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The Ultimate Personal Watercraft Buyer’s Guide

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Even though the idea of getting a personal watercraft can be exciting, choosing the right jet ski for you can be quite daunting. But do not worry; we are here to help. In this post, we will take you through all that you need to know when buying a new jet ski. So, if you’re looking to get a new jet ski, then this post is for you.

In this post, we will cover the following:

  • What types of jet skis are there?
  • What do you have to look out for when buying a jet ski?
  • What does a good jet ski cost?
  • Is it worth buying a used jet ski?
  • Do you need a driver’s license for a jet ski?
  • How fast is a jet ski?
  • Which manufacturer is the best?
  • Do you need insurance for a jet ski?
  • How do you prepare the jet ski for the winter?
  • What engines are there in jet skis?
  • Which engine is the best in jet skis?
  • How much does a jet ski weigh?
  • Can children ride jet skis?
  • What equipment should you wear when driving a jet ski, helmet, vest, shoes?
  • What should I look out for when buying a used jet ski?
  • Why is it so much fun to ride a jet ski?

So, if that sounds exciting, then let’s dive into it:

What Types of Personal Watercrafts Are There?

Generally, jet skis can be grouped based on:

  • Seating They Offer
  • Sit Down vs Stand Up
  • Type of Manufacturer

1.Seating They Offer:

Three Seater:

The three-seater personal watercraft is recommended for people who want to take their family out in the water for skiing. This is because three-seater jet skis tend to be more stable on the water, and also offer you the necessary space you need for the family.

Also, for those of you looking to tow a tube or a skier, a three-seater jet-ski is what you need, and this is required by law. This is because by law, you need to have a seat for the individual skiing in the water, and someone on the back of the jet ski (the observer) observing the person skiing, and then the person riding the jet ski, making it three people in total. You must note that the observer always needs to be facing the skier in the water.

Two Seater:

This is the sports type model. So, if you are looking for a personal watercraft with which you can just move around along the beach, or engage in an aggressive water sports event with your jetski such as jumping, then the two-seater will be ideal– this is due to its aggressive turning and lightweight body.

However, the two-seater isn’t as stable as the three-seater. Also, most two-seater jet skis aren’t as comfortable for two people, as you may think, Generally, if you are looking for maximum comfort, go in for a three-seater.

Also, small two-seater jetskis are at risk of tipping over, however, this isn’t an issue since you can blow the water out of your engine anytime the engine gets filled with water. On the other hand, large three-seater jet-skis aren’t fun to ride in because they aren’t going to be as nimble as a two-seater.

2.Sit-Down vs Stand-Ups:

Stand Up Jet Ski:

These jet skis tend to be cheaper than sit down jet skis. They are small in size, and less stable which requires that riders are fit, and well balanced when riding them. The stability and small size are compensated with the performance; if you are looking for a fast and highly powerful jet ski, then go in for a stand-up jet ski. Generally, we recommend stand up jet skis for people looking for a race machine, or a sporty jet ski, then a stand up is idle.

Their small size means they are easy to store, and you wouldn’t have to spend much money on maintenance. However, with a stand-up jet ski, you can only carry one person at a time. You might be able to carry two people, but it wouldn’t be a comfortable ride. Also, it is difficult to ride a stand-up jet ski, and it isn’t idle for beginners.

Sit Down Jet Skis:

If you are looking for an easy to ride craft, then a sit down will probably be a good option. These jet skis are made to carry people, and they are mostly large to create room to accommodate people. They tend to be more expensive, and also the cost of maintenance tends to be high. You will also require a large storage room to store these types of crafts.

We recommend this type of jet skis for people looking for some form of watercraft to start with since they are easy to ride. Also, if you want to take your family on a ride then a sit-down jet ski is idle. They tend to perform great but not as great as a stand-up jet ski and have an engine power of 90 to 300 HP. So, you can get some sort of great performance but it wouldn’t be idle for back-flips, and things like that.

3.The Type Of Manufacturer:

Jet Skis:

Jet Skis are the names given to personal watercraft made by Kawasaki. And as we all know, this has become the name for all types of personal watercraft, and I have used this name to classify all personal watercraft in this article, but hopefully, you bear with me. Generally, most jet skis are stand-ups and are known for their high performance. However, you would notice that Kawasaki has produced a couple of sit-down PWCs in the market.

So, if you are looking for an adventurous personal watercraft or something sporty, and fun, then the jet ski is idle.

Waverunners:

Waverunners is the name given to personal watercraft manufactured by Yamaha. While Kawasaki dominated the market with their stand-up PWC’s, in the mid-’80s Yamaha decided to use a different strategy by introducing the first sit-down personal watercraft, and named them Waverunners. It was aimed at carrying two to three people.

However, Yamaha has a stand-up PWC know as the SuperJet, which competes with the Jet Ski from Kawasaki.

Sea-Doos:

Sea-Doos are known as high-performance sit-downs performance watercraft which was first produced in the 1960s. Sea-Doos are watercraft made by Bombardier Recreational Products, and they are well-known for receiving the Red Dot Designer Award, and their Sea-Doo XP was considered as the ” watercraft of the century” by the popular Watercraft World Magazine.

As stated earlier, I might use ” Jet Ski” to refer to all personal watercraft, so, in case you see me using the term Jet Ski in any part of this post, just know that I am referring to PWCs.

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What Do You Have to Look Out for when buying a jet ski?

Repair:

Before buying a cheap or used jet ski, you need to consider your mechanical knowledge, and also your desire to work on things when you are out there playing, and you get stranded. This is why we do not recommend you buy a cheap jet, because cheaper personal watercraft tend to break down more often. or fail to start most of the time.

So, generally, you can either take the risk and buy a cheap jet ski, or buy an expensive one. However, if you can repair the jet ski anytime it breaks down then go ahead and purchase a cheap one if that’s what you want.

Jet pumps:

No matter how careful you may be, getting debris such as plastic waste, diapers, ropes, and things like these into your jet pump is inevitable. This can affect the acceleration of your jet ski, your thrust, prevent the jet ski from starting, and even damage the jet pump.

Besides that, getting this debris into the jet pumps can prevent water flow from coming out of the back. When this happens, cooling water flow is prevented, and this could cause your jet engine to start overheating, causing serious damage– such as melting the exhaust components, which could skin the jet ski.

So, you must always check your jet pumps for any debris.

Flushing:

If you are going to be out there riding your jet ski in salty waters, then flushing it is a must. For those of you who might not know what flushing your jet ski means, it means rinsing off your jet ski with a water hose after you are done riding it.

The reason why you want to flush your jet ski each time you ride it in salty water is that salty water tends to corrode the jet ski very quickly. Trust me, even when you ride on salty water once, and then you park the jet ski without flushing it, it could get corroded faster than you might think.

Storage:

Generally, smaller jet skis tend to have less storage compared to larger PWCs, so, if you need much storage, then you might want to consider getting a large PWC.

Driving System:

Most PWCs (personal watercraft) are equipped with throttle at the right-hand side, however, the newer models of PWCs have a decelerator or a reverse button, which gives you much more control of everything without you taking your hands off the handlebars. This creates a much easy experience for you to slow down when speeding.

Technological Features:

With technological advancement happening across the world, the PWC (personal watercraft) market wasn’t left out. Now, PWC lovers have the option of purchasing a PWC with new technology aimed to make your riding experience easier.

Newer PWC models now have an advanced PWCs with touchscreen dashboards, and a trim, a decelerator, or reverse handle, and speed control settings, unlike the older models have a basic analog dash.

Engine Size:

Choosing the right engine size is a no-brainer, you want to make sure that you choose an engine that fits your needs. Smaller sized engines tend to have less horsepower. Whiles bigger engines have much larger HP and can be used for towing people, and high-speed activities.

Stern:

You want to make sure that you check out the stern area when you want to purchase a PWC. You want to ensure that you pick the right style and size that fits the purpose of what you want to do with your jet ski on the water.

You want to also take a look at how easy it is for you to get your ski in and out of the water. The size of the reboarding ladder is another thing you want to check out. For those of you who might want to use your watercraft for towing skiers and tubes, you want to make sure that the tow point is easily accessible.

Jet Ski Trailers:

Getting a great PWC is crucial, but also getting the right trailer to transport the craft to and from the water is important. If your selling is selling the trailer together with the PWCS, make sure you check the trailer thoroughly. With a trailer, it is important that you check the wheels, suspensions, tires, and bearing.

Also, do not forget to check the operation of the light.

How Fast is Jet Ski?

This will depend on the brand and model of the PWC. Let us take a look at the speed range for each manufacturer:

  • For Kawasaki Jet Skis, the speed can range from 54 to 67 miles per hour.
  • Yamaha Waverunners, have a speed range of 50 to 67 mph.
  • Sea-doos have a speed range of 40 mph to 70 mph.

All these speeds depend on the model of the craft, and the year in which the model was made.

Which Manufacturer is the best?

Well, with this, it depends. However, the two main brands on the market are Sea-doo and Yamaha.

Why You Should Own A Sea-doo PWC:

The difference between these brands is that Sea-doo tends to produce much faster crafts. One common feature on almost all Sea-doo crafts is the presence of the reverse brake feature, which I think is the best feature any PWC can have. The reverse break feature has been a part of the Sea-doo culture since 2009 until Yamaha adopted it recently in 2015. Also, Sea-doo has about 55% of the market share.

Generally, Sea-doo crafts tend to be more innovative and they offer lots of features. such as cruise control, no-wake mode, eco-mode, and sport mode. So, if you are looking for watercraft with all the bells and whistles, then Sea-Doo will be the right craft for you. Also, Sea-doo crafts tend to be less expensive making it an entry-point craft for first-time buyers who aren’t looking to break the bank.

However, most Sea-doo crafts are tailored for specific purposes and aren’t as versatile as Yamaha crafts.

Why You Should Own A Yamaha PWC:

With about 40% market share, Yamaha has caught up with the features too, such as the brake and reverse, cruise control, and others. What makes Yamaha crafts unique is that they have strong long-lasting engines. One reason why people love Yamaha PWC is that they are fuel-efficient, and their engines are simple and easy to maintain. So, you do not need to have extensive knowledge of maintenance to own a Yamaha Watercraft.

So, while Yamahas PWCs might be costly upfront, you get to save a lot of money through its fuel efficiency, and low maintenance requirement.

Finally, Yamaha offers you great safety features and offers you very comfortable sit-down crafts making it a perfect choice for families.

Why You Should Own A Kawasaki PWC:

Well, if you are looking for a super-fast craft, then the Kawaski PWC is the idle model. Besides great speed, Kawaski PWCs tend to be lower heat resistant seats, making it easy to be maneuvered around.

Kawasaki PWCs tend to be fading away from the market. However, they also offer inbuilt speakers, which is something that neither of the two competitor brands offers.

Also, Kawasaki PWCs are great for towing and can be used for waterboarding, skiing, and tubing.

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What Engines are there in jet skis?

As we all may know, the engine is what makes the jet ski. When it comes to the type of engine for jet skis, we have:

  • Two strokes
  • Four Strokes

Two Strokes:

Two-stroke engines tend to be affordable than four-stroke engines. However, they aren’t modern, most manufacturers stop producing two-stroke engines since 2005. This is why they tend to be cheap. Two-stroke engines tend to burn oil and fuel together, they tend to smoke a lot causing a constant bluish haze when you are riding due to the oil burning up.

But let’s take a look at some types of two-stroke engines:

1.Premix:

With this engine type, there are no separate tanks for oil and gas. The type of fuel used to power the engine is a mixture of oil with gas. This type of engine is commonly seen in dirtbikes and chainsaws too. This can be quite challenging since you will be required to have some sort of measuring cup to measure the oil, to have the right oil to gas mixture ratio every time you refill your gas tank. You could also get some in stores like Home Depot, and Lowes.

2.Oil Injected:

Another engine variation you would see with two-stroke engines are the oil-injected ones. With this type of engine, there is a separate tank for gas and a separate one for oil. So, unlike the premix engine, you do not need a mixing cup, or any extensive knowledge to know the amount of oil you need for each fuel. However, failure to put oil into the engine can cause catastrophic damage.

3.Carburated:

With a carbureted two-stroke engine, when you run the engine on a poor quality fuel, or maybe you allow the fuel to sit in the fuel tank for long periods, the jets in the carb could get plugged up, and the diaphragm could also harden. This can be quite dangerous because the next time you take your watercraft out on a ride, it could cause the engine to heat up, which could melt the pistons of the jetski, due to the engine running on lean fuel.

Due to this, a carbureted engine can be quite expensive to maintain. and I do not recommend this type of engine to those who will allow their jetskis to sit for long periods without using them.

4.Fuel Injected:

I know this might sound quite different, but there are two strokes on the market which are fuel injected. They can be either directly injected or indirectly injected. But unlike the carburated, the fuel-injected watercraft has a low maintenance cost thanks to the pressurized fuel rail, this prevents it from plugging things up. Also, the fuel consumption rate is highly efficient.

One downside of these engine types is that they have a high repair cost should something go wrong. This is because their parts aren’t easily available due to their complex systems.

Final Thoughts:

Even though a two-stroke engine might be affordable if you do not use it for a long period, or if you mix your premix fuel in the wrong ratio, or even if the carburetor or injection system is strong, the engine of your watercraft could load up, and blow your spark plug, which results to low performance, or the inability for the engine to start.

Four Strokes:

Generally, these types of engines tend to be more expensive, this is because they are fuel and performance efficient. Also, they tend to have fewer maintenance issues as compared to two-stroke engines and are easy to start. Also, it is important to note that all modern four-stroke personal watercraft engine types are fuel injected engines.

Unlike the fuel-injected engine of the two-stroke system, the fuel-injected engine of the four-stroke system uses common fuel injectors, therefore, there is an availability of the parts.

There are two main types of four-stroke systems:

1.Naturally Aspirated:

This is an air induction system and compared to the other types of engines in this category, they are easy to maintain, and it makes less horsepower, thereby putting less strain on the components. However, the con with these types of engines is that they are slower than the other types.

2.Forced Induction:

Just like the naturally aspirated, this type of engine is air-inducted, and it tends to be faster than the naturally aspirated engine. However, this means it is going to be expensive upfront, and the maintenance cost is high in the long run. The maintenance cost tends to be high because there is more strain on the system due to its high horsepower, and then it is going to require a supercharger rebuild after a specific duration.

Final Thoughts:

Just like any other engine, you will also need to change the oil filters, and oil just like you would with any vehicle.

Which Engine is the best in jet skis?

This will depend on what you’re looking for:

Horsepower:

Generally, the horsepower for jetskis are within the range of 110HP for basic two-stroke models to 260 HP for forced-induction motors– this is even though it can be a two-seater or a three-seater. So, if speed is what you’re looking for then you should go in for a forced-induction.

If you are looking for something with a moderate speed, then you can go in for a fuel-injected two-stroke engine or a natural aspirated four-stroke engine.

If you do not care about speed, then any of the other options would be great.

Price:

If you have a tight budget, then I highly recommend you at least get the fuel-injected two-stroke engine. However, if you have the cash to spend, then get any of the four-stroke engines should do the magic. I wouldn’t recommend premix, because even though it can be super affordable, the cons outweigh the pros for the most part.

Maintenance:

If your main concern is maintenance, then you want to stay away from any of the two-stroke engines except for the fuel-injected two-stroke engine. For the four-stroke engines, they have a low maintenance cost.

So, it depends I wouldn’t say there is a better engine out there, however, depending on the situation, and the purpose with which you want to ski, any of the engines should do the job.

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How Do You Prepare The Jet Ski For the Winter?

As we know we have two types of engines, we have a two-stroke engine and a four-stroke engine, and we are going to take a look at how we can winterize both engine types.

How To Winterize Your PWC:

The main things you need to do this are:

  • Fuel Stabilizer
  • Fogging Oil

Step 1:

Also, you want to pull out your drain plug and allow it to stay out for the entire winter. This will ensure that air circulates the engine compartments to drain out excess water that you might have in the engine all season.

Next, you want to get rid of any excess water from the exhaust, and you want to do this by starting the engine for like 5 seconds. You do not want to leave the engine running for long since it can burn up any engine compartment which is cooled by water.

Step 2:

With this step, you want to take the seat off, and make sure that you check the coolant, the fuel, the oil, and any necessary fluid to make sure they are full.

Then, the next step is to fill your fuel tank all the way. This is because you want to prevent any form of condensation build-up in the fuel tank. Once, you have your tank filled up, the next thing is to add your fuel stabilizer. You want to make sure that you read the instructions at the back of the fuel stabilizer to ensure that you pour in the right amount into the tank.

After filling the tank with your fuel and fuel stabilizer, allow it to mix properly for a few minutes.

Step 3:

When you are done, you want to flush the unit with fresh water, by connecting the flush hose to the right compartment.

And once that is done, turn on the jet ski, and run it for a couple of minutes. This will let the stabilizer and fuel mixture get into the system, get into the carbs to prevent any gum build-up.

Also, make sure that you have a good amount of water flushing out of the engine. While this is going on, you want to connect your communication cable to the PWC to read the data for any faults, and also monitor the engine for proper intake, and temperature. This is because, for proper winterization, you want to make sure that your engine gets to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, this is to ensure good oil removal.

Step 4:

Once that is done, you want to pull all the four spark plugs, and then you spray your fogging oil down the cylinders, and then you run your PWC again to allow the cylinder crank the spark plugs out, to allow the fogging oil lubricate the cylinders, and then you turn off the engine. And then you put your spark plugs in place again. And then when winter is all gone, your PWC should be ready to go.

Doing this should take you about a few minutes.

What Does a Good Jet Ski Cost?

Generally, the cost of a Jet Ski should also depend on the manufacturer. However, if you are looking to get a used Jet Ski, then you can get some as low as $5000, and others as high as $17,0000.

For brand new PWCs, here is the price range for each manufacturer:

  • Sea-Doos should cost between $5000 to $18,000
  • Kawasaki Jet Skis should cost you somewhere between $10,000 to $18,000
  • Yamaha ranges from $6000 to $17000

Is It Worth Buying Used Jet Ski?

Yes, it is worth it! Buying a used jet ski can be a cost-efficient way to get a great jet-ski without having to pay an exorbitant retail price you would have for a new PWC. However, precautions have to be taken when purchasing one, to prevent you from being ripped off. With that said, let’s take a look at how to buy a used jet ski:

1.Take a walk around the PWC

When you get to see the PWC you want, you want to first take a slow walk around the jetski to ensure the ski is in good shape. You want to check for damages on the fiber haul, the trim, paint, the seat, and also get underneath to make sure that there are no damages, or cracks– the last thing you want is to find out that there a hole underneath causing your craft will start taking on water when you are riding. Checking underneath is a great way to know if the owner bashed the craft around.

Also, you want to take a look at the seat cover, and getting a new seat cover can cost you about $100. You also want to check other external items such as the compartment latches, the rear handle grip, and the choke and fuel knobs. You need to check these items just in case they need to be replaced or repaired.

2.Check the Handle Bar

Also, you want to rotate the handles of the steering system, you can do this by moving the handlebar slowly either from right to left or left to right to ensure that it is moving freely.

Have someone stand behind the PWC to ensure that the nozzles turn in tune with the handle, and also ensure that there is proper clearance and that there is no binding.

Also, you want to check the trim control system too, to make sure it has the proper movement and clearance.

3.Inspect Underneath the Hood

Checking underneath the hood is a great way to tell if the previous owner took care of the craft of not. This is because you can tell if they left the craft out there for a while just by checking the conditions of the seat compartments and underhood.

To do this, you want to do is to take out the seat, by detaching it, and opening all the latches to enable you to remove the hood. Once, that is done, you want to check the hood seals for any cracking or rips. Should there be any problem, then you will need to replace it. Also, you want to check the threads, seals, and gas caps.

Also, you want to check the engine compartment to ensure everything is in place, and that there is no corrosion. Things you might want to check for are oil and fuel residues, and the hoses of the oil, fuel, and water tanks for any sign of age or deterioration. You also want to inspect the fuel, and oil tanks to make sure they are in good condition.

For those of you that might not get the opportunity to test drive, you need to check the compressor of the cylinder and perform a compression test. With two-stroke engines, ensure that you check the oil lines and oil pumps.

Finally, you want to inspect the bumper of the craft for damage, damages might not necessarily mean the owner didn’t take care of the craft, because some boat launches are PWC friendly, which can cause damages. Replacing the bumper might be expensive, and you might want to keep that in mind.

4.Check The Traction Map

Take a look at the traction map to make sure they are in good condition. This is often overlooked, however, repairing a traction map can be quite expensive.

5.Ensure All Safety Items Are Available

Before negotiating any deal for a PWC, you want to check to see if your state requires certain safety items, if your state does, make sure that the previous owner has them. Some of these items include a fire extinguisher, you want to check for this to make sure you do not spend any extra cash purchasing it.

6.Check The Kilometers Done By The Ski

With other vehicles long milage or distance covered by the vehicle is a turnoff, however, this is quite the opposite situation with a PWC. You want to make sure that the jetski you buy is used more often by the previous owner, this is because when a ski is allowed to stay out of water for a while, it begins to deteriorate, and the engine corrodes.

So, you want to make sure that you have everything in moderation, you do not want to buy a ski that has been in constant use for 4 years for thousands of hours, and you do not want to buy a 4-year-old ski that just has barely a hundred-hour mileage. You want something in between, so, you want maybe a 2 to 4-year-old ski, with 200-800 hours of usage.

While you are checking the hours. you want to make sure that all the elements of the dash are functioning correctly.

7.Try a Professional Inspection

Just like having your car checked by a professional or LemonSquad, you can save yourself the headache by hiring a professional to have a pre-purchase check for you. You want a have a pre-service inspection to ensure that you’re getting exactly what you expect.

8.Have A Copy Of The Service History

You always want to make sure that the previous owner gives you a copy of the service invoices, this is because jet skis do not have a service book. However, the service invoices should give you an idea of how well the owner took care of his craft, and also let you know the components that you might need to service regularly.

9.Buying From A Private Seller

When buying a used jet ski, you can either purchase one from a shop or a private seller. We highly recommend that you buy one from a shop, however, if you want to buy one from a private seller, you might want to keep the following in mind.

Going back to the 8th point, asking for the service invoice is non-negotiable. Because asking for the service invoices may be a good indicator to know if the bike was stolen. Most private sellers who sell stolen crafts tend not to have the invoices. So, make sure you ask for those invoices.

You want to ensure that there is no history of debt related to the craft. The last thing you want to do is to invest money in a ski, and later find out that it is stolen or has any debt to it. You can find out if the boat has any issues related to being stolen or debt by contacting your local marine authorities.

Finally, most private purchases do not come with a warranty. However, when you purchase one from a shop, you might be given a warranty.

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Let’s Discuss Insurance and Licenses For Jet Skis:

Just like any other vehicle out there, injuries, accidents, or any bad incident can happen. So, when you own a jet ski, you want to get your vehicle insured. Also, you want to get yourself insured, and your passengers too. Because should an accident happen with your jet skim and everyone on the jet ski gets injured, you are going to be held responsible.

For damages to other people, you should get liability insurance, to provide you with coverage should you or anyone riding your jet-ski hurts another person with the craft.

You also want to get Medpay coverage, to cover you or your family should any of you get injured.

Finally, you want to get property insurance to provide you with coverage for property damage or burnt by fire, or get should your boat get stolen.

When it comes to licenses for your craft, it is included in your state-approved boating safety course. The requirements for this license may vary from state to state depending on the age of the individual getting the license, usually, any person above 16 should be qualified for one in most states. But make sure you check in with what your state laws are.

If you are interested in insurance, please read our report on boat insurance. There you can find out everything you need to know about insurance for boats and jet skis.

How Much Does a Jet Ski Weigh?

The average weight for jet skis should be around 700 pounds. However, bigger jet skis like three-seaters, weigh about 1000 pounds. Also, the average weight for stand-up jet-skis should be around 357 pounds.

Can Children Ride Jet Skis?

Yes, you can take your kids along with you on a jet ski ride. However, there is a condition:

  • The child must have the appropriate life vest on.
  • The child must be sandwiched between two adults.

However, children above the age of 14 can have possession of the riding wheel, given that there is an adult above the age of 18 sitting behind the child.

What Equipment Should You Wear When Driving a Jet Ski, Helmet, Vest, Shoes?

Before you go out there and purchase a jet ski with the information provided, wait a minute, there are certain gears you need to have.

  • Fire Extinguisher: You want to ensure that you have the approved extinguisher ( a 5BC fire extinguisher), which is designed to fit into the right compartment of your watercraft. The engine of your craft is a close compartment which means it is prone to fire.
  • Life Jacket: You need to have a life jacket that perfectly fits each individual on the craft. These jackets should be worn each time anyone is on board. Getting an inflatable life jacket isn’t recommended. The recommended life jack for PWCs have a high impact absorption, and buoyant. Also, you need to make sure that the life jacket is US Coast Guard approved.
  • Heating Line: You need to have a buoyant heating line which is at least 15 meters long. This becomes necessary when someone falls into the water whiles riding and you are supposed to help the person back on to the craft.
  • A sound device: With the sound device you can either have a compressed air horn or a whistle. For those of you who might want to purchase a whistle, you will be required to attach it to the chest level of your life jacket. This is to ensure easy access should the situation arise where you need to use it. If you would be going further distances from the beach or lake, a compressed air horn is required.
  • A Flare: A flare is the required visual distress signal you need to have if you are traveling far off the shore, but most times. However, in place of a flare, you can choose a functioning water flashlight. With the flare, you are required to have at least three flares, and they should be type A, B, or C.
  • Wet Suits and Neoprene Shorts: Wet suits help keep your body cool as you’re out in the sun riding. Besides that with jet skis, you are riding at a very high speed, and during an accident, water can be forced into your body cavities causing severe internal injuries. So, it is required that you wear wet suits and neoprene shorts instead of normal swimwear since they cannot prevent water from forcefully entering an opening in the body such as the vagina.
  • Shoes and Gloves: These are required to protect and keep your feet and hands comfy. Also, it helps keep you warm and prevents chafing.
  • Protective Eye Gear: These are required to protect your eyes from the impactful splash of the water, which can be refreshing at times but hurtful. Also, it protects you from the reflection of the sun on the water.
  • Compass: You are required to have a magnetic compass on board if you are going outside a given range.
  • Navigation lights: For those of you who might ride your crafts at night or during low light conditions, you are required to have navigation lights to help you be detectable in the water, prevent any form of a crash between crafts.

These should be the minimum safety items you would be required to have onboard when riding a craft.

Why Is It So Much Fun to Ride a Jet Ski?

Besides the adrenaline rush, riding a PWC is a great way to explore the water. And unlike boats, and other watercraft, none give you the thrills and chills a PWC gives you. With a PWC you can turn at a high speed, summersault, and get flown in the air, and even tag a friend along by towing them, which is something most boring watercraft do not offer.

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