17 Accessories Every Jet Ski Owner Should Have
Ok, the hard part is over. You got the Jet Ski you love and you’re ready to hit the open water and play! But before you go out and ride you might need just a few more things to add to your Jet Ski. Not everything that is listed below is needed but is merely a guide to help you get an idea of what you might want when you’re on your jet ski.
It doesn’t matter if you have a Sea Doo, Yamaha, or a Kawasaki Jet Ski as many of these accessories will work for you.
You’re going to need life jackets when riding any jet ski on the water. It’s required by law and you would be crazy to not wear one. You can get life jackets just about everywhere. I do recommend trying on one that you’ll be wearing most often. You’ll also need a few extra life jackets in a variety of sizes to keep around the house for when you have guest over, for that I would just buy a bunch.
Waterproof Box for Phone
Cell phones are great but most are not waterproof nor would they float if you drop them in the water. Most waterproof boxes are bright in color and will float when dropped in the water. All the good cases have foam padding to help protect it from the bouncing around it will experience when you’re riding. I recommend the Dry Boxes like this one.
I go into more detail about what is probably the best dry box for your phone and other items here.
You’ll need to be able to tie up your jet ski at the dock and no ordinary string will work. You’ll need dock line such as SeaSense Double Braid Nylon Dockline. I prefer the Bungee Dock Line because its the easiest to use.
Sometimes you’ll just want to anchor your Jet Ski out in a cove and just relax or even fish. To just park in the water, you’ll need an anchor. You can’t get just any anchor as many will not fit the storage of a watercraft. The best Jet Ski Anchor I’ve found is to be the folding type. You can also use a sandbag anchor to get the same results but requires you to fill with sand first.
I often get ask “where is the battery switch on my watercraft”. Your watercraft doesn’t have a battery switch because it doesn’t need one. I also don’t recommend putting a battery switch on a watercraft either. The best way to keep your watercrafts battery charged and ready to go is to get a Solar Panel Charger.
I don’t recommend a wall charger because of an electrical shock factor if you drop it in the water. If you drop a solar panel in the water it’s not a big deal. Plus you don’t need power for the solar panel and some are cheaper than a wall charger. Just place the panel on top of the seat while it’s connected to the battery and that’s it!
If you plan on pulling tubes or skiers then you really need a Shock Tube! A shock tube is just a device that extends your tow rope away from the impeller of the watercraft. This keeps you from accidentally sucking up ropes. You’ll be surprised how often this happens! I usually recommend using a Pool Noodle instead but the Shock Tube is actually built for this and easier to use.
While we’re on the subject of tubes, another accessory I recommend is getting a good towable tube.
Accessories for Tubes
A folding paddle is something you’ll never need until you need one. You know how I was saying sucking up tow rope is common and that’s why I recommend the Shock Tube? Well, when you suck up a rope the engine stops because of the rope being wrapped around the driveshaft. When the engine stops you’ll need something to get you back to shore and that’s where having a good folding paddle comes in! You may never need a paddle but it’s nice to know you have one in case you do.
So you got your Jet Ski home and on the dock. You might be asking yourself, “how do I lock this thing down”? The best way is with a bike lock around the front bow hook. I find that cable bike locks work the best to keep your jet ski on the dock at all times. Most drive up docks even have a place for you to wrap your cable lock around!
Most states require you to have a whistle or an air horn. What I do is buy a bunch of whistles and attach them to every life jacket I own. This way, no matter what I always have a whistle and so do my guest. Most states even want you to have a safety whistle because of the high visibility of it. I might be a little paranoid, but I also carry an air horn too when I ride my ski.
It’s always a good idea to have a dry bag for your clothes and other items you don’t want to get wet. I’ve always been a big fan of bags like these for the color and quality of the bag. Another great feature with most dry bags is that they float if you drop them in the water, which is huge for me as I’m clumsy.
Having a good wetsuit means you can ride all year long. Also, riding gloves are a must have for me to cut down on hand fatigue. For when I’m not wearing a wetsuit I will wear a rash guard to help protect me from the sun and keep me cool too. The last bit of clothing I recommend is getting water shoes.
Ever lose a pair of sunglasses while on the boat? I have and when I go out I only wear the type that float. Floating Sunglasses are a must have when on a Jet Ski!
The wetsuit may not be a necessity for many but I would say the water shoes, rash guard, sunglasses, and even the riding gloves are.
Jet Ski Trailer Accessories
The number one jet ski trailer accessory I recommend getting is a trailer jack. These trailer jacks will make your life so much easier and will help to save your back too.
Another trailer accessory is for locking the trailer’s coupler. Putting a lock on the trailer coupler will keep people from driving away with your jet ski.
If you have a trailer then you need Straps to hold your jet ski to the trailer.
Cleaner and Polish
Cleaning a jet ski is very different from cleaning a car. You got to make sure you have all the correct supplies to keep your jet ski looking like new. You have everything from your quick cleaners to your vinyl protectors.
If you get anything, make sure you buy the vinyl protectors. Fiberglass can easily be restored but vinyl can not. 5 years from now you’ll be thanking me because you used vinyl protector every so often. Once the vinyl starts deteriorating there’s no bringing it back. Having nice looking seats increases the resale value of your ski.