Sea-Doo GTX 4-TEC: Four-Stroke Earns Innovation Award
Sea-Doo GTX 4-TEC: Clean, efficient PWC impresses judges.
MIAMI — Boasting a 155-horsepower four-stroke engine, the Sea-Doo GTX 4-TEC won an Innovation Award in the Watercraft category from the National Marine Manufacturers Association at the Miami International Boat Show in February. The new-for-2002 watercraft bested two other outstanding four-stroke models, the Yamaha FX140 and Honda Aquatrax F-12X.
According to Boating Writers International president, Michael Verdon, who led the panel of marine writers serving as judges, the Personal Watercraft category was the most competitive division this year. Verdon said the judges agreed that the Honda and Yamaha four-stroke models deserved honorable mention for their low-emission engine technology. However, additional features such as a closed-loop cooling system, an efficient sound-reduction system and off-throttle steering distinguished the Sea-Doo model.
“We believe the 4-TEC is the future of personal watercraft,” said Verdon in a press release from NMMA.
In addition to Verdon, judges for this year’s awards were Jim Barron of Poole Publications, Dean Travis Clarke of World Publications, Rick Eyerdam of The Boating News, Roger Marshall of Soundings and Matt Trulio of boats.com and Powerboat magazine.