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On Saturday, I bought a Orange 3UP spark at my local marina. I have gone round and round about this purchase because of the 50 mpg top speed and lack of standard reverse. As it stands, I paid $7,600 (out the door) for the 3UP Spark which includes: the 90 horse HO, pwc cover, and 48 month extended warranty. This is where I should have closed the book, but of course my curiosity got the best of me and I took to Craigslist. Well, I have located a 2013 Sea Doo 130 for $6,800 including a trailer and cover. The owner bought it least year, but needs back surgery this summer so he is selling the watercraft with 12 hours on it. I like that it can hit speeds upwards of 60 mph, has storage, 2 more yearns of warranty, and standard IBR --- plus the first owner took the initial hit.

Still, I think the Lightweight spark will be more playful and fuel efficient. I see myself taking it out a couple times a week so feel costs could get pricey with the 130. I read somewhere that the 130 gets 4 gph at 35 mph cruising or 10 gph when running it WOT. Basically, the Soark is double as fuel efficient as the 130.

Which would you ultimately buy?
 

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Its not really an apples to apples comparison. Depends on what you plan to do- if you want something lightweight to throw around then the Spark is the ski for you. For just cruising around, you may have picked up the wrong one...

I do both on my Spark and its just fine..
 

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I appreciate the reply. Definitely looking for something to throw around (not tour), but concerned the Spark will be too slow. I read a Craigslist listing today for a Spark for sale with 2 hours on it. The listing states, the pwc is meant more for children because it is too slow and struggles to tow anything. Do you find that your Spark moves fast enough?
 

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I have only been out twice with ours since we got them Friday. I have two 2up's, one with HO and IBR. I have found that with the light weight of the spark, it is a blast to throw around and I have rode many different skis. My 2up with HO in sport mode is bad a**. I got it up to 55mph today and I have not upgraded with the Vtech yet. I am definitely impressed so far.
 

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A 130 will not do 60. It would do 54. The spark can be tuned and a cols air intake to produce a 56 mph top speed. I sold a 130 gti to buy the spark. It has 40 more horsepower, but weighs almost twice as much.
 

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I think anyone who thinks a 10 foot watercraft going 50 miles an hour is only fast enough for children should have their head examined.
 

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I think anyone who thinks a 10 foot watercraft going 50 miles an hour is only fast enough for children should have their head examined.
I agree. This speed is fast enough considering how easy it is to throw around becuase of the weight.
 

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Thanks for the information!

I called the marina yesterday and moved forward with the purchase. I pick it up Wednesday and plan to head straight to the river!
 

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I appreciate the reply. Definitely looking for something to throw around (not tour), but concerned the Spark will be too slow. I read a Craigslist listing today for a Spark for sale with 2 hours on it. The listing states, the pwc is meant more for children because it is too slow and struggles to tow anything. Do you find that your Spark moves fast enough?

I came from having all kinds of skis...heavily modded VXR & FZR, SuperJet, and Blaster, but the Spark with the Vtech tune is a f'n blast. It's not a replacement for the Blaster but its a step in the right direction, but at no point have I thought this is too slow. I have the 2 up so I cant speak to towing, but I would think 100+ HP should be fine for towing.
 

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Sounds like you made the right choice OCS. The HO should be alright out of the box for towing/tubing, but the real fun will be if you go tune :D
 

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I agree. Just struggle to justify the tune when already paying for the HO. Do you think there is a noticeable difference and is it worth the money for 19 horsepower?
 

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I agree. Just struggle to justify the tune when already paying for the HO. Do you think there is a noticeable difference and is it worth the money for 19 horsepower?
It's a lot easier to justify on the 60 hp, but still the best upgrade for the money. You can do other mods but to gain 19 hp but you're going to spend some coin anyway you look at it.
 
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