As a PWC user, I find it annoying that the authorities seem powerless to stop the idiots.
Equally, if PWC's had not been invented, the next cheapest, smallest, fast craft would have been the problem. You will always get mindless idiots, Personal Watercraft seem to attract more than its fair share - second hand PWC are cheap, they are brightly coloured and small so can be stored in a garage or back garden.
The media does little to help, no so long ago a advert for beers showed someone running a PWC at speed onto a beach to show off.
The ruling that a PWC was a vessel was being celebrated by most PWC users, now that has been overturned it does nothing to help any water user.
I find it very annoying I cannot enter certain harbours because I am using a PWC - however someone who has just purchased their first motor boat and has never been on the water before can go places I can't without any qualifications. Maybe such bans should be limited to problem users, rather than everyone.
Personally I don't care what they call a PWC - vessel, ship or not, what I care about is the authorities being able to deal with the idiots (on any craft) - at present they seem unable to do so.
The appeal notes are flawed - from what is written they went to as much effort of examining just a single photo and drew their incorrect conclusions from that. Ie can items be stowed away - they concluded from a photo that it wasn't possible - I have over 100 litres of storage in my PWC.
The opposite is true for a standup, they have none, but as the craft involved in the Weymouth incident wasn't a standup I hope they weren't basing their decisions on a photo of one.
They have made many assumptions all the way through the document I read, for instance with SSR registrations - I've never seen a requirement when purchasing a PWC to register it on the Small Ships Register - my PWC is registered, that was so it could be used in Spanish waters.
Bottom line, I don't care what they call a PWC, or any small boat - what I care about is my safety, and I'd like to see the authorities dealing with the idiots regardless of what craft they are using.
Charging at launch sites and bans clearly don't work, they simply stand in the way of people who use these craft properely and set a dangerous precedent for future simular charging etc for other craft types also.