Message from the Instructor
Mr. Tomoyoshi Koyanagi, Overseas Market Development Operations, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
I (Tomoyoshi Koyanagi) have been working on the development of Yamaha WaveRunners for 16 years. During this time I have been involved in the designing of the WaveRunner 3, the Raider, the GP and the GPR models. Presently I am involved in overseas market development in various parts of the world.
Product development is a process of giving form to dreams. And I believe that personal watercraft like out WaveRunners are truly dream machines. If I were to define a PWC, I would say that it is mounting a non-protruding jet propulsion unit on a small hull to create a craft that gives you ultimate freedom on the water.
The unique geographical makeup of Maldives with nearly twelve hundred coral islands and hundreds of shallow reefs can sometime make rescue a considerable challenge using the traditional propeller driven boats and inflatables. This makes the rescue using personal water craft an ideal substitute. Further, the recent devastating effects of the tsunami have compelled us to increase the level of preparedness and learn from other communities living near the sea.
If your WaveRunner was a craft that had a protruding propeller, you could certainly never have a race like the one at Ole"ron island in France where hundreds of PWCs start at the same time, and you wouldn’t be able to use one to swiftly approach and rescue a drowning swimmer without taking the time to be extremely cautious of the propeller.
I have been to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean three times now, including business trips. The first time I visited these islands was on my honeymoon. The peaceful time I spent there surrounded by those beautiful emerald green waters is one of my most precious memories. The next time I visited the Maldives was more than ten years later, shortly after the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. I was glad to learn that the island of Male where the capital is located suffered only from mild flooding due to the wave-breaking effect of the tetra-pot break wall built by Japan’s ODA. But I learned that many lives had been lost on the outlying islands due to the tsunami. If only there were some way to project the elderly and young children who can’t swim in such times of natural disaster ….
The Republic of Maldives is made up on many islands and lifesaving activities at the beach areas using sufficient mobility should be very effective. On my most recent visit to the Maldives, this was brought home to me very clearly when we held a Yamaha “WaveRunner Riding Academy.” Many people came to attend this event attracted, including a good number who have never been in contact with a PWC before. The bright eyes of all the participants as they listened intently to the explanations of the basic structure and operation of the WaveRunners and watched a rescue demonstration, showed that they were truly experiencing what a marvelous craft the PWC is.
I hope everyone will take this opportunity to rediscover the wonderful world of personal watercraft. I am sure that there will be something exciting and new for you to find here.