It’s a strange concept to imagine, but some jet skis do come with speakers… Which ones are they?
The most popular jet skis that boast in-built audio systems and stock speakers come from manufacturers like Sea-Doo or Kawasaki. For example, the Sea-Doo GTI SE, Wake Pro, or the Kawasaki STX or Ultra models boast powerful on-board audio systems and speakers.
Read on to learn more about these high-end jet skis and the amenities they often come with.
You’re beating across the swelling ocean waves atop a powerful jet ski, pushing almost sixty miles-per-hour. The salty sea spray is blasting you in the face, the sun is pulsing down on your skin, and the 310 horsepower engine is screaming.
And you’ve got your favorite tunes blaring out of a pair of 100W speakers, mounted mere inches from your face.
Doesn’t that sound exciting? Well, personal watercraft manufacturers like Kawasaki and Sea-Doo think so, and that’s likely why they include audio systems in a few of their new builds.
It’s not immediately clear how you’d be able to hear the music over the roar of the engine and splashing of the water, but apparently, it’s quite effective. The speaker systems that these manufacturers use are considerably impressive and have no issues competing with the ambient noise.
The advancements in modern personal watercraft technology mean they’re faster, more durable, and most importantly, quieter. Therefore, there’s no difficulty hearing your pulsing party anthems while you’re flying over the waves.
While there are audio system offerings from some smaller manufacturers, the most popular remain those sold by Sea-Doo and Kawasaki. These two companies are arguably at the top of the jet ski pile, particularly the latter.
After all, it’s Kawasaki who essentially pioneered the jet ski. In fact, ‘Jet Ski’ is a trademarked brand name that they established way back in the seventies.
These days, it’s Kawasaki’s STX and Ultra models that come equipped with speaker systems. They both feature Jetsound Bluetooth audio systems, fully waterproof and weatherproof, and super powerful.
The Sea-Doo vessels come with proprietary systems known as the ‘BRP Bluetooth Audio System’. At the highest end of the spectrum, these speakers boast a 100W power draw, ensuring an audio volume that you and your friends ashore can hear.
The Price Of Adventure
However, these well-equipped models can come with pretty considerable price tags, as you might imagine. The Sea-Doo GTX Limited might come with a super-powerful audio system, but it will cost you at least eighteen thousand dollars.
The Kawasaki Ultra 310LX has one of the biggest and most powerful engines on the market, and an all-weather sound system to boot. However, it also boasts a price point of over eighteen thousand dollars.
These are MSRP prices, and they are subject to change based on customization packages and add-ons. Although you can’t do much to personal watercraft, there are still some amenities you can tack on.
For example, you could have upgrades made to the engine, storage, or fuel capacity systems. You could also have digital interfaces and screens added, or comfort seats, lights, and custom paint jobs.
In Sea-Doo’s case, you can even purchase a personal watercraft that is built specifically for fishing. There’s expanded storage, room to keep rods and equipment, and a larger seating area.
If you’re buying a personal watercraft straight from the manufacturer, you can often kit them out to your heart’s desire. This is particularly true for Sea-Doo, who have an intuitive customization platform built into their website.
We went on and put together a brand new GTX Limited 300 build, and it would have cost us more than twenty-four thousand dollars to buy. This included an on-board cooler, secondary battery, GPS system, heated grips, and an upgraded seat.
While these home comforts would undoubtedly offer a much more enjoyable experience, you’re spending as much on a jet ski as you would do a car. It’s hard to justify when you’re only going to ride it every once in a while when the weather is good.
Although, if you happen to live in a beachside or lakeside property, you might be more prone to heading out on the water. If that’s the case, then a personal watercraft loaded to the brim with added extras and amenities might be just what you’re looking for.