So....I went into a dealer the other day to buy a winch cable for the ATV and the wife saw a Wooldridge Alaskan XL with the 200 Mercury SportJet and immediately said we need to get it. (Could be the most expensive winch cable I've ever bought).
I don't want to waste the opportunity of the wife liking a potential new toy, so.....what is the competition for the Alaskan XL and what do folks think would be good choice for recreational use?
My son fights wildland fires in the interior and he doesn't think that a boat is a riverboat unless its a Phantom; apparently being "badass" is the primary qualification.
However, my mission is: a) carrying at least 3 passengers plus driver (i.e. kids/grandkids, a big reason the wife is excited); b) mostly river running (Knik, Little su, and eventually the Copper, come to mind but only because friends have given me rides there) for both fishing and just being away from Anchorage; c) no 300 mile trips out of Fairbanks; and d) no massive gear hauls for work, but if it could haul enough for a weeklong hunt, that would be great.
No significant experience with recent jet boats. Owned a 18' jon boat w/50 hp outboard/jet for a few years "back in the day".
I did run a search of threads and found quite a bit of good info, but always looking for more current info, particularly as the Mercury SportJet seems to be getting "better" as time goes by.