Captain's ReportTen Feet of AdrenalineThe Wake Edition is Made to Rock the Waves By Capt. Ron SvobodaA couple of years ago, Sea-Doo took the bold step to develop and market a wake sports dedicated watercraft. Focused on the i-generation of young, digitally driven thrill seekers, the Wake Edition is basically a GTX model with numerous upgrades required by boarders to perform their art. After spending an afternoon on this exciting machine, I wish I were 20-something again, so that I could get behind this watercraft every weekend and shred the waterways too.Adrenaline Ride There is more to the Wake Edition than just being one of the most cost-effective tow boat options for recreational and serious skiers, skaters and boarders. Like being the official towboat of the Pro Wakeskate Series and delivering up to 215 heart-pounding horsepower. That’s right, 215 eye watering, cheek flapping wild horses all under the control of your thumb. If that’s too much power for you, which it may be, then you can always go with the base model which provides a more than adequate 155 horsepower engine. But since the need for speed is a difficult craving to quench, we opted to test the big boy version with its supercharged, inter-cooled Rotax 4-TEC engine. This 1494cc, four-stroke block is enviro-friendly with super low emissions and closed-loop cooling, which means less maintenance and longer engine life, especially for you saltwater riders.Safety FirstAll this machismo propels the 828 pound craft to a top speed in the high 60’s range. If that’s a bit too much for your weekend cruise or for your inexperienced friends to pilot, don’t sweat it, because Sea-Doo provides you with “Learning Keys”. These inventive safety lanyards are programmed to limit the top speed of the boat to 35 or 45 mph so you can comfortably allow others to enjoy this stimulating craft.Innovative FeaturesKey features of the Wake model starts with the patented, retractable tow pylon. This little baby is neatly concealed behind the back seat and quickly deploys to provide a secure, high mount for a ski rope, plus it incorporates two grab handles for the observer who is facing aft. A pair of wide angle, convex mirrors up front let the pilot keep an eye on what’s happening behind him too. Another Sea-Doo first is the removable wakeboard racks which provide secure storage of two boards on either side of the boat. When not in use, simply unclip them and store in the bow compartment that has special nooks design just for them. Speaking of bow storage, the Wake Edition has a giant compartment up front that houses a removable, watertight storage bin. This jumbo tub is large enough for all your daily food and beverage needs. Plus it can be removed from the craft so you can take to the beach or haul it to the kitchen for replenishing. The designers at Bombardier also thought to include a small removable tray within the bin to provide a convenient spot for your tow rope. With the bin removed, there is still lots of room in the bow compartment to stash PFDs, towels and other items. If you have small items to store, like car keys, sunglasses and lotion, there is a handy little compartment located just under the handle bars.Performance and RideWhile tooling around on the boat, I really liked how stable she was, even at wide-open-throttle and approaching warp speed, the craft was very confident. Similarly at low speeds, the Wake Edition offers a nice dry ride and maneuvers great. But I think Sea-Doo really should include a pair of speed goggles with the package, as your vision at 60 mph plus does get blurry and intense. Controlling this speed machine is easy though, with revised handlebars that are wider and taller for a more comfortable riding position. Good thing too, because with 15.9 gallons of fuel capacity, you’ll be out all day. The digital “Information Center” will help you keep tabs on everything, including speed, engine rpm, fuel and 18 other tid-bits of data.Another great feature that I really like about the boat is the ease of maintentence. Gone are the days of dealing with two-cycle oil, fouled spark plugs and internal engine corrosion. With the 4-TEC engine, you simply remove the two-part seat to check crankcase oil and radiator coolant levels. And should the battery need service, that’s easy to reach too. About the only drawback to the Wake Edition are the color choices: it comes in either white with red or red with white. Fortunately the black accents and aggressive styling make for a very stylish and hip watercraft. So go out, grab your buddy, a pair of boards and slam down a couple of energy drinks. Because the Wake Edition is as electrifying to drive as it is to be towed behind.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Sea-Doo Wake Edition (2007) is 64.9 mph (104.4 kph), burning gallons per hour (gph) or N/A liters per hour (lph).
- Time from 0 to 30 of the Sea-Doo Wake Edition (2007) is 2.43 sec. seconds.
Standard and Optional Features
BRP 1-Year Limited Warranty on Watercraft