17+ Jet Ski Accessories Everyone 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’ll need a few more things to add to your Jet Ski to keep you legal, safe, and having fun! We’ll cover all those things and more in this guide.
It doesn’t matter if you have a Sea-Doo, Yamaha, or a Kawasaki as many of these Jet Ski Accessories will work for you.
Not only are life jackets required by law but it could also save your life. You don’t wear a life jacket because you can’t swim, but instead, you wear a life jacket in case you or a loved one gets hurt and fall in the water.
Do the right thing and get life jackets that fit correctly and get some extra ones in a variety of sizes for when guest come over.
Waterproof Box for Phone
Our cell phones have become extensions to ourselves, and many of us would be lost if something happened to it.
It’s smart to get a waterproof dry box for your phone not only because it will keep it dry, but many have padding in them to protect it from the rough ride. Another benefit is that the dry boxes will float and come in bright colors so you can see them if you drop them in the water.
Your smartphone is the essential jet ski accessory and must remain protected because it can be used to call for help or you can use the GPS maps if you get lost on the lake.
I recommend the Plano Guide Series 3600 Size Polycarbonate Field Box for keeping your phone in when on your jet ski.
You’ll need to be able to tie up your jet ski at the dock and no ordinary string will work.
You’ll need marine dock line such as Double Braid Nylon Dockline. I prefer the Bungee Dock Line because it’s the easiest to use.
Here is a great video showing you how to tie up!
If you plan on hanging out in a cove, fishing, or exploring the water, then you’ll need an anchor. Not any anchor will do as many won’t fit in most jet skis, so that is why I created this guide here to help you find the best anchor.
Sandbag vs. folding vs. all the other types of anchors can get confusing, so I highly recommend you check out my anchor guide.
You drive your car every day and you may not realize this but doing this keeps your battery active and going strong for years.
You don’t ride your jet ski as often, and its battery goes flat quicker because of this.
The solution to keeping your jet ski battery active and strong for years is simple and affordable; you buy a solar panel battery charger.
The other option is to find out how expensive jet ski batteries can get next year because you did not keep the battery on charge. I go into more details about why a solar charger is one of the key jet ski accessories to have in this guide here.
When it comes to solar chargers for your jet ski I recommend staying under 5-watts, if you go higher then that you’ll damage the battery. I’m a fan of the ALLPOWERS 18V 5W Portable Solar Car Battery Charger for my watercraft but anything that charges a 12-volt battery and is under 5 watts will do.
Fenders are a must-have accessory when you dock your watercraft and don’t want to damage the hull. You only need 2 fenders and 2 fender lines for one jet ski, but it’s best to get them NOW to avoid damaging your new machine!
Before docking your PWC you want to go ahead and have the fenders out and on the side you plan on docking at.
Sucking stuff up in your jet ski is the same feeling as getting a flat tire in your car. Both are not fun, and both leave you stranded til you get the problem fixed.
What if they made a tool that lowered the chances of getting a flat tire, I bet you would buy it. That is what a shock tube or also known as an impeller protector does; it’s a tool to keep you from sucking up your towing lines.
I would put the shock tube on the definitely buy jet ski accessories list because sucking up a rope is a pain to fix and time-consuming. If you’re wondering why it goes by shock tube that is because it doubles as a damper in the off chance the tow rope breaks it doesn’t smack the person being pulled.
If you have sucked something up, I have a guide on what to do here.
Being pulled on a tube is the best experience besides that first ride on your jet ski. There is nothing else like it, and it’s a perfect activity for the whole family to do. If you needed a reason to buy a jet ski, you have found the reason in towable tubes!
Every tube is different, and each offers a different experience, so it’s essential to get the one that fits your style of riding.
Here is a list of each tube and what you can expect from it.
AIRHEAD AHRE-12 Rebel Tube, Rope and Pump Kit – A great starter tube that is a playful one seater. You’ll have more fun on a single rider tube like this one than many of the bigger and heavier tubes.
SPORTSSTUFF 53-2213 Big Mable Towable – A personal favorite of mine, the Big Mable is easy going and perfect for someone new to tubing. You’ll still have a blast with this tube but it has more handles and a plusher ride than other tubes.
SPORTSSTUFF 53-2030 4K Booster Ball for Towables – This is not a tube but something you add if you want to enhance the experience.
AIRHEAD AHM2-2 Mach 2 Towable – A 2 person tube that allows you to sit in a cockpit which gives you a more secure fit especially for the kids.
WoW Watersports, Thriller Deck Tube, Towable, Wild Wake Action – Not for the faint of heart but instead for someone who wants a real tubing experience. All I can say is hold on tight as you’re in for a wild and fun ride!
Accessories for Tubes
Let’s not forget about the accessories that go along with the tubes. Such as tow rope and an inflator!in
A folding paddle is something you’ll never need until you really need one. You may never have any of these problems below but if you do you’ll be glad you have a folding paddle to get you back to safety.
You could use a folding paddle…
- if you run out of gas.
- if you sucked up rocks.
- if you sucked up a rope.
- if your battery is dead.
- if you need something to wave down passing boaters.
- As a tool to extend to someone hurt and floating in the water.
A folding paddle even makes a great Christmas or Birthday gift for the boater in your life!
I carry the Airhead Telescoping Paddle found on Amazon Here.
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 jetski on the dock at all times. Most drive up docks even have a place for you to wrap your cable lock around! Be sure to still use dock line for holding the watercraft along with the cable lock.
Most states require you to have a whistle or an air horn within reach.
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. A dry bag is one of the popular jet ski accessories to get for any rider.
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 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.
The wetsuit may not be a necessity for many but I would say the water shoes, rash guard, polarized sunglasses, and even the riding gloves are.
Jet Ski Cooler
When it comes to jet ski coolers you want to get one that is flexible and not a fixed hard body. The reason for this is that the storage compartment of your jet ski can be oddly shaped or be too small of a hole for the cooler. I know that 30 gallons of storage sound like a lot and plenty of room for a 5-gallon cooler but the hole to get into that storage is smaller then you might think.
This is why I recommend getting a cooler bag that also collapses much like the CleverMade SnapBasket Soft-Sided Collapsible Cooler. Nothing better than after a day of riding and grabbing a nice cold drink out of the cooler or a family picnic on the beach.
Jet Ski Fishing Accessories
If you plan on using your jetski for fishing you’ll need a place to put your rods. Sure, you could lay your fishing rods in the footwells of the personal watercraft but why do that when they have jet ski fishing accessories that work better.
You can buy a Cooler Rack and Fishing Rod holders that fit on the back of many watercrafts. In all my years of selling watercraft I never seen a trolling motor put on a jet ski but if there is a will there’s a way.
Jet Ski Ladder
A boat will come with a ladder but some jet skis come without a ladder or also known as a reboarding step. It’s easy to overlook a ladder in the buying process but its one of those things you come to find out you really need. You might also find that the ladder you have now isn’t long enough or simply doesn’t work for you.
If you don’t have a ladder or the one you have now won’t cut it then you can get the Hardline Products EZ Riser Boarding Ladder as another option. It does have a 300-pound weight capacity and is easy to store away too.
Jet Ski Sound System
Nothing better than listening to your favorite music while riding on your jet skis. Most jet skis don’t have a built-in sound system but there are Bluetooth speaker systems available for watercrafts. I have a guide here to cover the options you have for jet ski speakers and Bluetooth systems.
It doesn’t hurt to keep an extra lanyard around as it’s a good chance you or the kids will lose it in the future.
If you’re not sure what Lanyard to get then get the universal style ones like the JET LOGIC UL-3 Ultimate PWC Safety Lanyard.
If you have a modern Sea-Doo with the DESS key then you can’t buy just any lanyard, you will need to program your keys and we go over that here.
If you’re not going to be using your jet ski for a few days then its best to keep a cover on it. A cover keeps the sun, water, and bird poop away. The sun can fade your jet ski if you don’t keep it covered so if you want to keep your jet ski looking good for years then a cover is a must-have.
I have a guide here on the best jet ski covers and I also have another post on the common questions and tips someone might have about covers.
Jet Ski Trailer Accessories
The number one jet ski trailer attachment 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.
A Trailer Jack is shown in the image on the right in the up position. There is a pull lever for releasing it and rotating it down. Once rotated down there is a handle you can rotate to jack the trailer off the ball of the truck. This helps your back and makes it easier to move around the garage.
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 and trailer. Learn more about locking down your jet ski here.
If you have a trailer then you need Straps to hold your jet ski to the trailer. There have been a few times where my front strap on a trailer I was hauling broke and the rear straps were the things that kept the jet ski on the trailer. Not only that, rear straps keep the rear of the watercraft from sliding around on the trailer and keeps it from slamming the rear of the craft to the trailer when you go over bumps too.
I do a strap on each side of the watercraft. I know these straps can be confusing and intimidating to someone new, but this video here does a great job explaining how to use one.
You never know what can happen so a great jet ski accessory to have is a safety kit or even a First Aid Kit is always a good idea.
Cleaner and Polish
Cleaning a jet ski is very different from cleaning a car. You have 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 cannot. 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 can increase the resale value of your ski.
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