For 2018 SeaDoo DPVs are being rebranded as Yamaha DPVs. The main changes are cosmetic though as inside they are exactly the same as their predecessors. Nut for Nut and Bolt for Bolt the range hasn’t changed, they’ve just had a facelift.
RS1 > 500 Li
The top of the range SeaDoo RS1 will become the Yamaha 500Li. The 500 is rated to 40m with a 3-speed gearbox that can run at up to 7 kmph. The Lithium Ion battery inside is both lighter and more powerful than the lead alternatives running the 500 for up to 90mins.
AquaMate > AquaCruise
The inflatable AquaMate is now the AquaCruise. Made for kids this one is fun to buzz around on the surface with a submerged propellor underneath. Pump it up and fit the motor and handle bar through it and off they go. They can control what direction they go just like a bike and the motor will automatically switch off if the triggers are let go.
RS3 > 350 Li
The 350Li is still in the professional diver range and shares many of the same features as the 500Li just with slightly lower specs. It still has a 3-speed gearbox but with a slightly lower top speed and run time.
GTS > RDS280
The GTS was a powerful recreational DPV and has now become the RDS 280. It’s lead battery can pull you along at speeds up to 4.5 kmph for an hour and a half. in the head is a buoyancy chamber where you can control exactly how the DPV floats or sinks in the water.
AquaRanger > Explorer
The kids DPV the AquaRanger will become the Explorer, a compact dpv made for snorkeling and scuba diving down to 10m.
GTI > RDS250
The GTI has one of the most economic battery life running for up to 2hrs from the single-speed gearbox which is now becoming the RDS 250.
So little has changed from the range of DPVs so if you’re familiar with the 2017 range then you’ll recognise the new Yamaha range, just with new colours, names and where a SeaDoo logo would usually be you’ll find a Yamaha badge.