How To Take Care Of Your Jet Ski Parts (PWC) - 10 Crucial Tips
The ultimate goal of a jet ski is fun and enjoyment. Boaters look forward to riding the waves at high speed, pulling a surfboarder or windsurfer, or a relaxed day out with friends and family. To get the most service and enjoyment from your PWC it's necessary to take good care of it. How often you carryout the task will depend on the frequency of use, weather and quality of jet ski parts and service.
Areas of concern are as follows:
1. Regular Cleaning
The craft will get dirty quite often. This may come about from riding along the shoreline, touching with dirty hands, dust blown by wind, or even during storage. Too much dust and dirt not only makes the craft dirty but also gets into sensitive engine parts. A simple wipe or wash with fluff-free cloth, clean water, and mild detergent is all what is required. Strong detergents or abrasives should be avoided as they may erode the protective coat of clear or paint.
2. Clean and Dry Traction Mats
The traction mats take a lot of pressure when the watercraft is in use. They bear the grunt of being stepped, knelt, or sat-on. Also, it is most prone to dust, dirt, pebbles, rocks, corrosive substances, water, weather and much more. In due course, it will degrade hence offering less traction which is dangerous, as well as losing its elegance. After riding the waves, it's important to clean and properly dry the area and mats.
3. Regular Service
Different jet ski parts will require to be serviced from time to time. This includes the engine, the impellers, cables, seals, throttles and more. The engine oil should be flushed according to the manufacturer's recommendation. The oil and grease seals should be changed after a specified period or when they get damaged. The moving jet ski parts need to be lubricated using marine-grade lube or grease. The cables should be checked for breakages or loose-ends so as to minimize poor operation. The various jet ski parts should be of good quality to guarantee long-lasting service.
4. Genuine OEM or Replacement Jet Ski Parts
Like any other equipment, several jet ski parts will wear-out or break-down during use. This happens naturally, after an accident, or poor handling. For instance, the impellers may become corroded, and the traction mats may lose their grip, or the handles and throttle cables become loose. It's always recommended to replace the jet ski parts with similar ones. They should be of the same dimensions, material, and specifications. This ensures the manufacturer's warranty isn't voided, and performance and safety is maintained.
5. Use Protectors
Taking care of a watercraft is more than just repairing damage. It's also about stopping it from happening in the first place. There are several ways in which the PWC may be safeguarded from scratches, bumps, corrosive chemicals, or elements of weather. Rub rails or bang lines absorb the impact that occurs after hitting an object such as a pier or another boat. Keel guards prevent the undersurface of the vessel from sand, pebble, water plants, and concrete. Undersealing paint which is applied on the bottom surface inhibits rust, corrosion, galvanism and electrolysis.
6. Safe Storage
More often than not, many people overlook or give less importance to how well the vessel is stored. They will simply haul it on a trailer and take it to the garage. However, while not in use the craft also gets damaged. For instance, UV rays from the sun will damage the paintwork. Grease, oil stains and dirt may cause blemishes. Salt water will also corrode the metallic parts. Therefore, the craft should be covered with a waterproof cover during storage. This should be done after thorough washing and drying.
7. Protecting the Seats
The seats are among the most used accessories in a jet ski. They will be sat or stepped-on quite frequently. In addition, they are also exposed to the elements as well as saltwater. If no action is taken they may start cracking, fading, aging, and losing their smooth texture and appeal. To protect the seats and extend their useful life, a boater should consider using seat covers. They should be cleaned after use to remove saltwater, dirt, sweat, and dust. Protective polishes and waxes may also be applied to maintain the glossy and smooth surface.
8. Proper Use
Different types and brands of jets ski's are available in the market. Each will come with its unique specifications. A user should always stick to the recommended use. For instance, a PWC for two people shouldn't be used to carry three or four people. In addition, children below the age of 20 years should first undergo training before being allowed to ride individually. The watercrafts should be used in safe regions and operated smoothly. Finally, always go for authentic jet ski parts.
During the winter, the vessel will remain indoors most of the times. In such a state damage may take place. For instance, the engine oil may lose its texture, and the oil and grease seals may harden or crack. The metallic parts, especially those made from aluminum, may start corroding, and the cables may get stuck, while fuel will lose its chemical properties. Prior to storage, you may need to add a fuel stabilizer, re-grease or lube the seals, change the engine oil, remove the batteries and charge them periodically, and also cover the boat.
10. Waxing and Polishing
Any proud owner of a PWC loves to have a craft that not only rides well, but is also pleasing to the eye. However, the salty conditions, regular bumps and hits, as well as the elements make this ambition a bit challenging. Well, with the right polishes and waxes it's quite achievable. Quality products will contain UV blockers/inhibitors which will protectthe body and paintwork from fading or developing tiny cracks.
Taking good care of the PWC is not as hard as many people perceive. Many boaters are quite amazed by how simple and straightforward it is. It only takes a little time, effort, and ambition to have your jet ski looking elegant and performing at its best. Particular focus needs to be given to the type of jet ski parts. It is paramount to fit or replace the worn-out or faulty parts with genuine parts. This is best achieved by dealing with trustworthy firms.
PWC Courtesy on the Water
This Boat-Ed safety course video discusses the responsibilities of a personal watercraft (PWC) operator and courteous practices on the water. Courteous PWC practices include keeping a safe distance from other vessels, monitoring a PWC's noise level, and avoiding wake jumping.
Now let's take a look at some rules regarding responsible and courteous operation. Some people have such a good time on their personal watercraft that they don't realize they might be getting on other people's nerves. A common complaint about personal watercraft is irresponsible behaviour.
In some places, it's gotten so bad that laws have passed to limit personal watercraft use. So the best way to ensure that you have a place to ride is to do your part to minimize the nuisance factor. Hot-dogging is dangerous as well as annoying. Jumping the wake of a passing boat or riding too close to another boat creates special risks. It's restricted and even prohibited in some states.
One danger with wake jumping is visibility. The boat making the wake may block your view of oncoming traffic and at the same time, make you invisible to them. Because personal watercraft moves so fast, operators need to constantly watch out for other vessels or objects in the water. It's also stressful for both operators to have personal watercraft constantly running close to their boats.
Vary your location. Riding around in one small area will eventually irritate people nearby; so keep moving around and avoid congregating with other personal watercraft. Keep your distance from camping or residential areas especially in the early morning hours. Avoid maneuvers that lift the noisy engine exhaust out of the water and don't modify your engine exhaust system if it creates more noise.
This safety course video discusses environmental topics for PWC operators which include soil erosion, debris intake, and the water depth required for safely operating a PWC without causing harm to the environment.
Remember that you need a minimum depth of 2 1/2 ft. to safely operate your craft. When you get into water that's too shallow, debris can get caught in your water intake; damaging your engine as well as the environment. And speaking of the environment; be aware that high speed operation in very shallow water or near the shore can cause erosion.