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This is my first ski and is red and black and silver. It looks great on the water and rides even better. You cant go wrong with a GTX...I did alot of comparison shopping and this as by far the most impressive. I did my homework and the GTX consistently came out on top. I had no problem getting the ski to 63 mph and it was very stable. It also allows you to have some fun with turns and such. I also pulled a kneeboarder without any problems. This is a great all around machine for the entire family.
After purchasing a 2002 GTX DI which I was unsatisfied with I decided to trade it in on a 2002 GTX. Here's what I have to offer for an eval. 1) Seadoo didn't vary from the "typical" handling of their previous watercraft with this model. The 2002 GTX is a true machine. Stright out of the box and into the water the machine was hitting 64MPH. 2)This machine spins with no problems just like previous versions. it does not posess the hinderance of OPAS 3)There is still a slight hesitation when starting out of the hole. This hesitation is still present with 3 hours on the machine. However, I feel it will be gone after a tank of gas or two and possibly after cleaning the plugs as the first tank of gas requires the addition of oil for the break in period. Other than the slight hesitation, the machine performs like a high perfomance watercraft should perform. 4)While the machine only comes in a yellow silver and black color scheme, it looks great in this scheme but it would be nice to have a second scheme to pick from. 5)The 2002 model seadoo products seem to have a problem with the covering on the seats flaking and peeling. 6) The GTX is the fastest stock watercraft on the lake, while there may be some short run 2 seaters that are quicker, stay with a 3 seater as the stability on rougher water can't be beat and you blow by the smaller jetskis as they can't handle the waves. If speed and performance is what you are looking for it's the GTX!
For those of us who use personal watercraft in a variety of environments (i.e. both smaller inland lakes and larger lakes or oceans) the hull design of the GTX three passenger models lends a great deal of versatility. The hull itself has slightly less of the deep-V than that found on Yamaha’s three passenger PWC’s. It translates to a pretty zippy and fairly maneuverable boat on calmer inland waters. Top speed indicates right in the low to mid 60's (mph) for a single rider. Placing my feet further back and standing to bring the center of gravity aft added about three mph. I have taken the same machine (a 2001 GTX) out on Lake Michigan and the extra hull length (over two seat models) helped a great deal with stability in moderately choppy waters. We were with several other PWC’s and the two seat riders were far more fatigued, especially needing to do a great deal more compensating to stay upright at idle speeds. The GTX is, however, intended to be more of a family cruiser and while my buddies on smaller watercraft were catching “huge air” off the waves the GTX stayed pretty close to the surface of the water. That’s not to say this is by any means a “wally boat” but you do typically tend to trade adrenalin for stability. My wife (who is fairly “inexperienced” with watercraft…that’s the “marriage preservation” way of saying it) enjoys driving the GTX and most novice drivers can find a fairly large envelope of user-friendliness. The lack of a trim control and a reverse gear simplify the boat, too. That’s not to say this thing won’t eat your shorts if you’re not careful. It just won’t eat them as fast as a hopped up two-seater. Because the State of Michigan requires at least a three seat machine to pull a tube or skier, the GTX has a bit of extra usability. For states that don’t incorporate this law the extra room is an added safety featu
re if you want to take an observer or demanding child. Like I said, it’s a good family cruiser while the extra horsepower keeps life interesting. The only drawbacks I’ve found are cold weather starts require a choke which is becoming more and more archaic. The carbureted engine doesn’t meter fuel as precisely out of the hole as injected models and it can bog a bit when it’s cold. The alternatives are unfortunately a lower horsepower RFI model (actually not a bad little scooter either), the underpowered GTI models or the 2002 GTX-DI (I own one – see my review), which has a very cumbersome redesigned hull. For the money, I think the GTX is Sea Doo’s best three seater.