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How to Winterise Your Jet Ski

How to Winterise Your Jet Ski

Winterising is an essential part of jet ski maintenance, yet not nearly enough owners take it seriously. The fact of the matter is that if you value your jet ski and want it to last for as long as possible, making sure that it gets winterised is absolutely crucial; possibly even more crucial that the initial seaworthiness servicing it would receive before going to sea.

Yes, winterising can be time-consuming and relatively costly, but just think of how much you’d save on jet ski repairs in the long run!

What is Winterising, Exactly?

Of course, before you have your jet ski winterised, you need to understand what the investment truly is here. Winterising is something that should be done at the end of the summer season (yes, every year). It’s a process of cleaning and coating the jet ski, and ultimately ensuring that no damage or rusting occurs from its exposure to the sea.

You have two options when it comes to winterising: you can take it to a professional, or you can do it yourself. The latter seems daunting, but it’s not that hard if you’re meticulous. Here are the steps you should be mindful of, in order to get you started:

Initial preparations

The first step here is to enjoy your last ride, because the winterising process should start right after it. In other words, plan your timeframes out well. As tedious as it might sound, also have a look at your jet ski’s owner’s manual to make sure there are no concerns hidden in the fine print you should know about when winterising it.

The cleaning process

Making sure your jet ski clean is the best way to prevent any forms of corrosion from saltwater. The first thing you’ll want to do is start the engine while out of the water, steering the handle side to side while it’s on. This will allow any remaining water to seep out.

Then, take your jet ski to your chosen storage location, and make sure that it’s set on a level and even platform. Make sure that there are no flammable materials in the space.

Then, wash your jet ski with warm water and an appropriate washing soap. The less time you take to do this from your last ride, the easier it will be to get rid of algae and grime. When you’ve washed and rinsed it, dry the jet ski with soft towels.

After washing your jet ski, it’s time for a good waxing. Car wax would be adequate, but do look into purchasing a product specific to jet skis if you can. Follow the waxing instructions, and then use lube on the jet ski’s metal hinges and handles.

The Next Steps

Once your jet ski has been cleaned and dried, you can store it. Put some gas and gas stabilizer in the tank in order to prevent engine condensation. Turn on the engine for half a minute to distribute the stabiliser across the engine. After this, you should take the time to oil the carburettors by applying a good fogging oil (remove the air cleaners first).

There are only a couple of final steps, including disconnecting the battery and storing it separately on a rubber mat. Cover the jet ski’s exhaust to keep nesting bugs out, and finally cover your whole jet ski.

If you complete these steps, congratulations: your jet ski has been winterised.

Keep Yourself and Your Jet Ski Happy

Allow us to persuade you one last time before this article comes to a close. We Maltese have a habit of assuming that what happens elsewhere in the world does not need apply in our own islands, but this could not be further from the truth when it comes to winterising.

The truth is that the Malta is ripe with humidity, saltwater, and undesirable chemicals in the sea. In conclusion – don’t take risks; winterise your jet ski properly. It’s for your own sake, after all.

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