Choosing a PWC: An in-depth look at 3 top jet ski brands

There has been enormous growth in the personal watercraft (PWC) market in recent years, with many people taking up this adrenaline-fuelled watersport and many more options of craft becoming available on the market.

There are many brands to choose from, depending on your wants and needs in a PWC. Key players are Sea-Doo, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Belassi, Krash Industries, with exciting electric jet ski options from Taiga and Narke. 

Any jet ski is a great addition but with so much choice in jet ski brands, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming when you're trying to choose the best PWC for you. To help you start to come to a decision, we're going to begin the process by doing a deep dive into three popular choices in this blog; read on to discover more about Sea-Doo, Yamaha and Kawasaki...

What’s the difference between the three brands?

Each has unique strengths and weaknesses to consider, with each having its own advantages and disadvantages. In general, Sea-Doo's prices are very competitive and offer good value for money. This makes it ideal for first-time buyers and beginners. Despite creating innovative and streamlined vehicles at various price points, the low price represents the base model, so if you're interested in upgrading, the price will start to rise quickly.

Yamaha is renowned for reliable, powerful engines. Their models may cost more than a Sea-Doo would set you back, however, they offer a simple mechanical structure that, with some knowledge and research, will allow you to carry out your own maintenance. The fuel economy is also second-to-none, saving you money in the long run. They also offer upgraded safety features, such as the ability to turn without acceleration and intelligent braking systems, making them a great choice for families looking to take their children out on the water.

Kawasaki delivers speed, making it perfect for those looking for an adrenaline rush. Their prices are at the top end of the scale, but with the most powerful engines as well as plenty of upgraded features like heat resistant seats and built-in audio sound systems, the cost becomes a little more palatable.

Tips on Maintaining your Jet Ski

How to choose the right PWC for you...

In the end, every individual is going to want and need different things from their personal watercraft. Before you start shopping, it’s worth considering the following:

  • What’s your skill level? If you’re a complete beginner, it’s worthwhile taking lessons prior to buying your own PWC so that you can get a feel for what you want and gauge your abilities
  • How often do you plan on using the jet ski? Long trips will require a bigger fuel tank or storage, for short trips out racing you’d want something light and powerful
  • What kind of activity do you want it for? Recreation, sports or tricks?
  • What size jet ski are you after? Will you need a one-person jet ski or a four-seater jet ski, for example?
  • What’s your budget? A brand new jet ski can cost you anywhere between £5,000 to £20,000, depending on the features you’re looking for and the type of engine and body you need from your craft. It is important to decide on your budget before you go looking for jet skis for sale, and if it’s the initial cost or lifetime cost that’s most important to you – upgrades and maintenance can add a lot to the overall price
  • How are you going to store and transport it? These are additional costs you need to factor into your budget – you may need a jet ski trailer cover or, indeed, jet ski covers etc.
  • How much is it going to cost to insure your PWC? It’s essential you get the right PWC insurance cover for your craft.

Jet ski insurance

GJW Direct has understood what boat owners want and need from their insurance policies for over 195 years now. As industry experts in marine insurance, we’re trusted to provide our customers with the best possible advice on insurance cover before they venture out on the waves.

When it comes to jet ski insurance, the main benefit of having it in place is that you’ll be covered for almost every eventuality, so that, should the worst happen and you’re involved in an accident, any associated costs for the crafts involved will not fall to you to cover.

Once you’ve found the right personal watercraft and jet ski insurance for you, you’re ready to get out and enjoy the water - but don’t forget to always keep on top of looking after your PWC before and after you take it out for a spin. You can download our guide for top tips on maintaining your jet ski.

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