Posted on April 4, 2024

The Best Way to Dock a PWC

The Best Way to Dock a PWC: Floating PWC Docks

Written by HydroHoist Marketing

For personal watercraft (PWC) owners, carving through the waves on a sunny day is a gift that keeps giving. But to continue enjoying this exhilarating experience, you need a secure and efficient docking solution. 

Below, we explore the importance of proper PWC docking practices and why HydroHoist’s innovative solutions are the smart choice for safely and conveniently launching and storing your watercraft. 

Why Docking Your PWC Properly Matters

Improper docking poses significant safety hazards for recreational boaters. According to data from the United States Coast Guard, collisions with vessels, objects, or groundings were the most frequent types of accidents. These events led to 55% of recreational boating accidents, 21% of deaths, and 53% of injuries. Meanwhile, PWCs were the second most common vessels involved in these accidents. 

In addition to preventing accidents, proper PWC docking protects your PWC from the elements. While jet skis are built to move through water, they’re not designed to sit in it for extended periods. PWC docks lift the vessel off the water, enhancing its longevity and performance. 

Understanding PWC Docking Solutions

Traditionally, PWC docking solutions came as fixed docks or trailers. While these served their purpose, they also came with limitations. Fixed docks can’t adapt to fluctuating water levels and can cause damage to the PWC upon impact. And while trailers provide excellent portability, they require laborious maneuvering and additional storage space. 

Modern docking solutions, such as those offered by HydroHoist, offer a far more versatile alternative. Addressing the limitations of its counterparts, a drive-on floating jet ski lift provides a convenient, secure, and stable platform for docking PWCs regardless of environmental conditions.   

The HydroHoist Advantage: Floating PWC Docks

For over 55 years, HydroHoist has set the industry standard for innovative docking solutions. Since introducing the first hydro-pneumatic boat lift in 1964, we’ve expanded our offerings to provide jet ski enthusiasts with the best PWC lift on the market. 

Here are some of the advantages of a HydroHoist jet ski floating dock:

  • Drive-on, roll-off design: Our PWC floating docks feature adjustable, dual in-line roller support, enabling you to kick off the adventure in seconds. Similarly, a gentle flick of the throttle docks your watercraft just as easily. 
  • Safety and stability: Our floating docks feature slip-resistant surfaces and wide walkways, allowing you to load and launch your PWC safely.   
  • Reliability: Our PWC lifts are made from ultra-tough polyethylene with Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Marine Foam, making them capable of handling rougher conditions while enhancing long-term durability. 
  • Versatility: Unlike fixed docks, you can use HydroHoist PWC lifts as standalone drive-on docks or attach them to any floating, standing, or wheel-in dock. This versatility makes HydroHoist jet ski docks suitable for all docking systems and waterfront conditions.  

Contact us today to learn more about HydroHoist’s PWC docks and to find a local dealer near you. 

How to Dock a PWC

Always be mindful of your surroundings, including water and weather conditions, other nearby vessels, and wildlife. If you’re at a marina, pay attention to the no-wake zone, buoy etiquette, and the area’s specific do’s and don’ts. 

With that out of the way, here are some tips for docking a PWC:

  • Take it slow: When riding your PWC onto a drive-on jet ski dock like the Hydroport Epic, the most important thing is to avoid approaching the dock too fast. 
  • Approach at idle speed: As you approach, align the PWC’s nose with the center of the floating dock, using the tracking lanes and rollers as a guide. 
  • Practice throttle control: When the nose of the PWC makes contact with the dock, give it a slight throttle — just enough to power the watercraft onto the port and let the rollers do their job. Remember, it’s always better not to use enough throttle and try again than to overshoot the dock and damage the vessel. 
  • Switch it off: Before dismounting, turn off the engine and release the key from your vest. Always take the key with you if you’re leaving the watercraft unattended. 

For some users, dry docking a PWC might take some practice. Until you’re completely comfortable, use extreme caution to avoid damaging the hull, the floating dock, or injuring yourself. In 2022, operator inexperience was the second-leading cause of recreational boating accidents in the US, next to operator inattention. 

Installation and Maintenance: Simplifying Your Docking Experience

Convenience and ease of ownership are at the heart of every HydroHoist PWC floating dock. Here’s a general overview of how simple it is to add one to your docking system:

  • Positioning: Determine the best location for your PWC floating dock, considering accessibility, traffic, and water depth. HydroHoist floating docks have multiple connector options, allowing you to attach them from the front or the sides. 
  • Assembly: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembling dock components. This may involve connecting rollers, keel bumpers, and mooring brackets. 
  • Anchoring: HydroHoist offers a variety of anchoring kits suitable for different water conditions and local regulations. These kits may include mooring lines, piles, and anchors. Consult the installation guide and local authorities to determine the appropriate anchoring system for your PWC dock. 

With its polyethylene construction, a HydroHoist jet ski dock requires minimal maintenance. Here are some tips to ensure its longevity:

  • Regular cleaning: Clean the dock surface with mild soap and rinse it with fresh water to remove dirt, debris, and algae buildup. 
  • Hardware inspection: Regularly inspect the dock’s components, including the rollers, connectors, and anchoring, for signs of wear and tear. Tighten any loose bolts or replace worn components as needed. 
  • Winter storage: For areas with harsh winter conditions, remove the dock from the water to prevent damage from ice. 

Performing these routine maintenance tasks ensures the dock remains in optimal condition, prolonging its lifespan and preserving its functionality. 

Making the Right Choice: Why HydroHoist is Your Go-to for PWC Docking

Properly docking your PWC is essential for ensuring safety and prolonging the lifespan of your watercraft. HydroHoist’s innovative floating docks offer a superior solution that addresses common docking challenges, providing PWC owners with the utmost convenience, durability, and peace of mind. Make the right choice by investing in a HydroHoist jet ski hoist and enjoy the benefits of an unparalleled PWC docking solution.

Contact your local HydroHoist dealer today to discover the best way to dock your PWC and elevate your watercraft ownership experience.


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