4 Innovations for a Better Experience
Sea-Doo has been the leader in Personal Watercraft (PWC) sales for decades, and it has forged innovations over the years that have constantly improved the breed. PWCs in general are more comfortable, safer, perform better and are more versatile than ever before, and enthusiasts have Sea-Doo to thank for much of that.
More recently, Sea-Doo has made a number of important innovations for PWCs. Here are four of them --
Sea-Doo has engineered advancements into their products to enhance the rider’s experience, increase safety and step up performance.
- • IBR shifting control system
- • Ergo-Lock design seating
- • ACE engine
- • Polytech material (Spark)
1. IBR System
The Sea-Doo IBR (Intelligent Brake and Reverse) system came about to give the rider more control. The whole idea was to have all of the controls on the handlebars so the rider can always be focused on his or her situational awareness. The rider doesn’t have to take their hands off of the controls and their eyes off of where they are going.
Shift into forward, neutral or reverse with the control levers on the handlebars. The fact that the unit starts in neutral gives a rider added control, which is especially useful when dockside next to another watercraft. A quick tap of the throttle lever shifts the machine into forward. A tap of the IBR lever puts the machine back into neutral and holding the IBR lever in will shift the machine into reverse. The IBR system gives the rider more control than they ever had on the water, and having more control equates to increased safety.
The Ergo-Lock system is how the rider connects to the machine. The design centers on the seat, that’s very narrow, and moves the rider position forward of the engine. The engine doesn’t constrict the seat size as it does on most conventional PWCs.
The narrow seat reduces pressure on the rider’s hips and allows the rider to hold onto the machine with the strongest muscles of the body, which are the legs.
Built-in wedges on both sides of the foot well give the rider a place to brace their feet, which drives their knees into the seat.
The total overall design reduces fatigue on the upper body, making the riding experience more enjoyable. The comfortable riding position also allows for better use of the available power.
3. ACE Engine
The ACE (Advanced Combustion Efficiency) engine develops more power out of a smaller engine. This 1,630 cc (1.6 L) engine puts out 300 horsepower. How were they able to do that?
First, aluminum sleeves, with a plasma spray, replace the steel sleeves for the cylinders. This reduces engine weight and dissipates heat much faster through the aluminum, which reduces friction. These improvements allow the engine to run more efficiently.
The super chargers are balance-tested to 48000 rpm before it’s allowed to be installed on a machine. This helps ensure durability. The number of vanes was increased from 16 to 32, which increased boost by 30%.
The ignition coils have double the firepower along with the fuel injectors having double the volume capacity, which feeds more air and fuel into the engine to ultimately make more horsepower without increasing weight.
4. Polytech Material
The Polytech material, used in the construction of the hull on the Sea-Doo Spark, lowers the weight of the machine, allowing for the use of a smaller engine without sacrificing performance.
The look of the new Spark stands out to attract the younger crowd within the boat industry. The Polytech material is a polypropylene with fibers mixed in. It’s neither plastic nor fiberglass, and Sea-Doo says that it’s something in between and that the material is very durable and lightweight.
The Spark’s modular design utilizes the Polytech material in the manufacturing process that allows individual parts to be replaced in the event of damage or to change choice of color options.
These four innovations, brought to the market by Sea-Doo, were meant to be a game-changer for personal watercraft users by making the units easier to handle, safer, perform better and making them more affordable.
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