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  • Solar 470 Tunneled Inflatable Jet Boat vs bouldery creek

    My buddy made easy work of a bouldery lake fed river down in se ak with his 15'5" inflatable and 60/40 2 stroke. Aluminum boats avoid this river due to its bouldery goodness. This isn't even the most granite mined section either.


  • #2
    Just bought a 470 my 420 is for sale on the classified, complete with motor ready to go.

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    • #3
      420's rock, going to miss mine. Best jet boat is portability is a big factor. I could load it and my 30 I to an 18ft Lund and do solo trips pretty easily. Too small for 4 kids and a dog though so I'm getting a 500

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      • #4
        We are looking at getting one of these too. I see the 470 and 500 are almost similar, what are people running on the 500s? Which boat would be best for 2-3 guys moose hunting. Thinking of running the big boat some where then using the solar for day tripping from camp. Thoughts?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dixopr View Post
          We are looking at getting one of these too. I see the 470 and 500 are almost similar, what are people running on the 500s? Which boat would be best for 2-3 guys moose hunting. Thinking of running the big boat some where then using the solar for day tripping from camp. Thoughts?
          I have had good luck doing this type thing, for both moose and bear.

          "I refuse to let the things I can't do stop me from doing the things I can"

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          • #6
            For what you want to do, a 420 for 2 guys day hunting from the big boat, would be the best for portability with a LW 2 stroke jet. My new 470 will be a trailer boat.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dixopr View Post
              We are looking at getting one of these too. I see the 470 and 500 are almost similar, what are people running on the 500s? Which boat would be best for 2-3 guys moose hunting. Thinking of running the big boat some where then using the solar for day tripping from camp. Thoughts?

              I agree with kk, 500 is deeper v than 470. My 420 with a 30 omc would put 1000lbs on step and cruise upriver at 13-16, 23 slack water with 1-2 people and could easily be moved by 2 people and could be loaded and unloaded solo. Loved that boat, just bought a 500 and putting a 40(big 40) 2 stroke merc on it (209lbs) will be better family boat and for longer expeditions, and will work in the salt to a degree. If I had a nice large boat to haul a jet with I'd stick with the 420 but that is not in the cards. Solar also is making a 450 arrow now as well it's just the 420 stretched a foot, this could potentially be a good option as well. 420 with a 25-30 is killer, 450 arrow with 30-50 2 stroke would rock. 470 needs a 40 or bigger to shine the 500 is doable with 40 but ideally a 50 or larger due to the v. The 420 is similar size/weight to stid's jet ranger there, little beamier, and could be hauled similarily.
              How big is your larger boat, if big enough and you have the man power a 470 or 500 with something like a TLDI 50/35 would be killer. 3 guys and gear in a 420 would get cramped, moose on top of it......youd want the bigger boat/motor or would just have to do multiple trips. All depends on what you want. 1-2 dudes- 420 all day, 2-3 dudes bigger boat and motor makes sense plus could keep it on a trailer and run other rivers while not moose hunting. They all rock and I have alot of time/miles in 470 arrow and 420 arrows and should be taking my 500 for it's first run later today. 907-nine-88-8769 feel free to call or text and chat.
              470 with 60/40 2 stroke merc will put 1000lbs on step and do 25....but its a beast of a motor

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              • #8
                Originally posted by kk alaska View Post
                For what you want to do, a 420 for 2 guys day hunting from the big boat, would be the best for portability with a LW 2 stroke jet. My new 470 will be a trailer boat.

                I want them all!!!! With all the motors!!! Will miss the 420, stupid fun running tiny creeks in that thing, 470 is great as well but a different animal-at least with a 60/40 2 stroke!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Troy Sharp View Post
                  I want them all!!!! With all the motors!!! Will miss the 420, stupid fun running tiny creeks in that thing, 470 is great as well but a different animal-at least with a 60/40 2 stroke!
                  Thanks Troy. I think the 470 would probably be the best option. I can get a 50/35 tohatsu here pretty easy. My big boat is 22 foot, 6.5 foot bottom so plenty of space. I had thought about packing it up and bringing it with a compressor to the cabin at least, then running the smaller rivers.

                  We run 100 miles up these rivers sometimes so we would pack a load of gas going up then idle out while hunting. Thoughts Troy?

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                  • #10


                    The 470 is stupid capable and can be easily packed down with 2 dudes and a 50/35. You won't be dissapointed

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                    • #11
                      That's some water!!! Thanks for the video!

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                      • #12
                        420 for sale on Crgs List not mine Yamaha 25 is light good package.
                        https://anchorage.craigslist.org/boa...981612322.html

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                        • #13
                          My 420 with a 30hp 2 stroke burned about 3.5 GPH With a 4 Stroke 25 Merc Jet power burned 1.2 GPH

                          With my new 470 under 5hrs on it before I put it away for the winter. 50 - 35 Tohatsu 4 stroke about 2.3 GPH on 2 runs. Need more hrs to get
                          a better average but very efficient, and it will haul a ton literally, and stay on step at low speeds with a load.

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                          • #14
                            This 470 is intriguing to me. What do you guys think are some good motors for it? I'm looking for something I can carry in my inboard jetboat to extend my hunting range up skinny rivers/creeks. And then be able to pack a moose back down in. This looks like just the ticket.

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                            • #15
                              you'd be better suited with a 420 for that...a motor you can move around & manage plus they'll run super skinny

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