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Old 22 April 2013, 20:41   #1
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Pros and Cons of getting a Jet Drive

I am new to Rib-net and I am thinking of getting an inboard jet drive rib. I will trailer and use in the Florida inter-coastal. Some ocean use out inlets to beaches. Yes I have had an outboard rib most of my boating life. Just want some honest reply's. Concerns are loading and unloading with trailer; flushing out engine with fresh water and reverse when applicable.

I do not want to make a purchase that I will regret.

Thanks, ahead of time.


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Old 23 April 2013, 01:30   #2
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inboards tend to be bloody heavy, so hard to launch and recover

The engine can take up a decent amount of space

They can go in shallow water

no prop to worry about

good performance

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Old 23 April 2013, 04:47   #3
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Given that you want to use it in the Intercoastal, a jet drive would be ideal.

You should be able to couple a hosepipe to the cooling intake somehow to flush with fresh water, and even if you can't (though it'd be a poor design that you couldnt') it should be easy enough to add a couple of stopcocks to make it possible.

How big a boat are you looking at?
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