How To Prepare For Your PWC Summer On The Water…

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How do experienced riders or beginners start getting ready for a Sea Doo ride? Many of us don’t live in climates warm enough to ride our personal watercraft year round. So for many of us, spring is when we start to look for more Sea Doo tips as we get ready for going on Sea Doo tour on a PWC or jet ski in Ontario and throughout Canada. My how to get ready Sea Doo preparations fall into three broad categories: the machinery, the riding gear and the destinations. Let’s take a look at each one…

Getting Your Sea-Doo Ride Ready…

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Photo by Allan Glanfield for Ontario Tourism

My how to get ready machinery prep starts the previous fall with the thorough inspection, cleaning, winterizing and indoor storage of my covered Sea Doo GTX S 155. Done properly, this fall work makes spring prep a breeze. My PWC is already clean and ready to go in to my Authorized Sea-Doo Dealer for its pre-season check up and service, including whatever repair or maintenance issues I may have identified during last fall’s inspection and winterization. I always schedule this appointment at least a month before the May holiday weekend to avoid the pre-season rush and ensure that my dealer has time to do the job thoroughly and properly.

Sea Doo Ride: Getting Your Triton Trailer Ready…

Each summer, I travel all over to explore different waterways. So my machinery prep also includes my Triton PWC trailer and SUV tow vehicle. On the trailer, I re-pack or replace the wheel bearings, check all tires (including the spare) for cracks, leaks, uneven wear and correct pressure. At the same time, I perform a complete visual inspection of the axle, springs, bunks, wiring harness and plug, winch, tongue jack, plus coupler and safety chains. I also check that my trailer licence plate is still well secured. I don’t test the lights on my trailer until after I inspect and clean my SUV’s electrical receptacle to ensure a good connection. Tip: don’t forget, if you’ve acquired a PWC that’s new to you since the previous season, to make sure it fits on your existing trailer bunks and is still within its safe load bearing capacity – and re-familiarize yourself the best trailering advice.

Sea Doo Ride: Getting Your Tow Vehicle Ready…

Last but not least for how to get ready, I inspect my SUV, starting with the hitch package to ensure it’s still reliable and secure. I also check the selected ball mount and ball for wear and size (I own other trailers that take different ball mounts and sizes.) When my summer tires go back on the SUV, they are inspected for wear and tear as well as the spare. I also review my vehicle’s service record to see if it’s time to change any fluids (especially transmission, with all the towing and launching into water that I do) or do any other service that would help make my summer’s towing trouble free.

Sea Doo Ride: Getting Your PWC Riding Gear Ready…

This how to get ready section includes the various PWC accessories like bumpers, mooring ropes, tie downs, cover and touring bags, plus any other essentials I wear or use on my Sea-Doo watercraft, from sun lotion to my PFD. Once again, my habit is to inspect everything before it’s put away the previous fall. That way, I have time to get repairs or replacements done in the off-season and often am able to find things at discount prices over the winter.

Sea Doo Ride: Getting Your Jet Ski Destinations Ready…

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Photo by Trish Robinson

While all this how to get ready preparation is essential for a safe, carefree summer on the water, nothing fires my anticipation as much as discovering new places to ride. There are many great day ride or multi-day tour destinations with great sightseeing attractions, and I get ahead of the game by researching new summer cruising ideas during the winter months. I look for easy highway access, navigable waterways, and good boat launches, plus shore side lodgings, services and amenities. I categorize them by their proximity (how long it will take to trailer there), the size of the waterway (how long a ride it will be) and whether it’s primarily river or lake (how sheltered it will be). This way I can customize my ride on any given day according to the time I have available and the forecast for wind and weather. You can find more tips and advice about how to get ready and riding your Sea-Doo watercraft elsewhere on this site.

Sea Doo Ride: Getting Your PWC Riding Companions Ready…

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Photo by Allan Glanfield for Ontario Tourism

No ride is as much fun without companions, so as soon as the mercury warms up I start contacting riding buddies and other Sea-Doo owners to talk about going together. If you are looking for people to ride with, I suggest talking to your Sea-Doo dealer about other customers who may be interested. The Sea-Doo Facebook page and Forum are also good places to connect, as are dealer demo rides and open houses.

Sea Doo Ride: Getting Weather Information Ready…

Once all your pre-season how to get ready prep is complete, the only other factor to consider is weather. So before each ride, visit these sites to prepare yourself for the vagaries of Mother Nature: Ontario forecast; marine forecast; National Date Buoy Centre; Sailflow; local Ontario weather radarU.S. weather radar.

They say that getting ready is half the fun, but for me, actually riding my Sea-Doo watercraft is way more than 50% of the fun. So I guess that means I’m having something like 125% fun from my Sea-Doo adventures – no wonder I can hardly wait for each summer to arrive!

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The tips and advice in this article are the opinions of the author, may not work in every situation and are intended only for the convenience and interest of the reader, who has the personal responsibility to confirm the validity, accuracy and relevancy of this information prior to putting it to their own use.

 

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