The First Successful Commercialized Jet Ski or Watercraft

There are countless of available equipment for different water sports activities and they all provide total excitement to people who love adventure. Of course, one of the most popular units includes the different manufactured jet skies on the market today.

Surely, these are among the favorite options for a remarkable water adventure.

If we discuss about the first invested Jet Ski or watercraft in the world, history reveals that the company of Kawasaki created the first successful commercialized unit in 1972. Kawasaki is one of the most trusted companies in Japan when it comes to inventing high quality electric-powered engines in the industry of automotive.

According to the information about the first successful commercialized Jet Ski, they also recognized it as personal watercraft and manufactured by the popular Japanese company almost 45 years ago. This type of important vehicle operates in the water and can accommodate at least 1-2 passengers at the same time, depending on the size.

Kawasaki became the first producer of these types of water vehicles and one of the popular released models is the JS-400 (featuring a 400cc 2-stroke engine). Since then, the market introduced countless of units across the globe from different manufacturers.

History likewise revealed that before the mass production of the famous Japanese company, Norwegian American Clayton Jacobson II is also a pioneer in the invention of Jet Ski or watercraft. In 1965, he designed and created his first Jet Ski made of aluminum. A year after, he then experimented a different unit made of fiberglass materials and not the aluminum prototype.

According to the shared information through thoughtco.com, he made a decision to sell his idea to Bombardier (a popular maker of snowmobile). Unfortunately, the expected plans did not materialize and so Bombardier discontinued the manufacturing after dropping the deal.

In an effort to prove his worth in inventing a high-quality water vehicle unit, Jacobsen approached Kawasaki and agreed to release the designed model in 1972, which they recognized as “Stand-Up Jet Ski.” That time, the unit has a legitimate patent and this gave way to the successful marketing of the popular Japanese manufacturer.

Unfortunately, Kawasaki made a decision to end their partnership with Jacobson in 1976 through a letter of intent sent to him. Because of this untoward incident of ending the contract, both parties battled in a lawsuit and later on the decision favored the Norwegian American Jet Ski inventor when the court remove the exclusive license to Kawasaki.

After almost 10 years, Jacobson agreed with Yamaha Motors and worked as a consultant for the company, as detailed through the published information of Wikipedia.org. The information added that he gets decent royalties from the decade-long agreement with Yamaha.

According to history also, countries like Europe and the United Kingdom had started developing their own water scooters back in 1950s. Some of the invented units that time include the Wave Roller (Germany) and Vincent Amanda (UK). Unfortunately, the full development and manufacturing of the Jet Ski units only flourished during the 1960s and 1970s.

Since then, many Jet Ski or watercraft makers started to show up on the market and introducing their designed units for interested people worldwide. As detailed by Wikipedia, the giant PWC manufacturers as of 2010 only include Kawasaki, Yamaha and Bombardier.

However, Bombardier does not produce stand-up Jet Ski units already.

Surely, the invention of the first successful commercialized Jet Ski started the interesting history of riding and driving a Jet Ski. This type of water vehicle is not popular that the usual motor boat to enjoy traversing the ocean. To date, these types of personal watercrafts are continuously improving and becoming technological with their remarkable designs and features.

 

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