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2013 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra LX

The PWC market has been in decline for a number of years, possibly because jet skis have become so gigantic, powerful, expensive and fuel hungry that they've stopped appealing to younger folk. Sea-Doo is starting to turn that around, though, with the release of the Spark. Half the price, half the weight and half the power of a regular midrange jet ski, the Spark delivers 90 percent of the fun of a more expensive PWC in a way that's much more accessible and attractive to newcomers … and burns nearly ten times less fuel than the big boys. If it's newbies the Spark is hoping to attract, then we've got a total newbie on the team to test it. The completely inexperienced Loz Blain and the moderately experienced Noel McKeegan take to the water to see how she goes. Rejoice, dear readers, that Loz didn't fit into a wetsuit, and is thus not depicted in skin tight clothing.

I can hardly stand up today. Several major muscle groups are whining indignantly that they expect several months' notice if they're expected to actually do something again in the future. Other areas are bruised and abraded, I feel like I've been hit by a truck. On top of that, I've sunburned myself to a deep, angry red – particularly on my face, which would make me look deeply embarrassed if it wasn't for the pasty, white raccoon goggles where my sunnies sat.

Yesterday was my first jet ski test, and such are the tribulations of trying new things. What right have I to be doing a jet ski review without ever having ridden one before, you ask? Excellent question.

In the mid-1990s, US Personal Watercraft (PWC) sales sat around 200, 000 per year. These days, you're looking at less than 50, 000, according to BoatingIndustry.com. Even before the 2008 global financial crisis, they were in the 80, 000 a year range. The simple fact is, they're nowhere near as popular as they used to be.

Part of that could come down to social factors. Irresponsible jet ski riders gave the devices a bad rap in the late 90s and 2000s, and many areas enacted new laws restricting where and how they could be used. But another part of the story has to be the direction of their development – bigger, faster, heavier, more horsepower, more expensive.

For a device that's essentially a toy, and serves very little practical purpose unless you happen to conveniently live across a lake from your local milk bar, the cost is hard to justify. A powerful jet ski with a trailer can easily set you back upwards of US$20, 000 – and with well over 200 horsepower on tap from gigantic engines that tend to run flat-out most of the time, they guzzle petrol at a truly frightening rate as well. Not to mention the sheer size of the things – you're giving up a whole large car spot in your garage to store one.

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