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When you’re out on the open seas, it’s important to carry as much power in your watercraft as you can get. But what’s even better than top-class power? Having equally impressive handling characteristics.

That’s what you get with the Kawasaki Ultra 300X. The 2012 Ultra 300X boasts incredible performance and thrust with a design that ensures typical Kawasaki reliability.

At the heart of the Ultra 300X is a monstrous 1,498cc inline-four DOHC engine that produces around 300 horsepower. Built in to assist the engine is a high-tech Eaton Twin Vortices Series (TVS) roots supercharger and Kawasaki’s Electronic Throttle Valve System, both of which help channel Ultra 300X’s tremendous power exactly where and how a rider wants it.

More than just the impressive performance characteristics, the Ultra 300X also boasts an array of futuristic electronics, including a highly advanced fuel injection system controlled by a high-tech Electronic Control Unit (ECU). This set-up not only commands the injectors and throttle bodies to route a precise amount of air and fuel mixture into the combustion chambers with help from the Electronic Throttle Valve (ETV) system, but it also allows a host of other technologies that can be used for your riding pleasure.

These include a range of varied riding “modes” such as Fuel Economy Assistance mode, a one-touch 5 mph mode, and the Smart Learning Operation (SLO) mode. The setup also includes a digital dash display called the Economical Riding Indicator that provides a clear guide to the rider when riding conditions are most efficient. The Ultra 300X also has an Electronic Trim Control (ETC) system, which controls the nozzle angle of the 160mm jet pump to adjust hull attitude to suit water surface conditions and riding style.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Ultra 300X after the jump.


Buying a jet ski doesn’t have to be scoring the biggest and baddest of the bunch. Sometimes, especially when the purpose is for some family fun, it’s best to get one that’s not only affordable but also offers the benefits of power and reliability.

The Yamaha VX Sport is one of the best values you can buy, thanks to its ergonomic design, responsive engine, and proven fuel economy.

The VX Sport deck integrates the look and feel of a Yamaha luxury watercraft by creating a roomy cockpit for the operator. Yamaha ’s exclusive high-compression molded hull is formed to make the best fit and finish in the industry. The jet ski is also spacious enough to accommodate up to three people, thanks to a long seat design that provides added space and more legroom for taller riders. The seat also has a large bolster for added comfort when riding with two or three people and the reboarding platform is wide and thickly padded. In addition to the spacious seating layout, the VX Sport also comes with a glove box, a large reverse lever, and a pair of side mirrors.

Powering the VX Sport is an impressive 1052cc, four-stroke Yamaha marine engine that is considered the most fuel efficient in the PWC industry. The engine’s high-performance capability, together with the efficiency fuel economy returns, makes the jet ski a responsive, low-maintenance, fuel efficient ride.

Overall, the Yamaha VX Sport is the ideal family jet ski. The craft can even be used as a great platform for skiing or wakeboarding, providing an absent shortage of fun activities.

Find out more about the specifications of the Yamaha VX Sport after the jump.


Wave runners don’t need to be expensive, especially if you’re one of those people that are on a tight budget. Fortunately, Yamaha has the VX Deluxe WaveRunner , a reliable and affordable watercraft that’s sure to bring fun and delight to your family.

Considered as the number 1 selling waverunner in the Yamaha line-up, the VX Deluxe offers a winning combination of performance and affordability, emphasizing its value as a watercraft that features everything the start-up rider would want while leaving out all the complicated technologies that only experienced riders require.

For the 2012 model, the VX Deluxe comes with a highly-comfortable precision-stitched three-person saddle that sits atop a stunning all-new metallic deck. The VX also has a generous reboarding step and the largest stern area in its class. Amenities are also not a problem for this versatile waverunner and it accomplishes all that without having to break your bank accounts.

The VX Deluxe comes with a roomy cockpit that features a long seat design, providing more legroom for taller riders. The overall effect is not only more comfortable for the operator, but it also gives the VX Series a striking profile that mirrors Yamaha’s more models. In addition to the cockpit, the VX Deluxe boasts of a large bolster on the seat for added comfort, especially when more than one person is sitting on the saddle. There’s also a thickly padded reboarding platform and a storage bin, among other things.

Yamaha watercrafts are known far more than just their good looks; they also have the kind of engine that makes for impressive runs on the high seas. The VX Deluxe has a 1052cc, four-stroke Yamaha marine engine that is the most fuel efficient in the PWC industry. Such high praise may be a little overzealous on some circles, but not for the VX Deluxe. It lives up and far exceeds all the hype.

Find out more about the Yamaha VX Deluxe after the jump.


When speaking of a jet ski that can offer all-world purpose and versatility, you can’t go wrong with a Yamaha FZR Waverunner.

Aggressive and dominating, the FZR is one jet ski that has no problem being pushed to the limit. Its stature as the reigning National Tour Champion doesn’t beg any questions. It’s the ultimate jetski that comes with precision engineering and is powered by the largest displacement engine ever created for a personal watercraft, delivering energetic acceleration and top speed.

The FZR WaveRunner features the industry’s first and only nanotechnology-engineered hulls, decks, and liners, considered to be the lightest and strongest in the market today. The edge-to-edge inside-lean that it possesses greatly compliments its comfortable two-piece seat configuration, while the adjustable trim control allows the rider to dial in the ride of the craft just the way they want it. In addition, the unique telescopic steering allows for effortless switching between a lean-forward attack position and a stand-up riding style. The result is a state of the art watercraft that’s not only quick and nimble, but also offers balance and maneuverability.

The NanoXcell hull is combined with a supercharged 1812cc engine that packs plenty of power and thrust. It’s no secret why the FZR WaveRunner comes with the largest displacement in the industry. And when you combine that with a throttle by wire reverse system that controls RPM in reverse gear and produces maximum thrust efficiency, then you have a watercraft whose reputation certainly does justice to all the hype surrounding it.

Find out more about the Yamaha FZR WaveRunner after the jump.


Yamahas are known for being one of the best jet ski manufacturers in the world, so you really don’t expect anything less than high-quality products from these guys.

The Yamaha FX SHO sits on the market’s luxury class, and true to form, it’s front and center, and considered as the holy grail of Yamaha jet skis. With an energetic powerplant and newly redesigned hull, the FX SHO offers an unrivaled mix of extreme performance and luxury, one that is raising the bar even higher in the luxury performance class of jet skis all over the world.

Though the overall design of the FX SHO hasn’t changed a whole lot in the last three years, the jet ski still comes packed with plenty of features, highlighted by a NanoXcel High-Compression Molded Compound that’s considered as the only nanotechnology-engineered body compound on the market. The FX SHO also has a comfortable three-person seat, an adjustable steering and trim control, an integrated beverage holder and glovebox, a retractable reboarding ladder, an all-new fast access stern storage, and a multifunction instrumentation that includes the industry’s only fuel flow meter.

But more than the technologically advanced design of the FX SHO, this jet ski is also powered by a monster 1,812cc four-stroke four cylinder supercharged Yamaha marine engine that delivers even thrust through all the rpm ranges. The engine also comes with plenty of different features, including Cruise Assist, an exclusive feature that reduces throttle fatigue and improves towing capability. The FX SHO also has a No Wake Mode, which sets the engine to optimum no wake speed, and a remote transmitter security system and Low RPM Mode, a system that drastically reduces the jet skis fuel consumption by up to 26%.

Find out more about the Yamaha FX SHO after the jump.


Yamaha ’s FZ models are considered the class of the market for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are their nimble and aggressive characteristics.

The Yamaha FZS holds true to all these traits, and while it may share some design traits with the FX line, the FZS sports a shorter wetted surface and softer chines that allow it to deliver a lean-in style ride that will seem natural to aggressive riders. The FZS also has a larger pump inlet that loads the pump for better acceleration and a dihedral shape to the keel in front of the pump.

With its hull design, the FZS WaveRunner features Yamaha’s exclusive - and the first in the industry - NanoXcel High-Compression Molded Compound that has an edge-to-edge inside-lean character. The design set-up of the waverunner also features a pair of comfortable two-piece seats and an adjustable trim control that allows the rider to dial in the ride of the craft just the way they want it. Take all these elements together and you have a watercraft that’s quick, nimble, and offers unparalleled balance and maneuverability. Another unique feature of the FZS is an innovative, 3-position telescoping steering column that gives the rider the option to ride seated or standing, depending on where the rider is most comfortable conquering the water.

As far as the powertrain is concerned, the FZS - and the FZR - is powered by the biggest displacement engine in the industry, a race-bred 1.8-liter supercharged, Super High Output Engine, producing the kind of awesome raw power riders would want on their jet skis. But the FZS doesn’t only have a powerful engine; it’s also considered as the most fuel efficient engine in its class and is optimized to deliver excellent performance at all costs.

Find out more about the Yamaha FZS WaveRunner after the jump.


The benchmark for luxury watercrafts has been raised and if competitors aren’t careful, the Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO has the capacity to wipe away the field. Fully-featured, comfortable and roomy, the all-new FX Cruiser SHO provides an improved riding experience aboard a bold and revolutionary new platform.

Of the plethora of features tacked into the FX Cruiser, Yamaha ’s lightweight NanoXcel hull stands out. For the 2011 model, the hull is longer and offers better handling to deliver the most stable ride in the industry. Riders will also enjoy a new wrinkle to the FX Cruiser in the form of the first true three-person Cruiser seat that delivers the industry’s only theater-style seating. An adjustable steering and adjustable trim control also allows the rider to dial in the ride of the FX Cruiser to suit their preferences while a retractable reboarding ladder and an integrated beverage holder and glovebox round out all the impressive features of the watercraft.

In terms of the engine, the FX Cruiser boasts of a supercharged 1.8-liter Yamaha Super High Output marine engine. The powertrain comes with an advanced electronic control system to create a machine that excites the imagination, opening up a new world of possibilities for adventure and fun. Two unique engine features of the FX Cruiser include Cruise Assist - a Yamaha-exclusive feature that reduces throttle fatigue, improves
towing capability, and can extend the range of touring - and No Wake Mode - which sets the engine to optimum no wake speed.

As the most award winning personal watercraft in history, the FX Cruiser SHO WaveRunner is the personification of a luxury watercraft, one that provides everything a rider needs to enjoy the high seas in style.

Find out more about the Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO after the jump.

The Kawasaki Jet Ski 800 SX-R has been a hot seller in the past three years and now, the 38th installment of the industry-leading watercraft is poised to follow in its predecessor’s successful footsteps.

To celebrate 37 years of production, Kawasaki has come up with something special for the 800 SX-R, namely the addition of special colors and graphics that recognize the 37 years of history surrounding the model. For this model, Kawasaki will also be adding a special badge that reads: “Commemorating 37 Years of Jet Ski."

In terms of its design, the 800 SX-R doesn’t hold back on all the enhancements. The fiberglass reinforced plastic construction of the 800 SX-R hull and top deck ensures that the hull is as light as possible while also boasting of tough and damage-resistant qualities. Kawasaki also added extra fiberglass in some key areas of the jet ski to ensure that the hull comes with maximum strength and durability. Likewise, the 800 SX-R also has a spacious footwell area that gives the rider enough room to be comfortable in his surroundings. Last, the jet ski also makes use of a handle pole that offers optimum control and overall riding comfort.

The 800 SX-R is powered by an impressive two-stroke engine 781cc Twin Cylinder engine, producing an impressive 699 horsepower while also using twin carburetors that deliver excellent throttle response and strong power in all speeds. The all-world jet ski also makes use of an aggressive exhaust port timing, a large-diameter exhaust pipe, and a waterproof, maintenance-free capacitor discharge ignition (CDI) system with digital advance, all of which ensure that the 800 SX-R delivers the kind of top-end power wave riders all crave.

Exceptional stability and turning dexterity are hallmarks of the 800 SX-R and that tradition continues with the latest in a long line of industry-leading jet skis.

When Honda splashed into the scene of the personal watercraft market in 2002, it introduced the world’s first low-emission, four-stroke-powered PWWs, the AquaTrax F-12 and the AquaTrax F-12X.

Fast forward nine years later and the AquaTrax family has grown into one of the best lines of PWCs in the market today. One particular model, the F-15X with GPScape, has become the standard-bearer of its class, considering it offers the perfect mix of power, acceleration, handling, and low emission efficiency that customers have come to expect from Honda.

The F-15X is powered by a lightweight 1,470cc liquid-cooled DOHC 16-valve engine with fuel injection and turbocharging, producing 197 horsepower while also adhering to CARB three-star and EPA emissions standards. One of the distinct features of this F-15X is the company’s distinctive GPScape system, a technology that allows you to keep track of your location at any point in time while riding out into the sea. When traveling or returning to a designated waypoint, GPScape will tell the rider distance and direction from the present location. At any point in time, the GPScape system will tell you where you are, where you came from, and where you need to go.

Find out more about the full specs of the Honda AquaTrax F-15X with GPScape after the jump.

Sure, a lot of people can boast of having cars or motorcycles inside their garages, but whereas those forms of transportation are more out of necessities, jet skis are like toys for the big boys, especially for those that can afford it.

The Kawasaki STX-15F is one such jet ski that hobbyists can fall head over heels for. It’s got a sturdy hull that not only ensures high-speed stability on the straightaways, but also allows for great cornering and aggressive turning out on the open seas. It comes packed with rider-friendly features, including class-leading storage that lets you take all your gear with you for a day of fun out on the water. There’s also a spacious rear deck, a water-resistant storage compartment, an accessible glove box, and additional room for gear located under the seat, all of which provide extra space and accommodation for all sorts of bring-alongs.

In terms of power, the STX-15F offers the best in its class, thanks to a Ninja -derived 1.5-liter engine that produces 160 horsepower and delivers plenty of low- and mid-range torque. Even better is that despite its powerful engine, the STX-15F is far from a gas-guzzler. In fact, the jet ski has earned a Three-Star Ultra-Low Emissions rating from the California Air Resources Board and meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s strictest standards.

Everything about the Kawasaki STX-15F screams of a rollicking good time blasting along the waves. That is if you have the disposable income to purchase one.

Find out more about the Kawasaki STX-115F’s specs after the jump.


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