BoatWiki - Definitions
Personal Watercraft can be defined as floating devices on which the operator sits, kneels, stands, or lays. These may be either mechanically powered or sail driven. A personal watercraft is also known as a PWC.
Personal watercraft differ from other types of boats or vessels in that the operator rides "on top of" rather than "inside of" the subject device. This would be similar to a motorcycle as compared to a vehicle. Non self-powered flotation devices such as surfboards, wakeboards, paddle boards and water skis are not typically viewed as personal watercraft.
In the marine industry, a personal watercraft is most often referred to as a PWC. Typically indicative of jet skis, these can also include such things as power driven paddle boards or jetpacks.
Although efforts are underway to standardize the definition and regulation of personal watercraft, they are still handled differently by various enforcement agencies. Operators should, therefore, become familiar with local or jurisdictional rules.
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3/1/2022 - Page initiated by Team BoatWiki.