PWC (Personal Watercraft) Docking
Molded Plastic Docks (MPDs) can be used for more than just tying your boat to. Using PWC Port Blocks, you can create a port for your personal watercraft to drive up on to. Generally, these platforms should be separate from any stationary dock, and anchored on its own, to prevent unnecessary forces against a main dock.
What is a PWC Port?
A “PWC port” typically refers to a Personal Watercraft port or a Jet Ski port. A Personal Watercraft (PWC) is a type of recreational watercraft, often referred to by brand names such as Jet Ski, WaveRunner, or Sea-Doo. PWC ports are specialized docking systems designed specifically for storing and securing PWCs.
These ports are usually floating platforms or docks with built-in slides that allow you to easily drive your PWC onto the port for storage or maintenance. They provide a convenient and secure way to keep your PWC out of the water when not in use, protecting it from damage caused by waves, debris, or marine growth.
What are PWC Ports made out of?
PWC ports are typically made of durable materials like high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or reinforced plastics. The MPD by Great Northern Docks utilizes rugged plastics and stainless fasteners for longevity.
How do I moor a PWC to a PWC Port?
To moor a PWC (Personal Watercraft) to a PWC port, you can follow these general steps:
- Position the PWC: Approach the PWC port slowly and align your PWC with the port’s entry.
- Line up the PWC port: Maneuver your PWC so that the entrance of the port aligns with the bow (front) of your PWC. This will make it easier to drive onto the port smoothly.
- Drive onto the PWC port: Gradually and carefully drive your PWC onto the port, aiming to position it in the center. Use gentle throttle control to avoid excessive speed or sudden movements.
- Position the PWC on the port: Once your PWC is on the port, adjust its position to ensure it is centered and evenly distributed. The port should have grooves or spaces to accommodate the PWC’s hull shape and keep it stable.
- Secure the PWC to the port. Follow the instructions provided by the port manufacturer to engage the securing mechanism properly. On MPDs, the process simply involves tying the Jet Ski to MPD cleats.
- Double-check the mooring: Take a moment to ensure that the PWC is securely fastened to the port. Confirm that the securing mechanism is properly engaged and that the PWC is sitting evenly on the port.
- Consider additional precautions: Depending on the PWC port design and conditions, you may want to attach additional lines or straps to secure the PWC further. This can provide extra stability in rough water or high-wind situations.
It’s important to note that these steps provide a general guideline for mooring a PWC to a PWC port. The specific setup and requirements may vary depending on the design and manufacturer of the port. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations for your specific PWC and port to ensure safe and proper mooring.