Over the weekend, Yamaha Watercraft USA released a pair of upbeat YouTube videos comparing the all-new Sea-Doo’s Rec Lite Spark watercraft to Yamaha’s decade-plus-year-old VX runabout.
In light of the whimsical tone and lightheartedness in the videos – titled, “Sea-Doo Spark: How Much Does It Really Cost” and “Sea-Doo Spark: How Durable Is It?” – they pose a strong comparison between the new Sea-Doo budget watercraft and their tried and true VX three-seater. In the videos, Yamaha’s host points out the Spark’s polypropylene plastic construction, modular design and pricing structure, and other characteristics that ought send up red flags, according to the clips.
Upon their release on YouTube and immediately thereafter on various social media channels, the court of public opinion took the ball and ran with it. There were plenty who sided with Yamaha’s claims as well as those who voiced concern or displeasure with Sea-Doo’s latest entry, while others challenged the comparison claiming the two models aren’t “apples to apples” and even biting back at Yamaha.
Either way, it’s a bold move for Yamaha. Admittedly, The Watercraft Journal’s review of the Sea-Doo Spark was enthusiastic, but in as much as the lightweight, entry-level craft was used and operated within its limits.
Because of the heated nature of this ongoing debate, we are not taking an official position, but rather would present the two videos and let you make your own decision: