Tips on Securing Your Jet Ski to Your Trailer
Posted by:GJW Direct | Apr 26, 2022
Losing your jet ski, having it stolen or having it fall off your trailer and damaged, is an inconvenience that no one wants to deal with. Removing your craft from the water is considered best practice when you are not using it for a long period of time. This is because it could lead to corrosion, strong waves could take it away and marine growth could damage parts of your craft.
Following a few simple steps can help to prevent this and keep your PWC secure.
Properly securing your jet ski and trailer, can help to minimise the chances of it getting stolen. However, unfortunately, sometimes your efforts may still not be enough. By insuring your personal watercraft, you won't have to worry, as theft cover will likely be provided subject to appropriate security and theft protection methods have been followed. GJW Direct’s jet ski and PWC insurance includes theft cover for your jet ski whilst ashore even if it’s outside, there’s no need to remove the seat or keep in a locked building at home. You can rest assured that you’ll be in safe hands with their fully comprehensive insurance.
How to secure your jet ski
Securing your jet ski to a trailer may seem like a tedious task after spending your time enjoying yourself out on the water. However, you will have an even more tedious task on your hands if your craft gets stolen or damaged. Learning the best way to secure your jet ski will give you peace of mind, when it comes to moving it back on to land at the end of the day.
It's important to follow precautions to keep yourself and your jet ski safe when loading it onto your trailer. Once it is safely on your trailer, you can then start to secure it, this can be done in a few different ways by using different equipment, such as cables and chains. Both the front and back should be fastened effectively, using straps and hooks. The straps should connect the jet ski to the trailer using the hooks. Don't forget to tighten the straps, so there is no give. Before driving your trailer away, tug on the straps to make sure they are definitely secure. The equipment you use may depend on the size of your PWC and where it will be stored.
Locks and cables
There are many different types of locks and cables you can use to keep your property secure. Whatever lock you choose to use, you will just need to ensure that it is attached tightly to the trailer's frame and the jet ski.
Locks and chains include:
- Cable locks - these versatile products can be used to combat any threat and keep your boat fixed firmly to your trailer, they should be long enough to fit all the way around. With a cable lock, it should run through the trailer's wheel rims and frame, making it more difficult to come loose. Vinyl coated cables could also be something to consider to avoid scratching the paintwork
- Alarm cable locks - these do a similar job to basic cables however, if someone tries to cut them, an alarm will instantly siren, notifying the owner
- Coupler locks - these are designed to secure the coupler of a trailer, helping to protect someone from towing it away
- Wheel locks - not only do these keep your trailer and jet ski secure, but it will also deter criminals from stealing anything
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