By Robert Boop
When the weather outside gets chilly, it's important to take proper care of your watercraft to make sure it is in shape for when the water gets warmer and it's time to ride the waves again.
Winterizing your PWC will help protect it against the off-season elements during storage and get you on the water sooner when the riding season starts.
If you don't take your Jet Ski, Sea Doo or Waverunner into a professional shop for winterization, here are a few tips on how you can do it yourself and save a little money in the process. (Be sure to read your owner's manual and all product instructions for proper safety and maintenance information.)
Drain the engine
Get ready to store your personal watercraft for the off-season months right after you take your final ride of the season.
The first thing you'll want to do when you take your PWC out of the water is drain the water from the engine. The best place to do this is right at the loading dock when the craft is out of the water and the trailer is tilted so the stern is lower than the bow.
Start the engine a few times letting it run for no more than 30 seconds to prevent the engine from overheating. While the engine is running, turn the handle back and forth. This drains any excess water out of the engine.
Clean It Up
Take extra care to thoroughly clean your PWC one last time.
Wash down the exterior of the craft using the same kind of soap that you would use to wash your car. It might take some extra elbow grease to remove all the build-up, but removing the algae and grime now will be much easier than trying to clean it off after the storing period.
When you're finished cleaning make sure there is no water in the hull, and the interior and exterior of the watercraft are completely dry.
For extra protection on the exterior, finish your wash with a wax job and use a light coat of multi-purpose lube to coat any metal surfaces such as latches and hooks.
Gas It Up
Fill up the gas tank to prevent condensation over the storing period.
Top off the fuel tank with the appropriate amount of gas stabilizer, according to the instructions on the container. Using stabilizer prevents the gas from getting gummy, which can eventually clog the carburetors and make for a messy problem.
Start up the engine a few times for no more than 30 seconds. This not only allows the stabilizer to work its way through the engine and the carburetors but will drain any excess water out of the engine as well.
Remember to be cautious of where you store the PWC with a full gas tank since gas is extremely flammable. Storage near any heat source or source of sparks is very dangerous.
The next step is to spray fogging oil through the carburetors and spark plug cylinders.
Begin by removing the air cleaners. This will allow you to spray the oil directly into the carburetor throat.
Start the engine and spray the fogging oil into the throat of both carburetors while it is idling. Continue spraying until the engine stalls and then replace the air cleaners.
Next remove the spark plugs, making sure the wires are grounded, and spray fogging oil into each hole for a couple seconds.
Place a rag over the holes and push the start button of the craft. This will not start the engine but will allow the oil to coat and disperse internally. Clean any oil that may have dripped and then reinstall the spark plugs.
Remove the battery
Check your battery and battery chargers for specific safety instructions.
Remove the battery by first disconnecting the negative terminal followed by the positive terminal.
Store the battery indoors in a warm place such as a shed or garage. We do not recommend storing the battery in your house, as it can give off dangerous fumes.
If the battery case is older, place the battery on a rubber mat for storage. Placing an older battery on concrete may cause the battery to conduct a current and eventually discharge it.
Attach the battery to a trickle charger and remember to check the battery water level every month throughout the storage period.
Because your craft will have a full tank of gas, remember to be cautious about the location that it will rest.
Put your trailer in a level position in the place where you intend to store the craft. The best way to prevent flat or corrupted trailer tires over the storing season is to take the tires off, store them indoors and use concrete blocks or a jack to hold the trailer in position.
If you choose to leave the tires on, cover them with tarps or durable plastic bags. To prevent rotting, place boards under the tires if the ground is gravel or dirt. Once the trailer is in place, unlatch the seat of the PWC to allow air to circulate through and prevent any moisture from being trapped inside.
Place steel wool or a rag inside the exhaust to prevent any animals or bugs from nesting there.
Finally, place your cover over your PWC to keep it clean and protected while it's being stored.
If you follow these simple winterizing instruction you will have a longer lasting life of your Jet Ski, Sea Doo or Waverunner.
By Robert Boop
Personal watercraft (PWCs) are targets for new laws and restrictions. The best way to change the PWC image is to respect other boaters around you by following the laws. Start by knowing the PWC Rules of the Road a code that every boater is legally required to follow. Not only are there safety requirements, but the rules also extend into the realm of boating etiquette. They tell you how to signal and pass other vessels, which boat has the right of way, and how to read aids to navigation. Chances are your state has its own set of PWC rules. For instance, Rhode Island requires state residents to have a PWC license in order to promote safe, courteous riding. There are also local rules concerning PWC operation.
Know Your Machine.
Depending on how much noise and smoke they emit, some watercraft are considered ruder than others old carbureted 2-strokes are considered the height of rudeness. If you're one of the majority of riders using a carbureted 2-stroke PWC, the key is to keep your watercraft well-maintained for minimal smoke emission (there's probably not much you can do about noise). Manufacturers have been addressing both smoke and noise pollution with a new breed of low-decibel 4-strokes. The good news is that within a few years, carbureted technology will be a thing of the past, so many of the big complaints against PWCs will go up in smoke.
You also need to develop your own riding skills to promote safety and courtesy. They include learning to use the throttle and steering properly (many beginners let go of the throttle when they're heading at another boat or obstacle, thus losing steerage), practicing high-speed stopping and steering maneuvers, and scanning the horizon constantly for other boats. This includes common-sense maneuvers like slowing down or avoiding anchored boats, not waking or splashing other boaters, and not doing hour-long doughnuts in front of other boats or waterfront homes. The key is to be aware of others while on the water. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.
Know The Area.
Besides being polite to other boaters, there are real and perceived problems associated with PWC and habitat destruction. In fact, that was one of the main arguments for PWC bans in national parks last summer. A little awareness for environmental concerns can go a long way. So, stay clear of nesting grounds and fragile ecosystems. Also, keep your eyes posted for swimmers. Areas around coves and docks can fill up quickly with people who might want to take a dip, so before you decide to gun it, scan the area for potential problems. As far as the wakes go, just apply the golden rule of PWCs a splash unto others as you would like them to splash unto you.
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.orgJet Ski Clubs
Some of The most popular Jet ski clubs in the U.S. and abroad. Most accepted riders from other places. Many PWC Clubs include other types of personal watercraft vehicles (pwc) as well, like Kawasaki, Sea Doo, Yamaha Waverunner and Honda watercraft. Touch base with these Jet Skiing clubs to find new places to ride, and learn about upcoming Jet Ski events in your local area.
Good reasons to join an established Jet Ski club:
1 They are committed to saving Jet Ski riding areas
2 You will get the latest info on Jet Ski riding spots, Camping and events.
3 One of the best is you meet new Jet friends who love the watercraft sport.
We have a list of Watercraft clubs that club owners have sent us to post below. If you have an watercraft club, PWC club or Jet Ski club then send us the info.
link of your page with our Impellers.com link (linking back to us).
Type of Club:
Meetings are held:
Contact: Phone: E-mail:
And email it to
Personal Watercraft Club of Alaska
Alabama Watercraft Society
Arkansas Watercraft Riders
James Hastings Batesville, AR
Havasu PWC Club
Kay Sykes Lake Havasu City, AZ
Phoenix Watercraft Club Wayne Shannon
SoCal Watercraft Club
West Coast Watercraft Club
LOS ANGELES CA
Central Valley Wake Riderz
Albert & Gloria Lopez Modesto, CA
Peter Kilkus Northern CA
Colorado Jet Ski Riders Club
Galen W. Morgigno Aurora, CO
Ancient City Wave Runners
Roger Kaman St. Augustine, FL
Dixie Jetski Junkies
Austin Taylor Tallahasse, FL
Emerald Coast Jetski Riders
Derek Bowles Navarre, FL
Jet Ski Junkies USA
KEV & ANGI
SoFla Riders Tom Gregory
Space Coast Jet Riders Bill Hills
Tampa Bay Jet Ski ClubKen Lipe
Tampa Bay Area FL
Hawaiian Water Rescue
Guillermo Coscarelli Kihei, HI
PWC Offshore Rescue Hawaii
IA-IL River Riders
Leon Genther Davenport, IA
Fred Zbinden Normal, IL
Indiana Personal Watercraft Owners AssociationDavid Thomas Herring
Louisville River Rats
Steve Kresko Louisville, KY
Calcasieu Watercraft Association
Heather Robinson Southwest, LA
JETSKI Association of Massachusetts
David Dubriske Franklin, MA
Martin Tross Annapolis, MD
DMV Full Throttle Jet Ski Club
Dion Woodard Germantown, MD
OCMD Wave Jumpers
Ocean City MD
Tony Rader Muskegon, MI
Twin Cities Jet Pilots
St. Charles MO
NC Jet Pack
Josh Stevens Burlington NC
Jersey Shore Powersports Association
John Piersanti Browns Mills, NJ
Greg Evans NJ and Eastern PA
Ed Emerle Eastern PA and NJ
Adirondack Jet Ski Club
Anthony Stallone & Lena Nicoletti Brooklyn, NY
WNY PWC Owners
Western New York (Buffalo)
Reservoir Dawgs PWC Club
New Albany OH
Tri State PWC Club
Eastern PA River Runners
Watson Domurat Birdsboro, PA
Brad MaloneyFORT MILL, SC
Palmetto Watercraft Association of South Carolina
Middle tennessee Personal Watercraft Club
Mike Majka Smyrna, TN
Volunteer PWC Riders Club
Bay Area PWC Association
Theresa Roberts Houston, TX
Golden Triangle PWC Club
Ronnie Walston Beaumont, TX
Bear Lake Jet Boat Club
Ken Hansen Garden City, UT
Capital Area PWC Club
Tim Brown Manassas, VA
Virginia Beach Wavejunkies
Virginia Beach VA
Orca Man PWC Club
Howard 'Orca Man' Garton
Pacific Northwest Jet Sports
'MKE' Jetski Club (Milwaukee Jetski Club)
Milwak, WI 62728
Blast from the past of April/March 2000 Jetsports magazine cover featuring Josh Lustic on cover.
Honoring the Worlds Best Amatures
2000 Wetsuit Guide
Victory at Lake Travis
Blast from the past with this Watercraft World magazine cover of April 2000. This issue featured:
Cruising Florida's West Coast
Watercraft World "Watercraft of the Year" Sea Doo RX DI
Musclecraft Shootout 2000
Dream Demo Coverage
The best place to start is your local dealer. They should have contacts for the Jet Ski clubs or boating club in your area. If not, try searching the internet under "PWC Clubs" or " Boating Clubs".
How Much to Join PWC Club Or Boating Club?
Although Boating/Jet Ski club memberships dues very greatly, the ones we talked to had dues ranging from $10-$60 per year. Most Jet Ski/Boating clubs offer discount rates for families.
Are PWC Club Meetings Mandatory
Most Boating/Jet Ski clubs agree that even though meetings are important, they are not mandatory. It is recommended that you attend as often as possible, to stay informed of upcoming events.
By Robert Boop
Navigation is an important component of boating.
It comes into play long before hitting the water, however. Finding your way through the challenges of buying a boat or Jet Ski also can be intimidating.
Even for first-timers, buying a boat or PWC is not as tricky as it might seem. The steps are almost exactly like those needed when buying a car, something almost every American adult has done.
Step 1: Wants and needs
A boat purchase is often a long-term commitment, so it's important to get started the right way - by figuring out what kind of Jet Ski you're going to buy by balancing your wants and needs.
Think about how you will use the PWC, Jet Ski or Boat.
Will it be primarily for weekend family fun on big lakes? If so, a traditional 3-seater runabout - the family sedan of Jet Ski’s - maybe the best choice. They are versatile, and many models are available at various price points.
If you are looking for something for cruising with a lot of people, a deck boat might be the best option. Deck boats basically combine the sleek hull of a runabout with the large, open deck design of a pontoon boat. They are also pretty nice fishing platforms. Sounds somewhat like a minivan, doesn't it?
If you need lots of room but do not care much for speed, a pontoon boat may be the way to go.
Big cabin cruisers are the RVs of the water, getting you from point A to point B, and giving you a place to stay when you get there.
Looking to go fast or turn heads? Sleek speedboats with massive engines are the Chevy Corvettes of the lake. Unlike a Vette, they might have room for more than two, but not much more room.
If you need speed but do not want size, a 2 seater personal watercraft might be the ticket.
If your want a more thrilling ride that is a little technical you might want to try a stand up Jet Ski.
Step 2: The budget
Once you decide on the type of Jet Ski or boat you want and/or need, it is time to decide how much to spend.
The first consideration is the price of the boat or Ski itself. Like cars, two boats of similar size, shape and even engine power can be separated in cost by thousands - or even tens of thousands - of dollars.
You do not have to spend much to get reasonably reliable on-water transportation, or you can spend a ton to get the ultimate in luxury and performance.
Lenders are willing to finance boats for long terms - up to and even beyond 15 years in some cases - so monthly payments can be relatively low.
However, other costs must be considered. Insurance and registration are annual costs. Storing a boat at a marina is another, sometimes significant, expense. Regular maintenance costs, as well as unexpected repairs, must be considered. Do not forget about accessories, such as electronic equipment, a trolling motor, and even an anchor.
Finally, make sure your vehicle is capable of towing your boat or Jet Ski’s.
Step 3: Research
Today a car buyer can find out anything about any car, thanks in large part to the Internet. The Internet is also a great way to research boats and Jet Ski’s.
All boat, PWC and engine makers have their own Web sites, although some are better than others. Many sites allow shoppers to "build" their own boat, down to color schemes and accessories.
Internet-savvy car shoppers have one advantage over boat shoppers. Boat prices can be harder to find. Although a few manufacturers offer set, no-haggle prices on boat packages, many don't publish prices. To find out what a specific boat is going for, shoppers can skim Internet message boards.
Sealing the deal
Once you find a boat or Jet Ski you want and can afford, it is time to close the deal.
Haggling about the price is usually part of the process. Because haggling is time-consuming, and time is precious during a boat show, many dealers try to avoid the step by offering boats and Personal Watercraft at special "boat show prices" from the start. They might not be willing to cut any more bucks off the bottom line, but it doesn't hurt to ask, "Is that the best you can do?" at least once.
Once the price is set, be prepared to shell out a nominal amount of cash as a deposit.
Obviously, there is no way to take a boat or Jet Ski for a test ride at the Civic Center. Still, be sure your deal is contingent on an on-water test drive at a later date. Dealers are generally more than happy to agree. If you hate the boat, you will be able to choose another from that dealer.
Learn how to change your Sea Doo pump oil in this easy to follow video.
For Sea Doo pump oil change you will need tools such as a 10mm open end wrench, 10mm socket, 13mm socket, Jet Pump Oil , Grease and O-ring if yours is damaged. If your o-rings are in good shape you can re-use them.
This Sea Doo pump maintanance should be done once a year.
The following video will work for all Sea Doo 2-stroke pumps. And Lonnie we thank you for posting video.
NOTE: If you find water in your Sea Doo pump oil? That means you have a bad pump seal and that the pump should be rebuilt with one of our jet pump rebuild kits
Watch this crazy video of Zapata Flyboard Air test run. The future is going to be CRAZY.
For more info check out zapata-racing.com
Lifewater Engineering to introduce a new line of jet boats that will fundamentally change the way people boat.
Their innovative, fabricated, plastic hulls set the DragonFly 4.0 apart from all other boats on the market. It is a smooth riding, durable boat that handles like a personal watercraft, yet can carry two men and a moose.
They say “It slides right off the trailer because of the low coefficient of friction. “When you hit something in the river, it will bounce off of it instead of denting your boat.”
Jet boat Powered by a 190+ horsepower supercharged four-stroke engine, the DragonFly 4.0 will reach speeds over 45mph in the blink of an eye. It will take you to your favorite fishing or hunting spot with a smile on your face.
Length: 4m (13ft)
Beam: 1.63m (5.33ft)
Engine: Rotax or Yamaha
Deadrise: 10 degrees
Hull material: Thermoplastic
For more infor go to lifewaterengineering.com
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