Bombardier Recreational Products is the Canadian company that brought the world the iconic Ski-Doo, the snow mobile listed as 17th on the 2007 Greatest Canadian Invention List. Right behind poutine. Originally founded in 1942 as Bombardier Snowcar Limited, BRP have since branched into vehicles that traverse water that is not frozen with their popular Sea-Doo line. If things become too wet or icy, it appears BRP has our backs. The Ski-Doo is a fairly rugged device, as would reasonably be expected considering its operational conditions. It runs on internal-combustion and is not unlike riding a gigantic chainsaw across an enormous frozen wedding cake.
The above-wave riders of the Sea-Doo line also offer the lovely scent of 2-stroke oil to enhance one’s joy of high-speed nature communion. But their below the water line is strictly electric and comes with much less jostling for the end user or user’s end. Hefty brutes like the Submerge Scooters Magnus are little torpedoes with a single handle over an open-ended spinning propeller. This perhaps reflects the arm and leg that particular model costs. Above and below the waterline, models like the Seabob Cayago F7 are like riding a little Sea-Doo on your stomach and chest.
Zooming in at a fraction of the price, and with abundant style to boot, floats the Sea Doo VS Supercharged Plus. Compact and very aqua-dynamic, this is a sharp looking water-tug well within reach of a wide swath of the market. It is light and easily manageable -- certainly to people used to schlepping SCUBA gear around -- weighing in at 18 lbs. with the battery. The VS Supercharged Plus is portable enough to be launched from a beach for snorkeling though it is clearly in its element completely submerged. Unlike the open-ended Magnus or Hollis H-160, the VS prop is encased in a basket, making it considerably safer for the diver. 3 mph variable speed, 100 ft. depth rated, offering 1.5 hour battery life with nominal use, this one looks like some fun.
The high speed throttle stopped working, then the low speed throttle would cut in and out, then it would only work when you held it upside down.
This Sea Doo is an okay performer and a decent budget scooter . . . battery is a pain to switch out and if you don't do it properly you'll flood it. No battery indicator
We are very happy with them. They perform as advertised and for recreational use diving they are a great size at just 18 lbs.
Got my new battery in and the unit would not work . I pull the left trigger, it would run . . . pull the right trigger, nothing. I sent it back and have not got it back yet.
VS Supercharged has been developed for the serious diver, as it has a much more durable feel, more thrust and and is rated to 100ft./30m . . . a must for the professional.
It is a good buy if you want a budget DPV for casual diving. You won’t be throwing away your money by purchasing this recreational vehicle for casual diving.