December 14, 2023

14What Kind of Jet Ski Port is Right For You?

What Kind of Jet Ski Port is Right For You?

Written by ShoreMaster Marketing

Discover the perfect port with our guide on jet ski ports. ShoreMaster helps you choose the right fit for your jet-skiing lifestyle and storage needs. Shop our drive on ports today.


If shredding your personal watercraft (PWC) is integral to your lifestyle, adding a quality jet ski port to your waterfront property should be a priority. Below, we help you navigate the intricacies of choosing the perfect jet ski port to match your watercraft, environment, and needs.

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Finding the Right Jet Ski Port for You

So you finally decided to pull the trigger on that jet ski you’ve been eyeing for months. Now comes an equally important decision: finding the proper storage solution. And it starts by understanding your specific requirements. These include the following:

  • Your PWC 

Different PWCs have varying hull shapes and sizes. You want a jet ski port that’s compatible with your watercraft and flexible enough to accommodate other PWCs. With its versatile design, the ShorePort jet ski dock, for example, can fit a wide range of jet skis and wave runners. 

  • Storage space availability 

Jet ski ports come in a range of sizes, so choosing one that fits your available space — both on your dock system and indoor storage — is essential. For instance, the HydroPort Epic jet ski dock is a compact drive-on port that offers hassle-free installation and storage. Measuring 162” x 70”, it also features adjustable, dual in-line rollers to accommodate most PWCs. 

  • Ease of use

Ease of use is a crucial factor when choosing a jet ski port. You want a solution that allows you to spend more time enjoying the water and less time struggling with docking. Nothing gets you in and out of the water faster than a drive-on, roll-off PWC port. Watch this floating jet ski dock video to see just how easy it is to protect your wave runner. 

However, you must also consider the ease of securing, cleaning, and maintaining your PWC. Your environment and unique needs will dictate whether a floating PWC port or a jet ski lift system suits you better. 

  • Protection offered

While drive-on jet ski ports offer the utmost convenience, they can’t match the level of protection provided by lifts. Jet ski lifts keep your PWC completely out of the water, protecting it from the damaging effects of salt or brackish water, prolonged sun exposure, and marine growth. In addition, a ShoreMaster jet ski lift minimizes hull wear and tear by gently lifting and lowering your jet ski. 

Carefully assessing these factors helps narrow down your search for the ideal PWC port. 

The Different Types of Jet Ski Ports Available

There are two primary types of jet ski dock solutions, each with unique features and advantages. Let’s take a closer look at these two: 

Floating Jet Ski Docks

Also referred to as drive-on ports, a jet ski floating dock is one of the most popular dry-docking solutions because of its ease of use and overall convenience. Our selection of PWC ports combines easy loading and launching with supreme durability and reliability.  

The HydroPort Extreme, for example, boasts the following features:

  • Ultra-tough polyethylene construction: This innovative material also comes with expanded polystyrene (EPS) marine foam for increased strength and leak elimination. 
  • Stainless steel roller axles: This element brings strength and compatibility with fresh, brackish, and salt water.  
  • Ample walk-around space: The generous space features a textured, slip-resistant surface, making docking and launching as safe as it is easy. 
  • Bow bumper: This feature eases your watercraft to a gentle stop when you dock while providing a soft rest for the keel.

On top of these, you can mount the HydroPort Extreme from the front or the side, making it a seamless addition to any waterfront property. 

  • PWC Lifts

A jet ski lift system typically consists of a platform, a lifting mechanism, and a control system. The platform provides a stable base for the PWC to rest on while the lifting mechanism raises and lowers the platform. While most control systems use a winch or pulley to operate the lift, we offer motorized operation as an add-on for maximum convenience. 

Our PWC lifts also boast the following features:

  • Dime-welded construction: Along with the distinct double V-sided design, our lifts provide ultimate reliability and performance.
  • Whisper winch: This exclusive feature provides the industry’s quietest operation. 
  • 8-piece design: This innovative but straightforward design results in the industry’s easiest assembly and installation. 

Not sure which PWC lift model is right for you? Contact us or one of our local dealers to find the right system for your watercraft and shoreline needs. 

How to Purchase the Right Jet Ski Port

With the sheer number of jet ski ports for sale, choosing the perfect one can be daunting. So, when poring over specs, features, and accessories, remember to come back to your priorities: the safety, protection, and convenient storage of your PWC.  

With that said, here are some of the most pivotal considerations for purchasing a jet ski port:

1. Compatibility

Ensure your PWC port matches your jet ski model’s size, weight, and hull shape, as incompatibility can lead to instability and damage to your PWC and docking system. If you’re unsure what kind of jet ski port to get, our knowledgeable local dealers can help you out. 

2. Port Type

Choose between drive-on ports or jet ski lifts based on your preferences, storage space, and budget. As alluded to earlier, drive-on ports provide unparalleled ease of use — perfect for beginners. While PWC lifts offer the utmost protection and security, operating them may require some know-how.    

3. Materials and Construction

Opt for ports made from durable materials like polyethylene, aluminum, and steel to ensure they can withstand the elements and provide long-lasting performance. In addition, check for features such as corrosion and rust resistance, reinforced joints for added durability, and an innovative design for easy installation and storage. 

4. Budget

Set a realistic budget and compare prices from different manufacturers. Consider the long-term value of a reliable and durable jet ski port. While there are more affordable options, choosing a quality product can save you money in repairs and replacements over the long run. 

If you’re on a  budget, the HydroPort Pro is one exception to the rule, offering tremendous quality and value for money. 

5. Customer Reviews

Customer feedback provides invaluable insights into the real-world application of different jet ski port models. Take the time to read reviews on products’ performance, durability, and ease of use. Gather information from multiple platforms to get a balanced and comprehensive overview.

Remember, the ideal jet ski port is an investment in your PWC’s safety, protection, and longevity. By taking the time to consider these factors, you can make an informed decision and enjoy your jet ski adventures for many years to come.

Our waterfront products are synonymous with superior construction, unmatched strength and stability, and incredible versatility. ShoreMaster brands make up the most comprehensive line-up of docks and boat lifts, sold through the industry’s most extensive network of knowledgeable, customer-oriented dealers and distributors throughout the US and Canada.

Get in touch with us today, and we’ll help you find the perfect waterfront solutions for you.