Pocket PWC: 1989 Kawasaki Jet Mate
This 1989 Kawasaki Jet Mate is described as possibly the nicest original example left. We’ve never seen one before, but it’s a compelling little package, offering seating for three including the joystick-wielding driver in a package smaller than many modern Jet-skis. Power comes from a 52 HP 650cc two-stroke twin lifted from a period Kawasaki PWC, and just 1,200 or so were exported to the US between ’89 and ’92. The seller says this one benefits from new crank seals and a rebuilt top end, and further notes that the OEM trailer, a custom boat cover and both service and owner’s manuals are included. Find it here on Craigslist in Plymouth, Minnesota for $3,900 OBO. Special thanks to BaT reader Rob G. for this submission.
Produced from 1989 until 1992, just 1,200 or so were exported to the States. The Jet Mate blended Kawasaki’s proven 650cc two-stroke twin engine and a single axial-flow jet pump from their 650-class standup Jet Ski with a boat-like twin-hull, seating for three and novel joy-stick control. Able to deliver ~550 lbs of thrust, they’re reportedly good for 30 MPH flat-out–plenty on water in a craft of this size. With a dry weight of ~500 lbs and the OEM trailer, you could tow it behind just about anything.
Seen from the front, the overall layout is easy to grasp. While the joystick provides directional and speed control, reverse is operated via a switch or other similar, separate system. The front seat covers the two-stroke twin which according to the seller features new crank seals, a new top end, a rebuilt carburetor and new fuel lines. A Skat-Trak impeller and a Jetsport intake grate have been added, the original bilge pump and blower are both said to work, and the bright red upholstery is said to be original.
Positioned between the aftermarket rear boarding steps is the exit for the jet pump. As this website goes into great detail regarding, operation in principle is a lot like blowing up a balloon and letting it loose to fly around. This thing looks like loads of fun, and chances are you won’t see another out on the lake or the coast.
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