2023 Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 Specs and Review [Video]

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The Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 is being released as the industry’s first purpose-built adventure PWC. This machine is virtually a rebranded Fish Pro Trophy with some new features like the adjustable windshield, front bumper, and the LinQ multi-cargo rack.

If you want to find out more about this ski, you’ve come to the right place.

We at JetDrift have compiled all you need to know into this detailed Explorer Pro 170 review!

2023 Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 Review

When Sea-Doo introduced the first Fish Pro in 2019 it instantly became popular among riders.

Although this model was released as a dedicated fishing PWC, the manufacturer realized that many customers are using this machine for touring and camping rather than fishing.

Sea-Doo has responded to the customer reviews by creating an entirely new PWC category, labeled “Adventure.”

The first member of this family has been christened the Explorer Pro 170, which can be confusing for many Sea-Doo enthusiasts. Why?

This is because Sea-Doo had two other “Explorer” models in the past, including the boat-like 1992-2003 Sea-Doo Explorer and the Seascooter Explorer X.

Despite its namesakes, the Explorer Pro 170 is a true PWC in every detail. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and talk about each in detail!

The Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 Engine and Propulsion

As the name suggests, the Explorer Pro 170 is powered by the Rotax 1630 ACE 170 engine. This 4-stroke, 1630cc, SOHC, triple features a closed-loop cooling system, multi-point fuel injection with iTC (Intelligent Throttle Control), and IDI (Inductive Discharge Ignition).

Regarding performance, the 1630 ACE 170 cranks out 170 HP (125 kW) at 8000 RPM with plenty of torque.

This engine configuration is the most powerful naturally aspirated (non-supercharged) Sea-Doo engine available.

This economical power source in combination with the 15.9-gallon fuel tank makes the Explorer 170 excellent for long-distance rides.

Engine power is delivered to an aluminum Sea-Doo jet pump. This axial-flow, single-stage pump houses a large hub with double-row ball bearings and a stainless steel impeller.

The impeller and the engine are connected to a direct drive shaft and the engine houses a special reverse “gear” called iDF (Intelligent Defris Free system).

The Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 Hull and Capacities

Keeping comfort and safety in mind, the Explorer Pro 170 is built on an extended ST-3 hull, providing outstanding stability, handling, and storage capacity.

This large platform measures 143.3 inches in length, 49.2 inches in width, and 46.9 inches in height.

The dry weight of the ski is 837 pounds while its load limit is 600 pounds. Fully loaded, the weight of the Explorer Pro 170  can reach a whopping 1437 pounds!

Overall storage capacity of the ski is 52.3 US gallons, which includes an easily accessible 25.3-gallon front storage compartment. You can reach this storage unit effortlessly from a seated position by simply raising the handlebars.

The adventure-focused cockpit is equipped with a wide range of convenience features including an adjustable handlebar riser, full-size windshield, wide-angle mirrors, gunwale footrests, footwell carpets, as well as a Garmin 7” touchscreen GPS & fish finder.

Its well-designed body, luxury features, and large dimensions make the Explorer Pro 170 a great offshore PWC.

The Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 Features

To be more precise, the standard features of the Explorer 170 are as follows:

  • iDF Intelligent Debris Free Pump System
  • Garmin 7′′ touchscreen GPS & fish finder
  • iBR brake and reverse system
  • Heavy-duty front bumper
  • Removable touring windshield
  • Wide-angle mirrors
  • Direct-access front storage
  • VTS™ (Variable Trim System)
  • Adjustable handlebar riser
  • Gunwale footrests
  • Footwell carpets
  • LinQ® attachment system
  • LinQ® Multi Cargo Rack
  • 1 LinQ® front support
  • LinQ Explore Bag
  • Boarding ladder
  • iTC Intelligent Throttle Control
  • RF D.E.S.S. Key
  • Watertight phone compartment
  • Knee pads
  • Heated grips with palm rests
  • Large swim platform
  • Cup holder
  • Tilt steering
  • Ski tow eye
  • Tech package (opt.)

Let’s talk about the most exciting ones in detail!

Rear Deck Extension with LinQ multi-cargo rack

There’s no question that one of the most useful features on the Explorer Pro 170 is its rear deck extension with the additional LinQ multi-cargo rack.

The former is a special rear hull extension that adds an extra 11.5 inches to the swim platform. This extra space ensures more room for fishing and reboarding after tow sports, but it can also house the LinQ multi-cargo rack.

The basic LinQ connectors on the rear platform supplemented by this rack offer space for no less than six LinQ accessories.

On top of that, the Explorer Pro 170 comes with a 26.4-gallon LinQ Explore Bag as standard.

Touring Windshield

Another exciting addition to this all-new adventure Sea-Doo is an industry-first PWC windshield.

At first glance, a windshield may look strange on a Sea-Doo, but it can protect you from water spray, rain, and wind.

Also, it can effectively reduce fatigue and keep you warm in chilly weather, which translates to greater comfort and less energy loss. All good points on a long tour!

If you don’t need it for some reason, you can simply detach the windshield from the ski.

PWC Front Bumper

A front bumper on a jet ski? Why not?

Sea-Doo’s heavy-duty front bumper provides easier handling and more protection when it comes to beaching or docking the Explorer.

What’s more, it gives the ski a rugged, ATV-like look.

Seat and Knee Pads

The unique touring seat is filled with an inch of extra cushioning on critical areas, ensuring a higher and more comfortable riding position.

Standard knee pads are also intended to increase comfort and better handling on rough waters.

Adjustable Handlebar Riser

The Explorer Pro 170’s handlebar is equipped with an adjustable riser, allowing you to make the handlebars fit your height and riding style.

A tall handlebar position can be advantageous for stand-up riding, while a lower position is great for cruising.

iDF Intelligent Debris Free Pump System

The innovative iDF system helps you remove a stuck rope or debris from the pump with the press of a button.

Garmin 7” Touchscreen Fish Finder & GPS

The Explorer Pro 170 enjoys the Garmin 7” Touchscreen Fish Finder & GPS, including free upgraded regional maps.

Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 Specs Chart

EngineRotax 1630 ACE - 170
Engine type4-stroke, Single Over Head Camshaft (SOHC)
Declared Power125 kW @ 8000 RPM
InductionNaturally-Aspirated
Number of cylinders3
Number of valves12 valves with hydraulic lifters (no adjustment)
Bore100 mm (3.9 in)
Stroke69.2 mm (2.7 in)
Displacement1 630.5 cm³ (99.5 in³)
Compression ratio_11:1
Fuel System
Fuel injection typeMultipoint fuel injection with iTC (intelligent Throttle Control). Single throttle body (60 mm) with an actuator
Idle speed (not adjustable)1800 +/- 50 RPM
Electrical System
Ignition system typeIDI (Inductive Discharge Ignition)
Spark plug - TypeNGK, DCPR8E with solid post or equivalent
Spark plug - Gap0.80 to 0.90 mm (.031 to .035 in)
Lubrication
Engine Recommended oilXPS 4T 5W40 Synthetic blend oil
Engine Oil Capacity3 l (3.2 qt(liq.,US)) oil change w/ filter 5 l (5.3 qt(liq.,US)) total
Vehicle Explorer Pro 170
Cooling System
TypeClosed-loop cooling system (CLCS)
Coolant RecommendedXPS Extended life pre-mixed coolant
Coolant AlternativeUse a low silicate, extended life ethylene-glycol premixed coolant (50%-50%) specifically formulated for internal combustion aluminum engines.
Cooling System Capacity5.4 l (5.7 qt(liq.,US)) total
Fuel System
Fuel pumpIn-tank electrical
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded gasoline (Refer to Fuel Requirements)
Fuel Octane Rating87 Pump Posted AKI ((RON + MON)/2 or 91 (RON) E10
Fuel Tank Capacity - Full60 l (15.9 gal(liq.,US))
Fuel Tank Capacity - Reserve (from low level signal - approx.)14 l (3.7 gal(liq.,US))
Electrical System
Battery12 V, 18 Ah
Total system output420 W @ 6000 RPM
Propulsion
Propulsion System Sea-Doo jet pump
Jet Pump TypeAxial flow, single stage. Large hub with double row ball bearings
Jet Pump MaterialAluminum
ImpellerStainless steel
Transmission TypeDirect drive
Weight and Loading Capacity
Dry weight380 kg (837 lb)
Number of passenger (driver incl.)3
Load limit (passenger(s) and luggage, including accessories))273 kg (600 lb)
Storage capacity198.9 l (52.3 gal(liq.,US))
Dimensions and Materials
Overall length364 cm (143.3 in)
Overall width125 cm (49.2 in)
Overall height119 cm (46.9 in)

Takeaway

As a takeaway, we’ve answered the most common questions about the Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170!

What is a Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170?

The Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 is a purpose-built adventure jet ski manufactured by the Canadian BRP.

When did the Explorer Pro 170 Come Out?

The Sea-Doo Explorer 170 was introduced in 2022 for the 2023 model year.

What Size is a Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170?

The Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 measures 143.3 inches in length, 49.2 inches in width, and 46.9 inches in height.

How Much Does a Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 Weigh?

The dry weight of the Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 is 837 pounds, but fully loaded it can reach a whopping weight of 1437 pounds.

How Much Weight Can a Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 Carry?

The load capacity of the Explorer Pro 170 is 600 pounds while its total storage capacity is 52.3 gallons.

How Many People can Ride on a Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170?

The Explorer Pro 170 can carry 1-3 riders depending on the seating configuration. (This model comes with an adjustable seat.)

What Kind of Engine is in the Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170?

The Sea-Doo Explorer 170 is powered by a Rotax 1630 ACE 170 engine. This unit is a 4-stroke, fuel-injected, 1630cc, SOHC, 3-cylinder power mill.

Is the Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 Supercharged?

The Explorer Pro 170 utilizes a naturally-aspirated engine.

Is the Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 a 4-stroke?

Yes, the Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 is powered by a 4-stroke engine.

How Much Horsepower Does a Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170?

As the name suggests, the Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 produces 170 HP (125 kW) at 8000 RPM.

How Much Fuel Does a Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 Use?

The fuel economy of the Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 is about 5.15-5.20 MPG.

How Much Fuel Does a Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 Hold?

The Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 is equipped with a 15.9-gallon fuel tank.

What is the Fuel Range of the Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170?

Considering its 15.9-gallon fuel tank and the fuel economy of 5.15 MPG, the estimated fuel range of the Explorer Pro 170 is about 82 miles. However, don’t forget that this is just a theoretical number as you should always leave 1/3 of the fuel in the tank for safety reasons.

How Fast Does a Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 Go?

The top speed of a Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 is about 56-58 mph under ideal conditions.

Does the Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 Have Reverse?        

Yes, the Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 comes with iBR, which is the brake and reverse system on Sea-Doos.

Does Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 Have Speakers?

The Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 comes without speakers as standard, but the Tech Package (including the BRP Premium Audio System) is available on this model as an option.

How Much is a Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170?

The Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 is marketed for $16,799 in the 2023 season (USD, MSRP).

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