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How to Ship a Jet Ski Safely

What's in this article?
  1. Different Ways To Transport A Jet Ski
  2. Using A Trailer
  3. The Right Container
  4. Crate Transport
  5. Roll-On/Roll-Off
  6. Before You Go
  7. Paperwork
  8. Insurance
  9. Disconnect And Drain The Fuel
  10. Empty The Jet Ski
  11. Price
  12. Conclusion
How to Ship a Jet Ski Safely

Whether you're sending your Jet Ski across the country or to another part of the world, you should keep a few distinct approaches in mind.

Shipping, in general, can be a worrisome experience, but it need not be if you choose the right transport method and provider.

Here is a quick guide to the various Jet Ski shipping options available, and what you need to do before moving your Jet Ski to another location.

Different Ways to Transport a Jet Ski

There are various methods to choose from when it comes to transporting a jet ski. It would be best to decide which one suits your needs better.

Here, we will outline different ways to ship a Jet Ski so that you can choose the best option.


Using a trailer

If you own a Jet Ski, chances are you have a trailer as well. Trailers are highly recommended for transporting Jet Skis if the distance to cover is short enough.

The trailer must be in good working order, though, including the wheels and the tow bar, so that your Jet Ski does not sustain any damage during transit.

The right container

If you have multiple Jet Skis, you might want to think about shipping them in a specialized container. This is especially convenient if you wish to transport your Jet Skis overseas.

You can fit two to six Jet Skis in a single shipping container depending on the size.

However, it is important to ensure that your Jet Skis are packed away safely so that they do not move around and bump into each other while in transit. This way, your watercraft will arrive at its next destination in good condition.

A reputable vehicle transport firm like A1 Auto Transport can help make this process more convenient.

Crate transport

Unlike a container, crate transport vessels are expertly tailored to your cargo's specifications. When transporting your Jet Ski with a crate, especially for international shipping, you can be assured that it will be protected during the journey.

The first step to using crate transport is ensuring that you provide the shipping company with the correct dimensions of your Jet Ski. This includes length, width, height, and mass.

When shipping internationally, take note of the destination country's regulations on packaging and crating before your Jet Ski departs. However, if you use a good and professional crating or shipping company, the company will handle this concern.


If you plan to ship your Jet Ski by sea, it will most likely be transported on a roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) vessel. Ro-ro ships are specifically designed to move cargo with wheels, such as the trailer you use to carry your Jet Ski around.

Jet skis are transported by rolling them in their trailers onto and off the ship. A specialized cradle can be constructed for your Jet Ski if you do not have a trailer.

Before You Go

There are a few factors to consider in your planning when you ship your Jet Ski. Knowing what to expect and being well-prepared can help you save time, effort, and resources.


To begin, you will need the appropriate documentation, which varies if you plan to ship locally or internationally, such as a bill of sale and evidence of ownership.

Make sure the following information is included on the bill of sale:

  • Boat year, make, and model
  • Hull number
  • A clear statement that the vessel has been paid fully
  • Letter of Lien Release from a financial institution if you purchased the Jet Ski on a loan
  • Boat shipping information sheet
  • Export power of attorney
  • Insurance form.

In addition, make sure the shipping list includes all extra cargo modules (including everything that was removed from the Jet Ski for shipping) and the transfer of ownership information.



Carriers are mandated to have liability insurance. The overall amount of coverage per personal watercraft varies and is usually determined by the shipping provider. As a precaution, it is advised that owners invest in supplemental in-transit insurance.

If this is your first time shipping a Jet Ski, the lengthy checklist may seem overwhelming, but rest assured, a professional transporter like A1 Auto Transport will be there to help you every step of the way.

Disconnect and drain the fuel

Empty the Jet Ski's water tanks and drain the fuel tank to eliminate any potential fire threats. This is especially important during the colder months when the water could freeze on the road.

Additionally, remove the batteries and secure the wires. These items can be grouped for storage convenience. Plus, remember to include them on the shipping form.

Empty the Jet Ski

Shipping prices are heavily influenced by volume. Electronics, radar, propellers, lifelines, stanchions, stern pulpits, wind indications, lights, windshields, Plexiglas, canvas, and anchors can all add to the overall weight of your shipment.

Anything left behind should be packed and stowed securely to prevent in-transit jumbling from damaging your things.


The quote is context-specific, as is the case with all types of shipping. To get an accurate quote on Jet Ski shipping, your carrier will need the following information about your Jet Ski:

  • The model and value for insurance purposes
  • Dimensions (weight, height, width, length, and mass)
  • Pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Delivery timeframe
  • Any special requirements and preferences

We recommend calling your transporter to get an estimate, especially for larger and heavier watercraft and continental shipments.

Keep in mind that the delivery schedule is flexible and may only sometimes correspond with your needs. Making a reservation ahead of time can help you avoid waiting around.

Of course, you can make last-minute plans, but doing so runs the risk of higher costs and less careful organization.



Given the wide range of shipping options, picking a reliable, established business is crucial. Jet Ski transport services from reputable companies like A-1 Auto Transport is excellent because of their professionalism, competence, and safety protocols.

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After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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