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Old 25 September 2010, 19:30   #1
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Protector Jetski Hybrid

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While coaching his nephew Matthew at this year's Finn Worlds, Russell Coutts was seen ripping around the Bay in Protector's new Jet. Back at the docks Russell was quoted as saying, "I've been using this boat in 20 knots every day, and I'm seriously impressed with its performance. The Jet is dry, fast and ultra maneuverable. I think Protector has a real winner here! According the Protector Boats website, the new Jet will make its official public debut at the Newport Boat show next week.


First I have seen of this !

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Old 26 September 2010, 00:30   #2
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Old 26 September 2010, 11:22   #3
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Old 26 September 2010, 12:06   #4
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I'm thinking of buying one of these (seriously!). If anyone wants more information then drop me a line as I've been in touch with the factory in New Zealand. They cost about 25K and shipping to the UK would be about 3K.
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Old 26 September 2010, 15:37   #5
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I saw it at the Newport Boat Show, Meh is all I can say. I was told it sells for $73K US. What a deal. I thought it looked quite odd from a company like Protector. Kind of like someone took a sawsall to a rib and glassed in a jetski, which is what it is. The 12 meter rib, now that's a different story.
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Old 26 September 2010, 17:51   #6
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you mean something like this:

http://harrisburg.craigslist.org/boa/1948086675.html

Seadoo made the Explorer in mid "90's. Tubes are PVC, but you can get a brand new motor for $500. These are selling on Ebay cheap when you can find them <$1000.

The other thing is some kind of strap on rib. Nice for the ladies!
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Found the website for the strap on. Actually not a bad site. No prices, but they do have video of boats in action, and offer a traditional 5.6m rib in hypalon.

http://www.dockitjet.com/
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I'm thinking of buying one of these (seriously!). If anyone wants more information then drop me a line as I've been in touch with the factory in New Zealand. They cost about 25K and shipping to the UK would be about 3K.
Can't remember the brand, but they had something very similar at the London Boat Show last January - would save you some money!
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Can't remember the brand, but they had something very similar at the London Boat Show last January - would save you some money!
I seem to remember it was in conjunction with Yamaha, trying to find a link as they had a client interested in one of these but also a dock from ourselves.
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But why would you want to ?
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But why would you want to ?
Because the Projet only draws 14 inches of water - simple as that. There are places I want to go to where I need a boat with a draught that shallow.
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Because the Projet only draws 14 inches of water - simple as that. There are places I want to go to where I need a boat with a draught that shallow.
Looking at the jetski/RIB hybrids here I doubt there would be much difference to our jet RIB.
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Looking at the jetski/RIB hybrids here I doubt there would be much difference to our jet RIB.
Bet the engine in yours will last a damn sight longer too...
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There are places I want to go to where I need a boat with a draught that shallow.
I have a boating buddy who suffers from the same affliction. You daren't leave a garden hose running or he'd arrive up the flow in a SIB n Paddle. You lot must be the only people praying for Global Warming so you can tie up in Tesco's carpark...
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Because the Projet only draws 14 inches of water - simple as that. There are places I want to go to where I need a boat with a draught that shallow.
Only trouble is if you try and get a boat to do two differnt jobs they usually end up not very good for either !
Cant have a shollow draft and a deep V for sea handling !

Just have to get a jet ski and a Rib !
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Only trouble is if you try and get a boat to do two differnt jobs they usually end up not very good for either !
Cant have a shollow draft and a deep V for sea handling !

Just have to get a jet ski and a Rib !
I know what you're saying but the draft of most 6m ribs is between 14 and 18 inches which is fairly shallow. Actually, I am considering a jetski as it happens. The new Yamaha FX SHO is sooooo nice. It does 56kts at WOT, 0-30 in 1.8 seconds but costs less than my ETec.
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Only trouble is if you try and get a boat to do two differnt jobs they usually end up not very good for either !
Cant have a shollow draft and a deep V for sea handling !

Just have to get a jet ski and a Rib !
That's why we built the Jet RIB! Of course it's not as fast as a jet ski, but it does only use a miserly 22LPH (of diesel) at Wide Open Throttle!
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I'm thinking of buying one of these (seriously!). If anyone wants more information then drop me a line as I've been in touch with the factory in New Zealand. They cost about 25K and shipping to the UK would be about 3K.


About the same as my Vipermax...
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That's why we built the Jet RIB! Of course it's not as fast as a jet ski, but it does only use a miserly 22LPH (of diesel) at Wide Open Throttle!
I should have added that it is particularly good at handling rough weather as well, the weight of the diesel and the underfloor tank helps it handle anything you would want to be out in!
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