“I want the Sea Doo brake.” That’s the refrain repeated at Sea-Doo dealers around the world by experienced riders and beginners eager to own the best – and safest technology on the water, especially for Sea Doo tours. Sea-Doo’s exclusive Intelligent Brake and Reverse (iBR) has been around since 2008 and it’s still gaining momentum. No wonder, because no other watercraft or boat has brakes, so no other manufacturer can deliver the kind of stopping ability I have on my Sea Doo GTX S 155!
Best Sea Doo Brake is A Must-Have…
As an enthusiastic personal watercraft rider, I can testify that iBR is a must-have innovation. What other kind of motor-powered vehicle operates without the benefit of brakes? In most cases, not having brakes or brakes that work is plain dumb, if not illegal. Think motorcycle, ATV or snowmobile – would you ride any of them without brakes? In fact, as anyone who rides these other powered vehicles knows, your ingrained habit is to grab for a left hand brake lever whenever you want to slow down or stop suddenly. Riding on the water shouldn’t be any different and now thanks to Sea-Doo’s first and only on-water brake, it isn’t.
My first time riding with iBR, I got wet. Wanting to see for myself how it worked, I was clipping along at about 30 mph when I slammed on the brake by squeezing the left hand brake very hard and fast. That Sea-Doo came to an abrupt halt nose down and a wall of water swept over me. Convinced that I could virtually stop on a dime (at least compared to PWC’s without brakes), I began to experiment with applying the Sea-Doo brake at various speeds.
With any hard squeeze of the brake lever all the way into the handlebar over 25 mph, I got wet. But that’s better than colliding with something, isn’t it? As with any other powered vehicle, the higher the speed at which the brake is applied, the longer it takes to come to a full stop. So having an on-water brake isn’t a licence to speed or not to be constantly vigilant. But it does provide incredible peace of mind from knowing that if you do get into a tight situation, you have a brake that works like a charm.
Today, using the Sea-Doo brake is as much an ingrained habit for me as on any other motorized vehicle. And that’s exactly how I use it too – integrated into my riding style the same as using the brake pedal in my automobile: a constant and frequent interplay back and forth between brake and throttle to speed up or slow down according to traffic and conditions. When used in this normal way, I never get wet and – knock on wood – I’ve never even come close to getting into trouble.
So I can understand why more and more people are asking for “the one with the brake” – and boy oh boy, are they ever going to be surprised at all the other amazing things iBR does to make riding your Sea-Doo watercraft a breeze, so check out my other product reviews!
The tips and advice in this article are the opinions of the author, may not work in every situation and are intended only for the convenience and interest of the reader, who has the personal responsibility to confirm the validity, accuracy and relevancy of this information prior to putting it to their own use.