Personal watercraft have a moniker that dates to the 1960s, when Clayton Jacobsen II took his original Jet Ski design to Bombardier for mass production. Early sales ended up being sluggish, resulting in the craft being shelved for a number of years. Upon the patent being released, however, Jacobsen submitted his idea to Kawasaki, the result of which was the introduction of the first Jet Ski. This watercraft was nimble and agile, and boasted a 400cc engine with convenient handlebar controls.
By the end of the 1980s, the Jet Ski had evolved into two-person watercrafts, some which featured sit-down models. As time passed, they became more modernized, stylish and curvaceous in their design, with upgraded hulls, improved engines and better functionality. In the 1990s, the Sea-Doo entered into production, offering a nimble and sit-down watercraft model that was an instant hit in North America.
Personal watercraft of the present day are offered in a variety of styles with varying engine power and functionality, and can host up to three passengers while coasting at speeds of up to 60 mph.