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How to Store a Jet Ski

Gemini | July 26, 2023 @ 12:00 AM

When you’re not zipping across the waves on your jet ski, you need a safe and convenient way to store it. If you’re storing your jet ski over winter or long term, you need to prepare it accordingly. Not only is storing and winterizing your jet ski correctly important for its longevity, but it can also enhance its performance and value over time. 

Self storage is the perfect solution to keep your personal watercraft (PWC) cruising for years to come. This blog will help you understand how to prepare, maintain, and store your jet ski using Storelocal's self-storage options.

Your Jet Ski Storage Checklist

Before storing your jet ski, you’ll want to follow these steps to ensure it continues to perform. If you live in a climate that gets below freezing, make sure you follow all these steps to winterize your craft. Be sure to consult your watercraft’s manual for further details.

Clean and Dry Your Jet Ski

Cleaning your jet ski before storage is critical to maintain its appearance and longevity. Use a mild detergent and a soft cloth to clean the exterior and rinse it thoroughly with fresh water. Don't forget to dry your jet ski properly to avoid any rust or corrosion.

Flush with Antifreeze

To prepare your jet ski for storage, drain any excess water from the engine compartment. Run a 50/50 mix of antifreeze through using the hose connection at the flushing port. This will prevent any water from freezing and expanding which could crack your engine.

Empty Gas or Add Fuel Stabilizer

Gas that sits for long periods can be detrimental to your engine and clog your fuel system. If you’re not planning to use your jet ski for a while either drain the gas out or add a fuel stabilizer to the fuel tank. It will prevent the fuel from breaking down during storage.

Change the Oil and Filter

You should change the oil at least once a year. Extended breaks are good times to do this. This maintenance will prevent gummed up oil from choking your engine and your future self will thank you when your jet ski is ready to go next season. Disconnect or Remove the Battery

The battery should either be disconnected or removed entirely for the storage period to prevent it from draining. Store the battery in a cool, dry place. Some owners like to hook their battery up to a smart charger to prevent it from draining. 

Disconnect or Remove the Battery

The battery should either be disconnected or removed entirely for the storage period to prevent it from draining. Store the battery in a cool, dry place. Some owners like to hook their battery up to a smart charger to prevent it from draining.

Lubricate and Spray an Anti-Corrosive

Consider applying lubricant and anti-corrosive spray to the necessary engine parts. This step can protect your engine from damage caused by moisture and freezing temperatures. This may include spraying engine fogger into each cylinder.

Cover Your Jet Ski

A good cover is important, even if storing your watercraft inside. Selecting a high-quality cover is essential to protect your jet ski from dust, debris, and weather elements as well as rodents and other pests that might climb into storage compartments or the exhaust system. Ensure the cover is made of durable material and is a snug fit for your model. If you’re storing your jet ski outside, consider a double cover to keep the elements off. 

Choosing The Right Storage for Your Jet Ski

Jet Skis can take up valuable space in your garage, driveway or yard. Finding the right storage location means choosing a secure place with easy access so you can easily grab it when you’re ready to hit the water.

Indoor vs Outdoor Storage

An indoor storage unit, such as those available at Storelocal Storage, is the best way to protect your jet ski from extreme weather conditions. Outdoor storage might expose your jet ski to harmful elements that could lead to corrosion or engine damage. Fortunately, most storage facilities have drive up units large enough to accommodate jet skis and their trailers. 

Temperature and Humidity Considerations

Many Storelocal Storage locations offer climate-controlled units, which are ideal for maintaining the integrity of your jet ski. Constant temperature and humidity levels prevent rust, mildew, and other forms of damage.

How to Store Your Jet Ski

When storing, it's best to keep the jet ski upright on a stand or a trailer to avoid pressure on any specific part of the hull. Storelocal provides spacious storage units that can easily accommodate your jet ski with its trailer or a jet ski stand. Drive up units make it easy to drop off or pick up your jet ski without hassle. 

The right sized storage unit can also accommodate your other gear. Keep life jackets, inflatables, fishing gear and other water supplies out of your way until you need them. 

Reactivating Your Jet Ski After Storage

When it's time to bring your jet ski out of storage, inspect it for any signs of damage. Check the fuel system, battery, and engine before you hit the water. 

  • Reconnect the battery
  • Fill the gas tank
  • Replace spark plugs
  • Put drain plugs in

Consider doing a test run in a controlled environment before taking it out for a full ride.

Jet Ski Storage Near Me

Proper storage of your jet ski not only maintains its condition but also ensures that it's ready for you when the new season begins. With Storelocal Storage, you get the added benefit of a secure, affordable storage unit that can be the perfect home. Simply click on “Storage Locations” in the top toolbar to find the nearest facility near you. One of our onsite managers will be happy to help you find a unit that will fit your jet ski and answer any questions about our facility.

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