Brakes vs Off-Throttle Steering
There’s definitely something in the air. Sure, things may seem calm at the moment, but a storm is brewing. Thankfully, it’s a good one for personal watercraft enthusiasts.
The storm in question is a storm of new — yes, NEW — PWC coming on the horizon. Once a given every new model year, truly new craft have become a thing of the past in recent years. Blame the economic slowdown for much of these calm seas, but you certainly can’t blame the manufacturers. Things seemed a little sketchy, a little downright iffy, and as a result they chose (wisely) to play it safe. Even Sea-Doo, the lone manufacturer to continue to crank out truly new models every year, gave in to the trend. In 2013, the brand introduced not one new craft, and even exited the sport boat end of their business.
The storm clouds, however, are definitely building for 2014, and the industry — and its fans and consumers — couldn’t be happier. If rumors hold true, and I think they will, every manufacturer will have at least one new model for 2014. And from what I’ve been hearing, these will be some pretty cool new introductions. Not warmed over models from previous years, but truly new craft.
The rumor mill has speculated plenty on what they might be. I won’t go into it now, except to say odds are we may see a welcome new entry-level price point for some models, and maybe even some cool new powerful machines on the high end. There’s even talk (a long shot maybe, cut cool nonetheless) of a four-stroke standup from Kawasaki. Now wouldn’t that be a kick?
The good news is simply that new craft are on the horizon, and with them a renewed wave of enthusiasm for the market.
Let it rain.