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Sea-Doo 180 SP (2012-)
Sea-Doo 180 SP (2012-)
The 180 SP is the smallest in Sea-Doo’s five-boat Sport fleet that includes a 210 and a 230 model. The 180 is designed for first time boat buyers who want a small boat that is forgiving and safe, yet can tow toys and skiers and be run in skinny water. The 180 SP holds 7 passengers and comes in a package that is not going to break the family.

Key Features

  • 1.5 L Supercharged High Output Rotax 4-TEC engine
  • Wakeboard tower – easily foldable with tools
  • Satellite-ready stereo with CD player, MP3 port, 4 speakers and stereo remote at helm
  • Bimini top
  • Cockpit and bow covers
  • Snap-in carpet
  • Bow filler cushion
  • Removable cooler
  • Stainless steel cup holders
  • Stainless steel pull-up cleats
  • ECO mode
  • Ski mode
  • Docking mode
  • Cruise control
  • Fuel consumption meter


Sea-Doo 180 SP (2012-) Specifications
Length Overall 17' 7''
5.36 m
Dry Weight 1,948 lbs.
884 kg
Beam 8' 2''
2.49 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 12''
30.5 cm
Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 29.7 gal
112.4 L
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity none
Deadrise/Transom N/A Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom open Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) N/A
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.

Engine Options

Sea-Doo 180 SP (2012-) Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 1503 Rotax 4-TEC
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power Not Available

Sea-Doo 180 SP (2012-) Captain's Report

Captain’s Report by Dan Armitage

Sea-Doo 180 SP

The 180 SP is a new model for Sea-Doo in 2012.

The Sea-Doo 180 SP’s Mission

The new-for-2012 180 SP was designed as a crossover, a boat built for those who want a runabout model with the potential for wakeboarding and other tow-sports, minus the price tag associated with traditional wakeboard boats. It is also a good boat for kids because it does not have a prop and can operate in shallow water.

Distinguishing Features

Sea-Doo 180 SP

A birds-eye-view shows that the seating options offered aboard the Sea-Doo are impressive for a 17-foot, 7-inch foot boat, with a capacity for seven passengers and the operator. The compact Rotax 4-TEC engine with Direct Drive technology offers a low profile to buy much of that cockpit space for passengers, as does the boat’s 98-inch beam.

Sea-Doo 180 SP

The 2012 SP (for “Sport”) is the first model in Sea-Doo’s 180 class equipped with the popular iTC feature.

iTC. Intelligent Throttle Control is drive-by-wire technology offering multiple driving modes to meet specific situations. The operator can run the boat efficiently with lower fuel use, for example, by placing the iTC in ECO mode. For controlled docking, launching and loading, the system can be programmed into Docking mode, which limits rpms while allowing a full throw of the throttle. And there is no cable linkage to get stuck.

Sea-Doo 180 SP

The Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC) feature also offers fully customizable Ski and Cruise control modes.

Jet drive. Rather than relying on a conventional propeller, the Sea-Doo 180 SP uses a water pump and propulsion nozzle, through which the water is directed to both propel and steer the boat. The lack of exposed blades makes the boat safer for those swimming off the transom because there is no lower unit and prop hanging low in the water; and the 180 is a good choice for use in shallow water.

Docking mode. Simply shift the 180 into "Docking Mode" and the vessel becomes more docile and easier to maneuver. Short bursts of throttle forward and aft will slide you into any slip.

Bow features

Sea-Doo 180 SP

The bow cockpit offers passengers angled, wrap-around seating and a filler cushion to create a comfortable pit-style lounge area forward. The filler pad fits under the center forward cushion for storage.

Cockpit Features

Sea-Doo 180 SP

In addition to the iTC technology, the 180 SP helm comes complete with a satellite-ready stereo system with mp3 port and plenty of power for the boat’s four speakers.

Sea-Doo 180 SP

An arch tower with integrated tow pylon and built in Bimini top is a standard overhead feature aboard the 180 SP.

Sea-Doo 180 SP

The tower folds for low-profile towing and storage.

Sea-Doo 180 SP

Underfoot in the cockpit is a locker large enough for stowing wakeboards and other bulky items.

Sea-Doo 180 SP

The cockpit features sectional, snap-in carpet for convenient removal for cleaning.

Sea-Doo 180 SP

A handy portable cooler fits snugly under either side of the bench seat that spans the aft end of the cockpit.

Transom features

Sea-Doo 180 SP

The 180 SP offers a walk-through transom to the padded swim platform, accessed by a two-step telescoping ladder with plenty of handholds within reach.

Sea-Doo 180 SP

The 180 SP is a comfortable, economical, compact cruiser for up to seven passengers.

Sea-Doo 180 SP

The 180 SP maintains the raked lines and radical graphics found on traditional wakeboard boats, but in a compact package. With the tower and swing-away tongue on the standard trailer folded, the rig easily fits in a standard one-car garage and doesn’t require a V8-equipped vehicle for towing to and from the lake.

Price and observations about the Sea-Doo 180 SP

The 180 SP has enough performance and comfort features to keep the price ($29,999 with trailer) down, yet allow the owner to run the gamut of active watersport pursuits.

The Rotax power-plant means the boat is economical to operate, the boat’s weight makes it easy to tow and the rig’s compact size makes it easy to stow. Sea-Doos are famous for their handling and technology, and that all adds up to an appealing package for entry-level boaters who want to get active on the water this season.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Sea-Doo 180 SP (2012-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Stereo Standard
Trailer Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard snap-in
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Tower: Watersports Standard
Bimini Top Standard
Cockpit Cover Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Sea-Doo 180 SP (2012-) Warranty

Sea-Doo 180 SP (2012-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years 1 year
NMMA Certification Yes

Sea-Doo 180 SP (2012-) Price

Sea-Doo 180 SP (2012-) Price
Pricing Range $29,999.00
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.

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