November 14, 2006
Ready to Jet?
Assuming you have interest in a water jet, the next question has to be, can my new boat take a jet. Many (most) can’t. For one, jets require a large intake block installed underneath the hull. The intake requires unobstructed water flow so lifting strakes – common on all great RIB designs, have to be removed for optimal jet performance. Installation of the jet also requires modifications be done to the transom as well.
Another thing to take into account when considering if a boat is a candidate for a jet is can it handle increased weight. As I mentioned, a jet typically requires a larger horse power engine which means added weight. Once you know if the boat can take the weight, where does the engine live? All the way aft or forward under the console. Either way – deck space is lost.
If the boat is conducive to a jet, then the next question should be; one jet or two. The basic rule of thumb for RIBs is that a single jet installation is the way to go for boats under 30’. Larger RIB’s have the space and design abilities to accommodate the redundancy of twins.
As with anything, there are pluses and minuses. But, if it’s what you want and the safety and integrity of the boat isn’t compromised – then go for it.
Posted by ribcraftusa at November 14, 2006 04:35 PMBack To Index