Do you want to stand-up or sit-down? Are you looking for speed and acceleration or seat and storage capacity? Here are all the differences between Jet Ski, WaveRunner and See-Doo.

I’m pretty sure that many among you refer to all types as a jet ski. However, they are technically known as Personal Water Craft (PWC) or water scooter. Jet ski refers to a brand’s name among a broad range of PWC models. Three notable brands of recreational watercraft are almost always available onboard luxury yachts charter: Jet Ski, Waverunner, and Sea-Doo. Which is the best for you?

Jet ski, yacht charter

Historically, the first PWC prototype was a stand-up model created by Clayton Jacobson II. He licensed some of his patents to Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP). The Canadian company gets credit for introducing the first sit-down Personal Watercraft in the 1960s. But it has limited success.

Not long after the launching of PWC, Kawasaki licensed the patents for a stand-up model. It was the birth of the stand-up vs. sit down PWC argument or Jet ski vs. Waverunner.

Kawasaki Jet Ski

The American Motors Corp. Kawasaki is known for introducing the first commercially successful PWC, called Jet Ski. It has gradually become a generic name for all types of Personal watercraft and stand-up models.

Kawasaki Jet Ski is known worldwide for its high-end performance simulating in many aspects robust and fast motorcycles.

Wave Runner yacht charter water toys

Jet Skis were the only PWC model available before the introduction of sit-down WaveRunner by Yamaha. After witnessing the tremendous success of sit-down PWC, the company decided to start producing sit-down Jet Ski. 

As an expert, I do recommend the stand-up Jet Ski. Use it if you seek extreme fun and an exceptional adventure on the water! You will love it!

Yamaha WaveRunner

In the mid-1980s, Yamaha Motor Corp joined the PWC industry. It was dominated in the previous years by Kawasaki and its stand up models. Yamaha’s line of PWC was a real change in the market. 

Manufactured by Yamaha, the WaveRunner is distinguished for being the first sit-down with one or two-person capacities. After that, the name brand’s name, WaveRunner, has become a generalized trademark for any sit-down PWC. 

So Jet ski vs. Waverunner’s argument is almost the same as Kawasaki vs. Yamaha.

WaveRunner water toys

Faithful to its traditions in motorcycles production, Yamaha WaveRunner is a perfect combination of cutting edge performance and luxury. WaveBlaster and SuperJet are two of the most popular models produced by Yamaha. 

The Yamaha SuperJet is highly regarded among stand-up enthusiasts and stands as a real competitor to Kawasaki Jet Ski. All the models are hand-built in Japan!

Share the fun time with your family and kids with the multiple-person sit-down WaveRunner. Various models of WaveRunner are to be found on board Lauren L, Quantum, Tatiana which are available for luxury yacht charter in the Mediterranean.

Bombardier Sea-Doo

After almost 20 years of withdrawal from the industry, Bombardier Recreational Products came back. It re-entered in the market to challenge the PWC manufacturers. It became a real competitor for Yamaha and Kawasaki.

Produced from 1989 to 2003, the Sea-Doo XP model was a real revolution in the world of PWC. The XP was named Watercraft of the century by Watercraft World magazine. It is the first high-performance version of sit-down PWC.

Bombardier Spark water toys

The success story doesn’t end here. In late 2014, Bombardier launched Spark. They thought it could change the whole industry for being cheaper and lighter in weight while guaranteeing a maximum of fun.

Different models of Sea-Doo Bombardier are available on Seven Sins and Memories Too are some of our luxury yachts available for yacht charter in the Mediterranean and equipped with different models of Sea-Doo Bombardier.

These three companies are currently the most active in the personal watercraft market. They are competing to attract more adrenaline rush enthusiasts among yacht charterers!

Which one is your favorite? The stand-up or the sit-down? The single or the multi-person family craft? Share your experience with us in the comments’ field below?

Water toys and leisure amenities play a crucial role in the choice of boats for a yacht charter. We talked about the novelties in the world of water toys in our previous articles:  the Freestyle cruiser slide, the Seabreacher, and the Jet Capsule.


  1. I like that you described the differences among Jet Ski, Waverunner and Sea Doos in your post. It caught my interest when you said that Waverunners come in different capacities and a multiple-person sit-down type is ideal for those who wanted to cruise the waters with their family and kids. I think spending time at the beach with the family makes a good vacation getaway, most especially if we get a ride with one of those Waverunners around. I’ll have a quick look on those companies renting one so we can get an experience of our lives. Thank you!


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