Jet boats are as unique as they come and are propelled by jets of water ejected from the rear of the boat. This makes it different from other boats such as powerboats and motorboats, which rely on external propellers underneath the frame or at the rear. However, a jet boat makes use of the water when it draws it through intake, and via a pump which extends inside the boat. This water is then expelled from a nozzle at the stern.

The jet boat is powerful and very versatile, and many can reverse and come to an abrupt stop, even when on high speed. This is known as a 'crash stop' because of the nature of the maneuver. Further, jet boats have no ceiling when it comes to size and the engineering capabilities they can be fitted with, although their validity largely depends on what they are used for.

If you're keen on new runabouts, you'll come across many jet boat options to choose from. However, the beautiful appeal of the jet boat doesn't mean you shouldn't consider their merits and demerits, as with all kinds of boats.

When you want to select your jet boat, give genuine thoughts to how much it costs, and subtract 30% off the amount you're willing to pay for it. That extra amount comes in handy for any maintenance problems that may occur. Secondly, inspect all boats for leaks before buying. A thorough check for leaks is essential and should be dealt with immediately. If left unchecked, mould will become a big issue to the extent of making your boat unfit to live in.

Those who love jet boats point out the following benefits and advantages:

1  Safety - Many people have the opinion that jet boats offer more safety than a prop-driven boat, especially with the jet pump enclosed. Also, a whirling prop is absent, and there is no bulky hardware that could cause harm to skiers or swimmers. The fact is that boating is a safe activity irrespective of the power plant in use. However, knowing there's no propeller down under gives people and parents, in particular, that bit of assurance and eases their safety concerns.

2. Draft - Any boat with a jet drive has a superior draft advantage above others. A jet's draft is only the depth of the hull on it which is different from a stern drive boat. This feature enables them to thrive in shallow waters without issues. Again, there's less worry about running aground or drive-damage in shallow waters.

3. Acceleration Jet boats are speedsters and can plane at faster rates with little bow rise. That's why they have a superior visibility advantage since the captain seldom loses sight of what is ahead of him because the boat comes on a plane fast. Further, on some propeller-driven boats, a captain or driver can lose a great deal of forward vision lasting between three to four seconds. With an instantaneous throttle response, you'll experience the thrill of acceleration only jet boats can give. Other propulsion systems are much slower and can't equal a jet boat.

4. Handling - This is a feature of the jet boat others can't match! It's likened to a sports car for the handling experience. Whether you're all grown or not, jets have a ride that sets off our inner teenager. Thanks to the thrust that can be redirected instantly, with the quick and nimble nature of the jet. With one quick jerk and a stab of the throttle, other boats will be left behind even by the most average of jet boats. Again, most jets won't bank as hard as others, thus giving the driver that feeling of control.

5. Freedom - The allure of the sea, coupled with the joy of living civic and cultural expectations, is a thrilling aspect common to all generations. You'll have the time to hang out with cool people and go to surreal places that reinvigorate your mind and life.