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Postby Riverrock12 » Thu May 31, 2018 4:01 pm

I am an experienced wood drift boat builder. Have been thinking about building a jet boat next.

I've used Kevlar and Plascore for the bottoms, so VERY light weight. 3/8" Okume sides covered in a layer of glass inside and out. Was thinking 8-12 degree hull, 20ft long and 78 wide bottom. Considering a layer of UHMW to the entire bottom, but have never worked with UHMW. What thickness UHMW would be appropriate for a wood hull?

I would be powering with an outboard jet, 150hp or larger or a Sport Jet depending on what I can come across for a used motor. Boat would be built on a budget.

Remote steer with a windshield,......but similar in style to Kingfisher Extreme Shallow.

Curious to hear your input about wood jet boat hulls?

Glen L Designs has Snake Shooter plans that I liked. Anyone ever built one?

Thanks.
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Re: Wood Jet Boat

Postby fuzzyzuk » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:33 am

I wouldnt lol
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Re: Wood Jet Boat

Postby Riverjohn » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:21 am

Wood Jet Boats are a lot quieter than metal jet boats. They also come with a lot more upkeep though. Here are some pics:

1969 Aldon Boice 20' Wood Jet Boat 430 Buick Berkeley pump.
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On the Yakima River. Wymer, Washington

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Re: Wood Jet Boat

Postby whee » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:45 am

Awesome pics Riverjohn!

Wood boats are so cool. I'd really like to own one someday when I can dedicate the time to treat it right.

As long as you recognize you can't beat on a wood boat like you can a meal then I say do it. Not sure I'd bother with UHMW though.
I'm brand new to jet boats so don't listen to anything I say.
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Re: Wood Jet Boat

Postby Riverjohn » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:18 am

whee wrote:Awesome pics Riverjohn!

Wood boats are so cool. I'd really like to own one someday when I can dedicate the time to treat it right.

As long as you recognize you can't beat on a wood boat like you can a meal then I say do it. Not sure I'd bother with UHMW though.

It would be ideal to some how attach Wood sides and top to an Aluminum Bottom. :Drink:
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Re: Wood Jet Boat

Postby Riverrock12 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:47 pm

I love that boat! Very cool!
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Re: Wood Jet Boat

Postby vol423 » Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:23 pm

There is a design of a boat called a Scrambler that is wood and designed to be used with a jet outboard. It has been used successfully in several areas. But I wouldn't use it where there are rocks. It's one thing to bump a rock in a drift boat, and entirely another thing to hit that rock with a boat under power. You know the result: Splinters! Stay with aluminum.
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Re: Wood Jet Boat

Postby Riverrock12 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:36 am

Will be building a jet boat in this same kind of style. This is a drift boat I built a couple years ago. 2 more in my shop right now, but then I'm going to try a jet boat.


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Re: Wood Jet Boat

Postby Riverrock12 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:39 am

vol423 wrote:There is a design of a boat called a Scrambler that is wood and designed to be used with a jet outboard. It has been used successfully in several areas. But I wouldn't use it where there are rocks. It's one thing to bump a rock in a drift boat, and entirely another thing to hit that rock with a boat under power. You know the result: Splinters! Stay with aluminum.


I saw the Scrambler on Glen L Designs Website, but I've been leaning more toward his Snake Shooter.
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Re: Wood Jet Boat

Postby trebreklaw » Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:13 pm

I built one a few years ago 3/4 plywood bottom with 3/8 UHMW over bottom. The shock when you hit a rock ( and you will) transfers to the plywood and pops the plywood apart . Boat was 16 ft with 140 Gm engine and Berkley pump. It was a trial design I wanted to try and only lasted a couple of years .
Then I built an aluminum copy 1/4 inch bottom with uhmw which I still use.
IN my opinion it will be a disappointment.
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Re: Wood Jet Boat

Postby Bobcat93 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:38 am

Riverrock12 wrote:Will be building a jet boat in this same kind of style. This is a drift boat I built a couple years ago. 2 more in my shop right now, but then I'm going to try a jet boat.


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That boat is a piece of art. Well done!
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Re: Wood Jet Boat

Postby Jetcrafter » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:43 am

That drift boat is the coolest drift boat I've ever seen. Wow, really nice work. I wouldn't want to use it, just too nice to get bloody and banged up. How did you protect the bottom and the sides?

Any more pictures?
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