Important Winter Preparation For Jetski Survival
The winter is hard on PWC's for the reason they do get neglected despite all good intentions. Here are the top tips for winter..
1. Make the choice early (April/May) to either winterise your ski OR commit to starting/riding it at least once every four weeks. Check your owners manual for winterise method or contact your local service agent. Fogging Oil can be purchased online through www.jetskijunk.co.nz if you are self-winterising. Fogging or storage oil puts a protective layer on your engine internals to protect against unwanted corrosion. Alternatively, frequent use of your ski keeps it healthy by naturally circulating the engines own lubricants. Two stroke owners are advised to do a mixture of both frequent use and fogging oil following a ride where you know it may be a week or more before you get out again.
2. Love your battery: the most common part to fail on your ski is the battery. This is very simple: Without maintaining full charge, your battery will suffer damage and die. This can take as little as 3 weeks in cold weather. If you are choosing the start-up method over winter (above) you will need to top up your battery with an external charger if you are not riding your ski for a more than 2 hours. Most battery chargers are 'smart chargers' and can be left on over winter to maintain the battery through pulse charge - check with your supplier - prices start from $99.
3. Get your jetski serviced! Winter is the BEST time to talk to your local service agent about servicing your ski, you can also get them to winterise it at the same time for minimal extra charge if you don't intend to ride over winter. Servicing your ski now, means your craft sits with fresh oil in the engine instead of tired/contaminated oil (4 stroke). You are also likely to get 100% of your technician's attention and probably extra time spent on your ski for free, as naturally in summer at peak times a tech can have 20+ interruptions while trying to complete one job.
4. Address any repairs or touch-ups: check out pricing on damaged body work or broken parts. Often genuine parts take weeks to come from Japan/Canada/USA and it's better to have the delay now and not 2 weeks before Christmas holidays. Contact your local agent or JetskiJunk.co.nz who can give you genuine or aftermarket options where available.
5. If you are going to up-grade your current ski - this is the best time to buy. You will have a better choice of craft on Trade Me to choose from and local shops will have plenty of time to do the "pre-purchase inspection" for you. On the flip-side, this is not a good time to sell so if you can finance the change over until November when it is peak selling season and ski's can fetch up to 20% more.