There are times when, after hours of riding the idea of hitting the beach or going for a swim becomes more amusing to me. However, not always am I equipped with anchors to park my water scooter. During those desperate times, I do beach my Jet Ski.
In situations like these, it’s imperative to know exactly what you are doing. That’s because a wrong technique can do serious damage to your PWC. So, here is everything you need to know about putting your Jet Ski on the beach and taking it back on the water.
Side note: When there is soft sand all around and all you want to do is enjoy on the shore and stay close to the water, make sure that you are careful before beaching your jet ski. Because beaching your jet skis isn’t recommended for multiple reasons. (read more)
How to Beaching your Jet Ski
When to beach your PWC
When you need to get off your water scooters for a few minutes and there is a constant change in the tide or when you have to move around every hour, anchoring your boat seems too much work. It is then you can adopt the method of beaching.
However, make sure you have great visibility of the beach where you are parking. Also, take special care of whether or not the sand contains rocks.
Best Technique for Beaching Your PWC
A complete guide on how you can beach your PWC
Clear Sight & proper planning (if you are a beginner)
Decelerate as you approach the shore. Make sure you have a clear sight-line to the beach and the water still allows you to float.
Slow & Steady
Slowly move toward the shore. Gunning your PWC will do nothing but damage to your Jet Ski.
Turn your engine off and…
Turn your engine off. Do it when the depth of water becomes less the 3 ft on the most rear portion of the hull. Get off your PWC and walk the boat up to the beach.
You are almost done
Drop the anchor or tie the jet ski with a rope and you are done.
How to Un-beach your Jet Ski
FAQ About Beaching a Jet Ski
Make sure you are aware about the tide chart
It is imperative for you to know whether you are approaching a high tide or low tide.
How to beach the PWC when the tide is coming out?
Make sure you do not beach your PWC too high up in the sand.That’s because if you do so the PWC will get stuck in the sand very fast.
Beaching of a Jet Ski is possible in rising tide?
You will want your PWC is high enough up the sand so that it doesn’t float away.
What kind of Sand is Good for Beaching a Jet Ski?
You might be having a question that all sands are good for beaching? But, the answer is no. You can’t beach anywhere, you need to confirm that it is soft sand, and whether there are rocks in it or not. Get off your Jet Ski and check whether the place is suitable to beach or not.
(Know the soil characteristics of the place you beach your vehicle on)
Can I Beach in Jet Ski in muddy water?
If you find a place with muddy or mucky composition, do not beach there as your PWC can get trapped in that case.
Is there any damage to the PWC for long term beaching?
1. Long term beaching leaves impeller/ wear rings damaged.
2. If you frequently beach your vehicle onshore there are chances that sand can get stuck in your cooling system.
3. The water line can get jammed, stripping off the original power of the engine.
Damages due to beaching a Jet Ski
1. Water intrusion into the fibreglass laminate
2. Damage to the hull
3. Your boat getting stuck in the sand as the tide recedes
4. Your boat floating away with the changing tide
NOTE: Generally, parking your water scooter directly on the beach is famous as beaching. But many times people also use the term “offshore beaching” which refers to anchoring. Don’t get confused if you see this term. Moreover, we have talked about anchors in detail in Everything about Jet Ski Anchor blog.