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    Re: Jetcraft - Constructive Criticism

    If I remember correctly back when i was searching for boats it was not the strakes but the interior supports that were skip welded. It was Bruce from Rogue jets who turned me on to this. I shot him an email to get an answer as I have forgotten. I am still thinking it was the inside supports but will respond back when I get an answer from him. Personally I think any of these boats I would be proud to own. I still havent found the recycling label anywhere on it. ;) They did bring up a good point on the strakes that makes sense but then again they must make up a great percentage of strength to the hull. To say they dont, doesnt make any sense to me. I would think they are the most integral strength additive compared to the seams. The same reason they put all those bends in the aluminum on a small boat is for support. Just like a strake on the sides and bottom. Are the chines reversed on Jetcraft these days? Are there any engineers on the board maybe with a CAD program? I am just a dumb former Navy guy and they dont skip weld any of the ships. It would make me nervous if they had but then again I have never been shot at in my boat.
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    Re: Jetcraft - Constructive Criticism

    The strakes on my SiverStreak are skip welded also.

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    Re: Jetcraft - Constructive Criticism

    Quote Originally Posted by 2ShakesAndaQuiver
    Hinrid,
    *When I looked at a Jetcraft what turned me off compared to the other boats at the boat show was:
    2. They didnt have full welds as most of the other boats had. They would be welded for 3 inches then 6 inches of no weld and then 3 inches welded.
    2Shakes *;D ;D 8)
    I went to my Jetcraft roundtable meeting last night and got some feedback on the skip welding issue. This is what Jetcraft claims: "The skip welds are only at the strakes on either side of the keel. These are not structural members, they simply help the boat plane easier. With different thicknesses of metal, a full weld would not allow for expansion and contraction characteristics of the different metals. Full welds put added stress on the hull and can result in weld tears. Other than seams, any field weld tends to weaken the hull." For guys sold on full welds, this may just be BS. It seemed to make sense to me when it was explained. There is such a thing as "too rigid". Buildings built to withstand high magnitude earthquakes have to have some movement built into their design to absorb shock.

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    I don't want to be too critical, but what made me not buy one was their finish work. They had grinder marks all over the bottom,lack of continuous welds,the keel looked like they pieced it together,split tubing around the windshield for trim.I really looked hard at all the brands.I thought it was priced very reasonable though.I liked the design of the hull,Interior package was very comfortable.My 02 worth. Brettski

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    I like your idea on the floor mats FISHSTALKER. :)

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    My Motion Marine has diamond plate floors which I covered with
    black rubber bar mats. Very comfortable on the feet and easy to wash down. No where and tear.

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    Re: Jetcraft - Constructive Criticism

    My Jetcraft came with a ton of bow storage and a swing away tongue. The trailers aren't "Jetcraft" and can ordered any brand or style. The bow storage issue must be a "model" issue, my SK2125 came with 2 compartments to the bow storage area. It is where I keep my (2) trolling motor batteries and enough clothes, heater, toilet, rain gear, and sleeping bag.

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    When I was shoping for my current boat I decided against the Jetcraft. The biggest reason for my decision not to get a Jetcraft was that I couldn't even get the dealer to take me seriosly. I was there about an hour and couldn't get either of the salespeople to give me much attention. The receptionist at least was willing to get me some product literature. As far as the construction goes I would like to see storage in the bow area and they can leave the carpet off the engine cowl. They could also use a swingaway tongue on their trailers. That would make it a lot easier to fit in my driveway.
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    I am a jetcraft owner 2002 18 foot with a 90 4stroke merc.I love my boat.I dont have a problam with the welds on the keel.I would suggest making the anchor storage in the bow a little bigger.I received the same letter from jetcraft but have not heard from them.
    Its not a good idea to go bare foot in your boat,those lost hooks love it.

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    Hi 2shakes, your comment about the hull flexing is just what the "new Jetcraft" company says their "pre-flex" design was not supposed to do. The pre -bowing of the hull is supposed to be more ridgid than the traditional alum. construction design. I have my doubts. These "new" Jetcraft boats are really Harborcraft boats, just using the old company name. Harborcraft bought out Jetcraft Boats of Oregon ,I think back in 2001 or 2002. In my opinion, you cannot compare the old with the new. Hinrid, I'm sorry if I got off the point a little. One suggestion I have would to put some type of battery storage up front to run an elect. trolling motor. In my '01, I'm still trying to figure out where the best place to stick the two batteries! I think the newer models are the same way. Also, I agree with Doc on the floor. I have the vinyl floors, and they're hard to clean up. It seems in most of the new boats now they like to put carpet. Leave the carpet out for the fisherman buying these boats!! I guess you have this option when you are really getting a "custom" built boat. ::)

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