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The best jet skis to buy in 2022

24 November 2021 • Written by Holly Overton

No superyacht worth its salt is complete without a set of jet skis. But with so many options on the market from the biggest names in personal watercraft - with some new electric-powered startups on the scene - it can be hard to know where to start. Let us introduce you to some of 2022's zingy new models...

Yamaha GP1800R SVHO

Credit: Yamaha Marine

The 2022 edition of Yamaha's flagship race-inspired jet ski packs a hell of a punch, pairing a supercharged four-cylinder 1.8L SVHO engine with a lightweight hull for a wave-cutting, adrenaline-pumping experience on the water. The model features a host of racy refinements such as a top-loader intake grate for better acceleration and less cavitation in chop, a ride plate with improved handling, cornering and rough water hook-up, with tilt-adjustable handlebars and automatic trim. A custom integrated audio system is available as extra with twin marine speakers. Two colourways are available in 2022.

From $15,349, yamaha-motor.eu

Sea-Doo Spark Trixx

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One for the daredevils, Sea-Doo's Spark Trixx has been designed to make impressive Jet Ski stunts easier and more fun than ever. A handlebar with an adjustable riser allows you to customise the watercraft to your riding style while step wedges provide greater stability and control for stand-up riding and a variable trim system exaggerates how high you can raise the nose or how deep you can bury it - making your tricks look better than ever. Powered by a Rotax 900 H0 ACE engine, the Spark Trixx also has an intelligent brake and reverse system and Sport and Touring acceleration modes so you get the perfect ride every time.

From $7,899, sea-doo.com

Yamaha JetBlaster

Credit Yamaha Marine

 If Yamaha's 2022 catalogue was presented on a catwalk, the GP1800 would be a suit and the JetBlaster would be streetwear. Sporting vintage styling and a blinding livery, the JetBlaster takes its cues from the revered history of the WaveBlaster to deliver a playful, freestyle riding experience. Wide and elevated handlebars and an electric trim offer riders greater steering manoeuvrability and control while foot chocks positioned towards the stern make submarines, power slides and 360s child's play.

From $9,999, yamaha-motor.eu

Kawasaki Ultra 310LX

Credit: Kawasaki

Kawasaki is set to ramp up production on its jet ski line after unveiling the biggest redesign of its supercharged Ultra 310 platform in 14 years. The 310LX is the flagship of the Kawasaki Ultra fleet, offering all-new launch control, four-speaker audio, smartphone connectivity, a rear deck extension and even a rear-view camera. Beneath the beast lies a liquid-cooled, supercharged 4-cylinder 1498cc marine engine with Eaton Twin Vortices boosting engine output. Other standout features include five-way adjustable handlebars, smart steering for beginners, and a one-touch 5mph mode for "No Wake" zones.

From £21,599, kawasaki.eu

Sea-Doo Wake Pro

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Sea-Doo's Wake Pro Jet Ski is designed as the perfect vessel for wakeboard and waterskiing enthusiasts looking to get out on the water. Key features include a retractable Linq Q Ski Pylon, a wakeboard rack and Ski Mode: an exclusive feature that allows riders to select preprogrammed acceleration and speed profiles for steady ski and wakeboard launches. The WAKE PRO model also delivers industry-leading stability with a wide hull and low centre of gravity - perfect for prepping for a wake run or reboarding from the side. Plus, a fully-integrated 100W sound system lets you pick the perfect track to accompany an afternoon of wakeboarding, skating or foiling. The Wake Pro is powered by a Rotax 1630 Ace Supercharged engine and features Sea-Doo's iBR intelligent throttle and braking system.

From £17,707, sea-doo.com

Sea-Doo Fish Pro Sport

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Launched as the original FishPro, the FishPro Sport delivers a new take on fishing. A wide hull provides an ultra-stable platform with a fishing bench seat designed for comfort while driving or fishing facing sideways and angled gunwale footrests offer lateral stability when reeling in a hefty catch of the day. There are nine pre-set low-speed trolling modes without needing to touch the throttle so your hands a free to fish. The package includes a six-inch Garmin 62cv Fish Finder & GPS, five fishing rod holders, a LinQ fishing cooler for keeping catch fresh on the trip back to the mothership. There's storage beneath the handle for quick-access items like water bottles and sunscreen while an extended platform aft offers plenty of space for boarding and storage. The Sea-Doo Fish Pro Sport is Sea-Doo's mid-range offering between the Scout model built for the occasional angler and the Fish Pro Trophy for fishing fanatics.

From 15,207, sea-doo.com

Taiga Orca Electric PWC

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Having successfully conquered the electric snowmobile market, Montreal startup Taiga has turned its attention to the seas with its first 100% electric watercraft. With its black and white colourway and tail-like seat, you can see why it was named Orca. Powered by a 180hp electric motor, this plug-in-and-play jet ski offers up to two hours ride time with a top speed of 60mph and an 80% recharge in just two hours. Each watercraft also comes with a five-year no-maintenance powertrain warranty. While the model made its debut in 2020, a recent $100M cash injection means that Taiga will soon be ramping up production. Available on pre-order.

From $15,000, taigamotors.ca

Narke GT95 Electrojet

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The Narke GT95 takes the angular design of the Tesla Cybtruck and shapes it into one of the world's first fully-electric production jet skis. Made from carbon fibre, the lightweight hull can carry up to three passengers with smart screen integration and navigation. You can even connect to your phone via Bluetooth. The Narke GT95 harnesses 95hp and 71kW of power from its electric motor for a top speed of 40 knots and a two-hour ride time.

From €47,500, narke.com

Sea-Doo GTX Limited

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Featuring the largest swim platform available on the market, there's plenty of room to hang out on the latest GTX Jet Ski from specialists Sea-Doo. Designed for touring, the model comes equipped with handy extras as standard such as tilt steering, slow mode and a boarding ladder, as well as a watertight and shock-proof cradle with an integrated USB for storing phones and other devices. When you're ready to return home, a huge Rotax 1630 ACE engine will zip you back to the boat in no time, controlled using the intelligent throttle. What's more, Sea-Doo’s unique braking technology also allows it to stop nearly 50 metre before other watercraft would.

From £21,507, sea-doo.com

Yamaha Aqua Cruise

This inflatable battery-powered Jet Ski is perfect for little ones on board. While adults can enjoy the thrill of skipping full-throttle across the ocean, younger members of the party can pootle around for up to an hour thanks to Yamaha's motorised Aqua Cruise. A top speed of 3.2km/h means they'll never venture too far while its propeller is fully locked in a cage for complete safety.

£259.99, amazon.com

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