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1995

WaveVenture 700 (Marine Jet 700VN)

The full-sized 3-seater model WaveVenture 700 (Marine Jet 700VN) debuted. Because this was a model that beginners could ride with assurance even in fairly rough waters, it became a hit at beaches with PWC rentals. This year the WaveRaider was also upgraded with a 1100cc engine for the increasingly high-speed PWC scene.



1996

WaveBlaster II

To help more people enjoy the fun of riding a PWC aggressively, the WaveBlaster II was released with a powerful 760cc engine and a hull designed for even greater stability.
The SuperJet was also upgraded with a 700cc engine.



1997

WaveRunner GP 1200

The GP1200 was released as a runabout model with awesome performance. With the most powerful engine in the industry and a compact body designed for great agility, this model stole the hearts of riders who loved real speed riding.



1998

WaveRunner XL 1200

The XL1200 debuted as Yamaha’s top model in the full-sized 3-seater category. It won popularity for its unbeatable combination of a powerful engine, a hull that delivered both great running performance and stability and contemporary styling. This model expanded the world of PWC sports to include touring, towing sports and family riding.





1999

WaveRunner SUV 1200
WaveRunner XL 1200 Ltd.


The SUV1200 debuted as the world’s first 4-passenger PWC. With stability like no PWC before it and handling freedom that belied its size, this model became an industry legend. It further expanded the world of PWC enjoyment to long-distance touring.
This same year, Yamaha also introduced the XL1200 Ltd. powered by the industry’s highest horsepower engine at 155 hp.



2000

WaveRunner GP 1200R

The GP1200R debuted with a 155 hp engine and newly designed hull and body. Its unsurpassed running performance and gorgeous design won it the crown as leader of the muscle craft. It quickly became the must-have machine for the performance-oriented rider.



2001

WaveRunner XLT 1200

The XLT1200 debuted as a re-designed version of the XL1200 Ltd. with a completely new front look. This was a model that made many performance-minded customers look to the 3-seater category for the first time.



2002

WaveRunner FX140

The FX140 was released as the world’s first 4-stroke engine PWC. Its smooth engine feeling, clean exhaust and great fuel economy revolutionized the world of PWCs. It also became popular for its new hull design that provides good stability even on rougher waters.



2003

WaveRunner GP 1300R

Raising the displacement of the highly-acclaimed 1200cc engine and adding fuel injection and a high-performance catalytic converter, Yamaha introduced the GP1300R as a revolutionary muscle craft that offered both performance and environmental friendliness. This model made Yamaha the leader in environment-friendly models in both 2- and 4-stroke PWCs. An FX Cruiser version of the FX140 with hip-support seats was also introduced.




2004

WaveRunner FX Cruiser High Output

The FX High Output and FX Cruiser High Output appeared with higher performance 4-stroke engines. With these models the much talked about 4-stroke models entered the high-performance arena. Yamaha 4-stroke models are now praised throughout the industry for their smooth-running engines, great reliability and outstanding hull performance.
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2006

WaveRunner FX Cruiser High Output
WaveRunner VX 700

The flagship model FX Cruiser High Output appears with improvements that further heighten its unique cruiser concept and a boldly impressive new colored hull. A number of new features like the sporty analog meter panel accentuate the new world of cruising pleasure this model offers the rider.

Also, as the successor to the popular XL700 that has been the craft of choice at PWC rental operations around the world, Yamaha presents the new model VX700. Mounting the proven, highly durable Yamaha 700 cc 2-stroke engine on VX hull, known for its exciting handling, this model sets a new standard in the entry-level model category.



2007

WaveRunner VX Cruiser

To the worldwide best-selling VX series we add the new model VX Cruiser with a newly developed "Cruiser Seat." The excellent sense of fit that the riding position of the seat provides makes it possible to experience the fine handling performance of the VX hull even more fully.





2008

WaveRunner FX Cruiser SHO
WaveRunner SuperJet

Yamaha's flagship combines a 1.8 liter supercharged engine that is compact and yet the largest in the industry with a NanoXcel SMC body that is 25% lighter than earlier SMC hulls to carve out a new age of WaveRunner. It is loaded with electronic control functions such as cruise assist to aggressively add extra value as a cruiser model.

The SuperJet reigns as the byword for stand-up models. Yamaha has added a brand new hull with one aim—to give you the potential to win. This new high-performance hull reflects the ideal shape that top riders desire for sharp turns and neutral handling.





2009

WaveRunner FZR
WaveRunner FX High Output

Yamaha invented the light, smooth-turning hull for the pursuit of sports riding. We coupled it with a 1.8 liter Supercharged engine to increase the excitement of riders on the water. Then we took stand-up riding position concepts and added revolutionary telescopic steering.

This model has a 1.8 liter Naturally Aspirated Engine. The large engine displacement creates superb high performance output with unmatched acceleration. At the same time, it achieves remarkable environmental performance with clean emission and low fuel-consumption. The FX High Output points the way to the future of PWCs.




The All-New Yamaha VXR & VXS


For the personal watercraft rider who understands and appreciates the sprit of rally and tuner cars that deliver mouth-dropping thrills in an affordable lightweight package, Yamaha introduces the all-new VXR and VXS WaveRunners - marking the highest performance, normally aspirated personal watercraft the industry has ever seen.

The all new Yamaha VXR and VXS WaveRunners feature Yamaha's 1812cc 4 cylinder, 4 stroke marine engine, combined with an ultra lightweight hull and deck made from NanoXcel, Yamaha's exclusive material that is engineered using nanotechnology to be stronger and lighter than anything else in the industry.

The Engine

The heart of the Yamaha VXR/VXS is the industry’s first and only 1.8L engine that is the largest displacement motor ever designed for a personal watercraft. Exclusive to Yamaha, this engine produces awesome raw power, but it is also exceptionally fuel efficient and optimized to deliver the utmost performance using Regular Unleaded fuel.

Lightweight NanoXcel Hull and Deck


The VXR/VXS features the industry’s first and only nanotechnology-engineered hulls, decks, and liners that are the lightest and strongest in the market today. The result is a state of the art watercraft that is quick and nimble, but with balance and maneuverability that truly connects the driver to the machine.
Affordability

In today’s more value minded marketplace, there is nothing like the VXR and VXS that deliver on the singular goal of offering high-performance at an affordable price. These models focus on the true essence of what makes watercraft riding fun and no more.



2010

WaveRunner VX Sport

The world's best-selling PWC since their debut in 2005, VX Series has been renewed for 2010. Yamaha has kept the industry's best fuel efficiency and the quality, and upgraded its premium look with newly designed deck and black hull. The VX Sport is the best machine to simply enjoy riding with excellent cost performance.



2011

WaveRunner VXR

The VXR was first released using a VX hull which utilized the ultra lightweight material "NanoXcel" and was powered by a 1.8L High Output Engine. Out of all existing runabout models, the VXR laid claim to the lightest body in the industry.
This new package refines the speed and agility of the model even further. With the new VXR, riders are reminded of the true nature of sports riding.








2012

WaveRunner FX Cruiser SHO
WaveRunner FX Cruiser HO
WaveRunner VX700S

The FX Cruiser SHO and FX Cruiser HO now come with an all-new body lineup. The remarkably lightweight and longer NanoXcel hull offers better handling and is able to deliver the most stable ride so far, while the instantly activated mechanical neutral enables the craft to start in place and move easily around built up areas. The craft’s Theater-Style Cruiser Seat is an invitation to a flawless 3 – passenger luxury riding experience.

The industry’s only 2 stroke runabout model with its 701cc engine is now the VX700S, with a VAR-MAX body. This significantly lighter body with revised weight balance has also achieved further improvements in agility, turning and acceleration performance.

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Although the first Sea Doo watercraft really appeared in 1968, for our purposes, we’ll be starting with 1988 since that’s the first year for the “modern” Sea Doo PWC. Also, if you hold your mouse over an image without clicking, it should display the year and model to help with identifying the pictures.
A brief rundown of the modern history of the Sea Doo model line...

Although I don’t recall ever seeing one, Sea Doo first “arrived” in 1988 with a unique hull design and seat that opened different than the 1989 and up. It was equipped with the 587 Yellow motor which was in all Sea Doos from 1988 to 1991. The SP is technically a 2 passenger machine although that hull was pretty tippy with anything more than a couple kids onboard. I would guess not many were sold since they’re pretty scarce compared to the 1989 SP. The person below sent me the pictures and info on his really nice 1988 so I added it below. If anyone else has one of these, info on it, or pictures of them, I would love to add it to this page too!.

“You stated that you had not seen and did not have a picture of a 1988 first year Model 5801. I was a July 1988 purchaser of the first year model and still have it. It has not been stored and has been used every summer since 1988. It is original (except for batteries and impeller) and the engine is completely original (rings, pistons, etc.). I have used BRP two stroke oil exclusively and the heads of the pistons are clean and carbon free. The 1988 had a rear hinged seat with piston support that opened clam shell style rather than coming off like the 1989. I have attached photos taken last year of the 1988 and the engine. It is literally showroom.” – YOU WEREN’T KIDDING! SEE THE PICTURES BELOW.



The 1989 SP had a new engine access design which Sea Doo will stick with on all future models. It features a removable seat that comes off to access the engine and electrical. Sea Doo will stick with this “squared off” hull design on the SP through 1993.



In 1990 Sea Doo kept the SP in the lineup and also introduced the first 3 passenger GT model which featured a basically smooth hull which was fun for spins, but also could get pretty unstable with three. Since it had the 587 (twin carb), it also wasn’t the most powerful or fast but the old 587 was pretty indestructible. The GT also was the first time Sea Doo introduced the reverse feature on a ski.



In 1991, the SP and GT (basically the same machines as 1990) were in the lineup, plus the XP makes it’s first appearance. The XP was basically the SP hull with the Twin Carb 587 installed. The XP hull did feature a hood with mirrors for the first time. Sea Doo also finally added a grab handle to the SP which really helped with reboarding!
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In 1992, the white 587 engine makes its’ first appearance and the yellow one is history. All models in 1992 are equipped with the 587. The SP and XP basically were the same as 1991, but the XP now shows the first appearance of trim, although manual for this year.
The GT now changed its’ name to the GTS but also remains pretty much the same as the 1991 with the exception of a white lower hull with strakes instead of the grey smooth GT style.



In 1993, we see the first larger cc engine with the 657 in the XP. The XP also features a new design hull and rounded more modern body pieces as well. A pump with more durable bronze vanes also was used on the XP. The 1993 XP is the first to have electric trim available as well. In 1993 the SPX (587 dual carb), which was basically the 1992 XP, is in the lineup. Sea Doo continued to do that with the SPX for most of the ‘90s as well. The SP (587 single carb) was offered as well as the SPI (587 single carb) which had a stainless impeller and a different pipe.
The GTS 3 seat was in the lineup and the first GTX 3 seater made it’s appearance. The GTX wasn’t much different than the GTS although it did have a fuel gauge and a couple other options not found on the GTS. The GTX also had a little more power due to dual Mikuni carbs.
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In 1994 we really start seeing Sea Doo update the design on the new models. The SP (587 single carb) and SPI (587 single carb) are again offered and were popular in the rental field. They also offered the SPX (657 dual carb), which was basically the 1993 XP. The XP for 1994 featured the 657X engine that had more hp than the standard dual carb 657. As far as features go though, the 1994 XP was pretty much the same as the 1993. They also offered an XPI (657 dual carb) but I can’t remember what differentiated it from the XP.

The GTS was pretty much the same ski as the 1993 GTS, but the GTX now features the 657 engine and bronze vane pump, as well as a full compliment of gauges and even mirrors so you can pull a skier.




In 1995 we get our first glimpse of two new larger engines when the 717 and 787 make their first appearance. The SP (587 single carb) and SPI (587 single carb) are in the lineup once again. The SPX (657X engine) is once again basically the 1994 XP with different colors.
The GTS is basically the same ski as the 1994, but the GTX gets the 657X engine as well as sleeker looking mirrors. An optional Touring Seat (hard to come by these days) offered on the GTX (it’s shown on the GTX picture below) made the GTS and GTX really ride well, although it was molded to seat two instead of the flat seat that could accommodate three. That seat will fit all the 1990-2001 GT style hulls and could be found in purple/green, purple, and yellow.
The XP now gets the new 717 engine, which was the largest rotary valve motor released in a Sea Doo. It also features a different design trim system and a pump extension to increase the water volume in front of the pump. The XP800 also is released in limited numbers and it features the 787X RAVE valve engine. Now we’re talking some power!
The final new release for 1995 is the HX, which really is basically a motorcycle for the water. I believe Sea Doo released it to compete in the same racing class as the Yamaha WaveBlaster and it had similar riding characteristics as well as a 717 engine for power. It’s a long narrow ski that takes some getting used to but is lots of fun once you get the hang of it. What it featured that made it really unique though was the first appearance of a seat with a suspension.
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In 1996, the 657 engine is totally phased out and won’t be seen again in a PWC. This year, we also see Sea Doo switching to the DESS ignition system which lots of people have varying opinions on. It allowed for better monitoring of the Sea Doo engine functions as well as security, but also makes the MPEM dramatically rise in replacement price. Now you need to take it to the dealer if you lose your lanyard as well.

The SP (587 single carb) and SPI (587 single carb) are in the lineup yet again. The SPX (717 dual carb) is once again basically the 1995 XP with different colors. The XP now features the 787 RAVE engine and is probably the most desirable of the X4 hull design models built. The HX (717) stays in the lineup as well and stays basically unchanged besides graphics.

We still have the GTS (587 single carb) in the lineup, but we get the new GTI which is the same hull design as the 1995 GTX but with a 717. The GTX is the first really new 3 passenger hull design since 1990 and features larger front storage, a two piece removable seat, and the 787 for adequate power for about anything you want to do.
This year we also get a new model 2 seater in the GSX. It’s powered by the 787 and is slightly slower than the XP but more stable with two. The GSX and the GTX are the first now to also incorporate a digital infocenter that gives you lots of information instead of just a couple functions of the old 2 ones.



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In 1997 the original 587 engine that started it all is totally phased out and won’t be seen again in a PWC. New this year though is the release of the 130hp Rotax 2 cylinder 947 RAVE engine, the largest of all the two stroke Sea Doo engines and the most horsepower per cc of any PWC engine out there!


The SP (717 single carb) is still in the lineup but its’ days are numbered. The SPX (787 dual carb) is once again basically the 1996 787 XP with different colors. The XP is a new hull design with the 787 RAVE motor located in the front and a suspension seat like the HX. Quite a different ride than the X4 hulls! The HX (717) stays in the lineup as well for 1997.

This year, the GSX (dual carb 787) also gets a couple more models in that hull platform with the GS (717 single carb) and the GSI (717 single carb). The GS is the base model with pretty much no features with only a fuel gauge and no trim while the GSI and GSX have the digital infocenter and electric trim. The late production GSX Limited features the new 947 white engine with 130hp. Since this is the first time we see those, they also have quite a few bugs that get worked out in the later silver engines.

The 717 GTS is the base model 3 seater still featuring the old style hull and is basically the same ski as 1996 GTI with no infocenter. The GTI for this year gets the new style hull like the 1996 GTX but has the smaller 717 engine and no infocenter, just gauges. The GTX for 1997 is almost exactly the same ski as the 1996 even down to the colors.

It’s worth mentioning this year marks the beginning of the use of the new style ignition module. Instead of components being in a waterproof grey box, most everything plugs into and goes through the MPEM mounted on a plate usually in the front of the ski. Although the design works well, from now on it’s going to cost quite a bit more for a new MPEM. The only exception is the SPX and GTS, which will continue to use the old style.
On a final note, late in 1997 the GSX Limited with the 130hp 947 RAVE engine also is released but it’s actually considered a 1998 model.
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In 1998 we lose some models, but in exchange get the new 787 RFI Fuel Injected RAVE engine. Due to new stricter environmental rules, the push from now on will be towards more fuel efficient, less polluting PWCs.
The SP (single carb 717) is in the lineup for the last year. This year the SPX is basically the 1997 SPX but loses a little weight somewhere, making it the lightest one of all the X4 hulled 787 SPX models so probably the most desirable one. The XP keeps the same hull design as the 1997 but also now adds Limited to the name and comes with the 947 (dual carb).
The GS (717), GTS (717) and GTI (717) basically don’t change anything besides colors from 1997.
The GTX comes for the first time with a 787 RFI engine which offers the same power as the 787 carb model, but improved fuel economy and better emissions. The GTX as well as the GSX now have Limited added to their names and come with the new 130hp 947 carbureted engine and that really gives them some life. The white 947 engine is gone and replaced with a better design silver one as well.
Since late 1997 is the first year for the 947 engine, on the first models they do have some problems with water ingestion as well as some pump issues, but most should have been repaired and updated under warranty.



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In 1999, not much new comes out probably due to Sea Doo putting all its’ efforts into the upcoming 2000 models.
The SPX (787) is basically the same X4 hull as the 1997-1998 SPX, but for some reason slightly heavier than the 1998. This will be the last year you’ll see that hull design offered.
The GS (717), GTS (717) and GTI (717) basically don’t change anything besides colors from 1998.
The GTX RFI (787) is in the lineup again as well as a new GSX RFI (787) model. The 947 powered GSX Limited, GTX Limited, and XP Limited are basically the same skis as 1998 although they had most of the bugs worked out now.
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In 2000 we get a whole bunch of new models, a new DI engine and some bold graphics to let you know they’re a 2000 model. As said previously, my guess the lack of new models in 1999 was so they could hit us with all these cool skis for the new millennium!

The 717 GS, 717 GTS and 717 GTI basically don’t change anything besides colors from 1999. The GTX RFI (787) as well as the GSX RFI (787) model are in the lineup and pretty much unchanged from 1999. Sea Doo drops the Limited designation on the 947 skis this year too. This year, we also have the GTX and XP that are basically the same as 1999.
Now for the new. This year Sea Doo comes out with the 947 DI engine which offers the same power as the 947 carb model, but improved fuel economy and better emissions. That engine goes in a GTX DI and a new model, the RX DI. There is also a base RX with a 947 carb engine and the new but short lived LRV (dual carb 947). The LRV has to be the largest PWC ever made seating 4 and taking up lots of space in the garage!
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