So, just got back from 2 months in New Zealand. Ended up using a jet boat tour company as a shuttle on one of the hikes we did. They used a boat by a comapny called JetSeeker http://www.jetseeker.co.nz/Sales/Com...aspx?ItemID=15
Wow! What an amazing boat. Had a 6.0 with a 212 pump. I could not believe how well it handled, and how well it did in the shallows. Especially for a big boat.
At one point, we were ripping down stream approaching a wide bar which fanned the river right out (the river was very low due to drought conditions), and I thought "right, we are just going to grind our way rightover this". But no, we just skimmed right over. There is no way I would have taken my old Alaskan over it, and that Alaskan ran skinny.
Never touched once, and this was going downstream.
Lots of great boats in the world, but man, those Kiwis KNOW jet boats.
BTW, they wouldn't let me drive it Something about liability.......