Prior to our test of the GTX Limited 300, we asked the Sea-Doo representative what he felt the mission of the company’s new flagship model is. His reply? “Advancing the technology.” The manufacturer continues to evolve its craft by lowering the boat’s stance in the water by 1-½” (3.8 cm) and widening it by 1” (2.5 cm). This improves the center of gravity, handling, and overall stability somewhat.
A new stern cargo system includes a cooler, fuel can, and dry bag that can be locked in place. The GTX Limited 300 has the third generation Intelligent Brake and Reverse (IBR) and the Variable Trim System (VTS). Buyers also have a choice of a 230-hp or 300-hp engine.
• Rear Cargo LinQ System. Gas can, cooler, and dry bag all lock in place on the stern.
• Bluetooth Audio System. Sea-Doo installs speakers at the front of the footwells and the rider uses his cell phone to supply the tunes. The phone rides in a padded watertight compartment that has a charging cord.
• Intelligent Brake and Reverse. Sea-Doo says it stops the craft 160 shorter than a machine without brakes.
• Intelligent Throttle Control. Starts the machine in neutral to make life easier around docks.
• Ergolock Seat. The seat is narrower so it’s easier for a rider and passenger to squeeze with their legs. Additionally, the aft section of the seat can be removed.
• Adjustable Trim. Sea-Doo’s Variable Trim System (VTS) adjusts the jet nozzle angle to improve performance and handling.
Limited Package. Our test model had the Limited Package, which includes the VTS, additional gauge functions, including a depth finder, an altitude indicator, and water temperature reading. Soft knee pads are designed to provide added comfort. For storage, the package includes a dry bag that converts to a backpack and an organizer for the storage bin in the console. A safety equipment kit secures in a dedicated slot on the underside of the hatch for the storage area. Finally, the package comes with a cover to protect the GTX Limited 300 when it’s not in use.
Sea-Doo combined its S3 and T3 bottoms to create the ST3 that is on the new GTX Limited 230 and 300. Basically, it takes the sharp entry of the T3 and blends it out to the strakes and chines of the S3 that make the boat more stable and smooth when running or at rest. We did notice that the trailing edge of the chines is stepped to help smooth landings on re-entry.
Part of the VTS system, the hull has small trim tabs in the aft corners. As mentioned above, the overall craft sits lower in the water than previous models and the aft swim platform is wider.
LinQd In. Optional upgrades worth considering are all badged with the LinQ name including a 4.2-gallon (15.9-L) cooler, a 4-gallon (15.1-L) fuel caddy, and a dry bag for storage. A LinQ retractable ski pylon is also available. There are quick release latches that secure the cooler or fuel tank in place.
The dry bag can be stacked on top of the fuel jug, but not on top of the cooler. Also, with the modular Ergolock seat design, the aft section of the seat can be removed and the cooler can be placed in the center to act as a mini table for a picnic lunch.
Not part of the LinQ system, the fold-down boarding ladder has been redesigned to extend deeper into the water.
Back in the Saddle. As mentioned above, the GTX Limited 300 has a new seat for 2018. The Ergolock saddle is narrower and it’s stepped for comfortable three-up riding. If a rider wants to go solo, the aft section can be removed quickly. Part of the Limited package, our test model’s seat was also finished in a diamond pattern with lightly colored piping that gave it an upscale look and feel.
Now let’s take a look at the controls. The position of the handlebars can be adjusted and we liked that the instruments move with them so the rider always has a clean look at them.
The left handlebar has the start-stop button above the four-button pad that lets the rider select between ECO and sport modes on the side, and adjust the VTS up and down. On the front of the handle is the trigger for the IBR.
The right handlebar has the throttle trigger and the cruise control, plus the button to scroll through the upgraded multifunction display.
The gauge panel also includes a tachometer and speedometer. The iControl Learning Key lets owners limit the vehicle’s performance based on rider skill level. Additionally, the RF D.E.S.S. key uses radio frequency technology and a ball and socket design to provide riders with easy starts and enhance security.
Tune Up. There hasn’t yet been a stereo developed for a personal watercraft that works, but Sea-Doo may have come up with a solution on the GTX Limited 300 with its Watertight Phone Box and speakers. The padded compartment has a phone plug so a rider can crank up his playlist and charge it at the same time.
Improved Storage. One of the features we liked on the GTX Limited 300 is the Direct Access Front Storage. Instead of having to go around to the bow, the latch is now just ahead of the rider’s position. Just push a button and the handlebars and top of the console come up on a hinge. On the underside are the fire extinguisher and safety kit in dedicated compartments.
The Limited package has smaller compartments aft and a big open area forward that has enough space for the 5-gallon (19 L) dry bag.
Handling. Conditions during our photo shoot weren’t flat calm, but they did give us a good idea of how the GTX Limited 300 would handle on a choppy crowded waterway. She’s a big machine at 135.9” (345.1 cm) in LOA with a beam of 49.4” (125.5 cm), and a dry weight of 847 lbs. (385 kg) with our test motor.
We were impressed with the boat’s stability and the fact that we could carve turns without the boat wanting to spin out. This is a large machine that people will cruise with and they’ll want predictable handling. The Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 will deliver.
iBR. Getting used to the iBR was easy. A squeeze of the trigger on the left handlebar activated the braking system, which let us stop. Keep squeezing and the propulsion system goes into reverse. It has an intuitive feel that is easy to understand and apply. Sea-Doo re-designed the bucket on the jet pump to improve the handling when the craft is running in reverse, directing the thrust to port and starboard.
Power Choices. Sea-Doo offers the GTX Limited 300 with a choice of engines, the 230-hp 1500 HO ACE or the 300-hp 1630 ACE. Both have closed cooling and the ride plate has an integrated heat exchanger for the raw-water cooled exhaust. The smaller motor runs on regular fuel but the 300-hp model needs 91 octane.
• $15,899 with a 230-hp 1500 HO ACE engine
• $16,899 with a 300-hp 1600 ACE engine
Options to Consider
• LinQ cooler
• LinQ fuel caddy
• LinQ retractable ski pylon
• Wakeboard rack
• Ski module
• 12-volt outlet
• Bilge pump kit
• Sandbar anchor
• Fire extinguisher
• Snap-in fenders
Serious enthusiasts looking for a luxury, well-equipped personal watercraft will want to take a long look at the Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300. She has a full host of smart features that improve the rider’s control and a braking system that works.
Her redesigned hull that helps lower the boat’s center of gravity enhanced her stability and, while it may not seem like much, the extra inch on the swim platform made a big difference. Adding the optional LinQ system can only enhance the boat’s versatility.
Standard and Optional Features
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