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Whether you have a jet ski that needs to be towed or are thinking about how a new jet ski might handle on the water, knowing your jet ski weight is of importance to all jet ski owners

Along with the weight of your jet ski, it is essential to understand both how much weight its accessories add and how much a jet ski trailer weighs

A jet ski can weigh anywhere between 300 (at its absolute lightest) to over 1,000 pounds, depending on its brand, size, gear additions, and engine

While some jet skis are built to be light and maneuverable (see Krash Industries), others have been designed for maximum comfort when hitting the water with two or more people on board

To learn more about the weight of a jet ski, how much a trailer weighs, and the difference between a jet ski’s curb weight and dry weight, check out the sections below

What Affects a Jet Ski’s Weight?

Your Jet Ski’s Curb Weight vs

The Average Curb Weight of a Jet Ski

The Average Curb Weight of a Jet Ski

Most jet skis available for purchase by consumers weigh between 400 and 1,000 pounds

The lightest jet skis are built for single riders and doing water tricks and aerial rotations, with the lightest sit-down, multi-person machine being manufactured by Sea-Doo Heavier jet skis include three-seater options that can exceed 1,000 pounds when loaded up with accessories, customizations, and safety gear

The Different Curb Weights of Jet Skis

The Different Curb Weights of Jet Skis

Different jet skis designed with different utilities in mind will naturally have different weights

The size, materials, and engine of the jet ski will all play a part in determining its weight

Some jet ski brands of 2022 and their varying curb weights include:

Krash stand-up models (built for freestyle, trick riding), 303-351 poundsYamaha Superjet stand-up, 405 poundsKawasaki SX-R stand-up, 551 poundsSea-doo Spark (sit-down), 473 poundsSea-doo GTI series (sit-down), 835+ poundsYamaha FX series (sit-down), 947+ poundsKawasaki Ultra 310 series (sit-down), 1175+ poundsWhat Affects a Jet Ski’s Weight?

Along with its dry starting (or curb) weight, many other contributions can affect the heaviness of a jet ski

These added items tend to make jet skis heavier rather than lighter and include:

Accessories and Additions: Life jacket storage, a dry box for your phone, an anchor, and solar battery chargers are only some of the practical accessories which can add weight to jet skisEngine Stroke: The type of engine stroke a jet ski is equipped with will affect its weight

Some states even ban 2-stroke engines )Fuel Capacity: The amount of fuel a jet ski can carry will add weight to it when full

If you opt for increased fuel capacity or fuel reserves, your jet ski will become heavierHull Material: Fiber-reinforced plastic, or FRP, is a rigid stiffening liner that adds weight to the bottom of most jet skis

It also makes it sturdierSafety Gear: Adding required safety gear, such as flare guns, emergency waterproof first aid kits, and life jackets will add a little weight to any jet skiYour Jet Ski’s Curb Weight vs

Water Weight

Water Weight

The curb weight of a jet ski refers to the jet ski’s total weight, including all oils and fuels necessary for operation, as you would find it sitting next to a curb on dry land

Curb weight does not include any additions to the jet ski, such as safety equipment and accessories

Curb weight is important because it represents the jet ski’s towing weight in most instances

(If you add accessories to the jet ski, you’ll need to factor those in as well )

It also gives you an idea of how easy (or difficult) your jet ski is going to be to maneuver on land and get into the water

The dry weight of a jet ski is the weight of the jet ski without any fluids or fuel

This can be a useful number when towing the jet ski empty and stripped bare of accessories

Though jet skis are weighed in “curb” and “dry” weights, that number tells you little about the machine’s functionality on the water

Like anything else, jet skis feel lighter in the water

This also means a lighter Rec-Lite jet ski can get a bit bouncy in heavy waves, while a heavier jet ski is a smoother ride

A jet ski trailer built to haul a single jet ski can weigh from under 200 pounds to 400 pounds

Though that might sound light when compared to heavier models of jet ski, jet ski trailers are typically built to support around 2,000 pounds

Unlike a boat, jet skis cannot remain floating on the water and tethered to a dock for an extended period of time

Due to this, personal watercraft (jet skis) must be transported to and from the water with each use, which is something you’ll want to consider before buying a jet ski

If you have more than one jet ski, and need a double trailer, be ready for pay for it

You will, at the least, double your trailer cost at around $2,000, with prices topping out at nearly $4,000 on the high end

Don’t forget to factor trailer costs into the price of a new jet ski

More importantly, don’t forget to factor the trailer weight into the tow weight of your jet ski

Jet Ski Trailers and Their Weights

Jet Ski Trailers and Their Weights

Just like each make and model of PWC differs, jet ski trailers have different jet ski towing weights and carrying capacities

Some popular jet ski trailer manufacturers include:

TritonKaravanEZ LoaderAll three manufacturers make lightweight trailers for Rec-Lite to Recreational models of PWC up to double-trailers that can carry two of the heaviest jet skis (usually luxury, performance models) on the market

Generally speaking, a heavier trailer will haul more weight

Jet Ski Accessories and Weight Additions

Jet Ski Accessories and Weight Additions

Jet Ski accessories and additions have the potential to drastically alter a jet ski’s curb weight and how much it weighs in the water

A fully equipped jet ski might bust the weight requirements on a trailer it could safely be transported on without any extra gear

Some of the most commonly used accessories that add weight to jet skis and their trailers include:

Extra Hull Material and Tools: Some avid jet skiers like to carry extra hull material and repair tools when hauling their jet skis

Hull material can be weighty, thoughStorage: Lots of accessories are made to make time spent on your jet ski more convenient and fun

These include coolers, storage racks, fishing equipment and more

All of these things add weight, especially if you are filling your coolers full of cold drinks and foodSafety Equipment: Unlike other accessories for your PWC, safety equipment cannot be foregone

It’s a requirement of the US Coast Guard that PWC operators carry certain equipment (PFDs, fire extinguisher, etc) and you can be fined for not having these items on boardWhen hauling PWC, there are also required additions to the trailer itself, such as light adaptors that make your signals (and the trailer) visible if your trailer blocks your brake lights and any security devices you add to your trailer to keep your jet ski secure

This will all add to your tow weight

You can reduce the weight of your jet ski on the trailer by removing any accessories and putting them in your vehicle, but, keep in mind, your vehicle has a total tow limit and a maximum weight capacity

To tow a jet ski safely, you need to know your car’s tow limit, have a proper hitch installed, and acquire a proper trailer

The more prepared you are to haul and maneuver the weight of your jet ski, the less frustration you’ll have and the more you’ll be able to enjoy your day out on the water with friends and family

Jet skis don’t just magically appear in the water (sadly); they must be towed there

Whether your towing experience will be an effortless one or a difficult slog every time depends in part on the weight of your jet ski

Weight can also affect performance

The average weight of a jet ski is 500 to 1,000 pounds

There are outliers, such as the super-light Yamaha SUPERJET, which weighs 375 pounds, or the Kawasaki Ultra 310LX, which is 1,073 pounds

In this article, we’ll provide plenty more real examples of various jet ski weights so you can get a good idea of what’s on the market

We’ll also discuss the factors that can affect a jet ski’s weight as well as why you must respect your watercraft’s weight limit

The Average Weight of a Jet Ski

Jet skis must be navigable by the average-sized adult, or–in the case of youth jet skis–a child

Keeping all that in mind, manufacturers like Sea-Doo, Yamaha, and Kawasaki strive to produce jet skis that don’t go heavy on the weight yet still come packed with all the features a person expects out of a modern jet ski

The average weight of a jet is between 500 and 1,000 pounds

Heavier watercraft, such as three-seater jet skis, will very often be close to the 1,000-pound threshold or perhaps even surpass it

As we showed you in the intro, jet skis can weigh far less than 500 pounds, such as the Sea-Doo Spark

The most important thing about the advertised weight of your jet ski is that manufacturers often list only the dry weight

This will come up again later as we discuss the factors that increase the weight of your jet ski, but a jet ski’s dry weight means how much the watercraft weighs when it’s completely empty, aka no gas in the tank

46 Real Examples of Jet Ski Weights

To further illustrate the broad range of jet ski weight classes out there, here is a comprehensive list of jet skis from your favorite manufacturers and how much each one weighs

The Factors That Increase Your Jet Ski’s Weight

Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with the current jet skis on the market and their accompanying weights, have you ever wondered why some jet skis are within that average weight range and others are exceedingly lower or higher?

Here are the other factors that can drive a jet ski’s weight up or down

What kind of accessories and features does your jet ski come with?

Did you opt to add on some fishing accessories to make your jet ski a mean fishing machine?

Whatever the features you bought, besides making your jet ski more expensive, these additions contribute further to its overall weight

Unless you travel empty-handed, then the gear you tote with you also makes your watercraft heavier

That includes the gear on your person as well, such as a life jacket and helmet

That’s not to say you should go without these life-saving accessories, but they do add weight

Some jet ski manufacturers will list the dry weight of the watercraft while others will state its curb weight

The curb weight is how heavy the watercraft when the jet ski is full and ready to go

In other words, this weight accommodates things like a tool kit as well as the jet ski’s gas tank when at 90-percent capacity

Dry weight, as we talked about before, is the weight of the jet ski when it’s completely empty, no fuel

By adding a gallon of gas to your jet ski’s tank, you’re contributing six pounds to the watercraft’s overall weight

If you filled the tank up to five gallons, that’s 30 pounds overall, which is significant

This just proves that you can’t use the dry weight as a gauge of what your jet ski actually weighs when it hits the water

The difference between the two engine types is more than just power and performance, but weight as well

How much storage capacity your jet ski offers also plays a role in its overall weight

The last factor that can add or subtract weight to your jet ski is its hull material

It’s like we said in the intro, jet skis must be towed into the water

When deciding which vehicle is best for towing, you can’t just take the weight of your jet ski into accommodation

You have to include the trailer weight as well

How much does a trailer weigh?

If you have an ultra-lightweight jet ski like a youth model, you can likely use a single trailer

This trailer type weighs around 195 pounds

For jet skis around 300 pounds, try a double trailer that’s 340 pounds

When towing a jet ski that weighs 500 pounds and up, a double-elite trailer should more than suffice, as one of these weighs 2,900 pounds

Only in rare instances would a four-place trailer be viable since this trailer weighs 5,400 pounds

Why Abiding by Your Jet Ski Weight Limit Is Crucial

Besides the weight of the jet ski, manufacturers will list another weight-related value, the weight capacity or limit

This is the max allowable weight on your jet ski

Whether you reach that limit through an extra passenger, a full gas tank, or lots of storage doesn’t matter so much

What’s much more important is never surpassing your jet ski’s listed weight capacity

Ignoring the weight capacity decreases the stability of your watercraft

We’re sure we don’t need to tell you this, but jet ski crashes can lead to hospital visits, pricy medical bills, repairs to your jet ski, not to mention possible losses of life

It’s one thing if it were a genuine accident, but if you hit another jet ski rider and it’s then discovered that you were over the weight capacity, your negligence could lead to the injured rider taking you to court

What are the weight capacities for the jet ski models we discussed above?

Jet skis weigh 500 to 1,000 pounds on average, with some sporty jet skis in the 400-pound threshold and others just scraping by the 1,000-pound mark

When shopping for a jet ski, do take a moment to differentiate between the curb weight and the dry weight, as the latter is when the jet ski is completely empty

Adding fuel can make a big difference to your overall weight!

Keep the jet ski’s weight capacity in mind too whenever you ride

Watch your gear and cargo limits and don’t overfill the gas tank either

The weight of a jet ski varies between the many different models available on the market

One of the biggest factors is the difference between stand-up jet ski weight and sit-down jet skis

Sit-down jet skis are more popular and also generally weigh more

Sit-down jet skis weigh around 650-1,000 pounds, and stand-up jet skis weigh around 300-550 pounds

This means the average Gross Trailer Weight (The weight of everything on your trailer including the trailer when towing a boat) for a sit-down jet ski is about pounds

For stand-up jet skis, it is pounds

If you are towing 2 jet skis, it will be about double this

Some outliers to these averages include the Sea-Doo Sparkk which weighs 450-490 pounds and the Kawasaki Jet Ski ULTRA 310 series which weighs 1030-1090 pounds

See the exact weight of specific jet skis by scrolling down to the “50+ examples of every jet ski on the market and their weights” sub-heading

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What’s the difference between sit-down and stand-up jet skis?Factors that go into jet ski weight50+ examples of every jet ski on the market and their weightsHow to weigh a jet ski?What are the best vehicles for towing jet skis?Final words

What’s the difference between sit-down and stand-up jet skis?

Sit-down jet skis (also known as WaveRunners) and stand-up jet skis are both a type of personal watercraft

Stand-up jet skis are very small and don’t feature any sort of seating option

Stand-up jet skis are designed to do more tricks such as backflips, while sit-down jet skis are meant to ride more comfortably

Here’s an example of what a sit-down jet ski looks like:

Here’s an example of what a stand-up jet ski looks like:

Factors that go into jet ski weight

Besides how big they are and if they are a stand-up or sit-down jet ski, some other factors that go into how much jet skis weigh include:

Size of the fuel tank

These are accounted for in the averages I’ve provided, but if you are trying to estimate the weight of your jet ski and you know you have an abnormally heavy or high quantity of these things, make sure to account for it

50+ examples of every jet ski on the market and their weights

Before looking at the tables, know that curb weight means the total weight of the jet ski plus a full tank of fuel and any gear

Generally, the dry weight (weight of the jet ski with no gear or fuel) is about 25-40 pounds less than the curb weight for stand-up jet skis and 50-125 pounds for sit-down jet skis

MakeModelCurb Weight (lbs)Kawasaki Jet SkiSX-R551Kawasaki Jet SkiSX-R 160551KrashFootrocket308KrashFootrocket Pro303KrashPred-RR334KrashReaper351YamahaSuperJet410

Trailers for stand-up jet skis weigh around 200-250 pounds, and double trailers generally ad 350-450 pounds

Trailer weight

Trailer weight

Trailers for sit-down jet skis generally weigh around 250-300 pounds, and double trailers weigh around 400-500 pounds

So, add that to the curb weight to get the total trailer weight of what you need to tow

So, add that to the curb weight to get the total trailer weight of what you need to tow

How to weigh a jet ski?

The most accurate way to weigh a jet ski is to take it to a truck scale

Make sure it has all the gear and equipment in it that you need to have and weigh it

Gas weighs about 6 pounds per gallon, and most jet skis can hold 8-18 gallons

You can then subtract out the weight of the trailer (which can be found by either weighing the trailer separately or just estimating using my averages)

If you’re unable to do that, most manufacturers will have the weights listed on their website; however, you may still have to do some estimating for engine, gear, & fuel weight as well as trailer weight

What are the best vehicles for towing jet skis?

Making sure you are using a capable towing vehicle is crucial for the safety of you and others on the road when you are towing jet skis

You can see a vehicle’s towing capacity by searching the make and model of the vehicle and then typing “towing capacity” after in the search bar

It’s generally recommended to have a vehicle that is capable of towing 1,000 more pounds than the total weight of what you are towing

So in this case, the GTW would be the total weight

Most jet skis are light enough that you can get away with mid to low tier towing vehicles

I was able to tow two jet skis easily with a base model Subaru Outback with a 4-cylinder engine

Some popular vehicles for towing jet skis include:

Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Highlander

Low-tier models that could tow jet skis include:

Toyota RAV4

As long as your vehicle has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds, it should be able to tow a jet ski just fine

As you’ve read above, Sit-down jet skis weigh around 650-1,000 pounds, and stand-up jet skis weigh around 300-550 pounds

This includes the jet ski’s weight plus the weight for fuel and gear

This includes the jet ski’s weight plus the weight for fuel and gear

Jet ski trailers weigh around 200-300 pounds, and double trailers weigh around 350-500 pounds

Jet ski trailers weigh around 200-300 pounds, and double trailers weigh around 350-500 pounds

It’s important to understand the difference between stand-up and sit-down jet skis as sit-down jet skis weigh 2-3 times more

So hopefully this article helped you understand the difference between the two and their weights

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