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The Watercraft Journal The Watercraft Journal (www.watercraftjournal.com) is the Internet's ONLY daily PWC magazine. Welcome to The Watercraft Journal, the industry's ONLY daily source for personal watercraft and product reviews, news, ride recaps, and how-to articles that will bring more enthusiasts better content faster.

Updated daily with informative articles and honest reviews, The Watercraft Journal provides riders all the data they need to make an informed decision and pick up the best products the industry has. Nowhere else can personal watercraft enthusiasts find professionally-written content updated daily, more pictures from first-hand and next-day event coverage and vehicle reviews, and eye-catching video

Updated daily with informative articles and honest reviews, The Watercraft Journal provides riders all the data they need to make an informed decision and pick up the best products the industry has. Nowhere else can personal watercraft enthusiasts find professionally-written content updated daily, more pictures from first-hand and next-day event coverage and vehicle reviews, and eye-catching video

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Frankly, I don't have a lot of time before I leave for the 2022 Hot Rod Power Tour but I didn't want to leave guys hangi...
12/06/2022
One Super Short Q&A Session Before Hot Rod POWER TOUR: Watercraft Journal IRL

Frankly, I don't have a lot of time before I leave for the 2022 Hot Rod Power Tour but I didn't want to leave guys hanging with nothing tonight, so let's squeeze in a short question and answer session for those who want to tune in. Super casual. No real announcements or topics planned to discuss. Join us tonight at 8pm EST here: https://youtu.be/FKAbsZmh8No

Frankly, I don't have a lot of time before I leave for the 2022 Hot Rod Power Tour but I didn't want to leave guys hanging with nothing tonight, so let's squ...

GALLERY: 2021 YAMAHA GP1800R SVHO WAVERUNNER (VIDEO)https://ed.gr/d0v5s
12/06/2022
Gallery: 2021 Yamaha GP1800R SVHO WaveRunner (Video)

GALLERY: 2021 YAMAHA GP1800R SVHO WAVERUNNER (VIDEO)

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We’ve ridden our fair share of race-prepped watercraft over the years; both modified and piloted by some of the most prolific athletes in the sport of personal watercraft racing – from 90-plus-mile per hour drag racers to laser-precise, hairpin-cutting closed course machines, and pretty much eve...

Slippery Rolls Out Its Redesigned Liquid Race Boot & Flex Lite Gloves
11/06/2022
Slippery Rolls Out Its Redesigned Liquid Race Boot & Flex Lite Gloves

Slippery Rolls Out Its Redesigned Liquid Race Boot & Flex Lite Gloves

Slippery Wetsuits redesigned their Liquid Race Black Boot for 2022 and they look rugged. They’ve made the boot even better by my making it more grippy, increased its stability, and made the boot more supportive. The Liquid Race Black Boot is a heavy-duty high-performance boot that’s built to las...

LONG TERM REVIEW: A SUMMER WITH THE ’17 KAWASAKI SX-R JETSKIhttps://ed.gr/d0v9k
11/06/2022
Long Term Review: A Summer With The ’17 Kawasaki SX-R JetSki

LONG TERM REVIEW: A SUMMER WITH THE ’17 KAWASAKI SX-R JETSKI

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Without argument, the final reveal of the 2017 Kawasaki SX-R JetSki was the single-most anticipated event in The Watercraft Journal’s four-plus-years of publishing. The telltale spike in readership every time we shared some morsel, any glimpse of imagery, any tidbit of information was like chummin...

NEW LOOK, SAVE FLAVOR: 2020 KAWASAKI STX 160LX JETSKI (VIDEO)https://ed.gr/d0v55
10/06/2022
New Look, Save Flavor: 2020 Kawasaki STX 160LX JetSki (Video)

NEW LOOK, SAVE FLAVOR: 2020 KAWASAKI STX 160LX JETSKI (VIDEO)

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It goes without saying that all of us at The Watercraft Journal were excited to learn that Kawasaki’s longest-running runabout – the STX-15F – was getting a much-needed fresh for 2020. Although much of the Recreation-segment JetSki would remain the same – most notably the hull and 148mm axia...

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: 2016 SEA-DOO RXT-X 300 (VIDEO)https://ed.gr/d0wa0
10/06/2022
Aggravated Assault: 2016 Sea-Doo RXT-X 300 (Video)

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: 2016 SEA-DOO RXT-X 300 (VIDEO)

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How do you get a middleweight boxer to hit like a heavyweight and be as light on his feet as a featherweight? That, we presume was the challenge pinned to the board in Sea-Doo’s new product development office a few years back. The evolutionary step from last year’s RXT-X 260 to the 2016 Sea-Doo ...

Unlimited PWC Rolls Out New X-Light Gloves Series
10/06/2022
Unlimited PWC Rolls Out New X-Light Gloves Series

Unlimited PWC Rolls Out New X-Light Gloves Series

This is the glove we’ve been waiting for and it’s now available at Unlimited PWC. We spotted the new gloves over at Unlimited PWC. The X-Light Glove series is a stellar addition to the lineup of new products that Unlimited PWC has on offer. These rad looking gloves are equipped with touchscreen ...

THE ULTIMATE ULTRA SHOWDOWN: RIVA RACING STAGE 1 VS. KSPEED STAGE 1https://ed.gr/dys2x
09/06/2022
The Ultimate Ultra Showdown: RIVA Racing Stage 1 vs. Kspeed Stage 1

THE ULTIMATE ULTRA SHOWDOWN: RIVA RACING STAGE 1 VS. KSPEED STAGE 1

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It wasn’t all that long ago that pushing a Kawasaki Ultra 300 or 310 into the 70’s required a great deal of effort. Professional offshore champions like Jean-Bruno Pastorello and Craig Warner piloted 80-mile per hour Ultra JetSkis to dozens of top-of-the-podium finishes; but the degree of modifi...

VIDEO: 2020 SEA-DOO GTX RXT-X 300 VS. 2020 RXP-X 300 COMPARISONhttps://ed.gr/d0v51
09/06/2022
Video: 2020 Sea-Doo GTX RXT-X 300 vs. 2020 RXP-X 300 Comparison

VIDEO: 2020 SEA-DOO GTX RXT-X 300 VS. 2020 RXP-X 300 COMPARISON

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For many, all that matters is horsepower. Unfortunately, while horsepower numbers can definitely be alluring, understanding how hull design plays into the application of horsepower is all the more important. Sea-Doo’s offers its stellar 1630 ACE 300 engine in two platforms: the ST3 (RXT-X, GTX) an...

RUNNING A LAP IN LUXURY: 2016 YAMAHA FX SVHO CRUISER WAVERUNNER (VIDEO)https://ed.gr/d0wax
09/06/2022
Running a Lap In Luxury: 2016 Yamaha FX SVHO Cruiser WaveRunner (Video)

RUNNING A LAP IN LUXURY: 2016 YAMAHA FX SVHO CRUISER WAVERUNNER (VIDEO)

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Starting your day on the water is a wonderful feeling. The clean, calm water, a light breeze and a mate to cruise with. Even better if you are testing a new PWC. The 2016 FX SVHO Cruiser from Yamaha is just luxury on water. It has everything you could possibly need: From twin cup holders […]

ROCK SOLID: 2015 YAMAHA FZS SVHO WAVERUNNERhttps://ed.gr/d0wbo
08/06/2022
Rock Solid: 2015 Yamaha FZS SVHO WaveRunner

ROCK SOLID: 2015 YAMAHA FZS SVHO WAVERUNNER

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Admittedly, the differences between Yamaha’s 2015 SVHO-powered FZS and FZR are almost indistinguishable. The prices are identical, with a US MSRP of $14,699. Both come equipped with Yamaha’s most powerful high performance engine and pump package ever assembled – featuring the Super Vortex High...

THREE COMMON PWC HANDLING ERRORS (AND HOW TO CORRECT THEM)https://ed.gr/dys1v
08/06/2022
Three Common PWC Handling Errors (and How to Correct them)

THREE COMMON PWC HANDLING ERRORS (AND HOW TO CORRECT THEM)

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Most any person can ride a PWC and have fun on it, but it takes knowledge and skill to ride one correctly. In an article by legendary Jeff Hemmel on PersonalWatercraft.com, he explains how to correctly handle three of the most common riding errors, and we give you the highlights and add some input b...

A Truly Stand Up Family: Meet the Kotaras Family
08/06/2022
A Truly Stand Up Family: Meet the Kotaras Family

A Truly Stand Up Family: Meet the Kotaras Family

We met the Kotara family at my first Texas race in 2016 and was truly inspired by their positive attitude and entire family’s immersion in the sport of riding stand up jet skis. William, his wife Tracy, and his three sons, Ty, Mason, and Tanner, always had a smile on their face while racing and [....

TOWING MATTERS: 2015 SEA-DOO WAKE PRO 215https://ed.gr/d0wa3
07/06/2022
Towing Matters: 2015 Sea-Doo Wake Pro 215

TOWING MATTERS: 2015 SEA-DOO WAKE PRO 215

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It is very likely this will be our last review of a 2015 model before the 2016 Sea-Doos are revealed. There’s so much buzz surrounding the reveal that it’s trickled into a completely unrelated watercraft review. Maybe it’s just because we’re so excited to see what is coming out. Maybe it’s...

RIVA Racing Releases New Catch Can / Engine Breather Kit For 1.8 Litre Yamaha Pwcs
07/06/2022
RIVA Racing Releases New Catch Can / Engine Breather Kit For 1.8 Litre Yamaha Pwcs

RIVA Racing Releases New Catch Can / Engine Breather Kit For 1.8 Litre Yamaha Pwcs

Virtually all combustion engines create positive crankcase pressure and crankcase v***rs when running. These are primarily composed of oil v***r caused by the high speed movement of engine internals in a hot, oil rich environment, but also can contain other gases such as fuel v***r which is forced p...

Gallery: 2021 Yamaha SuperJet Intake Grate Shootout
07/06/2022
Gallery: 2021 Yamaha SuperJet Intake Grate Shootout

Gallery: 2021 Yamaha SuperJet Intake Grate Shootout

Over the last few months, IPD Racing has spent plenty of time on the new Yamaha four-stroke SuperJet. One thing we know is that we love new jet skis. Another thing we know is that this new jet ski has some glaring handling flaws. The first challenge with this ski, that any rider will notice, […]

Gallery: RIVA Racing Limited Edition Yamaha SuperJet Build (Video)
06/06/2022
Gallery: RIVA Racing Limited Edition Yamaha SuperJet Build (Video)

Gallery: RIVA Racing Limited Edition Yamaha SuperJet Build (Video)

Earlier this year, we went down to RIVA Racing, and got exclusive access to several awesome Limited Edition machines built for some lucky customers. If you already subscribe to The Watercraft Journal you may have already seen our articles and videos we made on the RIVA Edition Yamaha GP1800R SVHO an...

THE GILDED MISSILE: 2014 KAWASAKI ULTRA 310LX JETSKIhttps://ed.gr/d0wb4
06/06/2022
The Gilded Missile: 2014 Kawasaki Ultra 310LX JetSki

THE GILDED MISSILE: 2014 KAWASAKI ULTRA 310LX JETSKI

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Even now, four months after my first foray with the 2014 Kawasaki Ultra 310LX, I’m not sure where I stand. Albeit a short dalliance with the fully-equipped JetSki, my brief time spent with the machine left an indelible impression on my mind. Even my second time with it two weeks ago, which provide...

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT: 2015 KAWASAKI ULTRA 310R JETSKIhttps://ed.gr/d0wbb
06/06/2022
Corporal Punishment: 2015 Kawasaki Ultra 310R JetSki

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT: 2015 KAWASAKI ULTRA 310R JETSKI

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If there is only one thing that you take away from this review, it should be that Kawasaki’s 2015 Ultra 310R JetSki makes a lot of power. A brutal, rotator cuff-tearing amount of power. If you’re not ready for it, not properly conditioned both mentally and physically, it will fight you back… A...

GALLERY: UNLOCKING THE SVHO WITH A RIVA STOCK FILE 8000 REFLASH & CRANKCASE BREATHER (VIDEO)https://ed.gr/dys2z
05/06/2022
Gallery: Unlocking the SVHO With a RIVA Stock File 8000 Reflash & Crankcase Breather (Video)

GALLERY: UNLOCKING THE SVHO WITH A RIVA STOCK FILE 8000 REFLASH & CRANKCASE BREATHER (VIDEO)

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Like a high school guidance councilor, we at The Watercraft Journal are always interested in digging up that “hidden potential” in personal watercraft. Whether its tricks for improving handling and cornering, extending engine life, or unlocking horsepower buried behind oppressive noise, smog or ...

When it comes time to purchase a new personal watercraft, many foolishly walk into a dealership blindly without so much ...
04/06/2022
The Steps to Choosing The RIGHT PWC For YOU: The Watercraft Journal IRL

When it comes time to purchase a new personal watercraft, many foolishly walk into a dealership blindly without so much as doing the slightest bit of research.

This is a big purchase, and one that could dramatically effect your finances and your health – so choosing the right make and model is something that should NEVER be left to the salesman.

We'll walk through the steps necessary to selecting the right PWC to fit you, your riding style, location and intended use. Join us Sunday at 8pm EST here: https://youtu.be/64xrKSZVBT0

When it comes time to purchase a new personal watercraft, many foolishly walk into a dealership blindly without so much as doing the slightest bit of researc...

Real Review: An Argument For Floating Watercraft Docks
04/06/2022
Real Review: An Argument For Floating Watercraft Docks

Real Review: An Argument For Floating Watercraft Docks

Remember the first car you ever owned? It probably had crank windows, or you at least know somebody that had crank windows. I used to think, who needs electric windows? Cranks are just fine. That’s until your next car had electric windows and you thought, “How did I ever do without electric wind...

EVERYTHING COUNTS: 2014 SEA-DOO GTR 215https://ed.gr/d0wbu
04/06/2022
Everything Counts: 2014 Sea-Doo GTR 215

EVERYTHING COUNTS: 2014 SEA-DOO GTR 215

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When every nickle and dime matters, getting the utmost out of your investment is often a nerve-racking enterprise. Each aspect needs to be evaluated, weighed and decided. Needs usually veto wants, and compromises are made to satisfy both parties. While not everything from Column A can be had, the en...

STAND UP SKILLS: DEEP WATER START (VIDEO)https://ed.gr/dys18
03/06/2022
Stand Up Skills: Deep Water Start (Video)

STAND UP SKILLS: DEEP WATER START (VIDEO)

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You’ve fallen off. You’ve made it back to the ski, treading water next to it you catch your breath, look up at the water sloshing around in the tray and wonder how the heck you are going to climb back in there. The deep water start gets a full article because it can be a […]

MURDER, INC.: 2017 YAMAHA GP1800 WAVERUNNER (VIDEO)https://ed.gr/d0wak
03/06/2022
Murder, Inc.: 2017 Yamaha GP1800 WaveRunner (Video)

MURDER, INC.: 2017 YAMAHA GP1800 WAVERUNNER (VIDEO)

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Change is often met with resistance, especially big change. With the announcement of the 2017 Yamaha WaveRunner lineup, news that the FZ series (FZR and FZS, respectively) were being retired and replaced with a whole new craft based upon the existing VXR architecture was simply too much for many to....

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Welcome to The Watercraft Journal, the industry's ONLY daily source for personal watercraft and product reviews, news, ride recaps, and how-to articles that will bring more enthusiasts better content faster. Updated daily with informative articles and honest reviews, The Watercraft Journal provides riders all the data they need to make an informed decision and pick up the best products the industry has. Nowhere else can personal watercraft enthusiasts find professionally-written content updated daily, more pictures from first-hand and next-day event coverage and vehicle reviews, and eye-catching videos from across the globe. Sincerely, Kevin Shaw Editor-In-Chief The Watercraft Journal www.watercraftjournal.com [email protected]

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Frankly, I don't have a lot of time before I leave for the 2022 Hot Rod Power Tour but I didn't want to leave guys hanging with nothing tonight, so let's squeeze in a short question and answer session for those who want to tune in. Super casual. No real announcements or topics planned to discuss. Join us tonight at 8pm EST here: https://youtu.be/FKAbsZmh8No
GALLERY: 2021 YAMAHA GP1800R SVHO WAVERUNNER (VIDEO) https://ed.gr/d0v5s
LONG TERM REVIEW: A SUMMER WITH THE ’17 KAWASAKI SX-R JETSKI https://ed.gr/d0v9k
NEW LOOK, SAVE FLAVOR: 2020 KAWASAKI STX 160LX JETSKI (VIDEO) https://ed.gr/d0v55
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: 2016 SEA-DOO RXT-X 300 (VIDEO) https://ed.gr/d0wa0
Kawasaki just issued an announcement of its 2023 lineup – including pricing, new colors and an official renaming! (There's also surprise hidden in there!) See it HERE: https://watercraftjournal.com/kawasaki-announces-preview-of-partial-2023-jetski-lineup/
THE ULTIMATE ULTRA SHOWDOWN: RIVA RACING STAGE 1 VS. KSPEED STAGE 1 https://ed.gr/dys2x
VIDEO: 2020 SEA-DOO GTX RXT-X 300 VS. 2020 RXP-X 300 COMPARISON https://ed.gr/d0v51