PWC 101: Getting to Know Your Craft

Terminology and PWC operational characteristics has teamed up with to give prospective personal watercraft enthusiasts the tools they need to get started.

This is the first article in a four-part series that we hope will teach potential PWC riders the basics about their craft and how to ride safely on the water.

Boat Terminology

These first videos are all about basic terminology for all boats. Each end and side of the boat, its length and width, and its accessories have specific terms. Every boater should be familiar with these terms before operating a boat.

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Operational Characteristics of a PWC

While seasoned PWC veterans are no doubt aware of what makes their craft go, those thinking about getting into the sport could find this video rather enlightening. The video explains how a PWC is propelled and how it generates its power.

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