No two family members are the same, that’s why Bombardier designed the 180 Challenger to cater to the whims of laid-back cruisers, skiers, wakeboarders, and sun goddesses alike. Powered by a 215 supercharged, intercooled horses, with as much onboard space as most 20-foot (6.09 meter) boats at a much lower cost, a full wraparound glass windshield and a lot of features the Sea-Doo 180 Challenger is all about family value.
The Sea-Doo 180 Challenger is powered by a 215 hp supercharged, 1,494 cc, 4-Stroke, intercooled Rotax 4-TEC jet engine.
The jet drives have some advantages over prop-driven inboards and stern drives. The main advantage is a shallow draft. Because the water intake to the jet pump is at the skin of the underside of the craft and the thrust nozzle out behind the transom (instead of below it), jet drives are some of the shallowest drafting craft available. But jet drives are not without drawbacks, however. The most common complaint is sucking up debris or kelp and fouling the impeller shaft, which is easy to do unless you’re vigilant about avoiding floating debris and kelp beds.
All Sea-Doo watercraft and sport boat hulls are constructed of multiple layers of fiber-reinforced resin with integrated urethane foam stringers. The modified V-hull provides precision handling and a stable platform for optimal control, comfort and security. An increased deadrise angle, inverted bell design and beveled chime improve rough water handling, wave penetration and spray deflection without sacrificing the legendary handling that only Sea-Doo hulls deliver.
From the mating of the hull and deck to the application of decals, no detail is left to chance. Each boat is then water tested and shrink – wrapped tested and shrink wrapped to be showroom ready for dealership delivery.
The 2007 Sea-Doo 180 Challenger has two mini chaise lounges and a center cushion that slides out to create a small pad. There are a couple of cupholders here as well as two rugged handholds. Under the lounges is glassed-in draining storage. The deck of the bow area and the cockpit is covered with a nonskid surface, which is a nice safety feature.
A walkway cuts through the helm leading to the cockpit. In the deck of the walkway there is a large ski locker with a tight seal and a spring that holds the lid open.
At the helm you will find a deep glove box, the standard Clarion Marine AM/FM CD player and a 12v outlet are located. Along the inboard gunwale is another cupholder, more storage and a padded armrest. The swivel bucket seat is adjustable forward and aft, but it doesn’t have a bolster.
To port is the driver’s helm with the standard cluster of instruments and switches. The driver’s seat swivels and can be adjusted forward and aft, but again, no bolster. The wheel is sporty and has a great grip, but there isn’t any tilt steering.
The rear bench has plenty of room for three with more storage under the seats. A hatch opens aft to port to reveal battery storage and to starboard to reveal more storage and side access to the engine. The engine access hatch is supported by gas-assist shocks and the compartment itself is pretty tight.
All the way aft is a large integrated swim platform with a ladder and grab handles that makes family watersports much more convenient, safe and enjoyable.
The 2007 Sea-Doo 180 Challenger has a nimble feeling in the corners and responds to the steering nicely. Prolonged turns, however, would scrub off a decent amount of speed. The 20 degrees makes the boat to efficiently cut through the chop for a comfortable ride at cruising speed. But at full speed you could experienced a decent amount of pounding while out in the rough, likely due in part to the craft’s light weight. Its smaller size and relatively low horsepower also makes it less daunting to operate and maneuver around the dock, which is always an adventure for a first-timer.
The 180 Challenger easily obtains a top speed over 46 mph even in bumpy water. The time to plane is impressive: 4.5 seconds, and the 180 can obtain a 0 to 30 mph in 8.1 seconds
The 180 Challenger is pretty loud at 102 dB at wide open and 97 dB at cruising speed.
The nimble little Sea-Doo Challenger 180 is meant for a specific type of boater. Its small size and light weight make it towable by any decent-sized car or truck. Its low price puts the boating experience within reach of those who are on a tight budget. And, with the shallow-draft advantage of a jet drive, hidden underwater obstacles are not as much of a concern.
Bombardier engineers have only one thing in mind when they design a Sea-Doo watercraft and sport boat: to give you a feeling of exhilaration in every turn. Each year, they push the limits of technology, performance and design further and further so that each Sea-Doo craft may put a smile on your face that a million Mondays couldn’t wipe off.
The Sea-Doo 180 Challenger has a short history. The first 180 Challenger was built in 2005 and had a supercharged 185 hp or an intercooled 215 hp supercharged engine option, a dry weight of 2,075 lbs and a fuel capacity of 21 gal.
The 2006 model of the 180 Challenger has a 215 hp supercharged intercooled 4-Stroke engine, is a little lighter it has a dry weight of 1,913 lbs and more fuel capacity: 28 gal.
Whatever model of the 180 Challenger you choose the important thing is to ride the waves and to have fun whit it.
Bow Filler Cushion Creates Lounge Area - Provides sun lounge area.
Abundant On-Board Storage - Provides dry secure storage (23 cu. feet of total storage capacity).
Full, Glass Driver and Passenger Windscreens with Walk-Thru - The full wrap around windshield provides protection from wind and water.
Clarion AM/FM CD Stereo - Provides quality sound entertainement.
Large In-Floor Ski Storage - Provides storage for skis, water toys and accessories.
Cockpit Courtesy Lights - Provides indirect lighting for nighttime boating.
New digital info centre - Includes: water temperature, hour meter and compass.
Swivel Bucket and Passenger Seat - Seats swivel around to form L-shaped lounge for socializing.
Optional wakeboard tower
Removable Cooler Under Rear Seat - Convenient on-board storage for food and beverages.
CLCS- Closed-loop cooling system improves durability and keeps the engine and its coolant at the ideal operating temperature for maximum performance.
Dual-Access Rear Storage - There’s plenty of storage space located under the rear sun pad to store all your gear.
Easy Step-Thru Rear with Access Lid to Engine
215 hp supercharged, intercooled Rotax 4-TEC engine
Swim Platform w/2-step Ladder - For easier and comfortable reboarding of the craft in deep water.
Direct Drive Propulsion System - For more peace of mind, maneuverability, and less draft.
Additional Safety & Convenience Features
Six Stainless Steel Cleats
Stainless Steel Eyes Bow and Stern
Huge Passenger Space
Trailer, Custom-Matched (Galvanized Opt.)
- Water Temperature
- Hour Meter
12 Volt Jack
Non-Slip Grab Handles
Horn (Flush Mount)
Bimini Top (Opt.)
Cockpit Carpet (Opt.)
Auto Bilge Pump/Switch
Retail Financing Available
Overall length: 17 ft. & 7 in. (5.36 m)
Beam: 8 ft. & 2 in. (2.49 m)
Draft: 12 in. (30.5c m)
Weight (dry): 1 ,913 lbs. (892 kg)
Storage capacity: 23.0 cu. ft. (7.01 cu. m)
Seating capacity: 8
Weight capacity: 1,440 lbs. (653 kg)
Fuel capacity: 28 US gal (105 l)
Oil capacity: 0.92 US gal (3.5 l)
Dimensions (On Trailer)
Length: 20 ft. & 4 in. (6.20 m)
Width: 8 ft. & 2 in. (2.49 m)
Height (no tower): 6 ft. & 1 in. (1.85 m)
Height (tower down): 6 ft. & 7 in. (2.00 m)
Height (tower up): 8 ft. & 5 in. (2.57 m)
Gross Weight: 2,843 lbs. (1,290 kg)
Model: 4-TEC® 1503
Displacement: 1,494 cc
Horsepower: 215 hp
Max RPM: 8,000
Axial flow: Single-stage
Impeller: Stainless steel
Pump diameter: 6 1⁄4 in. (15.63 cm)
Generator: 30 a mp/380W
Material: Composite FRP
Deadrise: 20 degrees
Colors: Gold or Steel Blue
Price: 22,699 USD