A lot has changed since I wrote my last must-have jet ski accessories post. There are many new accessories I wanted to add to that list, but I feel like a whole new post on it will be more useful.
I’ve added new PWC accessories to consider and some helpful tips you won’t find anywhere else. Along with that, I’ve included many helpful posts I’ve written since then to really give you an Ultimate Post on PWC accessories and Tips for watercraft.
These accessories below are what I consider the “must-haves” for any owner. Not only are these items great to have, but some are required by law in many locations.
1. Life Jackets
A life jacket is the number one thing to have on when you’re on a jet ski. I don’t care if you’re the best swimmer in the world, you need to wear a life jacket. The life jacket is made to keep you afloat if you get knocked out, or something happens where you can’t swim to safety.
There are life jackets for Kids, Women, Men, and even dogs. I have a guide here where I discuss sizing and what life jackets to get.
Here is a quick glance at the life jackets I recommend for each person…
Kids (Make sure to get the correct size!)- Stearns Youth Boating Vest (50-90 lbs.)*
2. Dry Bag
Riding a Jet Ski is a very wet event, and keeping your stuff dry is ideal. Plus, it’s nice to have a bag to carry stuff from your jet ski and back.
You want dry bags that are bright in color and float. I’m a fan of the Earth Pak Dry Bag here.*
A dry bag has become such a vital PWC accessory to have with the rise of the REC-LITE category of watercraft. The REC-LITE’s don’t have much storage, but you can clip a dry bag on your REC-LITE Watercraft to give you some.
Remember: Many REC-LITE PWCs don’t have dry storage, and a dry bag is vital if you carry anything you don’t want to get wet. Make sure to secure the bag properly, so it doesn’t come loose.
Don’t forget to bring a towel! Sounds silly, but a towel is often the most overlooked PWC accessories to bring. It’s nice being able to dry off before leaving the jet ski to eat or to get the water off your feet.
Another perk of a towel is that it serves 2 purposes, you can dry off with it and use it to wrap anchors and other pointy objects as to not damage the inside of the watercraft. The more you can dampen the movement of things like anchors when riding in a bouncing jet ski, the less likely they will get damaged in the storage compartment.
4. Spare Phone
This one is going to sound odd, but your jet ski needs a smartphone. To better explain this, I recommend checking out my post on it here.
Trust me; it makes sense when you consider how cheap smartphones have become + prices of plans + GPS + finding the location of the phone/PWC.
5. Solar Panel Charger
It’s not that the jet ski batteries are not great, but the fact they don’t get driven often enough to keep the battery in good shape. A Solar Charger will help to maintain the battery when you don’t ride it.
I do want to make it clear that a Solar Charger is more of a maintainer and not a “recharge a dead battery when stuck in the middle of the lake.”
6. First Aid Kit
Not very many people keep a First Aid Kit in their watercraft. I find this odd as I’ve been cut and hurt before from regular riding.
But riding and getting hurt is not the biggest concern, as most accidents seem to happen when you dock or loading onto the trailer. A good First Aid kit like this here* is just nice to have around.
7. Whistle / Air Horn
Most States and Countries require you to have a whistle, and not only have one but easily access it. I like to get as many (bright color ones) as I do life jackets and clip them all onto them.
The Whistle or Air Horn is to get other boater’s attention if you need help. A whistle for sure is one of the most needed PWC accessories.
A paddle is something you don’t need until you really need one. I’ve had to use one 2 times, but I was truly grateful I had one.
With a Folding Paddle like this one here*, it makes perfect sense to have one in your jet ski. It’s one of those PWC accessories that you should really get.
To give you an example of why a Paddle is so nice to have. If you suck up tow-rope, the engine usually completely shuts off, and you’re a floating tub out there with no power. If you had a paddle, you could make it home.
9. Shock Tube / Impeller Protector
Talk about sucking up tow-rope. A shock tube or often called Impeller Protector* can help keep that tow-rope away from the pump.
You got to bear in mind that you’re riding a very powerful vacuum, and it’s not a matter of “if” you’ll suck something up but a matter of “when.” A shock tube can help to lower those chances as it allows the rope to float and extend it a little bit away from the pump.
Tip: Avoid backing up when pulling tubes, as that is for sure a great way to suck up tow-ropes. Once it sucked up, the Tow Rope usually needs to be cut out. You can learn more about what to do when sucking up stuff here.
From what I can tell, most places require you to display Boat Registration Numbers on the side of your PWC. It doesn’t matter if you live in the USA or Australia, you’ll need them.
Boat Numbers are like license plates for boats and wave runners.
Don’t get “Mailbox Numbers” as they don’t hold up very well, especially if you have a Sea-Doo Spark. The best option is to get custom numbers made or pre-cut numbers.
11. Bungee Dock Line
You’re going to need dock line for when you’re at the docks. Why not get the Bungee dock line like this here?* It stores better and has some flex to it and works wonderfully for jet skis.
Dock line is one of the first PWC accessories I mention to new jet ski owners.
12. Waterproof Phone Cases
Even if you have a Dry Bag and your phone is waterproof, you still need to get a waterproof case. It’s to add protection to the phone and keep it away from other items like sunscreen your flip-flops inside the dry bag.
There is an old saying that goes “the 2 worse things for your boat is sun and water”. The funny part is that it’s true.
The best thing about jet ski covers is that it keeps the Sun off the watercraft. The Sun can fade your watercraft and crack the Vinyl of the seat. Let’s not forget, nature and her friend’s (birds) like to make messes on our nice and shiny watercrafts.
Things That Could Save Your Life / Safety Gear
This part is just as important, if not more important, than the must-haves mentioned above. The gear here are things that could save your life or general safety gear. You don’t need all these things, but some make sense to have.
14. Fire Extinguisher
I’m surprised by how many jet skis don’t have a fire extinguisher or have one that is out of date. If you bought a used watercraft, then buy a new one. If your machine is over 3 years old, then get a new one.
And I know many people are like “if my jet ski is on fire I’ll jump in the water.” While that maybe true, but the fire extinguisher could save your life or the person you’re riding with if their ski is on fire. Watercraft are made of fiberglass, which is highly flammable, and there is a reason why all models sold have a spot for a fire extinguisher.
15. Emergency Flashlight
An Emergency Flashlight is In case you get stuck after dark, which is not legal and need to flash SOS. Or you get home late and need to see the docks better.
It’s rare, but sometimes you may need to cut a line or help someone that is hung up on rope or wildlife(weeds). Make sure the knife is secured away and that it’s not easily available to children. If you can store the knife in a box out of the way and always be safe when using it.
A knife is one of those PWC accessories that no one ever remembers but can get you out of the most sticky situations.
17. Skier Down Flag
If you plan on pulling Skiers or Tubes, a Skier Down orange flag is what you display on the craft to let other boaters know you have a person in the water.
They make a GPS that you can use on your jet ski, and they work amazingly if you’re like me and get lost easily.
There is another option, and that is your Phone. You know how earlier in the post I was talking about why your PWC needs a Smartphone? Well, this is one of the reasons, and here is that post to explain it more.
19. Portable Jump Pack
If you can’t or don’t want to keep your battery charged with either the Solar Charger we mentioned earlier or a wall charger, then a Portable Jump Pack is a must-have.
A portable jump pack will allow you to jump the battery of your jet ski. You need to use a jump pack and NEVER a running car to jump the battery of your watercraft. Where the jump pack shines is that you don’t buy it for the jet ski, you buy it for your car. Your car might need to use it before the watercraft does and so you keep it in the car, but when you trailer the watercraft to the ramp, and on the rare chance, you need to jump start your machine, you’ll have the jump pack ready to go.
The best jump starters are the super capacitor ones* as you don’t need to keep it charged, will charge itself from your dead battery, and they last for a good amount of time. I covered super capacitor jump packs in my post about jump-starting a jet ski.
20. Bilge pump / Bailer
Just about every boat has a bilge pump, but not every jet ski. Do you need one? Not really. Unless you keep the watercraft in the water all the time.
I don’t recommend keeping your jet ski floating in the water all the time and go into great details here. If you do plan on keeping your jet ski in the water you’ll for sure need this PWC accessory.
If you do get a Bilge Pump, I recommend letting your dealership install it for you, as it can be a handful if you never installed one before.
21. A 12-Volt Accessories
You’re starting to see 12-volt plugs popping up on new watercraft these days. The 12-volt plug works perfectly for charging your phone or powering an air pump to inflate towable tubes.
Make sure to get the plug that works with your model jet ski if you do get one. Also, talk to your local dealer about getting a plug installed if you don’t have one.
22. PWC Depth Finder
If you fish or ride where there is plenty of shallow water, then a depth finder is something you should look into.
The trick with depth finders is to get one from the same manufacturer as your jet ski. Installation is a lot easier and cleaner as the built-in display will show the depth.
It’s best to check with your local dealer to see if they have options for depth finders for you and the cost.
In all honesty, a depth finder is cool, but it’s not one of the must-have PWC accessories.
Clothing and Gear
I have a great guide on what to wear on a jet ski here. But let’s talk about some of them…
A rash guard is a shirt you wear to keep the sun off you while you ride and to keep the life jacket from rubbing too much on your skin.
A rash guard is one of those hidden gems of PWC accessories that everyone should have, but no one ever gets.
It’s bright out there, with the sun above you and the water below you glistening. Plus, sunglasses keep the water out of your eyes when you’re splashing in the waves.
Make sure to get some floating sunglasses just in case you drop them in the water.
26. Wetsuit Bottoms
This one can be awkward to talk about. You need them and if you want to know why, check your watercraft’s warning stickers.
27. PWC Gloves
Riding Gloves use to be a thing I thought was stupid until I started getting blisters. You don’t realize it, but when riding a machine with greater takeoff power than most cars, you’ll get a death grip on the handlebars.
You don’t want to let go, and all the jumping around starts to wear out your hands and can cause blisters.
Some old watercraft handles are worn out or have those stupid ripple grips that cut into your hand-over time and make wearing gloves a must-have.
Check out my whole post on jet ski gloves here.
28. PWC Shoes
There are some Do and Don’t when it comes to footwear on a jet ski. Too much to cover here, but this guide will help greatly.
29. Compact Rain Jacket / Poncho
I never really talk about getting stuck in the rain, but sometimes a summer shower can come out of nowhere. And I know what some people think, you’re on a jet ski, so expect to get wet.
But then the same individuals get stuck out in the middle of a downpour and realize that it’s a very different game. Driving in the rain hurts – feels like little needles hitting you when you go over 20mph. And if it’s thundering, the last place on earth you need to be is on a watercraft in the middle of the water.
So having a compact rain poncho that you can whip out, and race home is very needed. In a heavy downpour, you need to get somewhere safe, and any protection can help.
The key takeaway is not to drive a jet ski when raining, but sometimes it happens, and a little rain jacket can go a long way.
Coolers and Water Bottles
You can’t just buy any cooler for your jet ski. The storage compartments are usually too small to support the fixed body coolers.
I recommend getting AO Coolers Canvas Soft Cooler with High-Density Insulation*.
You can buy Cooler Racks, but mostly fisherman buy them to keep the fish in. Cooler Racks are not for the average person as it gets installed in the back where it makes it hard to get back on the watercraft if you fall off. Also, you have to drill into the body of the craft, and not many people want to do that, and once installed those holes are there whether you like the cooler rack or not. I say stick to the simple coolers instead.
31. Water Bottle Holders
I know many Yamaha Waverunners come with bottle holders, which are really nice.
But you can add some to your watercraft if you like. But I think the best method is to just place the bottle in the glove box with a towel to keep it from bouncing around.
You can get some water bottles that mount to your back by use of a backpack, but that doesn’t work well when you have a life jacket on. I would also avoid the handlebar mounts, as jet skis don’t have much handlebar space, and it can become a safety issue.
Docking / Beaching
32. Fenders / Bumpers
If you don’t want your watercraft to get scratched or damaged when docked, you’ll need to get Fenders. Fenders are one of PWC accessories that is the second thing I tell people to buy when they start out.
If you want to anchor your jet ski, you’ll need the correct anchor. Every location is different and requires the correct anchor to go along with it.
34. Floating Dock
If you’re not going to be towing your jet ski all the time and not have marina storage, then you should get a floating dock to place your machine on.
I talk more about this in my post about keeping your jet ski in the water here. But the main thing is that you want one that fits your Personal Watercraft. Go for good used ones as they hold their value and get them installed. In the post link, I talk about where you can get them, too.
Tow Sport Accessories
35. Towable Tubes
The best part of owning a jet ski has got to be the tubing! But I bet you’re wondering if your jet ski can pull a tube? Well, guess who has a link to another post that answers that question? This GUY!
You’ll want to stick to tubes that are 2 or 1 person for Jet Skis because of laws in most States. I’m a big fan of the SPORTSSTUFF Big Mable Towable but there is many to choose from.
After owning a jet ski for a few weeks, you’ll find yourself getting a towable tube because it’s a must-have on the PWC accessories list!
If you want more of a challenge, then you can also wakeboard behind a PWC. A PWC won’t have the weight to create big waves, but it’s a lot quicker to hop on and wakeboard than on a big boat.
Sea-Doo even makes WAKE Edition watercrafts if that is more your style. They even have the wakeboard holders, which is super helpful. You also get SKI-MODE with those crafts, which make tow sports so much easier for the driver and the person being pulled.
37. Tow Rope
If you’re going to be pulling people, then you’ll need the tow-rope to do it.
You have tow-rope for Tubes – AIRHEAD AHTR-22 Tube Rope 2 Section with Float, 2 Rider*
And tow-ropes for Wakeboards – Airhead AHWR-1, 2AHS-1100 or 1200 Wakeboard Rope*
38. Booster Ball
If you ever had the tube go underwater or the unwanted jolt, then you need a Booster Ball.
39. Tube Inflators
With many waverunners coming with 12-volt plugs, it makes it easier to inflate tubes on your jet ski with a Tube Inflator like this one here.*
Tip: Try to get the inflators that also deflate, so it’s easier to store the tube away when you’re done with it.
Sea-Doo has so many cool accessories for their watercraft that I thought they deserve their own section.
I do want to be clear, most if not all the accessories in this Sea-Doo section will only fit Sea-Doo and only certain model Sea-Doo’s. Make sure to read which model it fits before buying.
40. Ski Pylon
When I was selling Sea-Doo’s the most common PWC accessory to add was Ski Pylons. This thing mounts in the rear and gets the tow-rope up and at a more level angle for the wakeboarder. This comes on the WAKE Series Sea-Doo. The best perk is that it has handles for the spotter to hold on to.
If you do a lot of pull sports, then a Ski Pylon is a must-have if you ask me. The only downside is that I recommend getting a dealership to install it for you, as you do have to drill into the fiberglass. But boy is it worth it!
41. Retractable Dock Line
Retractable Dock Line is one of those things where we ask “why was this not invented sooner?”.
It’s dock line that you pull out quickly and tie up and retracts back in when you’re done. It’s dock line that is ready to go when you need it.
I wouldn’t use it for long-term storage, but only for going to the gas docks or for a quick tie up. I would still use regular thicker dock line for all the other times. I would also get these installed by a dealership too.
42. Snap In Fenders
Fenders or bumpers should be easy, and Sea-Doo figured it out with these Snap-In Fenders.
Like the 2 other Sea-Doo PWC Accessories, I recommend you get the dealer to install them, but if you have a Sea-Doo Spark, then you should already have the holes for it. If you have an older body watercraft (2010 or below), then there is a good chance they won’t fit. Make sure to check to see if your watercraft can fit them before you get them.
43. Sea-Doo Depth Finder
Like we talked about earlier in this post, Sea-Doo makes a depth finder that you can install, and it will display the depth on the Gauge.
You’ll want to ensure your Sea-Doo can use the Depth Finder before getting one. It’s best to contact your local dealer about the options and the price of a depth finder for your Sea-Doo.
44. Sea-Doo Reboarding Ladder
A reboarding ladder is a must-have. The good news is that many PWCs already have one. The bad news is if you don’t have one, it will require some drilling to install it.
Once again, I recommend letting the dealership install it for you and make sure they put some waterproof sealant on the holes since it’s below the water line.
45. Sea-Doo Palm Grips
Ever since Sea-Doo came out with these new Palm Grips, I’ve been in love with them. They do make a difference, and if your model Sea-Doo supports them, they’re super easy to install. In most cases, all you need is a 10mm socket to install them and to get the old ones off.
You don’t realize how much of a beating your wrist take when jumping waves, and these Palm Grips really help with that.
46. Ski Mode
If you do a lot of tow sports and have a Sea-Doo that can have Ski-Mode installed, then I highly recommend looking into it.
Ski-Mode allows you to set the speed that the person being pull likes and also lets you pick the takeoff power too. All the driver has to do once activated is hold the throttle in, and the computer does all the work for you. This also makes it repeatable for the person being pulled, as the computer will take off and cruise at the same speed every time in Ski-Mode.
This feature is on the Wake model Sea-Doo’s too. If you know a bit about electronics, then it’s not too hard to install, if not, get the dealership to do it.
Sea-Doo Spark Gear
This is an overview of the Spark PWC Accessories, for the full guide click here
47. Tow Pro for Spark
Just like the Ski Pylon the Spark has its own towing accessory. This one also can hold a wakeboard and also only for the Sea-Doo Spark.
The Spark Tow Pro is only for 3-seater models. To learn more about the Tow Pro, check it out on Sea-Doo’s site here.
48. Spark Registration Numbers
Since the Spark is not the standard fiberglass body, registration numbers can be a tricky affair. Sea-Doo makes some numbers that stick the best to the body that you can find here.*
49. Spark Step
Not all Sea-Doo Sparks come with a reboarding step and having one makes it easier to get back on the craft from the water.
You can get the Spark RE-Boarding Step here*, and it’s not too hard to install, but make sure to put some waterproof sealant in the holes. The instructions will say what sealant works the best. Be sure to allow the sealant to dry for 24 hours before putting the PWC in the water.
50. Spark Key
The Spark Key can be different than the other Sea-Doo models. Many of the Sparks that were sold only had the magnetic Spark Key, which can start any Spark.
But many of the latest models (iBR ones) have the digital key, which needs to be programmed by a dealership.
No matter what you have, it’s nice to have a spare key.
Yamaha Waverunner Accessories
Here is a list of Yamaha PWC Accessories.
51. Pull Up Cleats
This is one PWC accessories I wish Sea-Doo had. You can pull up the cleats to tie off at the dock or to tie off your fenders. When done, you just tuck them away – so simple and easy.
Make sure to call your local dealer and ask them if your model waverunner works with these cleats.
52. Yamaha Cover
Every waverunner should have a cover, and I find the ones from the manufacturer to fit the best.
53. Yamaha Fenders
54. Storage Pack
55. Handle Bar Pack
56. Reboarding Step
57. Yamaha Towable Tubes
Yamaha has their own towable tubes, like OEM Yamaha Torpedo Watersports Tube 12 Riders SBT-TORPE-DO-11.
58. Yamaha Wakeboard
You can even get Yamaha Wakeboard too.
59. Yamaha Wakeboard Bags
If you wakeboard, then you’re going to need a bag to keep it in to keep the board and the watercraft from scraping on each other. Plus, it keeps the dirt and other items that can get it dirty off it.
60. Yamaha 12-Volt Adaptor
It’s nice being able to charge your phone or GPS when riding. Yamaha has an adaptor that can be installed. Make sure your model watercraft will fit before buying. A very convenient accessory to have for any craft.
61. Yamaha Flush Hose
Winterizing and flushing the Yamaha jet ski and most watercraft is a normal thing. Some model Yamaha’s will need the flush hose like this here* to be able to flush. It’s critical you follow the owner’s manual closely when flushing to keep from hydro-locking your engine.
62. Kill Switch Lanyard
Yamaha uses a Kill Switch Lanyard that attaches to your wrist or life jacket. If you fall off, the engine shuts off when the safety lanyard is pulled from the switch. It’s nice to have a spare one as they get lost easily from my experiences.
Every jet ski should have a cover, and I find the ones from the manufacturer to fit the best. Out of all the jet ski accessories, a cover is something that should be standard on all watercraft, but they’re not, so it’s wise to get one.
64. Kill Switch Lanyard
Just like Yamaha, Kawasaki uses a kill switch safety lanyard too, but in its own design. You can get a multipurpose safety lanyard for many jet ski models.
Many of the standard stuff we talk about above and below will work on most Kawasaki Jet Skis too.
Cleaning Your PWC
I have a great post on my method I used to clean 100’s (if not 1,000’s) of Jet Ski’s Here. But here are a few items from that post to help you keep your jet ski clean.
65. Vinyl Cleaner and Protector
Often overlooked, Vinyl Cleaner is a must-have if you want your jet ski seats to last. Just like your skin, Vinyl can crack and wear out without the proper protection.
Vinyl can also be tricky to clean, so make sure to get some vinyl cleaner or vinyl protector* for your jet ski.
66. Simple Green
I like using Simple Green to clean the really nasty parts of the Jet Ski. Like when the footwells fill with water and if it sits too long, it gets really nasty. I also spray the engine compartment with simple green to clean it along with cleaning the storage compartments with it too.
The trick with Simple Green is to dilute it 50/50 with water. Never use it on Aluminum (jet ski trailers) or oxidized fiberglass. You’ll know your jet ski is oxidized if the finish is dull or chalky.
Once you spray on the Simple Green, you need to spray it off with water. Don’t let it sit too long.
To clean a jet ski, I use some boat wash. You can use car soap but don’t, it’s not fully the same stuff, and the boat cleaner is made for fiberglass.
69. Long Handle Scrub Brush
Having a long handle scrub brush is great for cleaning those hard to reach areas like the footwells and storage buckets.
70. SC1 Silicone Spray
Everyone has their favorite finishing spray, and mine is SC1. It’s silicone, and I find it to hold up better than most sprays. It makes the black plastic look good and gives the body a nice smoothness to it. You can get some SC1 Silicone Spray.
Just make sure you don’t spray it anywhere that you need to grip or place your feet, as it can be slippery. Also, don’t forget to follow the directions on the can too!
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71. Trailer Tongue Jack
Out of all the accessories for a jet ski trailer, a tongue jack is a must-have. You want some weight on the tongue of the trailer to keep it from bouncing around. To make life easier, a tongue jack can be used to crank the trailer off the ball of your truck.
Try to get a tongue jack like this one* where it goes up and down and also has a wheel to make it easier to move around your garage or driveway.
72. Wheel Chocks
If you have a trailer, you’re going to need to chock the wheels off. I recommend blocking off both sides of the tire, and maybe even going as far as blocking both sides of the trailer off.
I like to use wheel chocks for my trailers. Make sure to pay attention to where the trailer is sloping down and block off the correct side of the tire.
To be safe, if you don’t know, get 4 chocks and block off both sides of the tire and both sides of the trailer.
73. Trailer Locks
A tongue lock is a great way to keep people from driving away with your jet ski.
Just because the trailer has a lock on it doesn’t mean someone can’t still steal the ski. I go into greater detail about ways to protect your jet ski here.
74. Trailer Straps
Most, if not all, jet ski trailers will have a front strap that you use to ratchet the ski on the trailer from the water. When towing your jet ski, it’s best to also strap down the rear too.
As someone who has had many of those front straps break on them, I highly recommend strapping down the rear of your watercraft. I like using ratchet straps like these here* to keep my jet ski tied down in the rear.
I know ratchet straps have a learning curve to them, but it is what you should use. Here is a great video you can watch on YouTube about how to use ratchet straps
75. Spare tire
Even if you only go a few miles to launch your jet ski, a spare tire is a must for your trailer.
When the tire goes, you’re stuck.
You either leave the jet ski and hope no one takes it while you try to hunt down a spare tire, which, for some odd reason, are hard to find when you need one. Or you stay with the ski and have someone else look for that hard to find the spare tire that the only place that has them seems to be closed at the most inconvenient times. (You can tell I’ve been through this before).
It is vital you get the correct spare tire for your trailer. You’ll have 4-Lug or 5-Lug spare tire options. Along with the lugs, you’ll also have the tire size too. A single jet ski trailer tire is smaller than a double size tire, and putting the wrong size tire on your trailer can be very bad. If in doubt, visit your local dealer about getting a spare tire.
76. Trailer Jack
I would get a Jack to keep in my car in case you need to replace the tire of your trailer.
Even if your car has a jack, it sometimes not tall enough or is annoying to use. Also, many cars these days don’t even have a spare tire and jack, so bringing your own Jack is a must-have jet ski trailer accessory.
77. Trailer Guides For Backing Up
Backing up a jet ski trailer is not easy, I have a guide on that here to help give you some pointers.
To make it easier, you can use Trailer Guides like this here* that will show you the ends of the trailer. These rear guides purpose is to help guide you in from the water to the trailer and to keep the rear from swinging away from you. But they also work great to let you know where the left and right ends of the trailer are when it’s hard to see from your car.
The thing with trailers is that the smaller it is the harder it is to back up. But with practice it becomes easy.
78. Oil Change Kits For PWCs
If you plan on changing your own oil, then get the oil change kits. Every manufacturer is different, so make sure to get the correct one and make sure to follow the directions closely.
What I recommend is letting the dealership do the oil changes for you because you will need some special tools for some watercrafts.
79. Oil Extractors
One Special tool if you do your own oil changes will be an oil extractor. Where in a car you have a drain plug that drains the oil out, but on a Jet Ski you don’t have such a thing.
On a jet ski, you must suck the oil out of the engine, and an Oil Extractor like the Hydro-Turf Oil Extractor 6-Liter OIL01* is needed.
80. Spark Plugs
If you have a 2-stroke jet ski, you need to keep extra spark plugs with you at all times. 2-Strokes are bad about fouling spark plugs, and that could make the ski run rough or not at all. The way you can tell if you have a 2-Stroke is that you add oil to a tank, or you DON’T have a dipstick.
You do not see many 2-Strokes anymore, in fact, Sea-Doo’s last 2-Stroke was in 2007. Most PWCs now are 4-stroke, where you change the oil every year or sooner if you ride a lot.
I’ve noticed that many manufacturers say you can go 2 years without changing the spark plugs, but I think that is just stupid. I recommend changing your spark plugs every year or when you do an oil change.
81. Load Tester
A load tester is just a nice tool to have around the house. A load tester will determine if a battery is strong enough to start an engine.
When someone has trouble starting their jet ski they would often pull out a voltmeter as it’s more common to have and tell me that the battery reads proper voltage. But I have to say to them that it’s not the volts that start an engine but the amps. The only way to tell if you have enough amps to start an engine is to put a load on it, which a load tester works perfectly for.
If you ever have starting issues with your jet ski, I have a guide here that can help.
82. Battery Charger
If you’re not using your machine for a month or more, then it’s best to keep the battery on charge. A jet ski battery is small and goes stale quicker than a car battery. Combine that with the fact that people don’t ride their machines as much as their cars – a jet ski battery can die sooner.
But if you keep a battery charger or the solar charger that I really recommend getting, then the battery can last a little bit longer.
Stay under 2 amps for a battery charger for a jet ski. I like to use Battery Tender 021-0123 Battery Tender Junior 12V, 0.75A Battery Charger.*
If you like to keep your jet skis in the garage, but the trailer takes up too much room, then you need to get a stand.
84. Winterizing and Fogging
If you live somewhere that gets cold, or you plan on not using your jet ski for months, then it’s best to winterize it or do storage procedures on it.
I think a video on that topic is better than writing about it..
Gas goes bad. If you don’t use your jet ski for months, then it’s best to put some Stabil for boats and jet skis into your gas tank. Make sure to read the directions to know how much to put in.
Bad gas can make a jet ski not run right, as it is a high-performance engine and needs the optimal fuel. You might even get a check engine light on some models with bad gas in it.
The Little Things Often Forgotten About
86. Extra lanyards
Pick up some extra safety lanyards because you will lose the ones you have now, that’s just the way it goes. And the jet ski won’t start unless you have the safety lanyard in place. Lanyards are one of the PWC accessories you should have spare of.
If you have a Sea-Doo, then your safety lanyard is your key, and you would need to get each key programmed to your jet skis. It’s a little bit more work for you, and I have a guide on what to do about keys here.
87. Action Camera
It’s just cool to capture the adventures on your jet ski with a camera. There are so many action cameras around that it makes the perfect gift (Christmas and Birthday’s hint-hint) for someone you know.
I’m a fan of the GoPro HERO5 Black.* Make sure to get an action camera that is waterproof and takes great video.
88. Bluetooth Speakers
You can get some portable Bluetooth speakers just about anywhere these days, but I like the Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Next Generation Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker.* Make sure to look at ones that are waterproof as you will be on the water.
You can get a custom speaker job done on your jet ski, but it’s best to let a pro do that for you.
Avoid speakers made for ATVs. They don’t fit right and don’t stay on for long. I’ve seen people on YouTube put them on, and it looks fine, but they use straps, and I can tell it won’t stay put after a few waves.
I’ve found that if you want music, just get a big Bluetooth speaker that fits in the front storage of your jet ski and just crank up the music. Then you can take it out when you dock and bring the music with you.
89. Floating Keychain
Sometimes you got to bring your keys with you. And sure you may keep them in the dry box, but also sometimes you’ll pull them out, or they’ll slip out and fall into the water.
If you have a Floating Keychain, you’ll be able to get them back. It’s better to be over prepared. It may seem like one of those funny PWC accessories, but it so worth it.
Not a PWC accessory, but something that is so much more vital! No one is perfect, and things do happen. You would be a fool not to have jet ski insurance, even if your state doesn’t require it.
As someone who has been in many jet ski accidents and seen many damaged watercraft from the act of nature, I highly recommend getting insurance.
Try calling up your current provider for your home or car, as they might already have options for you before searching for jet ski only insurance.
Consider: Look into umbrella insurance if you have other people riding your jet ski. I’ve found that jet skis tend to ride in places where there are expensive boats, houses, and docking areas and your regular insurance will only cover so much. So ask your insurance agent about umbrella insurance to protect you.
91. Cable Locks
If you keep your jet ski on a floating dock, then I recommend the PWC accessories Master Lock 8417D Python Adjustable Locking Cable.* This lock will allow you to secure your watercraft to the dock and keep people from pushing it off and towing it away.
The lock is not meant to replace the dock line, but to work with it. I’ve seen some heavy rainstorms break regular dock line and set a jet ski free. Having that extra cable with the dock line will help. But more importantly, keep people from stealing it.
Even if you have a jet ski with a digital key, or locked by a fob, people can still push it off the dock and tow it away.
Fishing Equipment Catalog
- Kool Stuff Jetski Fishing Rod & Cooler Rack Combo*
- YETI Roadie 20 Cooler*
- Fishing Rod Holder
- Marine GPS Navigator*
Jet Ski Parts
Not Everyone Needs These PWC Accessories, But Something To Consider
Buying a jet ski is confusing, it gets even more complicated when you’re told to get things you might not need. Here are some examples of things the average person might not need to get.
92. Hoist Straps
Sometimes you need to transfer your jet ski to another trailer or stand. You would use Hoist Straps to do that. But these straps will also need a device that can pick up the jet ski with the straps.
With some jet skis weighing over 1,000 pounds, you have to be careful.
The places that should consider these straps are dealerships, repair shops, or maybe the backyard mechanic. The average Joe doesn’t need them and could hurt themselves if they don’t know what they’re doing.
If you’re wondering what a jet ski or trailer can weigh, then I have a post for you here.
93. Sea-Doo Sea Scooter
A Sea-Doo Sea Scooter is one of those really cool PWC accessories to have if you play in the pool or a diver. You can easily carry it in your jet ski storage compartment and pull it out when you anchor to putt around on.
A Sea Scooter is something to consider if your lifestyle calls for one.
You don’t need a helmet for your jet ski unless you’re a racer or want to be very cautious.
With jet skis, you should not be close to each other and should maintain a safe distance. But in racing, you’re really close to each other reaching insane speeds, so a helmet is a must-have for that.
Make sure to get a helmet for your jet ski that dries quickly and allows you to breathe well.
95. Owners Manual
Losing your owner’s manual for your craft is easy. Here are some links to some manufacturers to download a new one.
96. Starting Your Watercraft
Only start the watercraft in waist-deep or more water. Your jet ski is a powerful vacuum, and it will suck up anything that gets in its way. To learn more and what to do if you suck something up, I have a guide here.