Sea-Doo Switch price slashed in Australia to below $100,000

The Sea-Doo Switch – an industry-first Jet Ski powered pontoon party boat – has been heavily discounted in Australia after a slow start.

The Sea-Doo Switch – a tri-hull pontoon party boat with Jet Ski propulsion – has been discounted by $15,000 in Australia to a new price of $99,999 drive-away on trailer, dealers have been advised.

The discounted promotional price – which runs to 30 June 2024 – represents a reduction of close to 15 per cent compared to the original RRP of $113,999 drive-away on trailer.

While the Sea-Doo Switch is available in three sizes with a choice of supercharged and non-supercharged engines in the US, there is only one model in Australia.

The Sea-Doo Switch Cruise 21-foot edition is the top model in the range and, in Australia, is powered by a supercharged 230hp 1630cc three-cylinder engine backed by a 110-litre fuel tank.

Unlike other pontoon boats, the Sea-Doo Switch has jet pump propulsion – and handlebars rather than a steering wheel – both of which are borrowed from the company’s personal watercraft (Jet Ski) range.

Despite using Jet Ski power, the Sea-Doo Switch is classified as a boat and therefore can be operated on Sydney Harbour – even though Jet Skis have been banned on the iconic waterway since October 2001.

While industry analysts welcomed the addition of the Sea-Doo Switch to the company’s local line-up, many questioned the astronomical launch price of $114,000.

In the US, the three-model Sea-Doo Switch line-up ranges in price from $US23,699 to $US50,999 before taxes and other charges.

Sea-Doo dealers canvassed by Watercraft Zone say the Switch needs to be priced closer to $70,000 to $80,000 to be a sales success in Australia.

Representatives for Sea-Doo say the Switch has a higher RRP in Australia than the US due to shipping costs. However the $15,000 discount indicates there is plenty of wriggle room in the price.

Watercraft Zone understands Sea-Doo Australia has about 50 unsold examples of the Switch in storage in Australia.

Only a handful have reportedly been sold since the model launched locally last year.

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