Sea-Doo 210 Challenger S (2012-)
Our first impression of the 210 was that this model offered well thought-out space, great looks, and cool technology features. Then when we found out this model is offered with a single supercharged 1.5 L engine OR twin normally-aspirated 1.5 L engines, we had to take a closer look. In a time when boaters have been looking for better all-around family sport boats, the team at Sea-Doo has been responding with models like the Challenger series. This 21’ model sells for under $33,000.
- Single 1.5 L supercharged high output Rotax 4-TEC engine
- Satellite-ready stereo with USB Direct Control,
MP3 port, 2 speakers
- iTC (Intelligent Throttle Control) – drive by wire
- Chrome cleats (6)
- Cruise control
- ECO mode
- Docking mode
- Ski pylon – removable
- Removable cooler
- Swim platform storage – lockable
- S PACKAGE HIGHLIGHTS
- Additional engine option: Twin 1.5 L injected Rotax 4-TEC
- Snap-in carpet
- Cockpit table
- Bimini top
- Bi-fold see-through door
- Weedless system (optional with twin engine only)
Sea-Doo 210 Challenger S (2012-) Specifications
1,327 kg (sing)
155.2 L (single)
|Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
Sea-Doo 210 Challenger S (2012-)Engine options
1 x 1.5 L supercharged high output Rotax 4-TEC
Currently no test numbers
2 x 1.5 L Injected Rotax 4-TEC
Sea-Doo 210 Challenger S (2012-) Captain's Report
Captain's Report by Christopher Hughes
In this cockpit view you can see how Sea-Doo has thought about the use of space. The snap-in carpet is standard.
As soon as you climb onboard the 210 you will notice how the overall design and layout create the feeling of roominess. By angling back the edges of the “U” shaped cockpit seating, the helm seat and companion seat swing around to become part of the party. Even with the table installed, five to six adults can relax and hang out. The design of the helm and companion console is not intrusive and the angled design below each adds to the overall open feeling. The deep cockpit makes the boat feel as if it is wrapped around you. The only suggestion we can think of here would be to install the table via a side mount.
Moving to how the internal space is used, the image above really demonstrates how the captain and the companion seats become part of what is taking place in the cockpit. We like how Sea-Doo maintains their design aesthetic even when focusing on value. These seats are plush wrap-around with a flip-up bolster. The “U”-shaped cockpit seating is stylish and the raised edge of the seat edge adds comfort.
This is 210 Challenger S looking forward, note how the cap rails meet the seat back and then fade as you move forward.
Since most of us bring friends along when we head out for a day of watersports, the image above gives a sense of scale showing the removable table installed in the cockpit. We think Sea-Doo also does a good job of creating a boat that looks low slung to the water, yet also has relatively deep cockpit.
The Rotax model 1503 4-TEC engine is the 1.5 L supercharged heart of the 210 series.
We begin our look with the power option for the Sea-Doo 210 Challenger S which we think is an important differentiating factor in jetdrive sportboats. Being able to order a boat like this with supercharged single engine or with twin-engine power gives a great deal of flexibility to the consumer both in terms of performance and price. Obvious advantages are the initial costs and the on-going operating expenses. Sea-Doo has told us they focused on value when designing this model and that the choice of single or twin power was just one example of addressing that.
In the Sea-Doo 210 Challenger, an engine is connected to a single-stage axial flow jet pump with a nozzle diameter of 6-1/8" (15.56 cm). The impeller is stainless and four-bladed. Since the engine is direct drive to the jet pumps, there is no transmission or reduction gear. While this means there is no rudder, nor even a lower unit to act as a rudder, the engine and pump is always processing water, meaning you always have maneuverability, even in neutral.
Sea-Doo's Rotax engine has a closed-loop cooling system. Located on port and starboard on the aft end of the hull is what look like trim tabs. These are actually heat exchangers for the closed-loop cooling system. The engine coolant is circulated through the heat exchangers that are in constant contact with the water. This system ensures that no contaminants enter the engine.
Everyone wants to know which drive system is faster and burns more fuel, the supercharged single or naturally-asperated twins. We're curious, too, and look forward to testing this new boat in both configurations. We're told that both versions go over 40 mph, but that's all we can report at this time.
On the companion console you will find a large glove box and similar styling to the helm. With the track and swivel adjustable seat, the passenger can easily face aft to act as the observer when towing.
At the helm of the 210 Challenger S the multi-function center display provides 23 different items of information to the driver.
A look at the helm shows us how Sea-Doo values a balance of ergonomics and looks. The silver on black, multi-tiered design makes a striking helm. The digital display is positioned above the wheel and in the center of the driver's sightline. The top of the dash is finished in a no-glare rubberized coating. The choice of sealed push button and toggle switches completes the overall look. The stereo to port of the wheel is satellite-ready and has an MP3 port.
The ergonomic throttle control is also positioned with the driver's comfort and control in mind. By extending the dash back to create a shelf, the driver can rest his arm while easily making throttle adjustments. We should also mention that this boat's engine -- or engines -- is digitally controlled through the iTC or intelligent Throttle Control, which is "an electric throttle system." These include ECO mode, which optimizes engine output and settings for more economical use. Sea-Doo offers cruise control, and ski mode if you chose the twin engine version.
The 210 S comes with six stainless cleats and all stainless fittings standard as well as a Bimini top as standard. Look at all of the stowage and the ease of getting to it.
The efficient use of space continues forward. Instead of the bow coming to a point, the beam width is carried forward of the windshield and the bow area is broadened to create more internal space. Careful consideration has been given to storage as well. With an easy fold-up seat back, access to the console storage is far better than before.
Seen in an overhead view, the flow and use of the space onboard is easy to see.
The jet drive propulsion system offers several design advantages for the aft end of the 210. Because there is no need for a large engine cover, the space can be better used by providing a large swim platform with built-in lockable storage. There is a compartment for wet storage right above the engine(s) which is great for drying wet towels and bathing suits, as well as keeping them out of the cockpit.
There is a tow point centered on the back of the swim platform and also a removable tow pylon which mounts just abaft of the storage area on the swim platform. Take your pick.
In this view you can easily see the amount of room on the swim platform as well as how Sea-Doo has turned the engine room vent into a striking design element.
The swim ladder is located in the center of and below the swim platform. This convenient location is due to the jet drive. With no props in the way, there is little danger of a swimmer getting hurt. Nevertheless, when people are in the water around the boat the engine(s) should never be on.
The location of the cleat amidships makes it convenient for tying off at the dock single handed. They also provide a place for a spring line.
Her length overall is 20’6” with a beam of 8’6” and a dry weight of 2,925 lb. for the single engine version and 3,100 lb. for twin engines. The total fuel capacity is 41 gal. single engine and 44 gal. with twins.
The MSRP price of the single, supercharged Rotax engine version is $32,499. For an MSRP of $35,499 you can have a Sea-Doo 210 Challenger S powered by twin, naturally-aspirated Rotax engines. Both of these prices inclde a tandem-axle trailer.
In our opinion this is a well-equipped boat which offers lots of space, great looks, industry leading technology, and a price below boats offering far less. In the view above advantages, the benefits of the Sea-Doo 210 Challenger S seem clear.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Sea-Doo 210 Challenger S (2012-) Warranty
Sea-Doo 210 Challenger S (2012-) Warranty Information
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Sea-Doo 210 Challenger S (2012-) Price
Sea-Doo 210 Challenger S (2012-) Price
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