The jet ski you buy or amount of jet skis you buy may depend on your towing capacity. Most vehicles can tow 1,000 pounds which you could tow 1 lighter ski on a lightweight trailer. When you step up to a fullsize car or mini van, they can typically tow 2,500-3,500 pounds. Get into a small SUV and you can tow 5,000 pounds. If you have a truck, you can tow 5,000+ pounds.
How much does a Jet Ski weigh? The average jet ski weights 400-1,000 pounds. This is listed as dry weight. If you add gear, as well as fuel, expect the ski to weigh an additional 50-200 pounds. Now add your average single place trailer of 175-275 pounds and you have a total weight of 625-1,475 pounds to tow.
Jet Ski Model Weights
All models below are for 2019 model weights with the exception of a few models that were thrown in for fun. These modes and years are listed. Jet ski weights keep going up and up, for example, the 1996 XP was the mustle craft of its day at 110 HP at 413 pounds or .26 horsepower per pound. A new mustlecraft such as the Kawasaki Ultra 310R weighs in at 1047.4 pounds or .29 horsepower per pound.
The weights listed below are dry weights before you add any gas, accessories, or items placed in storage compartments.
|Manufacturer||Model||Dry Weight (in lbs)|
|Kawasaki||2004 SXR 800||369|
|Yamaha||VX Cruiser HO||767|
|Yamaha||FX Cruiser HO||838|
|Yamaha||FX Cruiser SVHO||820|
|Yamaha||FX Limited SVHO||822|
|Sea-Doo||GTI SE 130||739|
|Sea-Doo||GTI SE 170||739|
|Sea-Doo||Wake Pro 230||809|
|Sea-Doo||Fish Pro 170||858|
|Sea-Doo||GTX Limited 230||825|
|Sea-Doo||GTX Limited 300||849|
|Sea-Doo||Spark Trixx 2-Up||428|
|Sea-Doo||Spark Trixx 3-Up||439|
|Kawasaki||Ultra 310X SE||1051.8|
Additional Weight Factors
The factors that can affect a jet ski weight are usually storage items, fuel, and accessories. These three items combined can add from 50 pounds to your ski to 200 pounds depending on the size of your gas tank as well as other items loaded on the ski.
Items you have in your storage compartments will add to you weight, such as an anchor, lunch, bumpers, ropes, life jackets, and other items. Typically, these items weigh less than 50 pounds, and in most cases weigh less than 10 pounds.
Fuel will be the most weight out of any items you add to your ski. A gallon of gasoline weighs 6 pounds which is lighter than a gallon of water at 8.4 pounds. If your jet ski has a 16 gallon tank like many do these days, expect fuel to add 96 pounds to the weight of your ski.
Let’s say you add an aftermarket stereo, cooler rack and rod holders to your ski, these items can add another 50 or so pounds to the weight of your ski depending on if you have a cooler packed with ice and food.
Jet Ski Trailer Weights
Jet ski trailers can be varying weights depending on the type of material they are made out of, how many jet ski’s they can carry, how many axles, as well as other accessories.
On average, a 1 place jet ski trailer weighs between 170 and 275 pounds. A 2 place jet ski trailer weighs between 320 and 475 pounds. If you want to get crazy and get a 4 place with dual axles, expect that trailer to weigh 1,200 pounds.
The most common trailers are Karavan’s and Tritons. Tritons are all aluminum, whereas Karavan has the option to go aluminum or steel. Steel does weigh more, but not by too much about 10% on a single place, but 32% heavier in a dual jet ski trailer.
When you are purchasing a trailer, make sure to look at the carrying capacity to make sure it will hold the jet ski you are looking to put on it.
|Trailer||Weight||# of Ski’s||Carrying Capacity||Material|
|Karavan||250 lbs||1||1,250 lbs||Aluminum|
|Karavan w/Step||275 lbs||1||1,500 lbs||Steel|
|Karavan||360 lbs||2||2,600 lbs||Aluminum|
|Karavan||475 lbs||2||2,200 lbs||Steel|
|Triton Wave||170 lbs||1||750 lbs||Aluminum|
|Triton Value||195 lbs||1||1,805 lbs||Aluminum|
|Triton Value||320 lbs||2||2,500 lbs||Aluminum|
|Triton Elite||365 lbs||2||2,335 lbs||Aluminum|
|Triton Elite||1,200 lbs||4||4,200 lbs||Aluminum|
As you can see, if you have one of the new muscle craft waverunners that weighs 1050 pounds, have it full of fuel and accessories for another 200 pounds, you will be over the carrying capacity of a few of these trailers. You will want to make sure your trailer is adequate enough to hold the full weight of all items placed on it or you will be overloaded and your trailer can fail.
How much a Jet Ski and Trailer Weighs
If you have a Sea-Doo Spark with a lightweight aluminum trailer, you can expect this to weigh 625 pounds. If you have a large jet ski, expect it to weigh 1,475 with fuel, trailer, and accessories. If you have dual Sparks, expect them to weigh 1,298 pounds ready to ride. Dual Ultra 310R’s will weigh close to 2,859 pounds with fuel, some accessories, and ready to ride.
Can a car tow jet skis?
Yes, cars can tow jet skis. For example, a Subaru Outback can tow 2,700-3,500 pounds depending on how it is equipped so it could tow dual lighter jet skis whereas a Honda Accord can only tow 1,000 pounds leaving you towing a stand up or a Seadoo Spark.