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 Jet Ski Accessories to keep you legal, safe, and having fun!
It doesn’t matter if you have a Sea-Doo, Yamaha, or a Kawasaki as these Jet Ski Accessories will work for you.
Not only are life jackets required by law but it could also save your life. A life jacket will keep you afloat if you get hurt and fall off the watercraft.
Getting the right size life jacket is very important as the wrong size could make things worse. You’ll also want a variety of sizes for when guest come over to keep everyone safe when jet skiing.
I highly recommend you check out O’Neill Men’s Superlite USCG Life Vest in the correct size by using my guide here.
Waterproof Dry Box for Phone
Our cell phones have become extensions to ourselves, and many would be lost if something happened to it.
Waterproof dry boxes not only keep your phone dry but have padding to protect it from the rough ride. Dry boxes will also float and are easy to see if you drop them in the water.
Your smartphone is the essential jet ski accessory and must remain protected! Smartphones can be used to make calls or even use the GPS maps if you get lost.
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.
Marine dock line such as Double Braid Nylon Dockline is used by most. But 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 anchors vs. all the other types of anchors do get confusing. To keep it simple check out my guide on anchors.
Solar Battery Charger
Driving your car every day keeps the battery charged and active for years.
You don’t drive your jet ski as often, and its battery goes flat quicker because of this.
Keeping your jet ski battery charged and active for years is easy with a solar battery charger.
You’ll want to stay under 5-watts for solar chargers, anything more will 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.
A fender for the front and rear sides is all you need. The HULL HUGRHH-P1B PWC Fender works great because of its hinged design.
Tip: Before docking, you’ll want to 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 you can have on the water! 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, so it’s essential to get the one that fits your style of riding.
Tubes & Styles
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!
A folding paddle is something you’ll never need until you really need one. You may never have any problems listed below but if you do you’ll be glad you got a folding paddle.
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!
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 cable lock around the front bow hook.
Most drive up docks 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. The cable lock will also work for trailers and other lifts too.
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.
A dry bag works great to keep your clothes other other items protected from the water. A dry bag is one of the first jet ski accessories I recommend to new riders.
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.
When it’s cold you wear a wetsuit and when its warm you wear a rash guard. The rash guard protects you from the sun and helps to keep you cool in the summer months.
Riding gloves are a must-have to cut down on hand fatigue and blisters.
I also wear water shoes to protect my feet from rocks and to give me grip.
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 ones that are flexible and not a fixed hard body. Storage compartments on jet skis are oddly shaped openings and a hard cooler won’t fit.
I recommend getting a cooler that collapses like the CleverMade SnapBasket Soft-Sided Collapsible Cooler.
Coolers are perfect for the family outings or when you stop to relax!
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 watercraft.
Jet Ski Ladder
Boats come with ladders but some jet skis don’t. 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. 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. Check out a Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker on Amazon.
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 it’ll get lost 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 will fade your jet ski if you don’t keep it covered. A faded jet ski is hard to resell and faded fiberglass damages easier.
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.
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.
Straps keep your jet ski on the trailer in more ways than one.
There have been a few times my front trailer hook broke and the rear straps saved my jet ski.
Not only that, straps keep the rear of the watercraft from sliding around on the trailer. This is why I do a strap on each side of the watercraft.
I know trailer straps can be confusing and intimidating, but this video here does a great job explaining how to use them.
You never know what can happen so a safety kit is nice to have. Size matters so stick with the kits that are small. Don’t get fancy because you have your phone for the serious stuff.
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. Having nice looking seats can increase the resale value of your ski.
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