Watercraft Safety Tips:
Never go out water crafting alone. Always use the buddy system. Ride with someone in a boat or on another personal watercraft. Also, tell someone where you will be before you leave on a ride, and when you will return. If you run into problems this will help authorities find you.
- Always be smart and don not ride after dark, it is hazardous and illegal.
- Always be aware of the rules and regulations on the water, rules change every where you will ride.
- Respect the rights of shoreline residents and other marine recreationists.
- Keep in mind the speed limits and in congested areas and to lower your speed.
- Ride responsibly by being alert and knowing what's going on around you at all times.
- Wear an approved PFD floating device and know how to swim.
- You should have a whistle for alerting people, a towrope or strap and a water line pincher will come in handy too.
- Use your common sense and ride according to your abilities. You should be at least 16 years old to operate a watercraft.
- Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Remember riding safe is smart. Safety should always come first along with the fun.
PWC Care and Maintenance Tips:
- Flush your watercraft right away after saltwater use. Read your owner's manual for the correct procedure.
- Remove marine organisms from the hull.
- Wash the watercraft with mild detergent and rinse well with fresh water. Dry with a soft towel. Then apply a nonabrasive wax over the entire hull.
- Clean the bilge area with hot water and mild detergent or with bilge cleaner. Rinse thoroughly. Lift front end of watercraft to completely drain the bilge.
- For water spots try a water spot remover spray called Ducky.
- Spray SEA-DOO Lube lubrication over motor to keep corrosion down.
- Remove seat or hood cover to ventilate the engine compartment.
- Open electrical boxes and let any moisture dry out in them. On some models unscrew the fuse cover and leave off until you are ready to go out again. NOTE: Leave in a place on the boat that you will not forget to reinstall!
- Check for any loose nuts, bolts and hoses.
- Check your oil level and change when needed.
- Make sure everything is working correctly.
Never run the engine longer than 5 minutes. The drive line seal has no cooling when watercraft is out of water.
- When you arrive at the launching area, get in line. Be Patient and wait your turn, it will give you time to get organized.
- When getting out of tow vehicle first thing is to be sure to check that the hull drain plug is in.
- Crank the engine over to make sure it will run.
- Check the ramp conditions before launching, look for loose gravel, moss build up, holes, water level, ramp steepness, so you can be extra cautious.
- Make sure you attach a bowline to the watercraft, so that you have some control when you launch.
- Double-check the oil and fuel levels before launching. Make sure all latches are secure.
- Make sure you decide who will be helping and attending the watercraft after it is launched, while the vehicle and trailer is being parked and locked. Plus gathering the last minute things.
- Now carefully back the trailer down the ramp, make sure the watercraft is far enough in the water, so it can be slid off. Now turn your wheels and make sure you put the emergency brake on. Now unload the watercraft safely.
- Please make sure everyone is clear from the vehicle and trailer before pulling away.
- Make sure you have your Life vest on and your safety lanyard is on your wrist.
- Crank the engine over to make sure it will run before floating away from the dock.
- If all is intact then your ready to leave the dock, slowly and cautiously leave it. Now you’re ready to have a fun day with safety in mind.
- When your day is over and you’re ready to go home. Do the same launching procedure for loading your watercraft.
- After you are loaded up, clear the launch area quickly and pull in the parking lot. Now briefly start the watercraft engine, to blow the excess water out of the exhaust. "Never run engine more than 30 seconds out of water with no flush line connected!"
- Put the rest of your tie downs on and gather your things, then be on your way.
Repair any broken, missing, or worn parts by Speed Marine.
- SEA-DOO Fuel Stabilizer can be added in fuel tank to prevent fuel deterioration and carburetor gumming. Run for 5 minutes with flush line connected and 1 minute before shutting off, spray Bombardier SEA-DOO Lube lubricant through air intake silencer cover keeping engine at fast idle.
- Drain filter-start engine to remove fuel from carb(s). Then spray SEA-DOO lube on outside carburetor(s) linkage.
- Clean Bilge system, Engine and Hull.
- Clean flame arrester element.
- Clean cooling system - Blow air through cylinder head and exhaust.
- Impeller shaft reservoir should be drained and lubricated.
- For anticorrosion treatment use SEA-DOO Lube lubricant over all metallic components in engine compartment (make sure engine is cold).
- Remove spark plugs and pour one ounce of oil in each cylinder.
- Clean battery cables and remove battery for storage. Battery should be slow (trickle) charged at least every 30 days if it's not being used, or the best thing I have found is to buy a battery maintainer, hook it up and check levels once a month.
- The seat should be partially left opened during storage, this will avoid any condensation and possible corrosion.
- In addition always keep your watercraft covered, especially if stored outside.