Steven in Sales’ Six Easy Steps for PWC Winterization


As summer ends, it’s time for some of us to winterize our jet skis. If you are unsure of how to do this or need a refresher, Steven in Sales has a guide. We’ll touch on some key points, and you can check out the complete guide from Steven in Sales here.

Before you begin winterizing your PWC, get your supplies in order. You’ll need a gallon of marine antifreeze per ski, marine fuel stabilizer, multi-purpose lube spray, fogging spray oil, and a smart battery charger. A flushing adapter is necessary for Yamaha brand PWC. Sea-Doo and Kawasaki use a 3ft garden hose for flushing. You’re ready to begin. Follow the steps in Steven’s guide and you can’t go wrong.

Winterizing is a must if you live somewhere where the temperature is below 40F/5C. If you don’t winterize your jet ski, the water inside the engine and intercooler can expand and crack the engine block. We suggest spending the $20-$200 on doing it yourself or paying to have it done at the dealer. This is better than having to replace the engine.

Even if your jet ski is kept in a temperature-controlled garage, Steven recommends winterizing to some extent. Fog the engine, charge the battery, coat the components with anti-corrosion spray, and add fuel stabilizer to the gas.

If you don’t want to handle the winterization and worrying about your PWC during the winter, call your local dealer and ask them about storing and winterizing your jet ski. They may have space. When it’s time to de-winterize, Steven has you covered! Follow his de-winterization steps, and you will be good to go!

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Ocean Priselac

An avid mountain and bodyboarder who lives by "if you don't go, you'll never know," with an affinity for wildlife and animal rescue; surf forecasting is a huge part of Ocean's life and was a winner in Red Bull's Project Swell several years ago. The 2014 LB2CAT was her first jet ski competition and can't wait to do it again!

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