I run fly-fishing trips in Mongolia; currently we use rafts equipped with rowing & fishing frames - but that can be restrictive for some rivers and some trips. I am looking for a portable, i.e. inflatable, jet-boat so the jet ranger (Jim King Alaska Series) looks like it could be exactly what we need.
Can you get up a class II with this? whats the wildest water these have been used in. We don't actually get anything much over a class II here; but have some interesting boulder gardens to navigate.
It looks like with a 25/20 jet on this its only going to take a guide and two anglers max. Anyone got more info on how much people and/or gear can be realistically carried on this. Are there any options for a 40HP jet. And could you get a 4-stroke jet for this?
We need to manage the use of jet boats sensitively in Mongolia. Herders have complained about the noise and disturbance caused by jet boats used by other outfitters. My take is we should work out a voluntary code of practice to manage this... 1) let the herders know what we are doing and why, 2) minimize disturbance by only using motors once a day for upstream travel and float back to camp, 3) don't run jets for a specified period after spawing to avoid disturbace to gravels / redds, 4) use 4-strokes in preference to 2-strokes - less noise and less pollution 5) put a sensible max HP limit on motors (I read the Kenai debate on these forums..so lets say 60HP?) I'd be interested in the Alaskan experience on this.
Would you use Jim King's H/D oar mount or an oar saddle to put white water type oars on the jet-ranger? I see the oar saddle gets great reviews here.
And another question...I have seen some posts and photos for motorized catarafts...and would like more info on customizing cats to put a motor on...there is some info on Jack's Plastic Welding site, but does anyone want to share more experiences? Can we put a 40hp or more jet on a Daddy cat and use it to haul the camp?
Apart from Aire's power traveler, are there any other options for a portable / inflatable jet-boat? We can get our 6wd truck to the put in points, so these don't necessarily have to be air-portable.
I reviewed alot of posts on this forum before writing this, and have to say theres alot of good info here, THANKS. I emailed Jim King already, who wrote straight back and also pointed me to this fourm.
Incidentally, refering to some other posts here, the rafts we have came direct from the factory in Korea; its the same as manufactures for Zebec and possibly Star. We had then built extra tough -armoured bottom, double wrap etc..and they have done us two seasons so far with no problems. The mattress floor with the air-bladder floats high and is more rigid than i-beam floor rafts I have used - we can load alot of gear direct on the floor with these and it doesn't wallow.