The Story of the Jet Ski

Invented by Clayton Jacobsen II, Jet Skis are the first watercraft its kind. Kawasaki became the pioneer in the industry and they were the first to release and mass produce the vehicle. Later during the developmental stages, Kawasaki released the model JS-400 with a 400cc two-stroke engine. This event then lead to the eventual success and recognition of this new vehicle in the sports world. Depending on the model, a jet ski can accommodate one to four people. Initially developed as a personal watercraft, jet ski has now evolved into a sports and transportation vehicle. The one-person model bolstered the popularity of jet skis and this caused manufactures to mass produce similar watercraft to cater the growing market. Originally, the design was meant for crouching and standing on a platform located near the rear of the craft. However, innovation led newer models to provide the flexibility of varying positions with novel designs. These new designs added steering columns that allows vertical and horizontal movements. All these added to the rider's freedom of movement and ability to adjust to wave actions. The jet propulsion system, being the main reason why jet skis so named, was the most innovative addition to personal watercraft. This works by driving water into a tube attached to the craft which is then ejected in the rear, thus creating a jet effect. This same tube in jet skis is also capable of moving horizontally from side to side, which helps a great deal for steering. The power system of jet skis is an ideal one for personal watercraft providing both safety and speed. External propellers are not found on jet skis, so riders need not worry about risks associated with propellers. While jet skis have become the generic name for personal watercraft designed through following the general outlines and use of the first jet skis, it would still be good to note that Jet Ski is the trademark of what Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. first produced some decades ago. The term Jet Ski is also commonly used for personal watercraft versions that are equipped with hand poles, such as the stand up jet skis.


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