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04.8.2019 Drew Bartek

Buyers Guide for Jet Ski Speakers

So you own a jet ski and now all you want to do is listen to music.  Riding around is a lot of fun, but wouldn't it be even more fun with your music blasting while riding.  I talk about the different things to consider when putting speakers on your jet ski.


Stock Jet Skis With Speakers

It is becoming a popular trend to buy a ski with speakers already built in.  It is common in Sea-Doo and some Kwassaki models.  This can be a good option if you are in the market for a new jet ski.  To buy a ski with already built in speakers be prepared to spend at a minimum an extra $2,000 and sometimes more.  Most of these audio systems designed for saltwater use, with waterproof titanium tweeters amid a subwoofer.  You will be able to blast your music and easily be able to hear your music.  Just connect your phone and start jamming.  One complaint I have heard from riders is that speakers take up space where your feet would normally go, making the ride less comfortable.

Custom

Custom speakers are an option for those that already have a jet ski and don't think they will be upgrading anytime soon for one with stock speakers.  There are a number of different shops that will build out speakers for your ski, be prepared to spend at least $1,000 to $2,000 to get the job done.

The main downside to having a custom speaker install, is that storage on the ski is often taken up by the custom job.  The subwoofer and amps often end up taking the storage compartments of the jet ski.  Additionally, they need to cut wholes in your watercraft to place the speakers in.  These wholes can cause additional problems and weaken the structure.  It could potentially negatively affect the resale value of your watercraft.

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Portable Speakers

Portable Bluetooth speakers is a common solution many riders are trying out. With technology advancements over the years there are a few different options that you can find on Amazon that can be a good solution.

The positive of a Bluetooth Speaker is that you can take it with you when you get off the watercraft or hang around the pool. It won’t’ matter where you go, even if you beach the watercraft or chill on the water, you’ll have a Battery Powered Bluetooth Speaker to keep the music going. 

The negative is you also have to remember to take it with you each time and figure out a way to rig it up so you don't lose the speaker.  We have heard of many people who have had a speaker fly off their ski because it was placed in a poor spot.  We suggest turning the volume all the way up and putting it in a storage compartment.

Make sure your Bluetooth speakers are waterproof and sand proof.  This is a good option if you are on a budget, its a simple solution that will help you listen to music while out on the water.  

Consider the following

If you are rigging up your own jet ski with custom speakers, be sure to know your state laws for mirrors.  In most states their is a requirement to have mirrors, think twice before you replace them with speakers.  There are some solutions to mounting speakers below your mirrors.  Remember to be safe out there, jet skis are high performance vehicles and can be dangerous.  Be aware of your surroundings and don't get lost in the music.

The New Option Coming this Summer

Groove Watersports is introducing a new solution to this problem through their Groove Vest.  The Groove Vest is a high performance impact vest with integrated speakers.  The vest has two speakers in the shoulder area that are just inches away from the riders ear.  The speakers are directed towards your ears, resulting in loud and clear music while riding at high speeds.  

This solution is significantly cheaper than some of the alternative solutions and can be used for all your activities at the lake.  The Groove Vest will be launching on Kickstarter in May where you can order the vest and start listening to music the next time you get out on the water.  If you want to be updated on when we launch and have a chance at winning a free Groove Vest, we invite you to join the giveaway.

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Published by Drew Bartek April 8, 2019
Drew Bartek