Ride Personal Watercraft Like a Pro: Tips for All Conditions

Ride Personal Watercraft Like a Pro: Tips for All Conditions

If you stay in the same general location and really get to know the area, you can become quite spoiled or relaxed in the way that you operate your personal watercraft. However, if you travel and bring your PWC with you, it is important to at least know the basics about how to best operate your watercraft, regardless of the conditions. You can use a boat lifting system and a personal watercraft dolly to move your PWC around on your own between storage and trailer. When storing your vessel, make sure to choose the types of boat stands that are designed for the right size and type of PWC that you own. Galvanized boat stands and coated boat stands will stand the test of time, providing you with long-lasting safety, storage, and protection.

Know Your Own Skills
If you spend most of your time riding choppy waves out on the surf or if you were raised out on the river, you likely have a pretty focused style of operating your PWC. That’s great if you never venture out of your own comfort zone, but if you want to try your skills anywhere else – either at a new lake or river – it is important to know how to act and react to the different conditions. While your PWC can handle a wide range of conditions, it is up to you as the operator, to know how to get the best possible ride.

Calm/Glassy Waters – On a beautiful day with a light breeze or absolutely no wind, you have the ability to push your PWC to do everything it was designed to do. However, if you are used to windy conditions and maintaining tight control, this “perfect storm” of good weather could be a problem. Over-confidence is the biggest culprit, causing operators of PWC to do too much, too fast with unpleasant results. The best tip for this type of condition is to anticipate that the PWC will respond much faster and with more power than what you get in the choppy, wavy conditions that you are used to, and hold back with some restraint.

Get used to the conditions by moving around your stance to shift body weight around corners and turns in calm or glassy water conditions. Most of the PWC built today will respond well to a natural lean in the turns, but the trick is in knowing the right amount of lean to apply to prevent your watercraft from skidding out. Older PWC might need a lot more lean in order to stay up, requiring the operator to really hang on tight in the turns. Take some time to test things out before you just go ripping off onto the water. Try out different options for where you sit to gain more control and speed in the corners.

Choppy/Rough Waters – Most rides that you have on your PWC will fall under these conditions. However, the degree of choppy waters will vary depending on where you are located. Transporting your PWC to new locations can be exciting, but it is important to be prepared for new conditions that will likely be very different from what you are used to at your home base. If the area is really choppy, crouching above the seat can be best in order to get the most controlled ride. You can use your legs to absorb all of the jolts that come from hitting the water and the increased height will help you to anticipate changes a little easier.

For really choppy waters, a bolstered saddle can do the trick, providing a good vantage, a more cushioned experience, and give your legs a break. Another way to reduce the jolt of really choppy waves is to speed up a little in the rougher waters than you would on a calm or glassy location. Faster speeds can help you to skip across the tops of the waves instead of dipping down in between them. Some PWC operators will even use a speed governor to smooth out the experience even further. While this will reduce your speed overall, it will keep things more consistent, reducing the impact from increasing and decreasing the speed on choppy waves.

Storing & Transporting a PWC
A lot of people underestimate what it takes to store and transport a PWC. They see that it is smaller than most boats and assume that it will then be easier to navigate, maneuver, and store when not in use. Personal watercraft dolly tools and a boat lifting system can be your best friend for storing, transporting, and even regular maintenance or cleaning. Storing your vessel means looking for the types of boat stands that are designed to properly support a PWC out of the water. Galvanized boat stands are preferred, as they are designed to stand the test of time.

Brownell Boat Stand System
For over 50 years, the Brownell Boat Stand System has been providing top quality equipment, products, and tools to the marine industry right here in the United States and all around the globe. Give us a call at 508-758-3671 to find an authorized dealer near you or to speak with one of our representatives about boat stands, dollies, and products for your PWC.

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