This is my first summer in a jetboat and I have learned a great deal. I have been running boats ever since I was a small boy but this entire jetboat thing is a new and exciting experience. I had no one to guide me but I feel I learned through trial and error the best I could. I have taken my 16 tunnel jet to Copper River, Kenai River, Knik River, Jim Creek, The Big Su, Deshka River, Lil Willow Creek, 20 Mile River, Glacier River, and a few others. I feel I am very compitent in this boat but I can still learn from others. Here's some thoughts I have picked up on this year.
If I am in shallow water, around six inches or less and have no other choice but to get on step I will have the people sitting in front of me sit more towards the bow. This lifts the stern and more often gives me enough wiggle room to evoid rocks in grill. This worked beautifully on 20 Mile and Jim Creek.
When the channel becomes puckeringly (Im adding to the english language tonight) narrow I will take a corner just a tad early. It may seem odd but if timed properly the jet unit will stay right in the deeper channel.
This may seem obvious but the best skill I have ever learned while running boats is to judge water. How deep it is, what is causing the water to move and rise the way it does, and what is underneith the surface. It seems petty and I didn't worry about it so much driving airboats but in a boat that requires so much water to go forward the water judging thing is critical.
I am hoping you guys/gals can teach me a thing or two that has wouldn't have crossed my mind unless I posted this thread.