Smack on the water!

Kawasaki introduced the fi rst stand-up personal water craft (PWC) in October 1972. It became aninstant success establishing the PWC industry. The design concepts distinctive of these original craft were a fully enclosed impeller for safety and self-righting, self-circling features. The self-circling allowed the rider to swim back to the idling craft after falling off. Kawasaki called them by “WaterJet” and “Power Skis” before they settled on the name Jet Ski.

The term is often used generically to refer to any type of personal watercraft used mainly for recreation.

WaveRunner is a trademarked name and type of PWC produced by Yamaha. Unique to the WaveRunner is the spout of water that shoots
into the air from the rear of the vehicle. Yamaha released the WaveRunner 500 in 1986, the world’s first sit-down type with open stern to remain in production.

Sea-Doo is a brand of PWC and boats manufactured by Bombardier Recreational Products since 1988. Rather than using a propeller to move the craft, it uses an impeller-driven waterjet.

Bombardier had initially offered one of the fi rst sit- down personal watercrafts in 1968, but removed it from the market. It was designed and mentored by Clayton Jacobson II, the developer of the fi rst successful personal watercraft, the Kawasaki Jet Ski.

So how much will one of these bad boyz set U back?

  • SeaDoo is known for making the most affordable jet ski’s on the market. The SeaDoo Spark is the cheapest entry level jet ski available with a starting price around $5,399.
  • Yamaha realized the majority of sales comes from fi rst time buyers, so they created their own budget friendly WaveRunner. The Yamaha EX has a starting price of $6,699.
  • Kawasaki’s cheapest base model the STX-15F has a retail price of $9,699. It’s important to note that their base model is much faster than their competitors.


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