2011 Sea-Doo 230 SP
From our 2011 Test issue
By Mike Gridley
For 2011, BRP has launched two new spin-offs in its “Sport” Category: the 210 SP and 230 SP models. Described as crossovers, these boats are an excellent blend of features from the recreational Challenger lineup and the WAKE series.
At first glance, the 230 SP I tested shouted Sport all decked out in mango orange with black accents. What you have here is a 230 Challenger kicked up a notch or two to broaden the fun factor and the appeal of the boat.
The 230 SP brings with it all of the good stuff from its sibling, starting with the same 23-foot, 6-inch hull, with an interior layout that handles 12 quite well. Placement of the twin Rotax 1.5-litre supercharged direct-drive engines further aft and lower in the hull than a sterndrive makes this additional seating possible.
The U-shaped aft seat runs across the transom and up the sides, delivering excellent comfort. At the helm, twin tracking and swivelling bolstered seats make things comfortable underway and let you join in the crowd while relaxing. The bow area is the same with ample seating, excellent backrests, and lots of depth and stainless grab rails for security.
Beyond the bold colour, what you will notice next is the all new forward-facing folding black wakeboard tower. Not only does it look great, it’s also functional. By leaning the tower forward and changing the pull point, BRP has improved the boat’s towing characteristics
What is truly new about the 230 SP is what you do not see at first glance. The helm has been updated for 2011, including a new gauge package that incorporates some exciting technology. The throttle is now Sea-Doo’s iTC (Intelligent Throttle Control), which is essentially drive-by-wire with extras that include Ski Mode, cruise control, docking mode, ECO mode and neutral lock out. ECO Mode allows the computer to control acceleration and cruise speed for maximum efficiency, and when you check out the fuel consumption, available in the long list of data with the new gauge pack, the savings are amazing
Full performance data and specs: Available at BoatTest.ca.
View the video online: coming soon!
PowerBoat Television: This boat will be featured on Episode 3 of the 2011 season. For broadcasters and airtimes, please visit powerboattv.com.