waterfowlhunter wrote:Do a lot of research and talking to people before you buy a jet. They rob a lot of HP from the engine and they plug up quickly if you run in shallow water with a lot of vegitation. I have known several guys that bought jets and sold them the next year due to many different issues. I run 21' jets powered by Big Block chevys and olds engines in the 500hp range and they will plug up if I get them in the weeds. then you have to clean them out or go no where.
If you are not going to be in the weeds than a jet will work fine. Generally the same 60hp power head used on a prop drive will give you a 40hp jet drive if I remember it correctly. and they tend to be heavier than a prop driven OB.
Adventurer79 wrote:Does anyone that spends a lot of time on Saginaw Bay have an opinion on this? Seems like that would be jet country but no one seems to run 'em over there. Why? Airboats and Mud moters are great for the Marshes but outside of the cattails weeds are few and far between. My 16' sneak with a little 4hs handles 100 % of my small water and marsh hunting with ease. Also going to be doing a LOT of fishing out of this boat. Jets dont fare well in the trolling world so a kicker is likely going to be part of the picture if I go Jet. This boat is to be an open water and river boat.
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