PWC Terminology


At Gull Boats & RV, we know that there’s no better feeling than jetting across the water, catching waves on a PWC (also known as a “Personal Watercraft”). To help point you in the right direction, we’ve created this handy PWC buying guide to help you determine what to buy based on your needs and provide tips on how to care for it.


Personal watercraft are often referred to by many names:

  • PWCs: PWC stands for personal watercraft. They are the overarching term that covers all small recreational watercraft. PWCs come in models both for sitting and standing. PWC may be the general term, but people typically refer to PWCs by their manufacturers.


  • Sea-Doo: A Sea-Doo is a brand name of personal watercraft. Their products have received Red Dot Design Awards and include six different models.
  • Spark: This Sea-Doo model is built with maneuverability and style in mind. Made for pin-point corners and long straight-aways, There is not a lot better for testing the limits than the spark
  • GTX: The GTX can be referred to as the king of all Sea-Doos. With its size and speed, it can simply do anything you ask for it. The GTX offers the most in terms of customization, even as far as converting it to the ultimate fishing platform.

A personal watercraft is a vessel that uses an inboard motor for propulsion via a water jet pump. Models of PWC offer their own specific advantages and benefits.

We have previously mentioned this, but PWCs are often referred to by their riding stance.

  • Stand up PWCs: The original type of PWC, stand up PWCs are smaller, which makes them easier to transport. They also require less maintenance compared to larger, more complex PWC’s. Stand up watercraft are often geared toward more active use, like doing tricks and racing. These PWCs usually fit a single rider.
  • Sit down PWCs: Sit down PWCs are larger than stand up versions to accommodate a more comfortable ride. They can typically fit more than a single rider and can tow objects like rafts or wakeboarders. The performance of sit down PWCs will vary from smooth cruising models to faster, more performance-driven models. These can accommodate up to four riders, depending on the model.

Each of these PWC variations determines the vessel’s design as well as its performance. For instance, some multi-seater models may be geared towards comfort and stability, while other PWC models may be built for speed and performance for solo riders. Knowing how you’ll use your watercraft should influence your final decision. Whatever you decide you want to buy, consider stopping by Gull Boats & RV to see our selection of PWCs!


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