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Old 18 July 2006, 17:20   #11
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Matt,

My friend was big in to Jetskis. He also commented on how bad they were at sucking up bags, stones and general crap. He said they needed much more clear water than a RIB.
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Thanks Nick,

I guess it's a bit of a no-no then.
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Matt,

Don't be put off. Surely it just needs some sort of a filter.

The Western Airforces suffer terribly from Foreign Object damage (FOD), that is crap sucked in to the jet engine intakes which knackers the engines.

The Soviet alligned Airforces get round this by having adjustable grills which they use whilst on the ground.

Obviously there is a reason why the West doesn't use that sytem. But whos to say who is right.
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I think I also read in an old issue of RIB International about a RIB in New Zealand that worked the inland waterways that was fitted with some sort of outboard jet that had a large grill on the intake. They said they used it in shallow water and it was safer for people in the water.
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Yeah, I guess that'd work.

This IS only one of those daydreams at the moment though-subject to a SIB and a jetski coming along for next to nothing.

Bear in mind I was wondering about the idea of fitting a jet engine to a rib as well when my mate came home with 3 surplus engines
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I think you'll find that these people have beaten you to it!

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I now a fella in Jersey who has a couple of the jet units described here laying around in his garage.

They're a centrifugal pump that mounts to the transom, with a scoop poking it's nose out below the running surface.
Just has a shaft going through transom, nothing else. quite small, but look horribly in-efficient.
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The castoldi jet or the ones pictured above?
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