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How to Setup and Inspect Your Sea-Doo Personal Watercraft?

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.

 

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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

Sea-Doo Safety Equipment

Just like your Sea-Doo personal watercraft, there are a few required items for all riders and a couple pieces of safety gear always required on board. Your Sea-Doo dealer can help you find the perfect fit for riding gear and get you outfitted with the necessary safety gear.

  • Coast guard-approved type I, II or III personal flotation device (for both driver and passenger)

  • Neoprene bottoms or wetsuit (for both driver and passenger)

  • Marine fire extinguisher

  • Whistle or small air horn

  • Rope or dock lines

  • Watertight flashlight

  • Other recommended riding gear:

    • Sunscreen

    • Sunglasses/goggles

    • Hat

    • Gloves

    • Riding shoes or boots

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.

Pre-Ride Sea-Doo Inspection

A quick visual inspection of a few key areas of your Sea-Doo personal watercraft will have you ready to head for the water in no time. Always refer to your operator’s guide for a full pre-season and official Sea-Doo pre-ride checklist. If you notice something doesn’t seem right, contact your Sea-Doo dealer for assistance.

  • Visually inspect the hull and pump intake for damage or debris. You want to ensure the hull is solid and the pump intake is free of any debris.

  • Check that engine oil and coolant levels are within operating levels. This process is outlined in your Sea-Doo operator’s guide.

  • Move handlebars, throttle and brake lever (if equipped) to validate that each operates freely.

  • Check that items in storage compartments, board racks and accessories are secured.

  • Check fuel level and top off if needed.

At the Boat Ramp

Before you get in line at the boat ramp to launch your Sea-Doo PWC, pull off to the side and prepare your personal watercraft for an efficient launch with these quick steps.

  • Remove the seat of your Sea-Doo PWC while you prepare the rest. This gives any gas fumes that may have built up in the engine compartment a chance to escape.

  • Undo the transom straps and don’t forget to install the drain plug(s).

  • Attach a dock line to the front of your Sea-Doo.

  • When it’s your turn, back the Sea-Doo into the water until the transom starts to float off the trailer.

  • Unhook the winch strap at the front and push the Sea-Doo free from the trailer.

  • Secure your Sea-Doo to the dock, clear of the immediate launch area while you park your vehicle.
  • Grab your tether key and PFD and enjoy the ride!

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.

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