Sea-Doo Explorer Pro and FishPro Trophy

Mark Rothfield
Can one Sea-Doo hull tackle two very different roles?

Through intelligent design and some key innovations, Sea-Doo has taken its all-purpose ST3 jet ski hull and tackled two very distinct markets where recreation is a serious matter.

In the Explorer Pro’s case, it’s the adventure/wilderness sector. The FishPro Trophy, conversely, will spend its time offshore or in estuaries serving as Sea-Doo’s top-shelf fishing offering.

Both employ the same naturally aspirated Rotax 170hp powerplant, so there are commonalities with construction, fuel capacity and other fundamentals. They diverge, however, with the key features and cost.

The Explorer Pro is a PWC pioneer in the outdoor niche, with long-range capabilities, enhanced rider comfort and storage capacity. Most notable is a raked acrylic windscreen, an Australian-conceived addition that has been hailed as a masterstroke by many yet considered sacrilege by others.

It greatly enhances ride comfort, and effectively extends your riding season by deflecting spray, rain and cold air. And if you don’t like it, remove it.

To reduce the chance of a rider face-planting into the screen’s upper edge while standing, Sea-Doo has provided a height- and tilt-adjustable telescopic column for the handlebars. The screen also unclips if struck with force.

In addition, the adventure model offers a class-leading 199lt of storage, while cargo bars surrounding the bow serve as tie-down points. 

Aboard the FishPro Trophy, the livery switches from lime-accented dark grey to a cooler ‘shark grey and orange crush’ scheme. Then come the big-ticket items, led by a modular, pedestal-mounted seat that affords the angler exceptional freedom and comfort.

The LinQ-mounted 51lt icebox is equally versatile, being plumbed as a livewell. You could also fill the icebox with drinks then walk it ashore for a beach party.

The ST3 hull has ample form stability and displays the easy-riding attributes required for long-haul adventures. The 170hp engine sensibly prioritises range and reliability over acceleration and top speed.

The engine reaches 7200rpm for an 47.5 knots (88km/h) top speed. Eco mode reduces this to 5000 rpm and 27 knots (50km/h). While cruise range varies according to conditions and riding style, reports suggest that around 140km (75.6nm) is standard.

As jet ski fishing explodes in popularity, the Trophy takes the sport to the next level, while the Explorer Pro has the outback frontier in its windscreened sights. So … can one hull tackle two very different roles?

Definitely yes, because Sea-Doo hasn’t sold either audience short by randomly raiding the options bin – intelligent, nuanced thinking permeates both models.

Price correct as of 23 February 2024

  • Explorer Pro priced from: $28,364
  • FishPro Trophy priced from: $30,364
  • Length: 3.73m
  • Beam: 1.25m
  • Weight: 416kg
  • Fuel capacity: 70lt
  • Power: 170hp Rotax 1630
  • A full review of the Sea-Doo Explorer Pro and FishPro Trophy ran in the February-March (Volume 39.1) issue of Club Marine Magazine.
  • Visit Sea-Doo Australia for more information.
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