Latest & Greatest: March 2003

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A PWC Built for Three

By Capt. Patrick Sciacca — March 2003

   
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The family that rides together stays together, unless, of course, you take a sharp turn. Do that and everyone gets to practice the doggy paddle. However, Kawasaki's latest PWC, the STX-12F, is geared to keep everyone onboard.

That's because this three-person craft has "tip-over" protection. If it heels more than 61 degrees, the engine automatically shuts off. This keeps everyone seated, and even if someone gets dunked, with the engine off the STX-12F will not take off like a wild horse.

However, this 717-pound stallion can move with purpose (55-plus mph) when you want it to thanks to a modified, 1,199cc, four-cylinder, four-stroke motorcycle-derived motor. In fact, this PWC is said to be powerful enough to pull waterskiers and wakeboarders.

The STX-12F is available through Kawasaki watercraft dealers and retails for $8,499.

Kawasaki Phone: (949) 770-0400. www.kawasaki.com.

Is there a piece of gear you would like to know more about or see PMY put to the test? Write to Latest & Greatest, Power & Motoryacht, 260 Madison Ave., 8th Fl., New York, NY 10016. Fax: (917) 256-2282. e-mail: patrick_sciacca@primediamags.com. No phone calls, please.

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This article originally appeared in the March 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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