Maintaining a jet ski is essential for keeping it running efficiently and avoiding costly repairs. Here are five tips for taking care of your personal watercraft (PWC):
1. Familiarize yourself with your PWC by reading the owner's manual. This will give you an understanding of how all the components work and help you avoid attempting DIY repairs if you're unsure.
2. After each ride, it's important to flush the engine to remove any sand, salt, weeds, shells, and algae that can cause issues. Many modern jet skis have a hose connector installed specifically for this purpose. Simply attach the hose to the connector, start the engine, and let the water run for at least two minutes. After turning off the hose, let the PWC run for a few more seconds and give the throttle a few pulls to drain excess water from the exhaust.
3. Wash down your PWC after using it on saltwater to prevent damage to the fibreglass and engine. Use warm soapy water and a sponge to remove any salt residue, then rinse with low water pressure from a hose.
4. Regularly check for damage and have an expert inspect any cracks or fissures in the fibreglass. Damage to the hull can lead to problems with interior components, so it's important to address it as soon as possible.
5. Have qualified technicians perform maintenance and replacements to ensure high-quality workmanship on your PWC. It's important to trust experienced professionals with these tasks to ensure they are done correctly.
By following these simple maintenance tips, you can keep your jet ski running smoothly and extend its lifespan. Don't forget to also store your PWC properly and use a corrosion control product to protect it from the effects of saltwater. Proper care and maintenance of your jet ski will save you time and money in the long run.
Alternatively, if you would like to rent before you own to get a feel of the jet ski, at Ryde It, we offer Sea-Doo jet ski hire in Perth. Hire a Sea-Doo for as long as you like and explore the Western Australian coastline.