I got started in this late and so have not owned many watercraft, two to be exact.
The first was a 1994 Yamaha WaveRaider, one of the early "muscle" PWCs. 57 mph on the water feels fast, even faster when you fall off!
Not one to do donuts just off the shore, I used the 'Raider like a boat, often traveling 30 miles from the dock.
When I sold my house the buyer wanted the 10 year old WaveRaider as part of the deal! He paid well, I didn't argue, and I was in the market for a new vessel.
A local boater was selling his 1 year old jet boat to buy the latest supercharged model and it looked like a deal (and it was) so we got into boating.