Another unique Jetboat, anyone else seen this gem?

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Here's one I ran into at the Tangle Lakes off the Denali Highway, late fall just before freeze-up. He was pushing it hard, dragging a canoe full of moose meat behind him going up-lake from the Delta River headed for the landing. It's HPIM2641.jpg a unique piece, homebuilt, very portable, pretty spunky without the canoe in tow. More stuff to look at, just gettin' through the winter. Cheers, Oz HPIM2639.jpg
 

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That appears to be a 2 stroke power plant from a PWC. Clever looking setup .
 

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Good eye Gramps, that's exactly what those are. I picked the guys brain a bit and just generally looked it over. Watched him take it for a short run empty, it steers and handles very quickly, turns almost "flat" with little skidding. Very good for small tight streams with lots of rocks etc. That's a Polaris 700 twin PWC powerplant.
 

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American ingenuity and the desire to get 'er done is awesome!
Looks like a nice ride and probably easy on the gas too.
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I love the homemade reverse bucket. That was my big stumbling block using the two PWC setups I have access to. I've been thinking of building a boat like that for a long time :D
 

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How long is it 12'-14'?

10' as I remember. He hauled it in the back of a mid 80's Toyota pickup at first, then realized it was a bit unstable and added the "sponsons" on the sides and the stabilizer system in the stern. That's when he said he was forced to start using a trailer. I'd really like to build a similar boat using more horsepower and a really heavy duty bottom. I have a few really nasty spots that would be good to visit for their hunting uniqueness but would be hard on equipment.
 

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Did he comment on performance e.g. fuel consumption, speed, capacity, etc? This has been a topic with friends for about a year.. glad to see someone got it done.
 

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I know this has nothing to do with the posted boat in this thread, but I thought it was worth posting here due to its 12' length and it being a river beater..lol.

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^ Needs cowbells! How tall are those sides? Was that a production boat?


Hahahaha that's about it! Not sure about the sides as I never measured them. From the information I was able to gather from talking to people around here is that there were only 5 of these boats made, apparently to shuttle crews around the lower Fraser River.
 

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Hahahaha that's about it! Not sure about the sides as I never measured them. From the information I was able to gather from talking to people around here is that there were only 5 of these boats made, apparently to shuttle crews around the lower Fraser River.

That thing looks like it would push a wake out IN FRONT OF IT!!! LOL...
 
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