Few things assert I’ve made it like a couple of personal watercraft (PWC) parked in your garage. Along with droptop Porches and maybe a Harley, they’re a perfect symbol of freedom and success. And no company does PWCs like Sea-Doo. So, when it recently announced the debut of its “first dedicated adventure model,” we were all ears.
The all-new 2023 Explorer Pro 170 can go farther, more comfortably, and with more gear than any watercraft in Sea-Doo’s history. According to Tyler Krebs, Sea-Doo Product Specialist, the 170 “is custom designed to unlock inspiring new destinations for water lovers.” Practically speaking, the powerful, compact design is purpose-built to get into areas that even the smallest power boats can’t. That opens up a whole new world for anyone who loves exploring far off the beaten path, whether fishing and boating or hiking and camping.
The 170’s V-shaped ST3 hull is arguably the most stable platform in the industry, with incredible open-water handling for extended offshore rides. An extra-wide stance makes for easier boarding and moving around while on the water. The unique handlebar design adjusts positions from low (for sit-down cruising) to high (for stand-up riding) in seconds, so it adapts to your riding needs. Additional comfort features include the Explorer Touring seat with over an inch of extra padding in key areas and knee pads for more control and comfort, especially on long rides. The industry-first touring windshield also helps minimize rider fatigue from wind, water, and weather.
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It’s all powered by a Rotax 1630 AC-170 powerplant pushing 170 horsepower—the most powerful naturally aspirated Rotax engine ever dropped into a Sea-Doo PWC. With boatloads (pun intended) of torque to boot, it’s more than capable of towing, lugging around days’ worth of gear (nearly 100 liters of built-in storage plus a rear deck extension to stow even more), and hauling you and two of your friends.
A tech package rounds out the long list of convenient features. The centerpiece is a crisp, 7.8-inch color display with built-in Bluetooth, USB, and mobile app integration, so you can access music, weather reports, and navigation without leaving your seat. An optional upgrade adds 100 watts of audio via a fully integrated BRP Bluetooth Audio Premium system. Anglers can also opt for a bolt-on Garmin Fish Finder and chartplotter with a dedicated 7-inch touchscreen.
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The 2023 Sea-Doo Explorer Pro 170 is now available for pre-order with a base price of $16,799. Add all the required taxes, fees, charges, and optional tech features—because: why wouldn’t you?—and you’re looking at north of $18,000. But can you really put a price tag on this much fun?
Mike Richard has traveled the world since 2008. He’s kayaked in Antarctica, tracked endangered African wild dogs in South Africa, and survived a near-miss great white shark attack in Mexico. His travel advice has appeared on the websites for Forbes, Travel + Leisure, CNET, and National Geographic. He loves the great outdoors and good bourbon, and (usually) calls Tulsa, Oklahoma home. Mike also enjoys speaking in the third person.