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Whether you’ve owned one before or you’re new to riding a personal watercraft (also known as a PWC), selecting a PWC that best suits your lifestyle and budget requires research and time. To help make the selection process easier for you, we put together these buying tips for personal watercraft.
Start by assessing what you will primarily be using your PWC for. If you’re planning to tow wakeboarders, you may want to get a PWC model that has good horsepower and a large mirror for a good view behind your boat. If you plan on using your PWC primarily for transportation, you may want one with good fuel capacity and storage options.
The size and type of seating on your PWC is also important. Take a look at the types of PWCs below to get a better idea.
1. One Seater – For single riders with a focus on performance
2. Two Seater – More stable than one seaters, these allow you to ride with another passenger
3. Three and Four Seater – Offers room for more passengers and can often be used to tow a water skier, wakeboarder or tube
4. Stand Up – For riders who are more experienced, this type of PWC is bigger and requires the rider to stand while steering
Whether you buy used or new, you should always make sure the seat is comfortable (most models have adjustable seat positions), as this is where you’ll be spending most of your time. Take notice of how it feels when sitting with your hand on the throttle and ensure you can easily see and reach the gauges and switches. The footwells should be comfortable as well.
If you opt for a new watercraft, it’s best to purchase one from a reputable dealer as they will be able to provide the appropriate guidance and documentation such as:
Purchasing a used PWC can be a money saver, but riders should be cautious and look out for any issues before buying. Here’s what to look for when buying a used Jet Ski:
While it’s extremely important to view a PWC prior to purchasing, there’s only so much you can see with a strictly visual inspection. If possible, have a professional mechanic perform a more thorough inspection to make sure you’re making an informed purchase.
Having the proper personal watercraft insurance is an important part of the process as well. Learn more about the available coverage options today.