Are jet boats any better than they use to be?

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Are jet boats any better than they use to be?

#1 Post by ron nh » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:16 pm

So I can't talk my friend into a tri-toon, He's looking at A new Chapparral VRX jet boat, I know in the past those motors didn't have a long shelf life, Have they gotten better does anyone know? I know it's of topic just looking for some info.
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Re: Are jet boats any better than they use to be?

#2 Post by playcat » Thu Mar 28, 2024 12:13 pm

All boats (maybe less with a toon) are really engines with a boat attached to them Inboard engines especially so because they are a lot harder to service in those cramped spaces. The Rotax engines put out a lot of power for their size but that comes at the expense of longevity. Some owners I know found it was cheaper to simply replace engines rather than try to fix/rebuild them in place. i don't know any Yamaha jet owners so I can't help you there.
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Re: Are jet boats any better than they use to be?

#3 Post by Marc K » Thu Mar 28, 2024 2:27 pm

I thnk that Rotax engines have improved in the 7 years since this thread was started.
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#4 Post by playcat » Thu Apr 11, 2024 10:01 am

I hope so...I guess if I were more knowledgeable with engines I would be okay with one, but reliability is my first concern on the water. Any engine turning 10k RPM can't last but so long and I can't fix them myself nor afford to replace!
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