Jet ski docks keep your skis out of the way of passing boats and keep them steady as you try to get on and off of the seat. These docks have become more popular over the years, and more companies have started offering some version of a raised dock that allows you to literally ride onto and off of the channel in the dock. Along with this variety comes the need to carefully evaluate the features of the dock to ensure it's the right one for you.
No Gaps in the Base or Sides
Many jet ski docks are formed from blocks that are linked together. Make sure there are no gaps between the blocks on the sides or in the channel. Note that some models may have a V-shaped notch right at the edge of the channel, but most of the channel still has a solid bottom. Gaps can catch feet and cause people (especially children) to fall, and debris can get caught in gaps and make the dock look terrible. If you get one made of linked blocks or bricks, look for no gaps.
Get a Cover for Private Docks
Whether you've got some lakefront property or run a jet ski rental business, you want to protect jet skis parked long-term from the elements. You may want to get a cover for the docks. These look like smaller versions of carport covers with a metal or fabric cover held up by posts. They provide shade while also providing enough room for someone to get on and off the ski. Best of all, they don't have to be removed to allow people to use the skis.
Ensure the Channel Is Wide Enough for Your Jet Ski
Jet skis may look the same to the uninitiated, but the vehicles do come in different sizes and lengths. Be absolutely sure that the docks you get will fit your jet skis. If you have jet skis that are among the longer models, for example, you want that channel in the dock to support the entire length of the jet ski. One of the advantages to using a jet ski dock is that the supportive channel protects the hull of the ski from barnacles and other harbour denizens; if the jet ski extends into the water past the end of the channel, that defeats the purpose of using the dock to protect the hull. Plus, a long jet ski in a short dock is not going to get a lot of support and could push the dock underwater due to the unbalanced distribution of weight.
As summer gets underway, you're going to want to take those jet skis out and have fun, and you'll need a place to store the skis. These docks are among the better options for keeping skis on the water when they aren't in use. For more information, look for jet ski docks for sale in your area.