Sea-Doo Rec Lite

Two models that make for affordable family fun.

by Alan Wendt
I was leading a flotilla of about 40 Sea Rays to Presque Isle in one of the worst summer fogs in memory.


  • LOA: 2-3/2-3
  • Beam:
  • Draft:
  • Weight: 405 lbs./422 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity: 7.9 gals./7.9 gals.
  • Water Capacity:
  • Power: Rotax 900 ACE/Rotax 900 HO ACE
  • Price: $5,399/$7,499

At idle speed, the sound of ship’s bells clanging and slip assignment chatter with the harbormaster on the VHF was suddenly broken by laughter from the waterline. We were surrounded by dozens of Sea-Doo’s arriving at the exact same moment. The group, part of an annual Great Lakes Harbor Hop, had no radar or chartplotters but plenty of eager riders out for an adventure.

Sea-Doo has for years turned dreams of family fun on the water into reality. This year, its Rec Lite family of watercraft (including the SPARK and SPARK TRIXX models) continues to innovate with new features like a revolutionary Bluetooth-compatible audio system that brings powerful and accessible sound to the water. The 50-watt, waterproof option easily mounts to both the Sea-Doo SPARK and SPARK TRIXX models, is portable for moving to the beach, dock or cabin, and has an amazing battery life of 24 hours at 50% of its power.

Designed for two or three riders, the Sea-Doo SPARK is affordable, fuel efficient and easy to tow with even a small car. For first-time boaters, the scratch- and impact-resistant, lightweight Polytec Hull material is designed to withstand unintentional bumps that occur around docks. The watercraft boasts some meaningful technology like Intelligent Throttle Control, a closed-loop cooling system and a multifunctional gauge.

The Sea-Doo SPARK 2-UP has two engine choices: A 60-hp Rotax 900 ACE or, for a few dollars more, the 90-hp Rotax 900 HO ACE. The larger engine is what you’ll find on the SPARK 3-UP, delivering a top-speed of close to 50 mph and capable of towing passengers on a tube, waterskis and wakeboard.

For those who like trick riding or competitive events, check out the SPARK TRIXX 3-UP. This PWC lets riders pull off freestyle tricks such 180-degree hops and tail-stands with ease. An adjustable handlebar, angled foot supports and extended range variable trim system make this model the most versatile entry-level watercraft in Sea Doo’s history. Colors include Orange Crush/Chili Pepper and Jalapeno/Pear. 

These PWC models have a variety of options that help keep the price low. One option worthy of consideration is the Intelligent Brake and Reverse known as iBR. Brakes are a good thing — especially for new drivers.

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