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Re: So, why did you get involved, why are you even here ??

Postby bigcat_ak » Sat May 26, 2018 12:42 am

viking wrote:bigcat_ak: did you know that it is illegal for the military to hire somebody with an IQ less than 83? This is about 12% of the US population. However, there is no similar law prohibiting jet boat ownership.

Good info Viking. I think my guy must have had somebody on the inside to get him in. The biggest surprise of the trip was that we didn't shoot him. :Drink:
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Re: So, why did you get involved, why are you even here ??

Postby Midwestjet » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:25 pm

So I've been working on the Mississippi River as a pilot/captain since 1980 and have seen
the watershed from Louisiana to Minnesota. All day I pass smaller tributary streams and
often wondered what is up around the corner that I couldn't see or navigate. Had a bass
boat, but wasn't a lot of fun unless fish were hitting which in my case wasn't every trip.
Saw a video posted by Toshiro AK ( Hewescraft extreme shallow, I think ) and thought to
myself...that's it! Got to have one! So shopped around and decided on a sportjet and have
beat the snot out of it trying to get up tributaries where one shouldn't be able to boat.
I've always been a history nut, and read a lot about the French Trader's river network
and how the traders opened up the nation by portaging canoes on nearly every river
and stream in the mid-continent. I wanted a jet boat so I could travel the rivers they did.
Jets aren't for everyone but suits my wants and needs very well. As far as why I'm lurking around
Meanchicken.net, shoot boys, you have the best damn web site to be found if you want to
learn how to drive or fix a jet...period! I learn something new every visit. Keep up the great
site!! Midwest
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Re: So, why did you get involved, why are you even here ??

Postby smitty » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:27 pm

3 wide and 5 deep? Wow.
Re: reading water: "I use a completely different method.. When I get high centered I don't go that way again. " - bigcat_ak
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Re: So, why did you get involved, why are you even here ??

Postby Lignite » Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:25 pm

Dad wanted something to run on the river and the lake here where we live when I was just a little guy. He wanted an airboat, but thought they were too loud for family stuff and no good in the wind on the lake, so tried out a couple of the little jet boats with open exhaust, but they kept burning off the water skiing ropes. Finally found a 21' Glastron with a 429 Cobra Jet and a Berkely pump, and we ran it for many many many years (that boat was awesome). Unfortunately my first wife didn't like it, so we sold it. Then I got rid of the first wife, and got a new-to-me 21' aluminum Boice Jet, and a new wife that really likes it. Someday I'm going to buy back that 429, and put it in the Boice (the new wife may not like that, but I hope she does...).

Turning gasoline into noise and pucker factor on the Missouri since 1981.
2004 21' Boice Jet, 6.0l, H212, running the Missouri below Fort Peck Montana.
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