Tracing the history of PWC Jet Skis is kind of fun. We’ve taken a look at some of the old photos and film clips to see what a has changed over time. The first ride on a jet powered jet ski must have been exhilarating. Can you imagine? Believe it or not, It was done by a bunch of astronauts in a Sea-Doo RXP-X 260. It all evolved from that point in 1968.
Rumors are that they went at a breakneck speed and executed amazing hairpin turns. Or so they thought. Wow! The first PWC was pretty potent with plenty of raw power for its time. Perhaps “they don’t make them like that anymore!” But we do have the modern-day RXP-X ready for you to have the adventure of a lifetime.
The early days
The protype was the 1968 Bombardier Sea-Doo that came in two versions. The inventors, Laurent Beaudoin and Clayton Jacobson II had already found success with their snowmobile. The saucer-like design was short and wide and it was a bit awkward to ride. It was short-lived and turned into the Kawasaki Jet Ski over time. Another direction was taken with the RXP-X.
A tweaked version looked somewhat like a kiddie ride. The modern concept is futuristic, saddle-shaped and has great support. It is surely a cutting-edge design.
The design of the alternate RXP-X continued to change with some longer and thinner models and a more integrated appearance.
What about power?
The real news is below the seat. Once there was an air-cooled 318 cc single-cylinder Totax block engine (made of aluminum) that could move the craft only a modest 18 horsepower. Fuel was contained in a small tank and there were stainless-steel vents on the deck. Engineers kept working on it and improved the pulley system to eliminate slippage. The pull start was later replaced by an electric button. A few years ago, you could roll along at 260 hp, which has since been pumped up to a whopping sixty-seven mph.
You’ve come a long way baby! It takes only 1.5 seconds to reach maximum speed. While you used to skid with the hull pivoting around the bow, you now turn on a dime. Turns are easy as pie, sending up a beautiful wall of spray. The rider has less force on the appendages, allowing him or her to stay the course. Some say it is like a ride on Disneyland’s Space Mountain.
Quite a contrast
There are many points of comparison between 1968 and today, such as the maneuverability in forward, neutral and reverse. It was at first rudimentary with a push-pull knob and mechanical reverse had to wait until 1990, a long time after. Functionality in the PWC has come a long way, particularly in the last few years.
With the Sea-Doo and the Yamaha, the directional systems are electronically controlled. It is a highly intuitive and ingenious proposition so that the driver’s hands can remain on the handlebars. No need to look down. Why? Because you have an electronic throttle that engages cruise control or no-wake mode. You can lock in your speed instantly and never have to hold a trigger throttle so long.
When towing skiers, cruise control is ideal and helps eliminate the inevitable surges from a throttle. A tap of a button achieves the acceleration curves desired and you can even request an eco-setting for fuel economy.
In the old days, the old model Sea-Doo used two encoded lanyard switches (one to control speed) while the modern RXP-X uses a lanyard-style cutoff unit. There are advancements in directional control to avoid collisions and improve turning. Noise and emissions issues have been addressed with a quieter engine featuring vibration-absorbing parts. It is good to note that the modern PWC has the cleaning engine on the water.
The old 1968 engine was air cooled; but that changed quickly in one year to water cooling. That has remained the standard with the final version being a closed cooling system with a ride plate functioning as a heat exchanger, which helps eliminate debris and other contaminants.
This brief overview of the evolution of the PWC should indicate how exciting the sport has become and how advanced. It’s faster, safer, and more enjoyable than ever before!
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Moore ATV Rental Accidental Damage Waiver
We offer an ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE WAIVER for $25 PER ATV – The Accidental Damage Waiver is NOT insurance. It simply affords you limited protection against your liability to the owner of the rental unit for physical damage of the rental equipment while in you care. If a Damage Waiver is purchased and you damage the rental unit, you would ONLY be legally responsible for any and all damages up to the full amount of the damage deposit paid to repair the rental unit – instead of the entire out of pocket costs. Damage Deposit, specified amount up to $1,000 PER ATV, Credit Card information will be held and NOT charged, unless damage has occurred to ANY ATVs while ATVs are in your care. If all is well when you return the ATV at the end of your scheduled time and no damage has occurred, damage deposit per ATV will NOT be charged.
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EXAMPLE: ATV HAS COLLISION AND THE WHEEL GETS BENT AND PLASTICS ARE BROKEN. THE REPLACEMENT COST WOULD BE CLOSE TO $550. WITH A DAMAGE WAIVER PURCHASED, THE ONLY CHARGES ARE THE $150 DEPOSIT. THIS WILL SAVE $400 JUST IN PARTS.
WAIVER DOES NOT COVER LOST OR STOLEN ATVs OR ANY DAMAGE CAUSED BY MUDDING, JUMPING, RACING, SINKING, FIRE, TIPPING, ROLLING OR ANY OTHER VIOLATIONS OF THE GENERAL RULES OF OPERATION AND SAFE USE.
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If there is any damage upon your return, we will provide a written estimate for repairs within 24 HOURS. This includes parts, taxes, labor and rental down time. Any damage to a part constitutes full replacement of that part.
We will notify you of the estimate and then charge the credit card used for your deposit unless other payment is arranged. If your credit card does not have enough funds to pay the the replacement cost, you must pay in cash or wire transfer WITHIN 24 HOURS OF RECEIPT OF ESTIMATE.
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Prior to departure and upon returning of the rental, we will inspect the machine with you and note any damages. During your rental, you are legally responsible for any and all damages to the rental that occurs while in your care.
If all is well when you return the ATV at the end of your scheduled time and no damage has occurred, damage deposit per ATV will NOT be charged.
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Upon arrival to Croom, you will meet with Rick, he will go over the ATV, safety and provide all required documents – Please read and sign Rental Agreement, Accidental Damage Waiver and Release of Liability, in which ALL MUST be signed, to rent and operate any ATVs.