A personal watercraft is a small, motorised craft, designed to travel across water.It is more commonly referred to as a ‘jet ski’ – thought that term is actually trademarked by Kawasaki, a company most famous for its line of performance motorcycles.A PWC can be used both out at sea and on inland lakes, and they are popular among thrill-seekers – in this article, we’ll examine the reasons behind this popularity.
There can be little doubt that PWCs provide an exhilarating experience.PWCs are extremely manoeuvrable – not to mention fast – especially when compared with the other options available.Even a speedboat cannot hope to match the acceleration and top speed of a PWC; the very latest models can easily reach speeds of 100mph and more.What’s more, you’ll be close to the waves in a way that a boat could never offer.As such, a PWC offers an adrenaline rush which is unparalleled elsewhere.
They’re easy to use!
One of the most significant advantages of a jet ski over other forms of aquatic transport is its ease of use.Many people who might consider going out onto the water are deterred from doing so by the enormous time investment required by some forms of sailing.This deterrent simply is not present in the PWC – you simply have to sit on it and point it in the direction you wish to travel.If you’ve already mastered the car or the bicycle, then a jet ski should be well within your abilities.
Unfortunately, even the simplest of sailboats are extremely complicated beasts, which require a great deal of training to be able to use properly, and a great deal more to totally master.For some, this is part of the appeal of learning to sail – for others, it is a huge negative; this is supposed to be fun, after all.If you fit into the latter category, then perhaps the Jet Ski is worth it for you.
Since PWCs are a great deal smaller than boats, their cost of manufacture is proportionately lower.If you compare a speedboatto a PWC, the differences are enormous.While a speedboat can cost more than £20,000, you can pick up a quality PWC for as little as £5,000.For this reason, a jet ski is seen as a
They’re easily stored
If you aren’t lucky enough to live near the water, then storing a boat can be hugely problematic.Even if you do, then trying to secure a place to store it on the water can be an expensive business.In the case of a jet ski, these problems are vastly ameliorated – a jet ski can fit inside any decent size garage, with room to spare!
If you’d prefer not to buy a jet ski, then you could always rent one.There are many advantages to doing so.You will not have to worry about storing your PWC, neither will you have to worry about fuelling it.This option can be particularly attractive to occasional jet-skiers.
In fact, renting is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with the world of the Jet Ski before you dip your hand into your pocket.Fortunately, there are many places you can go in Britain to get a day’s worth of jet-ski experience – many of them on the south coast, where the climate is mercifully warmer – particularly during the summer.
It is obviously unwise – and dangerous – to simply rent a jet-ski without having the first idea of what to do with it.You will first need to undergo some training.It is imperative that this training is performed by qualified instructors, who know what they are doing.
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, then why not make a day of it?Similarly, if you know of someone who might like to have a day out on a jet-ski, then you might consider indulging them – as well as having a little fun yourself.
Southampton-based sailing company Coastal Pursuits offer full day’s-worth of instruction to parties as large as ten.The morning begins with a couple of hours of supervised jet-skiing for the party.By the afternoon you’ll be taken on a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) to the Isle of Wight, where your entourage can discuss the day’s excursions over a well-earned drink.The entire trip is priced at just under a thousand pounds, and can accommodate up to nine-guests.Booking arrangements can be made with a visit to coastalpursuits.co.uk.