01-01-2015, 12:50 PM #1
Vicious Rumors And Vile Gossip: Could a Carbon Edition Spark Happen?
Pop quiz, hot shot: what’s the number one complaint people have about the Sea-Doo Spark? Easy. It’s plastic hull. Right, right. It’s not plastic, per se but a “low density and high-impact composite material that includes polypropylene and long glass fiber reinforcements.” But for the layman, Sea-Doo’s proprietary (and recyclable) Polytec material is “plastic.” And whether you’re tuning in to Yamaha’s viral videos, checking out pics of Spark hulls being punctured by the thrust of more powerful runabouts or failed patch jobs, it’s very likely that your faith in a Polytec hull can be a little shaky.
Consider several reasons why Sea-Doo opted to go with the unconventional hull material: 1) weight savings. The molded Polytec hull helps keep the Spark (2-up) just a smidgen over 400 pounds. That’s ridiculously light, especially for a runabout. 2) It’s environmentally friendly. Being recyclable is a very nice thing to have on a resume. And if appealing to young, environmentally-conscious buyers is the goal, being recyclable is a good feather to have in your cap. And 3) It’s cheap. OK, “cheap” is a dirty word, so maybe “cost effective” is more PR friendly. Either way, it helps keep the cost of each Spark down.
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01-03-2015, 09:18 PM #2
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That would be sweet. I don't think 2000 bucks would be too much for the guys here. It would be a viable replacement for a broken hull as well.
01-04-2015, 10:47 AM #3
Obviously, that reduced price for a carbon fiber hull is all predicated upon demand. We figured hedging the demand against how many people are hot rodding and racing Sparks, the likelihood would be greater.
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