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What are your thoughts on the Sea-Doo Switch Pontoon Jet Boat?

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Pretty cool to see it in action. Engine access doesn't look too bad. Also, you can hear the engine only for a few seconds while he is loading it on the trailer. Sounded well for what it is.

I wonder if these will see rental fleet use.
 

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I'm new to jet boats and I have an odd question about the new Switch and you all may be able to enlighten me....

What have they done to enable it to handle the weight? You're not supposed to tow with a PWC for long periods but isn't the Switch essentially full time "towing"?
 

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I had never heard that limitation. Engine is rated for a Max RPM, and you can run it at that RPM at your leisure within reason. regardless of the PWC being empty or loaded to it's max capacity or up hill in big waves. Doesn't much matter. I imagine they might have optimized the impeller to match the weight of the boat and reach the max RPM, but total speculation on my part.
 

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Thanks for your reply. Another question since I have someone here. :D

We are reading that the avg PWC motor life is 300ish hrs.
1. Is that accurate?
2. If so, is that what we should also expect from the Switch?
 

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Not sure where you got that number, Maybe that's true for the old 2 strokes. I think any engine blowing up at less than 500 hours sucks, and anything under 1000 hours ought to have plenty of life left.

It's lack of use that is also a factor.

If you think of boats running at 100 MPH always as compared to a car (in terms of engine load), it takes 1000 hours to reach 100,000 miles, which is a reasonable *short* engine life in my opinion.
 

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Our info must be a result of our poor google skills.
 

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@k1b8s1, being new into jetboating, I also had a concern about engine life. Most jetboats that I see for sale have very low engine hours (especially compared to many prop boats used for fishing). This was a concern, because as I move into retirement I would love to put 150 hours a year on my future boat. Folks here, tell me that Yamaha's and BRP Rotax engines are very reliable engines. Maybe some engines in jetskis have shorter live spans because of how they are typically used?

Jim
 

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Frequency of use is a huge factor. Rental machines have thousands of hours. Most folks with a winter season struggle to hit 50 hours per year, and many give up the use for a few years before they sell, so it's not uncommon for boats around 10 years to only have 300 hours or less of use. I have found if anything the more you use them, the longer they last.
 
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