to know beyond the highest horsepower numbers, how fast the best performing watercraft can go, and what their acceleration numbers are.
Oddly enough, there is no simple answer to this question above. In the real world, top speeds could vary ride-to-ride even on the same model!
How is this possible?
The top speeds may change due to a number of conditions like:
US Coast Guard speed limitations
Your weight and riding style
When it comes down to it, the very fastest Jet Ski, Waverunner and Sea-Doo models are all custom built and modified watercraft.
Most buyers, though, are looking for stock models with the highest possible top speed straight off the shelf.
With 51 models on the market from the four manufacturers alone (Yamaha, Kawasaki, Sea-Doo, and Krash Industries), it’s a challenge to compare all of these machines by performance data and other specs.
In order to make things clearer for you, we’ve informative compilation charts with
- Purchase price
- Gas consumption
- PWC & trailer weight
- Factory weight limit
- Hull dimensions
- Purpose of use
and many more specs using data provided by manufacturers.
Unfortunately, manufacturers don’t provide numbers like top speed and acceleration publicly, so we are not able to give our readers official numbers for these specs.
The information we can use to compare the models is thus based on data accrued from tests performed by journalists and industry experts.
In order to make this easier for you to understand, we at JetDrift have compiled all the available information right here in the chart below.
WaveRunner, Sea-Doo and Jet Ski Top Speed Chart
A few tips: If you would like to sort the rows, click on the header. To find out more information about a particular model, click on the name. Doing so will lead you to additional specs, pictures, videos, and head-to-head comparisons. Don’t hesitate to discover more!
|Brand||Model||Top Speed (mph)||Acceleration 0-30 mph (s)|
|Kawasaki||ULTRA 310X SE||67||-|
|Sea-Doo||GTX Lim. 300||67||-|
|Yamaha||FX Cruiser SVHO||67||1,5|
|Yamaha||FX Lim. SVHO||67||1,5|
|Sea-Doo||Wake Pro 230||65||-|
|Yamaha||VX Cruiser HO||65||1,8|
|Yamaha||FX Cruiser HO||63||2|
|Kawasaki||STX - 15F||62||2|
|Sea-Doo||GTI SE 155||55||-|
|Sea-Doo||GTI SE 130||52||-|
|Sea-Doo||SPARK 2up 90HP||48||2,4|
|Sea-Doo||SPARK 3up 90HP||48||2,4|
|Sea-Doo||SPARK TRIXX 2up||48||2,4|
|Sea-Doo||SPARK TRIXX 3up||48||2,4|
|Sea-Doo||SPARK 2up 60HP||42||3,6|
* Disclaimer: The numbers provided here are for information purposes only. They are not official manufacturer specifications. The sources of this data include Boattest, Boatingmag, Boatingworld, PWCExtreme, Topspeed, Watercraftjournal, PersonalWatercraft. If you notice any errors in the data in this post or in the charts provided, please contact us.
Which is the fastest Jet Ski, Sea-Doo and Waverunner in the world?
The record for the top speed ever reached on a watercraft belongs to Uva Perez, who recently hit a whopping 127 mph on a modified Yamaha Waverunner.
Most powerful and fastest Waverunner models are known for their capacity to be modified to reach incredible speeds, and Perez’s model was certainly no exception!
Carlito has since broken his own record on the same watercraft with a speed of 118 mph!
Unfortunately, there are no reliable sources for the world’s fastest Jet Ski but it’s probably one of the modified racing models.
Okay, we know you’re likely looking for a model straight off the shelf, so let’s get back on track.
What is the fastest PWC on the market you purchase at your nearest dealership?
Well…unfortunately you won’t find a stock model that can top much more than 65 – 67 mph and it’s not because manufacturers are unable to produce them.
Why is there such a large top speed gap then between modified and stock models?
US Coast Guard speed limits
Watercraft speed limits weren’t always set to 65 mph. Prior to 1999, there were no regulations on PWC speeds.
As you might imagine, this led to many riders putting themselves and others at risk by riding their watercrafts faster than they could truly handle.
Not only this but since the late 1980s, manufacturers were in a race to see who could create a machine with the greatest horsepower. Unsurprisingly, this led to some very dangerous waters.
PWC users who couldn’t safely handle top speeds were purchasing or renting machines with incredible power.
The US Coast guard took control of the situation, putting in place a speed limit that newly manufactured watercrafts could not top speeds of 65 mph.
Manufacturers were required to install speed limiter units into the models which would limit the power of the engine. Hence, tops speeds were artificially capped.
Even if it’s not the best news for many performance-minded buyers, we should thank the Coast Guard for making PWC riding safer for everyone.
U.S. Coast Guard Tests
Due to the artificial limits, it’s extremely challenging to compare the performance of models from different manufacturers. Tests done can often be unconvincing because all models are set to reach 65 mph only.
There are, however, always minor differences in top speeds due to factors like weather conditions, rider weight, and PWC curb weight or riding style.
The US Coast Guard tests are made in salt water with a 200-pound rider and a full tank of fuel. The highest performance models have 16-21 gallons fuel capacity, which translates to 100-130 pounds of additional weight.
If we had just a few gallons in the tank, you could easily see how the same machine with the same limitations could reach a higher speed.
Luckily the USCG allows for an extra 2 mph tolerance. In this circumstance,
you could reach even 67-70 mph
with a top performance stock watercraft.
The Fastest Jet Ski, Waverunner, and Sea-Doo in stock condition
As you can see in the compilation chart above, there are several models that can easily reach the 65 mph, or even 67-70 mph depending on the weather conditions.
If you would like to learn more about these amazing watercrafts, don’t hesitate to read on.
If you would like to discover more about these amazing models, click on the link in each model’s name. You can find pictures, videos, additional specs and head-to-head comparisons.
Each of these models may even be able to reach 67-70 mph in good weather if you have a light fuel and gear load. Due to speed limiters, however, you won’t top this without modifications.
For this reason, many manufacturers are now focusing their efforts on developing other areas that affect performance like the acceleration, power-to-weight ratios, and weights.
Today’s performance-minded buyers are also paying attention to these numbers.
Would you like to read more about these performance specs like horsepower and power to weight ratio in general? If yes, please check out our article on this important topic.
Included here is a chart with relevant specs for all current models!
Acceleration Comes to the Forefront
Due to the speed limitations now in place, many PWC enthusiasts are now focusing their attention on acceleration specs.
We all know that faster acceleration means more fun adn better riding experience. A watercraft that’s more fun is going to get more attention – and more buyers.
Unfortunately for those in the market for a PWC, manufacturers don’t provide these specifications as official data. We have to rely on other sources like journalists and industry experts such as those we mentioned in the introduction to this post.
The acceleration tests performed by these sources measure the amount of time it takes for a given model to reach either 30 mph or 60 mph from a stand-still.
Based on these tests, even the lowest performing PWC can reach 30 mph in less than 4 seconds!
Even if it’s not the fastest jet ski, the incredible Kawasaki STX -15F Jet Ski can go from 0 to 30 mph in a whopping 2 seconds.
What’s even more amazing about this model is that it’s able to do so with a non-supercharged engine!
The top-performing models for acceleration on the market today are pretty comparable, regardless of the brand you choose.
Each comes with a high-performance supercharged engine and 230-310 horsepower performance.
If you’re a Sea-Doo fan, you can expect the same rate for their RXT-X 300, which is one of their top performers.
If you’d like to see this comparison for yourself, watch this exciting drag race video here between the two flagship models:
Unfortunately, there are no reliable sources for Jet Ski acceleration numbers.
Given the high performance of their Ultra 310 HP series, their acceleration is likely on par with the competition.
Ideal Conditions for Top Speeds
When you’re hoping to reach top speeds on your PWC, we recommend paying attention to conditions. Your maximum speed is dependent on many factors, all the way from the temperature outside to fuel weight.
It goes without saying that calm waters are preferable to rough when you want to maximize speed. Choppy water may not be the only condition that will slow you down, but it’s definitely a factor, so test out on smooth.
High winds are, of course, not ideal for testing top speeds. It’s best to test in wind-free moments. If this is not possible, try your watercraft out downwind.
Air conditions also affect the speed of your ride. Low humidity rather than high is likely to get your PWC moving quicker. High humidity or air pressure forces engine to work harder, thus slowing them down.
Another important factor is temperature. A hot sunny day can sap your energy’s power. Even high altitude or the pump’s nozzle trim position can slow you down!
The last thing to keep in mind is the water you are in. Salt and flat water may present different results. In case you’re curious, the USCG tests are done in salt water.
On an important side note: always be well aware of your surrounding when enjoying your personal watercraft.
Riding on full throttle can be quite dangerous, so please ensure the waterway is clear, you are in a regulated area, and conditions are safe before testing out your machine at 65 mph or more.
Don’t forget to always wear your safety gear. A helmet and goggles/sunglasses are essential!
Modifications – Make your PWC faster
As you’ve likely figured out by now, the fastest Jet Ski, Waverunner, and Sea-Doo models have the potential to go much faster than 65 -67 mph, though they can’t do so straight off the shelf.
It’s well-known among PWC fans that, if you want a faster ride, the best method is to modify your craft to extract more power from the engine.
The most common method is to install a special speed control override module which allows for full performance from your engine.
Would you like to make your watercraft even quicker?
If you need more speed and performance, there are many opportunities to make this a reality.
Racing kits can be installed
which can move your top speed
into the 80-90 mph range.
Keep in mind, however, that modifications are only offered by manufacturers for those planning to enter competitions.
Though it’s not recommended that casual PWC users modify their watercraft in this way, it is possible. If you really want to do it, you simply need to find a service shop that will assist you.
Lastly, remember that modifications may affect your watercraft’s warranty. But it doesn’t necessarily!
In the end, it always depends on the manufacturer and your dealership, according to this recent article of WatercraftJournal.
If you really must modify, you certainly can, but be aware of the drawbacks.
It’s important to remember, however, that the Coast Guard’s speed limits are in place for your safety.
As you’ve likely figured out by now, the fastest Jet Ski, Waverunner, and Sea-Doo models have the potential to go much faster than 65 – 67 mph, though they can’t do so straight off the shelf.
We’ve also shown you how PWC speeds are dependent on many factors including your weight and the climate conditions of your ride.
Yet the joy of a ride doesn’t just come down to speed. Acceleration plays a key factor when it comes to your PWC’s level of fun.
With some models that can reach 0-30 mph in under 2 seconds, you are sure to have a great time even at the Coast Guard’s speed limit.
If you wish to compete in racing, you are certainly welcome to modify your machine but don’t forget to always ride safely and with caution. Follow the rules every time you’re out on the water.
For more information about available models, you can find specs, pictures and videos in our Sea-Doo vs Waverunner vs Jet Ski comparison tool here.
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