Anyone remember the first wave of jet boats? It seems everyone, from major builder to niche player, tossed their hat in the ring. Jet boats were fun, but they were basically just biggie-sized PWC. No one would consider buying one in place of a traditional runabout.
Times have changed, obviously, and jet boat manufacturers are now few. But the remaining boats have grown far beyond the toys of yesteryear. Sure, some are still pint-sized powerhouses, designed to offer up more thrill than chill. Others, however, are now legitimate contenders in their respective size ranges, ready to take on the Sea Rays and Chaparrals of the world head to head.
In fact, I’d argue Sea-Doo’s new 210 Challenger is one of the better models available in the 21′ range, and even breaks some new ground with a few innovative ideas.
Interested? I recently did a full review of the Challenger for Boating Magazine. Check it out here.