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Outboard, inboard, and PWC jet drives
  • Jet drives use an engine to power a strong water pump. The pump sucks up water and then forces a jet of water out the back of the boat to thrust the boat forward. Directing this jet of water steers the boat.
  • Personal watercraft are the most common type of pleasure craft that use a jet drive.
  • Jet drives also may power larger boats (jet boats) and are used commonly for boats designed for shallow water conditions. Jet boats can have inboard or outboard jet drives.
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