Is this the first year of owning your very own jet ski? If so, then you're going to need to learn proper jet ski storing techniques.
The overall condition of your jet ski hangs in the balance. Only the owners that take care of it off the water will get the most usage of it.
Storing them can be a hassle as-is. If you store them incorrectly, then you could be facing hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in repairs very soon.
Here are several tips for proper jet ski storage. Be sure to follow these tips to a "T" in order to make the most of your new water whip!
1. Gather the Right Materials
Half the battle in proper jet ski storage is having all the right utensils and materials on-hand. The other half is merely following along with the same concrete steps each time through.
However, if you don't have all the right equipment, you'll find yourself cutting corners in order to store it as-is. Those "shortcuts" can lead to taking years of usage off of the life of your jet ski down the line.
Because of that, make sure that you have cinder blocks, cleaning solutions, at least 2 towels, fuel, multi-use cleaner (WD-40), and fuel stabilizer.
You'll also want to purchase or borrow a trailer that you can set the jet ski on to transfer it from water to your preferred storage location.
You might also want to invest in a cover that you can use to ensure no other water gets on the jet ski, even though you're storing it inside. You don't have to invest in costly jet ski covers either. A simple poly tarp or large-enough grill cover will do the trick.
After all, finding your dream jet ski isn't easy. Once you've found it, you want to go above and beyond to treat it right!
2. Drain the Engine
As you remove your jet ski out of the water and onto the trailer, you'll find that your engine has gathered a fair amount of water. Not to worry, that's natural!
However, you want to make sure all that water is removed prior to storing it away for any amount of time. Sitting water will cause corrosion on the metal of your jet ski engine.
Most of the water will drain out when you place the stern lower than the bow of your jet ski on the trailer.
To get the rest of the water out, start the jet ski after you've placed it on the trailer and let it run for around 20 seconds. If you don't notice any water coming out, turn the throttle a couple of times and see if anything else comes out.
Be careful not to let the engine run any longer than 20 seconds. The rest of the water should come out while your jet ski is being transported on the trailer.
3. Detach the Battery
After ridding the engine of water and turning your jet ski off, be sure to remove the jet ski battery.
Many jet ski users have been frustrated at de-winterizing their jet skis the next spring/summer and placing it in the water only to find out the battery is dead.
In order to avoid that same fate, it's best for you to detach the battery, charge it, and cover it until you need it again.
4. Fill Your Gas Tank
In order for your engine and gas lines to stay as healthy as possible, they need to have the maximum amount of gas in them, especially when they're stagnant.
The only way you can ensure the safety of your engine is to fill the gas tank completely full while you're storing it away.
After you've placed the fuel in, use a fuel stabilizer so that the gasoline doesn't go stale.
5. Change Your Oil
That's right, ladies and gentlemen, the oil on your jet ski are just as important as it is in your car.
You should never store your jet ski for an extended period of time without changing the oil.
Be sure to check with the manufacturer of your jet ski's model and see what oil brand they recommend for the engine. You can even try to switch things up by adding a new oil filter before you store it for the winter.
6. Protect the Exhaust System
If you're winterizing your jet ski, then you want to make sure and cover all of your bases. You don't want any unexpected surprises months from now when you place it in the water for the first time that season.
Because of that, make sure and add antifreeze to your jet ski's exhaust system. Even if you live in a warmer climate, even one cold morning below 32-degrees can spell trouble for your entire system.
Each model has different precautions for how to apply the antifreeze, however. So be sure to follow the steps laid out in your owner's manual.
Once you've applied the antifreeze, you can cover the jet ski and walk away from it for a while, knowing it's as secure as possible!
Heighten Your Jet Ski Storage With These Tips
Now that you know all the proper steps and correct tips on jet ski storage, it's time to follow them.
Perhaps you're still shopping for your first (or an additional) jet ski. If so, be sure to find a trusted jet ski dealer near you.
For more inquiries that you may have, be sure to fill out our online contact us page and we'll be happy to assist you further!