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The History of Personal Water Craft

Personal Water Craft or PWC’s are known by many names; “jet ski”, “wave runner”, “sea doo” and more, but how much do you know about them?

Over the past several decades, these machines have seen significant changes in design, handling, safety and technology. Did you know that the original crafts, prior to the 1980’s, were designed to be ridden standing up only?

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1987 Yamaha WaveJammer

The WaveJammer 500 (Marine Jet 500S) debuted as the world’s first sit-down type solo riding PWC.
The combination of a fixed steering column and small hull made this an extremely agile model.
Its concept would later be carried on by the WaveBlaster models.


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2019 Yamaha EXR
The high-performance EXR is the most powerful and lightweight Rec Lite watercraft in 2019. Powering the EXR is three-cylinder TR-1 HO marine engine that comes with a modified engine control unit (ECU) that increases horsepower by ten percent compared to the rest of the EX line.
The EXR features Yamaha’s high-performance, super-lightweight NanoXcel 2 hull and deck material, and also features a top-loader intake grate and a 40mm pump extension for more agile handling and performance.

Today these versatile crafts come in a range of configurations with different combinations to suit everyone’s individual needs. The features are extensive and varied, including:

  • Designed for single or up to four passengers
  • Super-efficient, economical and high performance engines
  • Varied hull design and weighting for safety and stabilisation variables
  • Leading edge navigation, fuel and engine technology
  • Numerous fishing equipment and storage options
  • In built and bolt on audio, sonic and bluetooth options
  • Many more

The portability and manoeuvrability of modern PWC’s make them a great introduction to water craft ownership.

Are you thinking about buying a PWC? Check out our PWC FAQs article here.