condition: excellent engine hours (total): 170 length overall (LOA): 11 make / manufacturer: Honda model name / number: AQUA TRAX F-12 propulsion type: power year manufactured: 2002
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2002 Honda AQUA TRAX F-12
Looking to buy one of the clean-burning new-technology personal watercraft? Check out the Honda 2002 four-stroke. You heard right. The same company that breathed life into the lean-burning CVCC Civic automobile engine back in 1973 is helping lead the way into the future of low-emission high-performance PWCs.
Starting from a clean slate enabled Honda engineers to rethink the total PWC package. Development of the AquaTrax hull focused on incorporating three key areas: turning, stability and ride comfort.
Honda wanted turning characteristics that allowed an intuitive riding style similar to riding a motorcycle. Stability was also of paramount importance, and this quality had to include stability in turns as well as straight-line stability at speed. Creating a comfortable PWC with quick-planing ability and a plush ride was equally important, because there's nothing enjoyable about enduring a jarring ride over choppy water.
A deeper deadrise in the AquaTrax hull shape yields a soft, smooth ride, but it also requires more power to accelerate the craft up to planing speed quickly. Therefore, both models incorporate fuel-injected four-cylinder 1,235cc four-stroke engines designed specifically for marine use.
In normally aspirated trim, this large displacement engine pumps out a remarkable 125 hp, plus plenty of torque for quick acceleration and strong towing. Add the intercooled turbocharger found on the F-12X model, and Honda's new top-of-the-line watercraft ups the ante to an amazing 165 hp -- enough muscle to light up the eyes of even the most jaded PWC rider.
Add an abundance of convenience and comfort features -- such as generous storage areas, easy-to-read instrumentation, quiet operation and a plush ride for up to three riders -- and you've got a dynamic duo perfectly suited for a day of exhilarating fun or laid-back cruising.
Honda addressed the importance of safety by incorporating an electronically controlled off-throttle steering (OTS) system, which helps turn the craft in certain conditions even when the throttle is closed. There's also a selectable limit mode that provides a lower top-speed setting -- ideal for beginning riders, borrowers and rental users.
The AquaTrax F-12 meet the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) stringent 2004 two-star "very low emissions" requirement, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2006 emissions standards. They can be ridden everywhere in the United States that is open to PWCs.