17+ Jet Ski Accessories You Must 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.

Updated: Click Here to see the latest List with 107 accessories and tips! 

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.

Life Jackets

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. I’m a fan of the O’Neill Wetsuits Wake Waterski Mens Superlite USCG Nylon Life Vest for my general style life jacket.

 

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.

Dock Line

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.

Anchor

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.

Solar Panel

I often get asked, “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 watercraft’s battery charged and ready to go is to get a Solar Panel Charger. Out of all the PWC Accessories, I recommend this one is the most important (besides the life jackets and other safety gear).

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! 

Check out Solar Panel Charger to use on a Jet Ski


Fenders/Bumpers

Fenders are a must have when you dock your watercraft and don’t want to damage the side of the ski and dock. You really only need about 2 fenders and 2 fender lines for a jet ski.

Shock Tube

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.

Tubes

While we’re on the subject of tubes, another Jet Ski Accessory I recommend is getting a good towable tube. If you want a good all around towable tube for your Jet Ski then check out the SPORTSSTUFF 53-2213 Big Mable Towable.

Check out the 8 Craziest and Oddest Tubes on the Market!



Accessories for Tubes

Let’s not forget about the accessories that go along with the tubes. Such as tow rope and an inflator!

Folding Paddle

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.

Bicycle Lock

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 has a place for you to wrap your cable lock around! 

Whistle/Air Horn

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.

Dry Bag

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.

Clothing/Gear

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.

Click here to see full guide on what to wear when riding a jet ski.

Jet Ski Trailer Accessories

Check out the 9 must have 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.

 

Check out trailer jacks for Jet Ski trailers.

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.

 

Safety/emergency kit

You never know what can happen so having 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 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 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 increases the resale value of your ski.


 

27 comments

  • Thanks, I am going to be purchasing a jet ski this year and this information is very helpful.

  • No problem. If you have any questions about Jet Ski’s feel free to contact me as I’m always looking for things to write about when it comes to Jet Ski’s.

  • What an awesome guide 👏

  • Amazing! Just bought a sea doo gti se today and I was looking for things to complement the fun!! Thankful for this amazing article! Tks

  • Cool guide, thanks 👍👍👍

  • Steven,

    I have a question concerning the 155 wake edition. Can you really use to ski an adult behind or better just to use them for wakeboarding and tubing?

    Thanks

  • Yes. The 155HP is more than enough power for pulling an adult. Here is a video of people wakeboarding behind a Wake 155…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqqxkWQaEVY

  • Will most of the things fit in a Honda 1100 storage bin?

  • Yes, most of this stuff will fit. The bigger accessories like the Towable Tubes might not unless it’s small and deflated. Sometimes on long jet ski trips or rides, I have a dry bag hanging off a tow hook or something that I put items in.

  • What type of protectant should I put on the bumpers and grab handles to keep them looking new?

  • I’m a fan of Maxima SC1 Silicone Spray.

  • A few Sea Doo Spark related questions since you are owner:
    A few details I just purchased a 3up HO and a Trixx
    Are they powerful enough to pull a skier?
    Any Spark specific accessories you recommend?

  • Yes, a Spark with a 90HP engine is powerful enough to pull a skier. Here is a video of a guy being pulled with a Spark while on a Wake Skate. Just make sure to follow your State laws, you might only use the 3-seater with a spotter to be legal but each State is different. Ask your local dealer what the law is for your State. As for accessories, I would start off with getting the Cover and the Snap-in Fenders. If you can look into the retractable dock line as that can be useful when you go to the docks for a short stop. Don’t forget the basic must have accessories we mention above like life jacket, whistle, dock line, and waterproof phone box. If you plan on doing a lot of towing then make sure to get the Shock Tube we mention above as that can help to lower the chances of sucking up tow rope. —One more thing, you’re going to have a blast on that Trixx!

  • For the Seadoo GTI SE is the ski module or X Module better? I would only tow tubers. Is the retractable ski pylon worth the cost?

    Also, what about the bilge pump kit? Is that necessary?

    Handles with palm grips?

    Last question, is there a big difference in trailers? I am only going to start with one PWC and maybe get a second one the following year.

    Sorry, this will be my first purchase and just want to make sure I am only buying what I need for accessories.

  • Get the Ski-Module, it’s way better and more useful. Is it worth it to have the Ski Pylon? Yes, but it’s not needed. The ski pylon will make your ski a little bit more valuable when you go to sell it. It’s only useful for pulling Skier’s as it gets the line higher for them and it also helps to keep the rope out of the water more and lowers the risk of sucking it up. You don’t need it if you just pull tubes, but I highly recommend getting the Shock Tube if you do pull anything.

    The bilge pump is merely personal preference. These things are not like a boat and don’t take on much water if at all. They do have bailers tubes that suck water out but only work when the engine is on. If you plan on keeping the craft in the water 100% of the time then yes get the bilge pump. But if you keep it on a floating dock or on a trailer then it’s not worth the money.

    Any 2016 and up Sea-Doo will have the palm grips and yes they are worth it. If you get an older model Sea-Doo I would recommend putting them on.

    I recommend getting an Aluminum trailer. If you plan on having 2 but one for right now then looks at getting a double trailer now to save you in the future. The prices of trailers go up every year just like watercraft and not having to worry about trading in a single next year is worth it. Plus, aluminum double trailers hold their value very well if you ever want to upgrade it in the future. I go into more detail about what accessories to get for your trailer to make sure you’re good to go here.

    First purchase? I’ve been getting a lot of these. I think I’ll create a guide for the first-time buyer soon. Let me know if you have any more questions you would like answered.

  • By law, what items are required to be carried on the jet ski?

  • Every State is different but the big ones are 1) life jacket 2) Whistle 3) Registration Numbers. Many States require you to have some form of identification on you and it’s best to keep that in a dry bag like we mentioned above along with your other personal items. Above all else see what your state requires you to have while on a Jet Ski.

  • Just bought a Sea-Doo RXT-X 300, Red and Black. 300 HP. Cant wait, 0-60 in 3.8 seconds.
    Think it will pull a wake board or tube?
    LMAO, cant wait to ride it!

  • You’re going to love the RXT-X 300, one of the best looking Sea-Doo ever! And it’s quick too, like stupid quick!

  • Is there a good site to purchase used Jet Skis?

  • Craigslist, PWC Trader, or your local dealership’s website. If you don’t know where you local dealer is then go to Sea-Doo or Yamaha’s website and do a dealer locator, many dealerships that sell new also sell used.

  • Mike Schoonover

    We recently purchased 2-3 up sparks for our cabin. We tie them off at the dock and use the fenders to protect them. However, we would like to get lifts for them. Any recommendations? Also, is it a good idea to cover them while they are tied up? Thanks in advance.

  • I highly recommend getting lifts, the drive up kind, if you plan on keeping any jet ski in the water. I talk a little bit about the lifts and such in the bonus section of my e-book here http://www.steveninsales.com/used-jet-ski-buyers-guide/
    but try to get the ones you drive up on. EZ Dock makes some that will work fine, here is their site http://www.ez-dock.com/
    Depending on where you live you can find some local spots that sell these lifts if you google “jet ski dock” with your area code. I recommend letting them install them as they can be a pain unless you know what you’re doing and don’t forget the permits if your lake requires them.

  • Yamil Hernandez

    The foldable anchor you recommend. I recently got it, and it works great. One question though, is there a way to quickly dry it, or do you just stow it wet and forget it? Seems like it would grow mold, etc. Any tips for after use care?

  • I fling the water off the paddle and store it away. I don’t worry too much about mold as every season I clean all the accessories and the jet ski.

  • So informative! Thank you so much! I live in Florida on a lake. Right before Hurricane Irma hit, I pulled my JetSki up on the grass ( instead of keeping it on my floating dock) . The waves were so unbelievable on the lake during the hurricane that a lot of water filled with sand and debris crashed into the rear of my JetSki. Even though I Had it in reverse in hopes of preventing debris from crashing in, there is still a lot of sand and weeds that I keep pulling out of it. What is the best way for me to ensure everything is cleared out of it, short of sending it to the shop? P.S. I did unscrew the drain plug no water came out, so I don’t think there’s water damage to the engine, however I have not started it since the hurricane.

  • Hope everyone is okay! The best thing to do is take it to the shop if you’re unsure. If it was me I would put it back in the water and shake it up a bit to loosen any debris that may be stuck. I doubt any water got into the engine but if you’re unsure you can take out the dipstick and check to see if the oil looks like a runny milkshake. If the oil is not runny and looks black or a dark amber then you should be fine.

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