Why Should I Buy a Jet Ski?
If you’re reading our blog, you’re more than likely a gear-head. No matter your vice; ATV’s, motorcycles, or anything else… you know how much fun it can be to relieve that need for speed. But, have you ever experienced the fun of speeding on the water on a PWC (AKA personal watercraft)?
We know, we know, you need to think about the cost and get the okay from your spouse. However! If you’ve been thinking about it, or just want to know more, we got you. Here are all of the reasons we think you should consider buying a personal watercraft.
Reasons to Buy a PWC (Personal Watercraft)
There are an endless amount of reasons you should buy a Personal Watercraft! PWC’s are one of the best things you can keep in your garage. However, we can’t write you an article that never ends! So, consider the 6 awesome reasons why we think you (yes, you!) should buy a PWC.
1. PWC = Freedom
It’s why we love motorcycles, and it’s the same reason we love a Personal Watercraft. Whether you’re riding a Jet Ski, Sea-Doo, or a Yamaha Waverunner, being out on the open ocean comes with freedom. Of course, the ocean isn’t a lawless wasteland. There are regulations on how old you have to be to ride, and necessary education.
What it does give you, though, is the freedom of a truly open road. Any direction, any speed, you can set your own course and begin your journey. Or you can just take laps on the shore. It doesn’t matter how you want to ride, you’re going to have a fun time doing it no matter what!
2. Cheaper Alternative To a Boat
There’s a reason you grew up being jealous of the family that had their own boat; boats are expensive. The average price for a new, 22-foot pontoon boat is about $35,000. That’s pretty much the price of an additional car, and that’s not even for anything fancy. If you want a nice fishing boat, it can run you a lot more.
The beauty of a PWC is that you get the same kind of joy from being on the water… but at a fraction of the price. The average PWC price can range from about $6,000 – $18,000 for new models. With how wonderfully fuel-efficient these machines are, the cost of operation is a lot lower too. So it’s a win-win as far as your wallet is concerned!
3. Awesome for Wakeboarding and Waterskiing
Using a PWC for tow sports isn’t something you might generally think of, but PWCs these days are often made with a tow attachment. Or at least with the option to add one. PWCs are just as good for wakeboarding, waterskiing, etc. as a boat is! The possibilities are endless! That being said, towing someone isn’t legal in every state of the U.S. But it is in most, so be sure to check with your state government laws.
Some regulations in place to keep in mind if you do want to use your PWC for tow sports are:
- Personal Flotation Device – A PFD is required by most states for tow sports, which makes a lot of sense. If you’re out in the middle of a lake or ocean, having safety precautions accounted for is important.
- Mirrors – While this isn’t a requirement in every state, it’s a great boon for your safety. Being able to see the rider behind you, as well as anything else behind you, is extremely invaluable.
- Age – Check your local laws on how old a PWC rider needs to be before you start pulling your friends out on the lake. Better safe than sorry!
4. PWC’s Are Good for Your Health
Because your muscles are constantly in action when you’re riding, a PWC can be great for your health. Keeping steady is a constant workout of your core muscles, and staying stable keeps your arms and legs engaged. In fact, riding a personal watercraft can vastly improve your cardiovascular health, improving your heart health! Plus, you burn over 200 calories from just a half-hour of riding.
Beyond your physical health, it’s also incredibly mentally stimulating. Keeping your concentration focused on the water in front of you, you’re improving your attention span and your problem-solving and quick-thinking abilities.
5. Stress Relief
This one goes right along with improving your health. Owning a personal watercraft can help you relieve some of that unwanted stress in your life. We all have it. Whether it comes from your job, your family, or somewhere else, we all carry around a little stress in our lives.
We already talked about what a great workout riding a PWC can be, and because of that, it’s also a great stress reducer. Exercising naturally releases endorphins in your body, the feel-good chemical. So every time you get on your PWC, you’re not just having a good time because you’re ripping through the water at top speed, it’s medically helping you!
6. You Don’t Need a Truck to Tow a PWC
Like we said before, owning a PWC is the cheaper alternative to owning a boat, and towing is a big part of that. You might think that you just sign a check for your boat and you’re ready to go… until you realize you need to get the boat to the water. Towing a boat requires a truck with the right amount of power to be able to get your 22-footer moving on the highway. And if you don’t have the right truck for the job, it’ll make getting the boat in the water much, much harder. To say the least.
You can tow a jetski with just about any sedan. Of course, you are going to need a hitch on your car, and you need to check the manufacturer specifications. But thanks to the PWC, no truck with four-wheel drive will be necessary! Most mid-sized sedans have the capabilities to tow up to a three-seat PWC. It might sound unbelievable, but check out this video of a BMW towing a PWC on the highway.
Are You On the Water Yet?
A personal watercraft is more than just another gas-powered vehicle you have in the garage. It’s a penny-pincher’s boat, it’s a waterski tower, it’s a portable gym and it’s a personal therapist. What else could you possibly ask for? A PWC only wants a little gasoline and a new battery every now and then. I mean, compared to a 22-foot boat, a PWC is a walk in the park. Or… a cruise through the water. You get what we mean. I think we’re all on the same page now.
Be sure to share this with your friend who was thinking about getting one, or your husband that told you no more gasoline-powered toys. If this can’t convince them, nothing will! If you do end up with a PWC, (and you’re in Cali!) be sure to check out our list of the best lakes for jet skiing in the state.