How To Protect Your Jet Ski During Winter

 

 

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How To Protect Your Jet Ski During Winter

The cold and gloomy winter months don’t just mean a hiatus from the pursuit of the perfect beach body; they usually mean a temporary break from beach and water sports in general, including our beloved jet skis. But did you know that leaving your jet ski dormant in a shed or on a trailer at the back of your house could cause damage to your jet ski?

To protect your jet ski over winter, we have created a checklist of our top tips, which will keep it in the best shape for its return once the sun comes out again.

  1. Invest in a Good Cover

While a tarpaulin or some spare material might seem like a good temporary cover, they will still allow dust, bugs, frost, rain, sunlight and other damaging particles to reach your jet ski.

At Friday’s, we stock purpose-made jet ski covers, which are suited for all brands of jet ski. The covers are made to keep out the sun, avoid mildew growth and protect all the facets of your craft.

We also have covers specifically for Sea Doo jet skis. Check out our website for our full range of Sea Doo accessories online.

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  1. Drain Your Ski

It’s important to drain any water from your engine before it goes into storage over winter. To do this, get your jet ski up onto the jet ski trailer and tilt it so that the back (stern) is lower than the front (bow). Turn on your engine and let it run for less than 30 seconds at a time, turning the handle back and forth to push excess water out from your engine.

  1. Clean The Ski

Give your ski a good scrub! Washing your ski down in important, as it will avoid any salt water from building up and staining your ski – it also gives you a good chance to give your craft a bit of extra TLC with a buff and shine.

  1. Disconnect The Battery

Keeping your battery in good condition is vital to keeping your craft up and running! Even when they are not being used, batteries can lose their charge. While a battery sits unused for months, it may not only lose its charge, but also it’s ability to maintain battery charge!

To avoid this, we recommend you remove the battery from your jet ski over winter. Once it is disconnected from the jet ski itself, find a secure surface away from any flammable materials and connect the battery up to a battery maintainer/automatic battery charger.

  1. Store it

While a good jet ski cover will protect your jet ski from the elements, it won’t protect it from thieves or from flammable substances!

Keep your jet ski in a secure location, preferably inside a shed or garage, out of sight and out of the harsh rain, wind and storms that come with winter.

Also keep your jet ski away from any machinery or tools that may produce a spark or a flame, or other flammable substances such as paints, as your full tank of petrol in the jetski won’t take long to catch alight.

  1. Servicing

Last but not least, winter is the perfect time to get your jet ski serviced or winterized for longer storage periods. We are passionate about jet skis, and aim to provide all our clients with professional service and advice to keep your jet ski healthy. Book a jet ski service in Perth with the team at Friday’s – head to our Servicing page to find out more.

Time for an ATV?

While your jet ski might take a hiatus over winter, you don’t have to! Winter is the perfect time to invest in an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) or Quad Bike. Tackle the terrain and go off-road in one of our Can-Am ATV’s; enjoy driving through puddles and mud, head on a road trip and take on the sand dunes up north, or check out one of WA’s legal trail riding areas.

For all of your jet ski and ATV needs, contact Friday’s to make your weekends more exhilarating! Our professional team can provide advice, support, servicing and sales across a range of jet skis, ATV’s and accessories.


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Top Tips To Keep Your Jet Ski In Good Condition

A jet ski is a major investment for your family. With the right care and maintenance, your jet ski will guarantee years of fun in the sun and thrills on the sea, but a neglected jet ski may end up costing you more money than you expect. Follow these tips to ensure you get the most from your exciting new water sport.

  1. Keep hold of your owner’s manual. The specific owners manual that comes with your jet ski will be your most important guide for keeping your jet ski in brand new condition. While you may find guidelines on the web or read books about jet ski maintenance, it’s important to follow the correct steps for your specific product. Refer back to your original owner’s manual regularly to make sure that your jet ski is being cared for properly.
  2. Buy from a trusted parts dealer. If the time comes that you need a new part for your jet ski or repairs carried out, you should deal only with trusted and established jet ski parts dealers. They will know exactly which parts will work with your jet ski, and will be able to offer expert advice that you won’t find from a less experienced or unauthorised dealer.
  3. Maintain your fuel. You should never allow old fuel to hang about in your jet ski’s engine. Dispose of old fuel regularly to keep the engine running smoothly, and remember to drain and dispose of the fuel in the correct, safe way.
  4. Clean the exterior and interior after use. When you ride your jet ski through the waves, plenty of salt water, other corrosive and potentially damaging substances will build up on your jet ski. Give the jet ski a thorough clean and salt rinse flush after each ride, clean both interior and exterior to prevent any damage from occurring.
  5. Check before you ride. Before you head out into the ocean for a day on the surf, give your jet ski a good check over, assessing it for any loose parts or signs of damage. Make sure your drain plugs are in, and you have fueled up. Riding your jet ski when damage has occurred could be dangerous, so this step is crucial.
  6. Do your regular maintenance sessions. There are particular tasks involved in the maintenance of your jet ski that should be done regularly at a genuine dealership. Schedule your maintenance in where you will get your jet ski’s engine oil, filter, and spark plugs changed. Lubricated parts, grease the seals, and most importantly get your ECU updates and assess any possible damage, problems that need to be addressed.

What to look out for when Purchasing a Jet Ski

6 things to consider before buying a jet ski

jetski illustrationAdmit it, you’ve seen someone tearing through the waves at high speed with the sun on their back, while friends cheered them on, and you thought to yourself, “that’s what life’s about – I’m buying a jet ski tomorrow!”

A jet ski does not really need any form of advertising because it sells itself. It’s a sports car for water, cool and fast – you can’t go wrong with owning one. However, there are various factors to consider before you seal the deal. Of course you should own a jet ski, how else are you going to experience super speeds and perform awesome tricks while the water is hitting your face? Almost anyone can enjoy this ultimate action-packed vehicle. Ask yourself the following questions before you make your purchase.

Can I drive it?

It is simple to operate a jet ski but it takes some time to get used to it. Just because you drive a car or go-kart, does not mean you can operate a jet ski.

Chat to an expert or an experienced jet ski rider to make sure you know how to operate it properly before you purchase one and go crazy on your first outing – you risk damaging the jet ski and hurting yourself. Rather pay for some lessons first and do some practise runs so that by the time you purchase your jet ski, you can use it straight away without incident.

How often will I use it and where will I keep it?

Unless you spend your days lounging on an island, you’re not going to use your jet ski every day, but that does not mean you should not buy one. Many people think that they’re not going to use it enough so there is no point, but if you live within close proximity to the coast and enjoy a sunny warm climate for at least four months of the year, then you will benefit from owning a jet ski.

Ensure that in the off months you have a place to store it safely. Most people keep it in a garage or shed, which is sufficient to keep it from rusting or gathering dust and dirt.

Ask Friday’s about our winter service we offer.

Do I know how to look after it?

Maintaining a jet ski is not as simple as getting the oil changed. The body of your new jet ski needs to be checked after every trip to ensure there was no damage that could exacerbate and make your next trip a disaster. Check for common issues such as leaks or rust, and clean it regularly.

While jet skis are built to last, various elements like salt water can eventually take its toll if you do not clean your jet ski and store it away properly.

What type should I get?

Like cars, jet skis have different models that perform at different power levels. They may all look the same from the shoreline but there is an extensive variety available. You need to consider if you will be the only one using it. If it’s a family jet ski, you may want to stay away from the luxury speedsters. You can drive with your kids at the back from the age of 7 or 8 years old, so if you want to do that, ensure the jet ski you choose is family friendly.

New or second hand?

This choice is entirely up to you. Think about what you can afford. Of course, if you’re leaning toward buying a second hand one, the obvious advice is to check its operating condition. Take a professional or jet ski aficionado with you when you view it.

Friday’s offer a pre-purchase inspection.

Should I seek professional advice?

The answer is simple – absolutely. A licensed professional knows what they’re doing and won’t sell you something that they wouldn’t be proud to put their name on. An expert jet ski supplier provides informed, educated advice on not only driving the jet ski, but also registering it, looking after it and everything else in between.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a jet ski, contact Fridays Jet Skis to ensure you receive an excellent, professional service and advice.


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