Since a Jet Ski has no wheels you’ll need somewhere to place it. You can either keep it on a trailer or in the water. The trailer works great if you want to go to other water locations to ride, but most people don’t want to be bothered with this. Most people like to keep their jet ski in the water at all times and they will come to find that you just can’t leave a jet ski in the water.
Just with anything left in water, a boat can get lake slime or ocean corrosion that slowly eats away at your PWC. The simple solution is to keep the craft out of the water and to do this you’ll need a lift.
Jet Ski Lifts really come in two different types, drive up on and straight up and down lifts.
The most popular and cheapest solution is to buy one of the drive-up on lifts that connect to the dock. The drive up on lifts can vary in price. These are also the simplest and will last the longest if you can find a used one then buy it! Since all they do is float on top of the water its the only one getting dirty and not your nice new jet ski. To go on to the lift you simply drive up on it and to get off you just pull the jet ski off. Drive-up lift requires no motors and is very simple to maintain and service. Common manufacturers are EZ-Port.
The next lift is the vertical lift that lifts the watercraft into the air and also drops into the water. This lift uses bunks on an aluminum housing like on a trailer that is connected to an electric motor that winches a steel cable that lifts the personal watercraft out of the water. This gets the PWC out of the water and is the only option if you live on a busy cove that has constant water splashing around. This is the more premium of the lifts but is the most effective at keeping the jet ski out of the water.
When getting a lift installed you need to factor in the width and the height. Every jet ski is different in size. The weight of the jet ski and the capacity of the winch that lifts the watercraft out of the water is a major factor too and must be considered before buying. Jet Ski’s are getting bigger and bigger every year so pay close attention the size of the boat before making your final decision.
A free solution is to beach the watercraft, but this only gets the craft slightly out the water. The back end will be in the water which just happens to be the most important part of the craft that needs the most protection. You should avoid beaching jet skis for long period times (days) to avoid doing damage. Plus the constant beaching will also cause damage to the front hull of the ski.