Personal Watercraft Manufacturer Directory
Do-it-Yourself Service and Repair Manuals for Personal Watercraft
Fix It, – Do It Yourself Service Repair Manuals
Personal watercraft (PWC), are often referred to as water scooters and by trademarked brand names such as Jet Ski (referring to personal watercraft manufactured by Kawasaki), WaveRunner (referring to personal watercraft manufactured by Yamaha), or Sea-Doo (referring to personal watercraft manufactured by Bombardier).
Personal watercraft are recreational vehicles that the rider sits or stands on, rather than being inside a of a boat or hull.
Personal Watercraft Service Repair Manuals by Brand
- Kawasaki Personal Watercraft Manuals
- Polaris Personal Watercraft Manuals
- Sea Doo Personal Watercraft Manuals
- Yamaha Personal Watercraft Manuals
Small and Unique PWC Brands
- American Hydro Ski
- Aquajet Corporation
- Comet Boats
- Conquest Boats
- Freedom Ind/Aqua-Jet
- Hover Dynamics
- Jet N Spray
- Krash Industries
- Laser Jet Performance
- Nar Water Products
- Neoteric Hovercraft
- Nichols Watercraft Lp
- Osprey Hovercraft USA
- Performance Jet Ski
- Pro Jet Zodiac
- S O S Express
- Scat Hovercraft
- Scram Jet Inc
- Sea-Doo BRP
- Sonic Jet Performance
- Surfjet Enterprises Inc
- T and T Ind
- Wet Bike Ultra Nautics
- Wetjet by Mastercraft
- Wetjet International
- Wildthing Watercraft
PWCs have two types of categories,
- The first type and most popular is a runabout or "sit down" style where the rider uses the watercraft mainly sitting down. These watercraft typically hold two or more people
- The second type is a "stand-up" style, where the rider uses the watercraft standing up. Stand-up type personal watercraft are built for one rider and are used more for doing tricks, racing, and in competitions.
Both types have an inboard engine driving a jet-pump that has a screw-shaped impeller to push water and create thrust for propulsion and steering. Most are designed for one to three people, though four-passenger models exist.
The United States Coast Guard defines personal watercraft, amongst other criteria, as a jet-drive watercraft, less than 13 feet in length, in order to exclude conventional-sized jet-boats from this category definition.
Personal watercraft brands are available in five different categories.
- Rec-lite: Rec-lites are the economy version of personal watercraft
- Recreation: These personal watercraft are more stable than the rec-lites, while simultaneously offering similar nimbleness.
- Tow-sports: These personal watercraft are designed for people who enjoy pull sports like tubing and wakeboarding.
- Luxury: The luxury category offers watercraft with the largest engines. Top speed reaches the Coast Guard’s max of 65 mph.
- Performance: This category is designed for those who want to race their watercrafts. If you override the speed controls (which voids the warranty), these machines can hit up to 80 mph in as fast as 3 seconds.
PWC Brands have their own Strengths (and Weaknesses)
Kawasaki is known for speed. If your priority is an adrenaline rush, consider a Kawasaki. They have the most powerful engine in each category. (Which is why they don’t even offer a rec-lite version — their customers want power.) Kawasaki offers features that the other brands don’t, such as built-in speakers and heat-resistant seats. They are the priciest PWC's due to these their higher standard features.
Sea-Doo offers the most affordable pricing. The low price is made possible because their base models are lacking key options. Sea-Doo is an innovator, and if you want specific features on your jet ski for particular uses like pull sports, this brand will be your only option. The Spark Trixx is a perfect example — it not only is affordable, it’s also specially designed for performing tricks.
Yamaha’s strength is their engines and fuel efficiency — they perform well and seem to last forever. They’re also simple to work on, if you’re interested in doing your own maintenance. Maintenance costs saved by doing your own work can be a great attraction. Yamaha safety features include rudders allowing you to turn without acceleration, and excellent braking system that brings the watercraft to a stop smoothly.