When Polaris introduced its carbureted Genesis and Genesis FFI (for Ficht Fuel Injection) four-up watercraft in 1999, they were astounding. First, there was the tale of tape: 131.1 inches long, 49.3 inches wide and a dry weight of — gulp — 675 pounds. Second, both models could accommodate four riders, enough room for a small family if the combined weight of its members was 600 pounds or less.
A month later, Yamaha introduced its humongous SUV, and a few months after that, Sea-Doo released the more-humongous LRV, both of which made the Genesis seem almost small in comparison.
That makes the full-size Genesis FFI the perfect choice for families who want a four-up with low-emissions technology, but don’t want the bulk of the two larger models. Plus, unlike its competitors, two Genesis watercraft can fit on a conventional two-watercraft trailer.
The Genesis FFI is powered by a two-stroke, 135-horesepower Polaris Marine 1200 engine that delivers plenty of punch when pulling wakeboarders and water skiers. Polaris representatives say the Ficht Fuel Injection system runs 76 percent cleaner than conventional carbureted systems and averages 35 percent better fuel economy. The Polaris Low Acoustic Noise Exhaust Technology system reportedly reduces noise by 60 percent.
Several features make the Genesis FFI a solid towing machine. Smooth throttle response helps drivers maintain a constant speed, and dual mirrors help them pay attention to the action behind the watercraft. Hydro-Turf in the watercraft’s footwells help rear-facing observers stay put. A flip-down boarding step and an extra-large boarding platform take the work out of reboarding in deep water. For holding gear, the watercraft has more than 40 gallons of stowage space.
At the helm, there’s a 24-function instrument panel that includes a security system and a compass. A depthfinder can be added as an option.
Fuel capacity is 17 gallons, which should provide plenty of range and time between gas stops, and oil capacity is 6 quarts.
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1225 Highway 169 North
Minneapolis, MN 55441-5078