Hello, new to the site. I live in Laughlin and spend a lot of time on that area of the river. We currently have 27’ Speedster which has been a great boat for the weekend chop. The past couple years I have been wanting to put together what I would call the weekday hot rod, the perfect little fast jet boat to dump in the river for an hour or so before dark after sneaking out of the office a little early. Plus, I would like to be able to take the boat south of Parker and run that part of the river.
If all goes right, I may try to put together a new jet boat after the first of the year to hopefully be ready for early summer. I know there are a bunch of you guys on this forum that are very knowledgeable when it comes to putting together a nice jet boat. I posted this hoping that I could get some advice that would help me in picking what boat to put together.
What I have seen and liked are the Cheyennes, 19 daytona, placecraft, CP, and Bonneville TR; although, I have never actually ridden in any of them. The only jet boats we have ever had was a Bahner my parents had when I was young and then a Caliber 1 open bow.
What I am looking for is a hard accelerating jet boat that tops out around 90-100mph safely. Boat would have a river layup that could take a little bit of a beating. I like the idea of a large reliable naturally aspirated BBC that would run on pump gas. I am cool with the boat only having two seats. I like the hulls I mentioned above from the performance that seems you can get out of them, but my wife likes the idea of having a little more room. She says that she wants to feel like she is sitting down inside the boat as opposed to sitting up high out of the boat. Would be curious to know which one you typically sit lower in with a two seat setup.
Well, here are the questions….. If you had a 50k budget, what would you put together for a new badass river jet boat? What hull would you use? What motor package & pump would get it done? Can it be done for 50k?
I am interested to know what boat others would put together. Sorry if this has already been dicussed.
Any advice/opinions are appreciated. Thank you in advance.