There’s nothing quite like the thrill of soaring over the water in a Waverunner— the wind whipping against your face, the taste of salty sea water, the feeling of total freedom…
The earliest predecessors to the Waverunner were called “water scooters.” They were produced in Europe in the mid-1950s, and wealthy Americans and Australians imported them. These early models weren’t nearly as fast or precise as modern vehicles, but in the 1960s, Australian motocross enthusiast Clayton Jacobson envisioned a design that he called a “motorcycle for the water.” He quit his banking job to develop his design, which used an internal pump-jet instead of an outboard motor. Within a few years, he completed a working prototype out of fiberglass.
Manufacturers around the world began producing watercrafts based on Jacobson’s design in the early 70s. The first vehicles fit a single rider and required him or her stand. Within a decade, companies began producing sit-down versions, and this design is far more popular today.
Yamaha released its first personal water craft in 1986: the Waverunner 500. Since then, they’ve continued to develop new and improved models. There’s a perfect Waverunner for every person and every type of water!
At Gilligan’s Water Sports, we’re one of the top locations for Waverunner rentals in Destin, Florida. All you need is a photo ID and a boater certification card, and you’re free to explore the Destin Harbor to your heart’s content. There’s no need to even make a reservation. If you’re looking to add some thrills to your beach vacation, be sure to give us a visit.