Sea-Doo specifically designs PWCs for tow sports like wakeskating and boarding.
Cutting across the wake on my wakeboard, I make the most of my Sea-Doo Wake’s vertically challenged launch ramp, tossing in a low-elevation 360 before playing around with a few surface slides. While any three-seat PWC is capable of being a good tow vehicle, my Wake 155 is uniquely suited to the task. Aft, a clever tow pylon lifts the tow rope up and out of the jet wash, while simultaneously providing a pair of handgrips for my rear-facing spotter. A convenient board rack mounts to the gunwale. And then there’s the speed control that came in so handy while cruising. In Ski mode, I can opt for one of five progressively stronger acceleration profiles, depending on whom I’m pulling and what they’re riding. Once up, I can lock in their preferred speed and avoid fluctuations from my twitchy throttle finger.
Virtually any tow sport can be accomplished behind a PWC. Wake-skaters, in fact, prefer its maneuverability and minimal wakes to get them up close and personal with sliders, ramps and other obstacles. The craft are also a fraction of the price of the typical wake or ski boat, and they stretch out the fuel budget.
I’d also argue that a PWC is the best tow choice for teaching a child. For starters, it’s open. The child in the water sees a parent or friendly adult spotter facing him or her, not an intimidating transom. If driven properly, acceleration is gentle and forgiving, not an arm-wrenching yank. Once the child is up, the wakes are more manageable. And after a fall, a PWC’s responsiveness allows its driver and passenger to quickly offer assistance.
So there you have it. In five days I cruised, dove, raced, fished and wakeboarded — all on the same boat, an inexpensive one that can be towed behind a car and sips fuel. Best of all, when I wasn’t doing all of these, I still had one heck of a fun boat.
So go ahead and laugh, Family Guy and Fish Head. But don’t try to convince me your boat is more versatile. I know what a PWC can do — and I’ve got Gold Chain’s money to prove it.
The three-position retractable bar has grip handles for the spotter.