Posted on December 28, 2023

Exploring the Capacity of Each PWC Port and Which is Best For You

PWC Port Capacity: Which Port is Best For You?

Written by HydroHoist Marketing

If your idea of the perfect weekend involves shredding the lake on your personal watercraft (PWC), you need a port that gets you in and out of the water quickly. If you’re buying a jet ski, having a reliable and secure PWC docking system is essential for protecting your watercraft and maximizing your time on the water. 


Below, we’ll look at different jet ski port capacities and explore our catalog of premium floating docks and jet skis to help you find the ideal fit for your waterfront lifestyle. 

Understanding the Basics of Port Capacity

The typical dimensions of PWCs can vary depending on the make and model. However, PWCs usually come in standard sizes. 

  • Length: The typical length of PWCs ranges from 10 feet (3 meters) to 12.5 feet (3.8 meters)
  • Width: Standard PWCs are usually around 3 feet (0.9 meters) to 4 feet (1.2 meters) wide
  • Height: The height of a PWC (including the handlebars and other top structures) usually falls within 3 feet (0.9 meters) to 4.5 feet (1.4 meters)
  • Weight: The typical PWC weighs around 600 lbs (272 kg) to 1,200 lbs (544 kg)

We’ve designed our drive up jet ski lifts to accommodate most modern PWCs. For example, the standard ShorePort has a weight-bearing capacity of 1,150 lbs, which you can increase to 1,450 lbs with supplemental floatation. 

The great thing about HydroHoist’s PWC ports is you can easily connect multiple dry-docking systems, making them versatile solutions for growing fleets. And with various options for anchorage and connections, you can use them with virtually any dock system. Attach them to any floating, standing, or wheel-in dock system to launch or dock your PWC upon whim. 

Analyzing PWC Port Capacities: A Comparative Guide

Jet ski port capacities vary widely across different models and manufacturers. As the industry leader in floating PWC ports, our product range includes smaller units suitable for lighter watercraft to larger ports designed for heavier PWCs. 

Here’s a more detailed look at our most popular port models:


If you’re looking for the best floating jet ski dock, ShorePort offers one of the most convenient ways to dry-dock a jet ski. A gentle flick of the throttle gets you on the port, and when you’re ready to enjoy the water again, simply slide the PWC off the dock. 

ShorePort dimensions:

  • Capacity: 1,150 lbs (with supplemental floatation that increases the port capacity to 1,450)
  • Length: 138” (3.5 meters)
  • Width: 58” (1.47 meters)
  • Weight: 260 lbs (117.93 kg)

Other key features include:

  • Textured, slip-resistant surface
  • Variety of anchorage and connection options for seamless integration to your waterfront
  • Mounting points on the sides and front for easy PWC lift installation
  • Modular, rotationally-molded construction provides years of maintenance-free ownership

The ShorePort’s versatile design can fit a wide range of WaveRunners and jet skis. Its three polyurethane rollers are adjustable to accommodate different PWC models and hull styles. 

2.HydroPort Epic

The HydroPort Epic was designed from the top down to make your summers as fun as possible faster. Its top-notch quality and construction make the HydroPort Epic a worthy investment for all PWC owners. 

HydroPort Epic dimensions:

  • Capacity: 2,000 lbs (907.18 kg)
  • Length: 162” (4.11 meters)
  • Width: 70” (1.77 meters)
  • Weight: 445 lbs (201.85 kg)

Other key features include:

  • Adjustable, dual in-line roller support 
  • Wide, anti-skid walkways for easy access around the watercraft
  • Ultra-touch polyethylene plastic construction
  • Stainless steel roller axles for increased strength, compatibility with all water types, and decreased potential damage from marine growth
  • Patented air pillow bow stop, providing a soft rest for the keel

The HydroPort Epic combines convenience, safety, and stability in a jet ski dock, ensuring your PWC looks good and runs great for years.

3. HydroPort Extreme

Another popular option, the HydroPort Extreme was designed with the active waterfront enthusiast in mind. This jet ski floating dock features a simple drive-on design and ample walk-around space, making it easy, safe, and convenient to board, launch, and maintain your watercraft. 

HydroPort Extreme dimensions:

  • Capacity: 1,625 lbs (737.08 kg)
  • Length: 162” (4.11 meters)
  • Width: 58” (1.47 meters)
  • Weight: 390 lbs (176.9 kg)

Other key features include:

  • High-performance 5” x 2” rollers for full PWC support
  • Ultra-tough polyethylene construction with expanded polystyrene (EPS) marine foam for increased strength and leak elimination
  • Patented air pillow bow stop
  • Easily adjustable to accommodate different PWC models

The HydroPort Extreme’s simple yet intelligent design is a superior solution to trailers and dry storage, providing a jet ski boat lift with the easiest docking and launching in the industry. 

4. HydroPort Pro 

Combining a classic PWC port design with affordable quality, the HydroPort Pro is a compact jet ski lift designed to accommodate shorter-end PWCs under 1,600 pounds. But don’t let its small package distract from its capabilities. The HydroPort Pro gives you peace of mind, knowing your PWC is well-protected against extreme weather and rough wake. 

HydroPort Pro dimensions:

  • Capacity: 1,625 lbs (737.08 kg)
  • Length: 150” (3.81 meters)
  • Width: 58” (1.47 meters)
  • Weight: 270 lbs (122.47 kg)

Other key features include:

  • Patented bow bumper and molded-in tie-down
  • Front and side mount for both fixed and floating docks
  • Optional connecting hardware to link multiple units
  • Ultra-touch polyethylene construction

Easy to own as it is to use, the HydroPort Pro is a reliable dry-docking solution that offers excellent value for money. 

Top Performing PWC Ports

For over 50 years, HydroHoist has been a market originator and industry innovator for boat lifts and PWC ports. As the popularity of PWCs skyrocketed over the decades, the HydroHoist engineering team has developed the HydroPort Series for this growing segment in the recreational boating industry. 

Our unique and innovative docking platforms are designed to maintain your PWC neatly and securely when not in use. They also provide stable access, easy cleaning, fast covering, and deter in-take fouling associated with marine growth. 

Contact one of our local dealers today to find the best PWC lift and learn more about our docking solutions. 

Finding the Right PWC Port

Choosing the right PWC for your needs involves considering several factors beyond weight capacity. These include the following:

  • Waterfront Conditions: Consider the type of waterfront, water depth, and tidal fluctuations to choose a PWC port compatible with your specific environment. 
  • Available Space: Factor in the space in your waterfront/docking system to ensure it can accommodate the port without obstructing access or causing congestion. 
  • Number of PWCs: This involves the PWCs you currently own or plan to own. 
  • Budget: Establish a budget and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of different port options, considering ease of installation, durability, and ownership costs. 

HydroHoists PWC floating dock lineup is suitable for various water conditions and offers seamless integration to any docking system. Contact one of our local dealers today for assistance in finding the perfect PWC port solution for your waterfront.  

Take the Next Step: Select a PWC Port

Our unceasing commitment to quality and innovation has resulted in a range of products boasting high-quality, reliable, and user-friendly PWC ports that cater to diverse needs. Explore HydroHoist’s versatile docking solutions and discover the perfect match for your watercraft. 

Not sure which PWC dock lift or platform is the right fit for you? Let us help. We have a solution for nearly every waterfront and preference to help you find the perfect solution to match your watercraft and shoreline needs. 


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