How to launch your jet ski or PWC | Club Marine

Dom Wiseman: Launching your personal watercraft
does not need to be a difficult or stressful experience. The key to a nice and simple launch is preparation,
and preferably a good mate who can help you out. Dom Wiseman: Before moving into the preparation
zone to reverse your trailer down the ramp, park in the rigging area or a spot away from
the action so you can get your craft ready in a quiet and stress free environment. It’s also a great idea at this point to don
your safety jacket. That way you’re not leaving it behind in the
heat of the action. You should’ve already checked your safety
gear before you left home, but this is a good time now to cast your final eye over your
PWC to make sure nothing has gone wrong on the drive down to the ramp. Dom Wiseman: To get ready for launching the
first thing you must do is remove the strap from the back of the craft. While you’re there it’s also a timely opportunity
to check that you’ve actually put the bungs in. While you probably started the engine before
you left home, it doesn’t hurt to kick it over just for a second or two to ensure you
don’t have any issues on the ramp. Dom Wiseman: Now it’s your turn to join the
queue. Reverse the trailer into the water until the
rear of the PWC starts to float. Now you can remove the safety chain and release
the winch strap. If you’re on your own, step up onto the PWC
as you push it off the trailer. If you are in water that’s more than a meter
deep at this point you can start the PWC and motor back in towards the beach, but remember
to ensure that you shut the engine off as soon as that water depth reaches less than
one meter. Dom Wiseman: If you’ve come off the trailer
and the PWC is in water that’s less than a meter deep, walk it back to the beach by hand. You should never start your PWC in water that’s
less than a meter deep. You run the risk of sucking sand and stones
into the impeller, causing damage, and your day could be over sooner than it began. It could also result in a fairly expensive
repair bill. Dom Wiseman: Once the PWC is secure on the
beach, don’t forget to go back to the ramp, grab your car and trailer, and move it into
the car parking area. If you have a friend joining you for the day
things can be a little bit easier. Once you’ve reversed the trailer into the
water, you can jump aboard the PWC, your friend can give you a little push out, and you can
start the PWC once you’re in deep enough water. In the meantime your friend can park your
car and trailer in the car park, and then you’re ready to go. Dom Wiseman: Enjoy your time on the water. Boating is better with Club Marine.


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