Outboard Jet Units – Great for Salmon and Trout Fishing in Braided Rivers
Outboard Jet Units
Have you ever wondered how boaties are able to traverse the lower reaches of our big braided shingle rivers without bashing their prop on the shallow bottom. The answer is that they aren’t running a prop at all. Instead their outboard motor has been adapted to use an outboard jet unit. These are made to fit various different outboards down to about 15 horse power. A modification is required to the hull for best performance.
It is a great idea that is more versatile and less expensive than a purpose-built jet boat.They are ideally suited for short runs. Excellent if you had a bach (small holiday home) at North Rakaia Huts or North Rangitata huts and just want to cross the lagoon to fish the gut or surf on the south side.
An outboard jet unit is a much less expensive option than a heavy fibreglass jet boat powered with a thirsty V8 petrol engine. The smaller outboard jet and tinne combination is also easier to launch and retrieve. Many bach owners use a four-wheel-farm bike to tow their trailered tinnie the short distance to the waters edge.