We know exactly how anxious you are to head for the boat ramp and start living that Sea-Doo life, but there are few more i’s to dot and t’s to cross before that maiden journey. This Sea-Doo inspection checklist and video will help ensure you’ve got everything you need for a fun, safe and legal ride every time you launch your Sea-Doo personal watercraft.
Sea-Doo Registration and Licenses
Most areas require Sea-Doo personal watercraft to be properly licensed, registered and insured before heading out on the water. If you’ve just purchased a new Sea-Doo PWC through a dealer, they can usually assist you with any necessary paperwork. If you’ve purchased a used Sea-Doo PWC through a private party, you’ll want to contact your local motor vehicle department or fish and wildlife department to get started. Along with registering your personal watercraft, many locations require the successful completion of a boater’s safety course. Even if this is not required in your area, it’s recommended that everyone on the water take this course. Here are the documents you’ll need:
- License and registration decals placed in proper locations on the side(s) of your Sea-Doo
- Proof of insurance
- Driver’s license and/or proof of completed boater’s safety course
Before You Head for the Boat Ramp
Once you’ve got your personal watercraft set with the right documentation and the proper riding and safety gear, don’t forget to add your trailer to your Sea-Doo inspection checklist to make sure you get to and from the water safely. Be sure to give the following items a look before leaving the driveway.
Trailer straps – Ensure both the winch strap and transom straps are secure and tight.
Check that your trailer is properly hitched to your vehicle; safety pin, working lights and safety chains must be properly connected.
Depending on your location, your trailer may also require a license and/or registration. Ensure both are up to date.
Don’t forget, you can connect with your Sea-Doo dealer for any questions you have before that first ride. Be sure to check out the Sea-Doo Owner’s Zone on our website and your operator’s guide for more great Sea-Doo personal watercraft riding tips. The Sea-Doo life is calling; we’ll see you on the water.