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Yamaha JetBlaster vs. Sea-Doo Spark TRIXX Comparison [Chart]
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We at JetDrift have compiled all you need to know about these models into this post!
Yamaha JetBlaster vs. Sea-Doo Spark TRIXX Chart
Without further ado, let’s compare the key specifications of these models in one chart:
|Specs||TRIXX 2 UP||TRIXX 3 UP||JetBlaster|
|MSRP||$7 899||$8 499||$9 999|
|Engine||Rotax 900 HO ACE||Rotax 900 HO ACE||TR-1 HO Yamaha Marine|
|Dry weight (lbs.)||428||439||549|
|Storage cap. (gal.)||0.42||0.42||7.7|
|Max speed (mph)||50||50||53|
This chart is for informational purposes only! For exact specifications, please refer to the factory manual.
Yamaha JetBlaster vs. Sea-Doo Spark TRIXX Comparison
When comparing the Sea-Doo Spark TRIXX to the JetBlaster, the first obvious difference is that the latter is significantly heavier.
Unfortunately, the new Blaster is not a new machine designed from scratch, but it’s actually a rebranded EXR. Because of this, the JetBlaster doesn’t inherit the nimble behavior of the iconic WaveBlaster series.
While the Sparks TRIXX weighs only 428-439 pounds, the Yamaha is 549 pounds, resulting in a weight difference of about 121-110 pounds (25-28%).
Let’s face it, this is not a negligible difference, especially not in this segment! As you might assume, this extra weight makes the JetBlaster less nimble and lively.
The JetBlaster is not only much heavier, but it also has a bigger hull and a bulkier top deck. Since it’s a 3-seater model, comparing it to the 2-seater TRIXX 2UP wouldn’t be fair.
The 2UP TIRXX comes with a small seat, which is only comfortable for an adult and a child. What’s more, it lacks the rear hull extension, which is why this model is only 110 inches long.
The differences between these models are very striking:
In contrast, the TRIXX 3UP has a larger seat that offers enough space for two adults and a child. This model also features a rear extension platform, which makes the entire hull 10 inches longer.
Therefore, the overall length of the TRIXX 3UP is 120 inches, while the JetBlaster is 123.6 inches.
This 3.6 inches of difference doesn’t seem like much, but thanks to a larger top deck and deeper keel, the body of the JetBlaster still seems much bulkier:
This ski also houses a larger power source, which is a reliable TR-1 HO Yamaha Marine engine. The fuel-injected 1049cc, 4-stroke triple delivers 110 HP, which means a power-to-weight ratio of 0.20.
When it comes to the Sea-Doos, both of them utilize the same Rotax 900 ACE HO engine. The 899cc, 4-stroke, 3-cylinder engine is cooled by a closed-loop cooling system and it cranks out 90 HP.
Surprisingly, these Sea-Doos offer about the same power-to-weight ratio (0.20) as the Blaster due to their lower weights.
These machines are definitely not the most powerful crafts on the lake, but these engines deliver plenty of power for doing tricks!
The fuel capacity of the Sea-Doos is 7.9 gallons, while the Yamaha holds 13.2 gallons, which results in a better fuel range.
The Freestyle Package
When it comes to the “Freestyle” package, there’s no question that the JetBlaster is heavily influenced by its competitor. This means that both the Yamaha and the TRIXX come with the same special features, which make them capable of doing tricks.
In a nutshell, these features are as follows:
- “Freestyle” handlebar: The skis come with wider and higher handlebars than base models. (It’s adjustable on the TRIXX)
- Foot chocks: A pair of wedges mounted on the rear of the footwells.
- Special trim systems: Designed to move the jet nozzle higher, which raises the bow and lightens the hull in the water. While you can do “wheelies” on TRIXX models, the JetBlaster is unfortunately incapable of doing this trick.
Due to these similarities, many PWC enthusiasts consider the JetBlaster as Yamaha’s version of the Sea-Doo Spark TRIXX!
Let’s move on to the other features and other optional accessories.
One of the key differences between these models is that the hull of the Sea-Doo is made of plastic while the entire body of the Yamaha is made of NanoXcell2. The latter is a unique lightweight material specifically designed for Yamaha WaveRunners.
Although WaveRunners have been made from this material for many years, the manufacturer in 2022 decided to move back to standard fiberglass on certain models. For example, the latest FX series already comes with regular fiberglass hulls.
It’s also good to know that on the Sea-Doo TRIXX, you have to remove the entire top deck to access the engine. It’s not rocket science, but it definitely means more time and hassle than just removing the seat.
Another difference is that Sea-Doo utilizes a unique closed-loop cooling system, but Yamaha is still sticking with open-loop cooling.
Regarding storage capacities, the JetBlaster has an overall storage space of 7.7 gallons, while the standard storage on the TRIXX series is only a tiny 0.42-gallon glovebox. But if you have more gear, don’t worry, as Sea-Doo offers an optional 7-gallon (non-watertight) front storage bin.
The rear platform of the TRIXX can also be equipped with Sea-Doo LinQ brackets to which you can attach a cooler, fuel can, or storage box based on your needs.
Music lovers will appreciate the handlebar-mounted waterproof speaker on the TRIXX. This portable speaker is available as an option but comes with a hefty price tag.
Factory speakers are also available for the JetBlaster, but the two 65W Bluetooth speakers are mounted in front of the footwells on this model.
Finally, keep in mind that the Blaster comes with mirrors as standard, while for the TRIXX, you have to purchase them separately.
Riding Experience and Performance
The Spark TRIXX models are lighter and smaller, so there’s no question that they offer more playful rides. Thanks to their more advanced (VTS) trim system, they can even do “wheelies” on the water. Unfortunately, the JetBlaster can’t do this trick, which is a definite disadvantage.
The hull of the TRIXX features a “’shallow-V” profile, meaning that it doesn’t sit as deep in the water. Therefore, it pops out from the water easier, which can make certain tricks easier like spins and power slides.
On the other hand, this hull design is a definite disadvantage on choppy water, as the craft can’t effectively “cut” the waves. Because of this, Sparks are typically not recommended for the ocean, only for lakes and rivers.
Unlike Sparks, the JetBlaster features a “deep-V” hull design to cut the waves, which leads to less bumpy rides. It can be a huge advantage if you want to go longer distances or ride on the ocean.
Another main advantage of the JetBlaster’s bigger hull is that it can comfortably carry passengers. If you want to share the fun with your family or friends or do tow sports, you should consider this craft.
Although the Spark TRIXXs are marketed as 2- and 3-seater models, they are more tippy and less comfortable with passengers onboard.
When it comes to top speeds, the JetBlaster can hit 53 mph, while the Spark TRIXX tops out at about 50 mph. Although the difference is insignificant, don’t forget that the Yamaha is more stable and predictable at that speed.
That’s why this machine is boldly recommended even for beginner riders.
Finally, it’s good to know that Yamahas are considered the most reliable and durable PWCs on the market. If you are looking for a reliable machine, this can also be an important factor for you.
As a takeaway, we’ve compiled the pros and cons of these models into one list:
Pros of Spark TRIXX:
- 2 models available (2UP, 3UP)
- Smaller and lighter
- More lively and playful
- Better trim system (VTS) – capable of “wheelies”
- Adjustable handlebars
- Closed-Loop cooling system
- More affordable
- More color options
Cons of Spark TRIXX:
- More tippy
- Harder to ride for beginners
- Less power (90 HP) and a lower top speed
- Not great for choppy water
- Small standard storage space
- Slightly lower top speed
- Hard to access engine (the entire top deck has to be removed)
- It’s less comfortable and stable when riding with passengers
Pros of JetBlaster:
- More stable hull
- More power (110 HP)
- Slightly higher top speed
- Larger standard storage space
- Larger fuel tank
- “Deep-V” hull design: better for choppy water
- Larger and more comfortable seat
- Better for riding with passengers and for long tours
- Better for tow sports
- It comes with mirrors as standard
- Reboardign step
- Reliable and durable
- Recommended for beginners
Cons of JetBlaster:
- Less nimble and playful
- Larger and heavier body
- Can’t do “wheelies”
- Less affordable
- Its name is a marketing gimmick (!)
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