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1969

ROTAX
ON WATER

Development of the first Sea-Doos with Rotax engines

HAVING CONQUERED THE SNOW, WATER IS NEXT IN LINE

With Bombardier, Rotax too can present itself to a more international public and discover new potential applications. Whilst the Austrian market seems to be largely saturated with engines for agricultural machinery and motorcycles, Rotax’ new Bombardier parent opens up more than just the new snowmobile sector. As a counterpart to the Ski-Doo, Bombardier experiments with the first Sea-Doo watercraft as early as 1968, with Rotax contributing 40,571 single cylinder Type 320 air cooled engines. At 10 kW, the agile sports machines have a top speed of 40 km/h – though compared with today’s machines, this is a snail’s pace. Further development the following year uses a more powerful Type 372 two cylinder water cooled engine. However, contrary to expectations, the Sea-Doo models meet with little enthusiasm and production is halted two years later.

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