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    Default Jet Ranger

    Got to knock the dust off my new Jet Ranger. I installed some inti cavitation plates on the 20 HP jet to help with cavitation. Made a big difference. Made it steer better as well. This raft is awesome, one man deployable, can be flown. I'm going to use it in PWS on a bear hunt as well. I'm using a Spitz Lift to raise and lower it. I installed a bracket on my Wooldridge Alaskan II as well. It really makes it EZ. I look forward to exploring some skinny backwaters this summer and fall. Hope everyone has a safe summer.

    The Spitz Lift and a bracket that I made that goes into the hitch.


    The number plates, I got from boatnumberplate.com they did a nice job. Stays on the boat inflated or not.
    http://www.boatnumberplate.com/


    Steve

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    Great looking boat!

    This small package has always interested me. I watched a video of someone running this same setup through some serious skinny water, I was impressed.

    I'm curious how it handles on step, top speed, weight, and package price tag. I'll probably never buy one, but I like the idea none the less. If I was looking for a small one person all around package for AK this would be high on my list.

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    Top speed seems to be about 22 mph. Handles good up to 20 then it gets a little squirrely, the raft weights 145 lbs and the 25 Hp Mercury Jet weights in at about 120. Then add fuel, and the legal stuff. Will carry about 750lbs on step. The raft list on Alaska Series website for $4260.00, I'm sure you can get Jim to make you a deal. The motor was about $3500.00. The 2 strokes 25 HPs are getting hard to find, they don't make them anymore. If you use this rig instead of a couple fly-ins you get your money back. Not calling in Moose HUNTERS while moose hunting PRICELESS..LOL
    Not cheap but nothing that works is.
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    Cool set up, Steve. I like the lift.
    Spending my kids' inheritance with them, one adventure at a time.

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    That is one sweet setup Steve, should be a great match to your Wooly for taking you back in even farther. Have you taken any pics of the lift on your Wooly yet?

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    Not yet, waiting to get it all loaded and headed out. I do plan on taking the Ranger with me and running it back up some of the small rivers that run into the Sound as well some of the tidal flats. The lift fits nice on the Wolly and sure makes lifting those fuel cans into the boat EZ. Also works nice at lifting the small kicker.

    Steve

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    Default Does this bear make my raft look small????

    This is what I bought it for, ran up a very shallow creek and recovered this bear.


    Steve

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    Default Why yes

    That bear does make your raft look small. Nice bear. Good job
    Grandkids, Making big tough guys hearts melt at first sight

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    Thumbs up

    Glad to see the Ranger is working out for you! Looks like you managed to find a blackie down low?

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    WOOOOHOOO good job!!!

    Since my boat down for awhile, and awaiting repair, any suggestions where I might find his brother. With the responses concerning a few of my recent post I suppose I have to add the location question was tongue in cheek. I'm t old my personality is too dry for jokes.



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    Default No Secret

    Head out of Whittier, glass the south facing slopes or the head of the bays. The blackies are paired up and eating grass. Hope your rig is back in the game soon.

    Good luck

    Steve

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    Default Great post...

    Interesting with photos, specs...and how the lift solves probs for esp solo trips.
    Thanks.

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    Steve,
    Could you share some info on your cavatation plates?
    My bud and I took my JR out and had a blast!(maiden voyage)
    I am really happy with it, although small rapids seem to cause the motor
    to suck air, and it cavs a bit. If I could cure this I could get really excited about this little package.

    Thanks
    Jesse

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    Okay I promised and here it is. Like everything else in Alaskan outdoor activities it will require most modification, it is not a bolt on. Go to a dealer and get a set of anti cav plates and rods for a 35 hp jet foot. The plates will be too long and so will the rods. They don't make a set for the 25 hp. As you can see in the photo I just used the first hole and drilled the back out to match the foot. For the rods I used a 1/4 fine thread die to extend the threads and then cut them to fit. Installed with sealer and that is it. They help, it will still cav some time. Another key is inflation. Must be at 4 PSI and that is hard to judge without the gauge. It is all I can muster to pump it with a foot pump to that pressure. Takes all 150 of my skinny lbs. Also it will be softer in the morning when it is cold so anytime you are running maintain that correct PSI.


    Good Luck

    Steve

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    Thank you very much for the pictures and info Steve!!

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    Default Another successful bear hunt

    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    This is what I bought it for, ran up a very shallow creek and recovered this bear.

    Steve
    Here is a great picture a customer sent me. It seems those bears really enjoy sleeping in those Alaska Series Jet Rangers.

    Good boating,
    and good hunting

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    Default Have you seen the new Video?

    Last fall I made a video of the 430AJR on the Kinik River.


    http://www.alaskaseries.com/alaskan_jet%20ranger.htm

    Good Boating

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    Default Giving Boat Rides

    Here is another bear that got to ride in my Jet Ranger this spring, Hope there will be many more.

    Steve

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    Where is the story on that one? He sure does look comfy in there!

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