Jet Jon questions?

Sallgood1313
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Jet Jon questions?

Post by Sallgood1313 »

Looking for advise on building my first Jet Jon. My plan is to use 17’ bass tracker riveted hull. Is this ok? If so what size motor should I be looking for. I plan to use it on the river with one other person aboard. Not really wanting to go fast, just stay on plane. After researching a little, I plan on welding the aluminum intake to the boat. I don’t like the idea of the fiberglass/aluminum bond. Thoughts? What are the main concerns I should worry about? Thanks in advance .

CedarRiverScooter
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A 17 footer would be good, that is what I would use if I started over. If you have the money, a 4 stroke engine will be much quieter & use less fuel. Yamaha is my choice. Stay away from Honda, they are time bombs. Seadoo OK.

A big factor is getting thrust angle right, so the boat planes correctly. If you get power trim, that mitigates the issue by design.

Sallgood1313
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Jet Jon questions?

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Would a gp1200r be to big? Do you recommend molding the bottom of the ski to boat? Or remove pump and motor from fiberglass and build mounts for them.

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Post by CedarRiverScooter »

1200cc engine will be good. You don't want to underpower. Don't buy a basket case ski, it can cost a small fortune to do a full rebuild.

If you have the skills to do precision fabrication, then the all metal approach will be the best, but it will be a lot more work,

Please post photos!

Sallgood1313
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Post by Sallgood1313 »

Ok. That’s what I thought. I’d rather do it right the first time. Looking for ski now. I’ll post pics once we get underway. Thanks for your help!