Find the Best Jet Ski Storage: Safe and Flexible Options for Your Watercraft

Whether you’re a lake-goer or a beach bum, jet skis deliver countless hours of fun in the sun. But when your jet ski isn’t in the water, what do you do with it?

For some, there’s no choice but to park them on a trailer behind the garage, which is both unsightly for your neighbors and hazardous for your jet ski. Whether you just don’t have room in your garage or you can’t afford a spot at the marina, self-storage can be the perfect solution to your jet ski storage woes.

Let’s see all the personal watercraft (PWC) storage options out there so that you can make an informed decision on where to store your jet ski all year long or just off-season.

Indoor vs. Outdoor Jet Ski Storage

When it comes to long-term jet ski storage, indoor storage is the best option no matter where you live. Sun is horrible on paint, seats and traction mats, while freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on the ski jet engine.

Indoor jet ski storage options include indoor dry stack storage, renting a self-storage unit or storing the jet ski at home in a shed or garage. An affordable and widely available option is to store your watercraft outdoors, either in a marina or in outdoor dry stack storage.

No matter what option you go for, whenever your jet ski is not in use, it ought to be covered or indoors to protect it from UV rays, bird droppings or anything else. And, if you don’t live in a warmer climate, you should also pay extra attention to jet ski winterization before storing it.

Jet ski covers

Wherever you store your jet ski and no matter the temperature, you should use a high-quality cover. This will protect your PWC from grime build-up, pests and the elements if stored outside.

  • Look for durable, waterproof covers made from polyester or marine-grade canvas. 
  • Get a good fit. If the cover is too tight, you risk damage to your jet ski; too loose, and it won’t offer full protection. Can’t find a cover designed for your jet ski model? Get an adjustable one with straps. 
  • Your cover should be easy to put on and take off, encouraging regular use. Look for features like elastic hems, quick-release buckles or zippers that make the process more straightforward. 

Indoor Dry Stack Storage for Jet Skis

A warehouse where boats and jet skis are stacked on giant shelves is probably the best option for small watercraft on the coast. Plus, it’s as simple as dropping off your watercraft with the dry stack storage provider, and from there, the storage provider does the heavy lifting… literally.

Beyond the obvious protection from sun, rain and snow, indoor dry stack storage facilities often maintain a controlled environment to further protect your jet ski from humidity and salt air — this helps prevent rust and corrosion.

Some also offer jet ski maintenance services on-site — from basic engine checks to full servicing and winterization processes. It might seem like a premium option, but it turns out to be quite cost-effective in the long run.

Rent a Storage Unit for Your Jet Ski

Depending on where you’re located, you might not have a dry stack storage facility nearby, which means you’ll need to look for indoor storage units at a self-storage facility. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your jet ski there:

  • A 10’×10’ storage unit may be enough, but a 10’×15’ one usually works best. It’s big enough to fit the jet ski and its trailer, yet small enough that space isn’t wasted. Plus, you’ll have some room for additional belongings if you want.
  • You’ll need drive-up access to easily store your jet ski.
  • Electrical outlets are nice to have so you can use a trickle charger. You can also use an electric pump to inflate the tires on your jet ski trailer when it is time to hit the water.
  • Jet skis are expensive, so you’ll want to snag PWC storage at a secure facility. Look for properties with a fence, gated access and video surveillance.
  • Climate-controlled jet ski storage is a plus and, in some areas, a must.

Jet Ski Storage Solutions at Home

Storing your jet ski at home gives you easy access and control over its condition. Plus, you could store it in your backyard or driveway for free. However, many neighborhoods have rules against outdoor vehicle storage and we’ve already discussed that indoor is safer. In this case, you have two main options: in a shed or your garage. Let’s explore both.

Jet ski storage in the garage

Before you get too excited about saving money on storage by putting your jet ski in the garage, first check that you have enough space. A jet ski and its trailer can take up valuable space, as much as a four-passenger car.

  • Lay down a tarp, old rags or cardboard in the jet ski storage area to protect your garage floor from scratches and oil leaks.
  • A jet ski stand or dolly cart can save space and make maintenance tasks easier, especially in tight spaces.

Jet ski storage shed

If you’re in a townhouse or part of a Homeowners Association, check any rules regarding outdoor sheds before you build or adapt an existing one to be big enough for your jet ski and its trailer.

  • A good jet ski storage shed is one that protects against wind, rain and sun — this means a sturdy roof and high, thick walls.
  • Keep the air moving by installing a fan or vents to prevent moisture build-up.
  • Is the shed floor made of wood? Protect it with varnish or paint.
  • Last, but not least, invest in security with a sturdy lock on the shed door.

Marina Jet Ski Storage

Keeping your jet ski at a marina doesn’t mean leaving it in water. Even if it’s freshwater, it can still damage your watercraft if you leave it in for more than a few days. That’s why many marinas offer dry-stack storage — no towing, no hassle, just show up and hit the water. Talk about easy.

Sure, we’ve already covered the indoor version, but there’s also an outdoor dry rack — this is a solid pick if you’re watching your budget but still want your jet ski taken care of, especially if you live in an area without harsh temperatures.

Fancy a ride? Just call ahead. The marina staff uses a special forklift to get your jet ski into the water. It’s a bit like valet parking but for the sea. Then, when you’re done, you just hand it back to the marina staff.

Other options at the marina are jet ski dock storage or renting a floating slip. Since jet skis are small, the cost will most likely be about half what you’d pay for most size boats. The floating docks are in a no-wake zone and they usually include access to showers and dockside electric supply.

Pro Tip: Before opting for marina jet ski storage in a dry stack, ask about additional costs for extra services, how many launches you get (typically, a free one every day) and how they handle busy days like summer weekends.

Choose the Best Watercraft Storage Solutions

So, we’ve zipped through a bunch of ways to keep your jet ski safe when you’re not making waves. From tucking it into a cozy indoor spot to letting it chill at a marina, there’s a fit for every jet ski and every budget.

Got a garage with some room to spare? Perfect as long as no car has to suffer. Thinking about a jet ski storage shed? Check with your HOA first and definitely insulate it. Or maybe letting the marina take the reins sounds like a breeze to you.

Whatever floats your boat (or, well, jet ski), the key is making sure it’s snug, secure and ready for your next adventure. And don’t forget to prepare it for storage and winterize it when the time comes.