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06-19-2005 06:29 AM
fishinfool
FWIW

Thanks to all who supplied info on my request for help. It turned out that we decided to wait until next year to buy the boat set up. I think we are going to get the same model that Moonlight says he likes so much.
Best to all
John
06-16-2005 12:23 PM
FLGator Any way you could post some pictures? Would love to see the specifics and the way you have it set up.

Also, glad to hear you're happy with the boat


Chris
06-15-2005 12:06 PM
Moonlight
Wheew!!!!!

Pretty cool boat. I honestly beleive that it is better than the Metzler Juca LS which until now has been my "Gold Standard" for evaluating Inflatable Jet Boats. I took the boat upstream several miles and played with several side channels with 2 or 3 inches of water and it passed through nicely. The floor as it is backed up with that "truck tire" skidd plate material appears to create enough stiffness that the 4 lb. inflation pressure is adequate to keep the floor from undulating.
I give it 5 stars and would recomend these boats to anyone.
06-14-2005 10:14 PM
FLGator Fit & finish and quality of construction looking good? Glad to hear so far so good. Really looking forward to reading your report.
Chris
06-14-2005 09:39 PM
Moonlight
Pumped up and ready to get wet...

Picked up my new boats this morning in Seattle and have the Jet Ranger all ready to blast off I will give it a trial run first thing in the morning on my local River, report to follow. It is honestly built for very rough conditions I don't know how far you would have to drag it to put any wear or tear for that matter. The guys said it had a bottom as tough as a truck tire seeing is beleiving!
06-04-2005 11:55 AM
FLGator Awesome, looking forward to it!
06-03-2005 10:03 AM
Moonlight
Its here....

Hey the fellow who runs the outfit called me while I was out fishing on "opening Day" (June 1st) to tell me that both my new inflateables were in Seattle so now that I am back from fishing I will get in contact and get them on the water a report on performance is forthcoming
06-02-2005 09:28 PM
FLGator It's early June...looking forward to the report on the Jet Ranger!
Chris
05-02-2005 05:33 PM
futonman











got this off the riverjet forum

www.riverjetmagazine.com
stilll thinking about the outboard jet idea ????????????
04-12-2005 10:08 AM
FLGator I'm not sure why the mentioned "narrow and deep" either...didn't make a lot of sense based on the pump and the look of the design. It does look incredibly portable. Not certain how stable the craft would be in technical sections or with just one person trying to tiller steer the boat on moving water at any kind of speed.

Really looking forward to your report on the Jet Ranger and how it works for our type of application.

I'll keep looking and keep posting my finds!

Chris
04-12-2005 09:54 AM
Moonlight Hey Gator I checked that "canoe" out it does certailny look interesting I noted that they mentioned "Narrow and Deep rivers" it sure looks like it could handle skinny places I wonder why deep was mentioned inso much as they were using a jet pump? The Grabner importer in Los Angeles told me about a fellow in Bellingham Wahington that has a 14' Grabner Ranger with a 40 hp prop it does well over 50mph if you have the inclination for Hooyah events!!!! Not recomended by grabner for even a 20 hp.
My new toy will arrive in Seattle from Korea in early June I will be looking forward to giving a complete report here on its performance (Alaska Series Jet Ranger20)
04-11-2005 08:10 PM
FLGator Found another option for those looking for a motorized inflatable. It is called the Aire Power Traveler. It is a 17' inflatable canoe type vessel that supposedly runs like a "scalded ape" with a 25/20 Mercury Jet. It is currently being evaluated with a 40 hp jet... I found it on the outdoorsdirectory.com under their boating forum on a thread about inflatable canoe tests. You have to click that link and a pdf file comes up with the inflatable canoe reviews. Keep scrolling through the pages and you'll see the Aire Power Traveler. Checked Aire's web site and couldn't find anything yet. Something else to consider. Looks incredibly portable and I belived the ape thing.
Chris
03-28-2005 07:26 PM
fishinfool
Thanks again

One more round of thanks to all those who have responded to my question. We are researching this and trying to find a local source for at least some of it. Hard to spend this kind of money without ever seeing any of the items except for photos. Will keep you appraised of what we decide to do.
Again, thank you very much for all the input.
Best
John
03-27-2005 04:27 PM
kush fishinfool,

It took me a while to spot this thread but here are some of my thoughts. As Doublespey mentioned I have a 12'2" Achilles with an inflatable keel and some serious fibreglas floorboards. I have also spend some time running around on the Morice/Bulkley so I have an idea of your needs.

First, you could probably get by without a jet - that is what Pete Pederson and a number of the "old boys" have done for years. Though they do have a "river runner" set-up which allows him to tilt the engine immediately via a handle attached to the top of the engine cover. It works while under power. As for where and what they are I am afraid I can't help you. Though I have seen others running rafts with props there without the special set-up.

A prop would aloow you to get away with a 15HP (but a 20 would be better). As for a jet, you could probably get by with the Merc Jet20. I used one up there on my boat and it was fine for just me, but I didn't think it had enough for 2 large guys. A jet28 (40HP at the head) is better IMHO. I think if you could find a 30HP prop and convert it it would be perfect.

As for max engine size, I have to admit that I have pushed the limit a bit as I have a Yamaha Jet40 on the back of my boat. Yes, a "tad" big, but the only insurance you have with a jet is power. One of the problems with rafts is their short length. This gives very little planing length, without the length (and weight) out in front the only thing to put the boat on plane is power. Another key issue in favour of power is the poor drag co-effient of the round rubber boat. The drag definitely hampers the speed and handling of rafts. If I were to put my power on a 16-17' hard boat I would leave a raft like mine out of sight in a matter of minutes.

Even with the negatives, the jet-raft is great. We took it into the Dean a couple of years ago - giant engine and all - and it was great to have. You can't do that with a hard boat (at least very easily)!

To summarize, go ahead with a raft, I would recommend a jet. Depending on how large you and your regular fishing partners are I think the Jet20 is not really enough for 2 guys - a 30HP prop converted with an aftermarket pump (as I don't think there is a factory one made - though I could be wrong) would be perfect for a 12' raft and 2 guys.
03-27-2005 10:45 AM
FLGator Moonlight and Pescaphile,
Looking forward to what you have to share about the Jet Ranger after you get them and have some time on the water with them.
Thanks
Chris
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