Whether skimming slowly or racing across the water, riding a jet ski can be a combination of soothing and thrilling, relaxing and refreshing, and riveting and enthralling. With the water racing around you and the sun and wind bathing your hair and skin, few things compare to the thrill and excitement of a personal watercraft (PWC). It’s a great way to get out on the water and leave the world behind. If you’ve enjoyed riding a jet ski and are ready to get one of your own, this guide can help you make the best choice for yourself and get the biggest bang for your buck.
Along with the sheer thrill it provides, owning a jet ski actually has health benefits as well. It’s a great way to get a heart-healthy cardio workout, improve muscle strength, tighten your core, and improve blood circulation. It can also help relieve stress and burn calories. When you’re ready to venture into the jet ski arena and purchase one of your own, there are a few things you should consider as you start shopping.
Know-How Many Riders You Anticipate Carrying
One of the first considerations you should make when choosing a jet ski is size. Know approximately how many passengers you plan to carry for the majority of your time on the water. You can choose between single, double, and triple occupancy models. Rather than simply following the passenger rating, carefully examine the models you’re choosing from to be sure its roomy enough for your specific needs. If you’re a thrill-seeker and in the market for a one-rider jet ski, try investing in a stand-up model.
Stand and sit on it to ensure your comfort – especially if you’re buying a single passenger model for your own personal use. Seat room and buoyancy are important factors in a safe ride so be careful to choose the right size to avoid the potential dangers of overloading your vessel. Also, bear in mind the weight of the jet ski because the bigger and roomier it is – and the more accessories and gear you add to it – the heavier it will be.
A Used Jet Ski Can Combine Amusement & Affordability
Tempting though it may be, don’t buy the first PWC you see. Somewhat like purchasing a new or used car, you should take your time and carefully browse different jet ski makes and models. This can be done on a showroom floor, from a private seller, or online. Shopping in person has its advantages, though, because it lets you get up close and personal with each potential purchase.
Are you thinking of buying a used model? The advantages of buying a used jet ski include a lower initial price point but choose carefully to avoid spending more on maintenance and repairs than your budget has room for. Consult buying guides and research comparable models in similar conditions before making a purchase. You should also have a jet ski mechanic you trust to give your potential purchase a thorough going over to uncover any mechanical defects or shortcomings.
The amount of money you can expect to spend on a PWC will vary, but keep in mind that another way to keep your initial costs of ownership down is by eschewing costly add-ons and accessories (not counting safety gear, of course). If you do choose a used model, buying from a showroom versus a private buyer could mean you get a warranty – although, a limited one – on your purchase.
Get Performance & Peace of Mind With A New SeaDoo
Getting speed on the water and racing across it are great reasons for owning a Sea Doo. Ownership is also a simple way to guarantee you have access to one whenever you need it, which is certainly easier than waiting for a chance to borrow one from a friend or family member. With PWC ownership comes responsibility, though, so make your purchase wisely.
If you’re purchasing your first-ever jet ski, a new one is a good idea. The salesperson can help educate you on your choice and explain all the features and benefits you’ll get. He can also help you understand the accessories and safety gear you’ll need. By purchasing a new jet ski, you also get these benefits:
- A new-to-you vessel
- Factory warranty
- Monthly payments
- Fuel efficiency
Of course, one of the main reasons you might want to own a brand new PWC of your own is for the thrill of being the first person to put it on the water. You will absolutely luxuriate in your new purchase while racing on top of a lake or ocean. Once you’ve made your selection, the next step is choosing storage and protection options to protect your investment.
Protection and Storage
Whether you’ve chosen a new or used jet ski, your next purchase should go toward protecting and storing it. At HydroHoist, we know the joy and the responsibility of PWC ownership. Your very next purchase after a jet ski should be a PWC lift. Buying a jet ski lift means you get:
- Protection from corrosion on your jet ski’s underbelly
- Low maintenance that preserves its appearance and value
- Safety and security that puts your mind at ease
- Ease-of-use that make boarding and un-boarding a cinch
In addition to no-hassle access to your jet ski and to the water, a lift also means no more trailering and no more need for cumbersome ramps. Your docking platform also helps you center your craft when docking it which means you can avoid unsightly damage from striking the dock. Browse our website and choose from three PWC lifts:
Along with a PWC lift, you should also consider buying a full-length cover to prevent the sun’s rays from fading your jet ski’s paint when it won’t be in use for extended periods. Knowing where your jet ski will be used is important, too, so know whether you’ll be skimming yours across an inland lake or riding hard across an ocean before you buy.
Contact a member of our HydroHoist sales team for help choosing the right PWC lift for you. With industry-leading products and unbeatable product knowledge, we can help you store and protect your investment with a PWC lift and storage you’ll welcome and appreciate.