Riding a jet ski is even more fun and tempting than the thought, but getting it ready is a different thing. You may think about owning a personal ski, but not everyone can bear the expensive craft and the regular maintenance it requires to stay in top condition. So why not the prospect of rental from a top water sports club in Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah?
Regardless of the place you choose to buy or rent the watercraft, there are some technical things you need to inspect in the ski to ensure it is safe and drivable enough before raging it over the waters.
A motor that overheats itself mostly changes the color of the head to another color. Further the color of the exhaust should also be checked and shouldn’t seem like it has been toasted to the root. An experienced mechanic will thoroughly study the head, cylinder and exhaust system and conclude if the components need any tuning or a complete replacement of the motor. Unless you have driven ample number of skis or are a knowledgeable mechanic, switch over to the next ski.
This step requires some dirty work of checking around ski from corners but an equally important one too. Lean down from the back of the ski and gaze into the pump with a torch or flashlight. The visibility should be clear enough to spot debris or rocks (if any), while the stationary vanes in the pump housing should be finely tuned. Look at the pump from other side at the impeller, where there should be no accumulation of debris, plastic, tow ropes, etc. Locate the impeller that resembles an outboard blade but is perfectly fit inside the pump. All the blades should be smooth with no disoriented edges. Remember a blocked pump tends to overheat the motor which in return damages the pistons and head of the motor. A worn out impeller indicates the watercraft has been heavily ridden on the beach and has never been cleaned, hence, allowing sand and sea debris to deteriorate the motor and its components. Use a flashlight to inspect the clearance condition of the impeller. And if you spot big gaps in the clearance, the impeller most probably requires a major repair which is obviously a costly prospect. However a replacement pump or impeller can cost you around hundreds or even a thousand dollars. Also a broken or damaged intake grate needs replacement in order to avoid drag.
Examine the surface area of the ski thoroughly and locate any spots of missing gel coat and the protruding fiberglass. In such cases the hull can crack open and fail while on a ride. Remember, even submerged in the water, the motor needs to stay dry strictly. Old or used skis most probably have some cracks, holes and dents in the hull, which shouldn’t be the case. Even if the ski has undergone some repairs, ask the provider which kind of materials have been used in the maintenance. Some skis come equipped with gel coat and fiberglass, while others may be made of polyester resin. For instance, a car bondo may work well for a car fender, but the material is inappropriate to apply on a jet ski.
How to start, stop, reverse, etc. the ski are the foremost questions you need to answer clearly before taking it out on the nearest beach. Questions such as: where to locate the kill button? If you flip over in the water, which way to direct the ski? Is the watercraft installed with a fire extinguisher and safety flag? Does it equip the tether? Acknowledge these questions and all the above points into your consideration before acquiring the ski on rental.