This post is about accidents. I’ll pause while the industry as a whole utters a collective groan. It’s not a popular subject when you’re trying to sell personal watercraft, and certainly not a popular one when the mainstream media has already raked you over the coals for a portion of the summer. But it’s a subject that needs to be addressed, not only to understand the cause, but also to learn what we can do to keep all boaters safer in the future.
Sea-Doo has generated plenty of buzz over the past couple years for its Intelligent Brake and Reverse (iBR) system. The Clif Notes version for those unfamiliar with the technology? iBR uses a modified reverse bucket, linked to a handlebar-mounted lever.
Several years back I penned a story for Boating titled "Nature’s Favorite Boat". At the time the magazine’s choice — a personal watercraft — was probably meant to stir up just a little bit of controversy. But it was also meant to point out that, despite their sometimes less than stellar past reputation, today’s personal watercraft were in reality at the forefront of many issues.