Two years ago, Sea-Doo released the Search And Rescue (SAR) Edition GTI with very little fanfare. Made specifically for branches of government specializing in coastal and waterborne rescues, the SAR Edition is specially-equipped with certain key features that make it a tremendous asset to life guards, fire departments and search and rescue teams – particularly the “secondary sponsons” ringing the hull, made from professional grade CSM (Hypalon®) for significantly more stability and buoyancy.
These are topped with new running boards, and a hull treated in a shock protective 2.8 mm elastomer coating and features a large front bumper. Add to that a new “Shallow Water Navigation Kit” including an anti-debris water intake grate, stainless steel wear ring, internal heat exchanger, and shock-protected cooling system (read: no ride plate heat exchanger), it’s truly the perfect life-saving machine.
That is why the latest innovation from 88 Motorsport Sweden AB has got us so baffled. If so desired, 88 Motorsport will outfit your new Sea-Doo Spark with the SAR’s most noticeable addition: a new RIB Hypalon pontoon. The addition understandably provides significantly more buoyancy to the Sea-Doo Spark (which is also available for other models as well).
Weighing only 35 kg, the tubes made of Hypalon Neoprene 1100 Dtex ORCA, are made to be close-fitting to the PWC’s hull, and is “suitable for both professional (monitoring missions, safety and rescue) and recreational needs. It ensures you an incomparable comfort and matchless stability during your operations or your jet ski tour,” according to 88 Motorsport. The conversion comes in at just under $7,400 but does come with a 3 year warranty.