To be eligible for the Wake of Fame Historical Personal Water Craft Registry a PWC must be significant in association with production model, year, type, condition and quality, rarity and function. To be considered such a significant personal water craft, submissions must meet the registration criteria.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Wake of Fame Historical Personal Water Craft Registry is to promote the future historical significance of this power boat, authentication and cultural preservation.

What is a Personal Water Craft?

A personal water craft (PWC), is a recreational watercraft that the rider sits or stands on, rather than inside of, as in a boat between 1 and 4 persons depending upon the production model, and make. PWCs have four style categories, and engines are either, two or four stroke or electric motor.

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To determine the collectible status of Personal Water Craft where no status had existed before, official categories had to be generated. These categories fall in compliance in some areas of categorization according to vehicle collectors club standards already in practice.

Four categories were determined to be appropriate by age or type:

1. Antique

2. Vintage

3. Classic

4. Historic

Qualifying Vessel Types

1- Stand Up

2- Sport

3- Runabout

4- Sport Utility Vessel

We began with a studied review of when the personal water craft concept first appeared in the modern power boating era. There were several inventors who had created conceptual product prototypes but never made it into the production era.

From this review our analysis data place our beginning era in the year 1950. From this production timeline we adapted the legacy heritage footprint and defined the subsequent years in 4 distinct roles.


Submitted applications for scrutiny review to be entered into the nomination process will receive the following:

    • Certificate of Authenticity
    • Sticker
    • Letter of Inclusion
    • Entry into the Historical Database
    • Identity Card

Wake of Fame – Vessel Authentication Category

The definition of Antique will be defined from the years 1950-1979 of design, manufacture and serving as the first years of production models that jump started the “Jet Ski’ movement. At this time beginning in 1972 the Jet Ski was being shaped into a new boating sensation that altered the way we enjoyed the power boating experience culturally. The public was enthusiastic with this product whereas predecessors were too far ahead of their time and not favored by the general public, but considered novelty.

Collecting is considered a hobby by enthusiasts who are devoted to the attraction of personal watercraft from either an emotional intrinsic value, historical significance, or nostalgia.

Some people are drawn to collecting Personal Water Craft for the affordable low prices, applying their own craftsmanship and their personal experience to the overall project.

The market trends set the popularity for collecting. The level of collector’s investment is determined by the condition and the production models still in existence, the rarity and production number and model corresponding with the year of production.

Personal Water Craft that were made in smaller numbers may be more difficult to obtain and possess a higher value. Older models may have been produced in higher quantities so their value may not be as inflated.

Older model Personal Water Craft do have safety issues due to the production age and the age of internal components. Rubber hoses, plastics and gaskets may break down over time and varies if the vessel was stored indoors or outdoors and the region it came from.



The antique era of the personal water craft world began in 1950 and ended in 1979. These were the years of discovery, design, testing and wonder. Wondering if these product were going to make it from the curiosity factor to the sales pitch and out the door in the hands of a new enthusiast. Some models are rare, and many only exist in photos and old news articles, and a few are barn finds and have been reconditioned.

An older model personal water craft increases in personal satisfaction and value in the beholder’s position because of nostalgia, reminiscing about the ‘good old days’, acquiring a PWC that you couldn’t afford at the time, a collector, or investment or simply because collecting is great fun and a sense of pride!



An older model personal water craft that was manufactured during the heyday of the product line distribution. Primarily a Kawasaki Jet Ski, Wet Bike, Yamaha Waverunner, Wet Jet, Thunder Cat and many others. This was the growth experience of personal water craft. Water ways were strewn with PWC’s and access began to change, racing was increasing with a passionate group of fans.



Older model personal water craft with enough historical interest, no longer produced and worth restoring rather than destroying. This was the era of runabouts. The sit down crazy began to push back on the founding stand up platforms and racing rose and declined during this period. This was also the transitional time of friends, family and touring.


Any Year

Any year of production, model or make that has made a significant contribution to competition, movie or film work, or creative customization modifications. It may be associated with events that make a significant contribution to the broad patterns of history. Historical vessels may or may not have registration identification numbers displayed on the hull.

Historic vessels may be a model used during significant events, recoveries or incidents and may not be in mint or good condition, but usable condition. Historical information must be provided to explain the significance of the Personal Water Craft.


    • Copy of the HIN Number (primary and hidden)
    • Government registration documents
    • Letters written regarding the authenticity of the vessel
    • Dated Photos, film, newspaper or print media with the vessel clearly stated
    • Documentation from the original owner

Vessel Registration

    • Title
    • State Boating Registration
    • Hull Identification Number (HIN)
    • Engine Serial Number

The Hull Identification Number (HIN) is a 12 or 14 character serial number that uniquely identifies a boat. The HIN is analogous to a VIN on a car. All boats manufactured or imported in the USA on or after November 1, 1972, must bear a HIN, and this HIN must be identified during the boat registration process

Registration documentation may not be shared with the general public upon request of the submitter but will need to be submitted for committee review.

Quality of Craft

Original: An older model personal water craft with enough historical interest to be considered a unique rarity

Mint: An older model personal water craft with enough historical interest to be esteemed collectable and worth preserving the vessel or restoration of the original OEM design

Refurbished: Using an original OEM hull and restored to the same state as the dealership could have prepared the vessel for delivery to the purchasing customer.

Reproduction: Using an original OEM hull, restoration process to a pre-dated design, race production quality or historical utility use such as movies or stunt work.

Condition categories

To collectors and investors, a Personal Water Craft condition rating is relevant. For recognition in the Wake of Fame induction process there are two descriptive processes, the category and the points system.

The category system incorporates five categories used to rate the condition of a Personal Water Craft. The points system assigns points from 40 to 100 that correspond with the category system. Both systems are listed together for ease of comparison

• Category A – Perfect

• Points - 90 to 100 points.

The Personal Water Craft is defined as good or equal than the day produced.

• Category B – Excellent

• Points - 80 to 89 points.

The Personal Water Craft is in excellent original or superior restored, near-flawless condition.

• Category C – Very good

• Points - 70 to 79 points.

A Personal Water Craft is maintained with an older restoration or an original with minimal wear. These will be considered "show quality".

• Category D – Great

• Points - 60 to 69 points.

A Personal Water Craft that is in complete original condition, or possibly an older restoration, that is usually a well-cared-for weekend operator/owner.

• Category E – Good

• Points - 50 to 59 points.

A Personal Water Craft that shows wear, needs attention or work, and needs only minor restoration, with no major flaws.

• Historical

• Points - 40 to 59

May be a workable race boat, field rescue boat or personally owned boat used in a significant event. May not be original OEM design. (Industry, invention, military, competition, film industry)


This category recognizes official, and original products, garments and performance parts that are identified by key markings, printings and substantiated documentation to prove its historical significance following the 4 Generational definitions:

    • Performance Parts
    • Wetsuits
    • T Shirts
    • Promotional Materials
    • Photographs/Video




EIN: 82-2072637      



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13681 Newport Ave. Ste 8-417

Tustin, CA  USA


OFFICE: (561) 774-4340

EMAIL: RWCAassociation@gmail.com

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