These jet drive vessels which are also referred to as water scooters are less than 13 feet in length and often referred to by their trademarked brand names Jet Ski, WaveRunner and Sea-Doo.
Jet Ski is the brand name for personal watercraft (PWC) manufacturer Kawasaki although it is often used generically to refer to any PWC. Yamaha and Sea-Doo build trademarked brand names WaveRunner by Bombardier. Primarily used for recreation, these machines are always fun to ride and use a water jet instead of a propeller.
PWCs generally come in two different types: sit-downs and stand-ups. Stand-ups are geared more towards competitive racing and tricks, and only hold one rider, whereas sit-down models usually hold 2-3 people (sometimes up to 4). There are tons of different models, offering different factors and features to consider like extra seating, storage size, fuel tank size, hull type, handlebar comfort, engine size, the weight of your jet ski and much more. Depending on your intended use for your new water ride, you will have to figure out what model best suits you. For a more comprehensive guide and FAQs, read Jet-skis, Sea-Doos, WaveRunners: Personal Watercraft Guide in our research section.