Living: Trouble In Their Wake

"Personal watercraft" can create a public nuisance

Come summertime, there are two kinds of water people. There are the swimmers, surfers, scullers and sailors, who take to the sea under their own power or at the wind's mercy. And then there are those who harness horsepower, turn a key and roar across the waves. The naval battles between the two types have gone on for years, as sailboats topple in the wakes of motorboats. But this year the most visible -- and audible -- combatant promises to be one of the smallest and peskiest of them all: the "personal watercraft," better known by Kawasaki's trademark Jet Skis. "Everyone...

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