The Chicago Boat, RV, and Strictly Sail Show kicks off the 2017 boat show season today through Sunday at McCormick Place’s South Hall.
Attractions for the whole family include live water sports demonstrations, an exciting schedule of fishing and boating seminars, and workshops for adults and children of all ages, and other fun activities dedicated to the boating lifestyle.
One of the highlights at this year’s show is Yamaha WaterCraft and the public debut of their 2017 WaveRunner line that includes the all-new EX Series that starts at $6,599; as well as the latest reincarnation of Yamaha’s legendary GP racing WaveRunner, the new GP1800.
New Yamaha’s EX Series
Starting at $6,599, Yamaha’s new EX Series is super fun and super affordable. Competing against the Sea-Doo Spark, the EX Series comes with a more powerful engine and a fit and finish that you would expect on a much more expensive model.
“The new EX Series is a game changer for the personal watercraft market,” said Bryan Seti, general manager of Yamaha’s Watercraft Group. “There’s never been this much performance, durability, stability, storage, ease of maintenance, and overall fun packed into a watercraft, at this price point in the history of the sport.”
New High-Performance GP1800 WaveRunner
Born out of Yamaha’s deep race heritage, and designed for closed-course racing and experienced high-performance enthusiasts, the new GP1800 is the quickest, fastest, most precise handling WaveRunner that Yamaha has ever designed.
“For a decade, the GP1200 and GP1300R dominated closed-course watercraft racing, making the GP moniker synonymous with speed and winning,” said Scott Watkins, Yamaha’s Product Development Manager. “That’s why we brought it back. This new model delivers levels of acceleration, speed, and handling that change everything we’ve known about what a watercraft can do on and off the race course. Yamaha factory racers are chomping at the bit to get ahold of this new package, and we think performance enthusiasts will too.”