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25 Lesser-Known Facts About Sea-Doos [With Videos]

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Besides Yamaha WaveRunner, Sea-Doo is one of the most popular PWC brands in the US. If you are new to Sea-Doos, you may have many questions about these amazing vessels.

To assist you, we’ve collected the most frequently asked questions and answers and compiled them into this post!

What is a Sea-Doo?

What is a Sea-Doo?

Sea-Doo is the brand name for a personal watercraft, manufactured by BPR. If we take a look at all the competitor manufacturers, we can see that each has its own brand name for their line of PWCs. These are as follows:

StartedEndedManufacturerBrand name
1968-Bombardier (BRP)Sea-Doo
1972-Kawasaki Jet Ski
1986-Yamaha WaveRunner
19922004Polaris SeaLion
19931999Arctic CatTigershark
19941997MasterCraftWet Jet
2008-Krash IndustriesKrash

Is a Sea-Doo a jet ski?

If we use the term “jet ski” in the generic sense, yes, a Sea-Doo is a jet ski. But it’s good to know that the term “Jet Ski” is still the brand name of Kawasaki’s personal watercraft. However, over time this term became generalized and now it universally refers to any type of personal watercraft. The very same thing happened with Xerox, Matchbox, Hoover, Jeep, and many other famous trademarks.

How did Sea-Doo get its name?

Sea-Doo’s name surprisingly comes from the snowmobile industry. This is because Sea-Doo’s manufacturer, BPR (Bombardier Recreational Products) originally produced snowmobiles. The company wanted to name their first models “Ski-Dog,” referring to the dogsleds. But in one of the first brochures the name was misspelled and because of this their snowmobiles were labeled “Ski-Doo.” The brand name was carried over to BRP’s personal watercraft line, with the name “Sea-Doo.”

Who invented Sea-Doos?

Sea-Doos were invented by Clayton Jacobson II, but the original idea came from Laurent Beaudoin.

Mr. Beaudoin worked for Bombardier, a Canadian powersport manufacturer, and his vision was to put their snowmobiles on the water. He approached Jacobsen with his idea in 1967, and Jacobsen developed Sea-Doo, the first personal watercraft for Bombardier.

When did Sea-Doos first appear on the market?

The first Sea-Doos appeared on the market in 1968. These early models were powered with 18HP, 318cc, 2-stroke engines. As these power sources were cooled with air, they often overheated and had many problems. The following year, Sea-Doo replaced that engine with a 372cc, liquid-cooled engine. Unfortunately, the new power source didn’t solve all the problems. Because of poor sales figures, Sea-Doos were out of production from 1970 until their re-introduction in 1988.

Who owns Sea-Doo?

Sea-Doo is owned by BPR (Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.), a Canadian powersport manufacturer. The company makes many different recreational vehicles like snowmobiles, PWCs, boats, on-road and off-road vehicles. BRP also owns Rotax, which provides the engines for all of these amazing vehicles and vessels.

Who is Bombardier owned by?

Bombardier is owned by the Bombardier family (35%), Bain Capital (50%), which is an American private investment firm, and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (15%).

What companies does Bombardier own?

Bombardier owns multiple companies and brands. These are as follows:

– Ski-Doo
– Lynx
– Sea-Doo
– Evinrude
– Rotax
– Can-Am Off-Road
– Can-Am On-Road
– Alumacraft
– Manitou
– Telwater

Are Ski-Doo and Sea-Doo from the same company?

Yes, Ski-Doo and Sea-Doo are from the same company, as both are owned by Canadian Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.

Where is Sea-Doo headquarters?

You can find the North-American Sea-Doo headquarters in Plano, Texas. Also don’t forget that Sea-Doo is owned by BPR (Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.) whose headquarters can be found in Valcourt, Quebec, Canada.

Where are Sea-Doos built?

According to BRP’s official website, Sea-Doos are built-in Querétaro, Mexico.  However, every Sea-Doo model is powered with a 4-stroke, Rotax engine, which is manufactured in Austria, Europe.

Does Sea-Doo still make boats?

Unfortunately, Sea-Doo jet boats are no longer in production. However, BRP the owner of Sea-Doo, has purchased some boat brands in the last few years: Telwater, Alumacraft, and Manitou. So, these boats are now being manufactured by the same company that makes Sea-Doos.

What’s the difference between a jet ski and a Sea-Doo?

The difference between a jet ski and a Sea-Doo is that the term “Jet Ski” was originally the brand name of Kawasaki’s personal watercraft, while the brand name of Sea-Doo belongs to BRP. However, the term “jet ski” become generalized, and is commonly used for any brand of personal watercraft. That’s why Sea-Doos are often called as “jet skis” by the public and the media.

Does Yamaha own Sea-Doo?

No, Yamaha doesn’t own Sea-Doo, as Sea-Doo is owned by BRP Inc. Although Yamaha manufactures personal watercraft as well, their brand name for these products is WaveRunner. This means that Sea-Doos and WaveRunners are competing products on the PWC market.

FAQs About Sea-Doo PWCs

What is the best Sea-Doo model?

The best Sea-Doo models on the market are probably the Sea-Doo Sparks, the RXT-X 300, and the Fish Pro. All of these Sea-Doos are designed for different purposes and have a large fan base worldwide.

When did the Sea-Doo move to fuel injection?

Sea-Doo moved to fuel injection in 1998. The first fuel-injected Sea-Doo was the 1998 Sea-Doo GTX RFI (Rotax Fuel Injection). This model was powered with a 782cc, 2-stroke engine. Just like the carbureted engine option, this power source produced 110 HP. Thanks to the innovative fuel injection system, the GTX RFI was more fuel-efficient and less polluting compared to the carbureted 2-stroke Sea-Doos. Finally, because of environmental restrictions, Sea-Doo retired its 2-stroke engines.

What year did Sea-Doo move to 4-stroke?

Sea-Doo moved to 4-stroke in 2002. The first 4-stroke Sea-Doo was the 2002 GTX 4-TEC. This PWC was powered with a 1494cc, 3-cylinder Rotax engine and offered 155 HP. This brand new 4-stroke Sea-Doo engine was cooled with a closed-loop cooling system. It’s an interesting fact that Sea-Doo is the only one exclusively using this solution in the PWC industry, since its competitors still use open-loop cooling.

Why did Sea-Doo stop having a suspension system?

Sea-Doo stopped having a suspension system on their models because of the new ST3 hull. According to the company, this hull takes the chop better and so no suspension system is needed anymore. But let’s face it, perhaps there were other reasons going on behind the scenes.

Although Sea-Doo’s suspension system provided very convenient and smooth rides, there were many drawbacks as well. These were as follows:

– The suspensions made the Sea-Doos top-heavy, so they were prone to tipping over more easily.
– Maintaining and fixing these models was much harder and quite costly. This is because removing the seat required much more time compared to the other models without a suspension system. This translated into more hassle and additional labor costs.
– Many say that the suspension system was over-designed, so if they broke fixing them was tricky.
– They caused added weight, further increasing the total weight of the already heavy 4-stroke Sea-Doos.

Can a Sea-Doo pull a tube?

Yes, every Sea-Doo can pull a tube without any issues. However, if you want to regularly enjoy tow sports, it’s recommended that you buy a Sea-Doo with at least 130 HP or more.

Can a Sea-Doo pull a wakeboard?

Yes, just like tubes, Sea-Doos can pull wakeboards as well. Even if Sea-Doo Sparks can tow a wakeboard, it’s best if you stick to the more powerful models. The company offers unique Sea-Doos designed for tow sports like the Wake and Wake Pro. If you are considering wakeboarding frequently with a Sea-Doo, these models are definitely worth a serious look!

How much weight can a Sea-Doo hold?

Sea-Doos can hold around 350-600 pounds of weight depending on the model. The entry-level Sea-Doo Sparks can hold around 350 pounds while the bigger 4-seater Sea-Doos can hold around 600 pounds. Don’t forget to check the stickers on the hull or the owner’s manual upfront so that you don’t overload your Sea-Doo. This is the right way to stay safe and legal on the water.

How big is a Sea-Doo gas tank?

Sea-Doos feature gas tanks that hold 8-18.5 gallons of gas depending on the model.

Do you need a boat license to drive a Sea-Doo?

Whether or not you need a license to drive a Sea-Doo depends on your age and your state’s regulations. You can learn more about Sea-Doo licenses here.

What do you wear on a Sea-Doo?

At a minimum, you have to wear a U.S.C.G.-approved life jacket on a Sea-Doo. Additionally, you may want to wear a wetsuit, gloves, shoes, and sunglasses/goggles for better protection. If you like wave jumping or doing other tricks, it’s also recommended that you wear a helmet.

How long is the warranty on a Sea-Doo?

The limited warranty on a Sea-Doo is 12 months. If you are looking for an extended Sea-Doo warranty, the good news is that you can choose Sea-Doo’s B.E.S.T. warranty as an option. This extended warranty offers 12-, 24-, 36- or 48-month coverage beyond the basic limited warranty.

Is the warranty on a Sea-Doo transferable?

Yes, the Sea-Doo warranty is transferable. What’s more, this does not cost either the seller or buyer any extra money.

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