Jul. 12, 2010 – PWC Digest

Sea-Doo takes four Best Buy awards

Consumers Digest has released the results of its recent PWC roundup, and as the May/June issue of the magazine reveals, Sea-Doo has taken four of the organization’s coveted “Best Buy” designations.
You may recall a previous digest post, noting that Yamaha had previously announced wins in two categories.
The Sea-Doo RXT iS 260 and RXT-X 260 took the honors in the “Premium” category; the GTI SE 130 and GTI SE 155 received nods in the “Economy” category.
According to the magazine, “Sea-Doo rocked the world last year when it brought its iControl system to market… In tests, we found that the level of control Intelligent Brake & Reverse system gives you over the machine is absolutely stunning.”
Of the Premium selection, editors further noted that “generous helpings of raw power and cutting-edge features make the RXT iS 260 the best PWC that you can buy and an excellent value.” As to the economy pick, the mag noted that the SE 130 “proves that economy PWC don’t have to be bare bones. It includes several features that you might not expect to find on an economy PWC.”

BoatUS publishes safety tips

With the “official” boating season now in full swing, it’s a good time for a refresher on some key tips to keep you and your crew safe this summer. BoatUS recently suggested that boaters pay particular attention to the following:

  • Life jackets: Make sure you have enough for every passenger, including the kids, and that all are in good condition.
  • VHF Radio: A VHF radio allows you to contact the Coast Guard as well as allows other boaters in the vicinity to hear your call.
  • Anchor: If you lose engine power, your boat may drift into danger. Not maintaining your position also makes it harder for rescuers to pinpoint your position.
  • Review safety gear: Go over a checklist of must-have items, like signaling devices and fire extinguishers.
  • Get checked: Get a free safety check from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadron.
  • File a flat plan:?Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back. psb

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