Video: 50 Years of Sea-Doo Deserves a Look Back at 1968

The world’s most popular personal watercraft brand turns 50 years old this year, and because of which, we’re giving you a quick glimpse at Sea-Doo’s original machines thanks to the Bombardier family and some vintage video footage. Above is a snapshot from half a century ago as the first Sea-Doo watercraft were in progress. Unlike the top-of-the-line facility in northern Mexico, the original Sea-Doo were assembled at the Roski factory in Roxton Falls, Quebec. According to the original Facebook post, this limited bombardier subsidiary was specialized in fiberglass.

Today’s modern Sea-Doo have come a long way, particularly in the power department. Current Sea-Doo push an impressive 300-horsepower from a supercharged-and-intercooled 1,630cc 3-cylinder, while the original Sea-Doo came with a Rotax engine displacing 320cc, an aluminum 2-stroke, air-cooled, single-cylinder. In all, horsepower output was a paltry 18 @ 6,000rpm. A shadow of today’s 68-70mph top speeds, the 1968 watercraft could reach a maximum speed of 40 km/h (or 25-30mph). Of course, the Sea-Doo was also the first watercraft equipped with a jet engine to be marketed, making it quite unique for its time, hailing a retail price of $995.

And if you liked the above factoids and snapshot, make sure to watch this vintage news reel on the machine in action:

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Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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