Video: Inside SBT’s Testing Facility Alligator Pointe


Whether it’s a 2-stroke or 4-stroke, SBT, Inc (Short Block Technologies) continues to lead the personal watercraft industry as the largest supplier of replacement engines, props and OE-replacement parts, maintaining an inventory and arguably the most complete array of PWC engine and drive line parts in the world. Their Clearwater, Florida headquarters is a continually-growing facility that expands as much as it upgrades in technology. Even with the addition of a top-level engine dynamometer, there is no substitution for real-world on-the-water testing.

For that, SBT maintains it’s own private 40 acre test lake a few miles away. Dubbed “Alligator Pointe,” the test facility is rife with gators and other wildlife as to be expected. Equally, a custom dock arrangement allows for hours of accelerated failure testing, pushing up to four skis at once through intervals of RPMs. Equally, the SBT crew uses a Stalker radar gun for speed runs. All of this is to ensure that SBT is employing the best practices in their engine development and manufacturing.

Below is a video segment from 2009 introducing the then-new engine test facility, Alligator Pointe. It’s a rare inside look at SBT’s commitment to quality, and in an effort to “further improve their engine’s durability and performance over OEM.”

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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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