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The reformed renegade [PWC]
The new generation of PWCs is revising its predecessors’ infamous reputation, and safer, quieter, more environmentally friendly technology means the little jetboat is on the path to redemption.
Largely as a result of tougher environmental regulations south of the border, new PWCs have little in common with their polluting ancestors. For one thing, they’re far quieter. Better yet, the four-stroke and direct-injection two-stroke engines on all modern models are more lake-friendly. Manufacturers have reduced pwc emissions by at least 75 per cent since 1996, says Bob Eaton, director of environmental services for the Ontario Marine Operators Association’s Clean Marine program. Besides reducing air and water pollution, more efficient engines also mean savings at the fuel pump.
Braking and steering features are standard on some models. Bombardier introduced the first intuitive braking sys-tem with its 2010 line. Operators squeeze the brake lever on the handle (much like on a bicycle), which cuts power and reverses the flow of water under the hull. This update improves manoeuvrability at the dock, where it can be used to provide reverse thrust. Similarly, off-power-steering technology, essentially a pair of hull-mounted fins that drop down to enable an operator to steer when the throttle is released, have also improved control.
This article was originally published on January 6, 2011