What is a Jet Boat?
Jet boats are high-powered sport boats that are propelled by jets of water. Originally thought of as oversized personal watercraft toys, the modern jet boat is now available in a number of sizes. These boats feature high speeds, optimal maneuverability on the water, and a “crash stop” option that allows the craft to reverse and stop in a matter of seconds. They are available in twin and single-engine models, as well.
How are Jet Boats built?
Most jet boats are made of high-quality welded aluminum for durability and a lightweight finish, but because of the versatility of the jet engine, there are also boats constructed out of premium fiberglass and other materials, including military-grade aluminum and more. The original jet engine design was tested on a skiff-style design in New Zealand, where there was a need to avoid all the reefs and rocks while out on the ocean. Today, however, jet boats come in all styles and materials.
What Types of Engines Power Jet Boats?
These boats are powered by jet pump engines, which are designed to pump water through the system and out of the rear of the vessel to propel the boat through the water. These boats are often viewed as safer than prop boats because the engine is fully enclosed. Designed after the jet-style engine of jet skis and other personal watercraft, the jet propulsion method is becoming a popular alternative for boaters in water sports and many other activities.
What Optional Equipment is Available for Jet Boats?
Jet boats can be outfitted with a variety of optional accessories and equipment, including additional seating, high-end navigation, and fishfinder systems, waterproof socket-style chargers for USB charging, anchor kits, portable batteries, and so much more. As these boats grow in popularity, owners can expect to find a consistently-growing selection of optional equipment and accessories.