Choosing the right boat for the right purpose is the first step in operating a watercraft safely. Just as you would not expect a small runabout to be able to cross the Atlantic, a large motor yacht would not be suitable to pull water skiers. Boats come in many sizes and configurations and each is designed with a particular use in mind. All boats that are propelled by propulsion machinery are considered motor boats.
A personal watercraft, such as a jet ski, is considered a motor boat and is subject to the same rules and regulations as any boat of its size and horsepower. In many states, additional regulations are in effect regarding personal watercraft.
The safety equipment you are required to carry is determined by the length of your boat and the type of engine it has.