Feeding Frenzy

Author: BoatingWorld Staff
Everybody’s heard the saying, â size doesn’t matter.⠝ But if you’re talking personal watercraft, size does matter — when you’re talking about engine displacement, horsepower ratings, storage, or passenger capacity. Top-line personal watercraft are now expected to take three or more people on day trips, pull skiers and wakeboarders, keep up with almost anything on the water and still deliver such a dry, stable ride that even first-timers can enjoy them. And, all at an affordable price. It’s a tough order, but it’s exactly what Tigershark’s Monte Carlo 1000 is designed to do. The largest â Shark in the school, the Monte Carlo 1000 features room for three passengers on the stepped seat that lets the passengers look over the driver — instead of around him or her. Full-length traction pads provide solid footing and a padded rear grab handle makes deep-water reboarding easier. The Monte Carlo’s handlebars have been adjusted to better complement the driver’s riding position, for more comfort and better control in all situations. A full instrument package — including a fuel gauge with a warning light, a speedometer and an electric trim gauge — is standard. Under the seat is the heart of the â Shark — a 999cc, 115 hp Suzuki triple cylinder engine that’s fitted with three Mikuni accelerator carburetors (which deliver an extra blast of fuel when you hit the throttle for quicker response) and a tuned cast-aluminum exhaust for maximum performance. The standard electric trim and stabilizing sponsons are there to make sure the Monte Carlo’s handling matches its power. Put it all together and what do you get? A pretty decent ride by anybody’s standards. On the water, the Monte Carlo definitely has the power you’d expect from a personal watercraft in this class, with plenty of low-end muscle to get skiers or wakeboarders out of the hole and up on plane. The accelerator-pump carbs do their job, too, providing solid, quick acceleration to throttle commands — with the best response coming in the middle range of the powerband. At full throttle, the Monte Carlo will keep up with just about anything. A super-dry, super-stable ride has always been a Tigershark hallmark, and the Monte Carlo 1000 continues the tradition, with a wide, relatively flat hull. In past years, this hull sacrificed a lot of handling in order to deliver that dry, stable ride — but the stabilizing sponsons go a long way toward correcting that imbalance. The electric trim isn’t really noticeable if you’re riding solo in calm water, but add a passenger or two, or a skier or get into some rough stuff — and suddenly the trim becomes a most welcome feature. Another handy feature, and a Tigershark exclusive, is the electric bilge pump that can be operated manually via a thumb switch on the left handlebar. Just flip it on and it does a great job of clearing the water out of the hull. One thing the Monte Carlo 1000 doesn’t have — but should — is a reverse gate for better maneuverability when launching or docking. With a base price of $7,499, the Monte Carlo 1000 is toward the low end of high-end personal watercraft — at least in price. In performance, the Monte Carlo 1000 definitely holds its own in acceleration and top speed, but it’s still a little off the pace when it comes to handling — as Tigershark continues to value dry stability over razor-sharp cornering. The Monte Carlo 1000 probably isn’t the best choice if you’re a hard-core racer, but if you’re one of the tens of thousands of personal watercraft fans who want a boat that does it all, and does it all pretty well — it just might fit the bill.

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