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  • Jet drives propel a boat by forcing a jet of water out the back of the boat. Directing this jet of water steers the boat.
  • Personal watercraft are the most common type of 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.
Outboard, inboard, and PWC jet drives
Jet drives use an engine to power a strong water pump, which sucks up water and then forces the water out the back to thrust the boat forward.