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When it comes to towing a jet ski, a question we always get asked is: Can you tow a jet ski with the cover on?

If you are a jet ski owner, you probably want to know what the best practice is especially in cases of long-distance towing.

We at JetDrift, did the research and gathered the pros and cons of towing a jet ski with the cover on!

Can You Tow a Jet Ski with The Cover On?

Based on the experience of many owners it’s not recommended that you tow a jet ski with the cover on. This is because the cover tends to vibrate due to the wind, which may result in scratches and wear marks on the paint and the buttons. For long-distance towing, you can consider towing the ski with the cover on, but make sure you use a soft layer under the cover.

It’s a well-known fact that especially OEM covers are super tight, so they are not just hard to put on but can ‘sand’ your jet ski’s paint while it’s being towed on the trailer.

This may result in wear marks especially on the bow, mirrors, buttons, or other parts of the ski.

What’s more, it’s not recommended that you put the cover on if your jet ski is dirty. As many owners prefer to clean their jet skis at home, this is another reason for towing jets skis uncovered.

Additionally, even if the cover fits on your jet ski tightly, there is always a risk of the wind blowing it off. But even if that doesn’t happen, wind always causes extra wear and tear on the cover.

Because of this, many owners prefer to trailer their jet skis without the cover, especially for shorter distances.

Are you afraid of bugs, dirt, and rock chips while you’re towing? If yes, don’t hesitate to read more!

If You Want to Tow Your Jet Ski with The Cover On

As you can see, it’s not recommended that you tow a jet ski with the cover on especially over short distances.

But when it comes to long-distance towing, some owners prefer to tow their jet skis covered, as they want to protect their skis from dirt, bugs, and rocks.

So, it seems there are some advantages of trailering a jet ski with its cover on, especially if you are going on a longer trip.

If you too want to tow your jet ski with the cover on, here are some tips to avoid the cover flying away or getting wear marks on the paint:

1. Always clean the jet ski carefully before you put the cover on, as dirt can sand the jet ski and make the cover dirty as well.

2. Beyond the ski, the cover also has to be completely clean. A dirty cover can damage the paint too.

3. Before you put the cover on, put a soft layer (e.g. a fitted flannel sheet) under the cover to protect the paint. In this way you can separate the cover from the jet ski, while still protecting it!

4. Put the cover on, making sure it fits perfectly and tightly on the ski.

5. Finally, use a ratchet strap to secure the cover on the jet ski (across the middle). It may look a little odd, but if the cover loosens, the strap will keep it on the ski, which means you won’t lose it.

As you can see, there is a solution for how to properly tow a jet ski with the cover on. However, it needs some effort and preparation!

Conclusion

For shorter distances, it’s recommended that you tow your jet ski uncovered. This is because covers are prone to causing wear marks and scratches on the paint and the controls.

Additionally, taking the cover on and off is always a hassle. Also, you should always clean the jet ski before you put the cover on. What’s more, covers tend to fly off, especially if you drive at high speeds.

But when it comes to long-distance towing, it makes sense to cover a jet ski to protect it from dirt, bugs, and rock chips.

If you are considering towing your jet ski with a cover on, make sure you clean the jet ski properly, then place a soft layer between the ski and the cover to protect the paint. Finally, put the cover on tightly and secure it with a ratchet strap, which can keep your cover on the jet ski even if it comes loose.

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