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Personal Watercraft or Jet Ski…which is it?

Many people ask what the difference is between a Personal Watercraft and a Jet Ski which I think is a great question.  The solution is simple.  The term "Personal Watercraft" refers to a category of vessel.  A Personal Watercraft or PWC, is a watercraft that the rider sits or stands on, rather than inside of, like a boat.

PWCs however, have two style categories:

1.  The first and most general Personal Watercraft being a "sit down" or "sit on", where the rider uses the watercraft mostly sitting down and normally holds two or more people (check the capacity plate).  People can also water ski or be pulled in a tube or other inflatable riding device behind these PWC's as long as the volume is for at least three persons so the "tow-ee" can rejoin the driver and spotter on the watercraft.You can also know about NSW General Boat License test by browsing online.

2.  The second style of Personal Watercraft is a "stand up" or "stand on", where the rider uses the watercraft standing up. The standup styles are built for one rider and are used more for doing tricks, racing, competitions etc.., and are not intended for towing a skiier or tuber. 

Now, excitingly enough, the Coast Guard defines a personal watercraft, amongst other criteria, as a jet drive boat less than 13 feet in length, so as not to be associated to the more conventional sized jet boats.

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Henry A. Alvarado

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