CHAPTER 6: Other Water Activities &
The Marine Environment
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT AND OTHER JET-PROPELLED WATERCRAFT
OPERATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF PWCs
A personal watercraft (PWC)vessels less than 16 feet in length that use an inboard engine powering a water jet pump as their primary source of propulsion, designed to be operated by a person sitting, kneeling, or standing in other than the conventional manner of boat operation. is propelled by an inboard enginea motor fitted inside the vessel. powering a water jet pump. The pump draws water in through the bottom of the boat with an internal propellera rotating mechanism that propels a vessel through the water. (impellera rotor inside a tube or conduit to increase the pressure and flow of a fluid.), and pumps high volumes of water through a nozzle at the rear of the craft, producing a powerful forwardaboard a boat, the direction to the front, to the bow. thrust. A PWC is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing, or kneeling on the craft. Most PWCs are designed for two, three, or even four people.