1A. Which Jet fits my Outboard?
You must know the motor make, year, HP, shaft length, steering method (tiller or remote) and number of cylinders.
2A. What kind of performance can I expect?
It depends on the boat and the weight. A good setup will get about 80% of propeller speeds when using mid range prop pitch. A light weight prop boat using a high pitch prop can run twice the speed of an Outboard Jet. Likewise, a heavily loaded prop boat using a low pitch prop can haul much more weight than a Jet.
3A. Why don't we stock jets?
We manufacture over eighty models. Demand varies and motor designs change. We build for nine different motor makes, from six different motor manufacturers.
4A. Can I use a jack plate?
Since it is necessary to raise the engine about six inches higher when attaching our jet drive, some people use a jack plate instead of fabricating a transom riser block. It is not necessary to use an hydraulic jack plate since once the correct height is established for the jet drive, it is not necessary to change it. Due to a four to five inch set back when using a jack plate, it is usually necessary to attach a twelve inch wide plate to extend the bottom of the boat back to the jet intake to control water height reaching the intake. We have a manual jack plate, part no. 1570, which includes this plate and provides eight inches of travel so that either the jet or propeller drive can be used without removing the motor.
5A. How do we determine what shifting mechanism (cable or rod) to provide with tiller handle steered motors?
If the shift handle is on the side of the motor, it usually requires a shift rod. The shift arm which attaches to the shift handle may be different for cam gates than for the earlier bell crank. If the shift handle is on the front of the motor or on the tiller handle itself, it usually requires a cable assembly. Refer first to the jet kit pictorial / parts list. This will refer you to the pages showing the shift rod and cable mechanisms.
6A. Will I lose horsepower if I convert my prop to a jet?
Approximately a 30% HP loss - multiply your motor HP by .7 - example: 50 HP with jet is approximately equal to 35 HP prop drive ( 50 x .7 = 35)
7A. What is the best type of boat to use with an Outboard jet?
The ideal type of boat is a strong lightweight welded aluminum Mod V hull with a deadrise between 6° and 10° with either a tunnel or a delta pad. Weight should be distributed evenly throughout the boat and it should have as little draft as possible. Click HERE to learn more.
8A. Does the weight of my boat matter?
9A. Can I run a Tiller Handle with a Jet?
Yes, in fact, Tiller Handles operate more comfortably with Jets than they do with a standard gearcase.
10A. Do you sell direct to the public?
Initial setup is a key element in Outboard Jet performance, which is why we prefer for knowledgeable industry professionals to perform the installation. If there is no dealer in your region, we will be happy to assist you with the process of installation. We do however, offer our full line of parts and accessories to the public. Click HERE to locate a dealer.
11A. Do you make Outboard Jets for Outboards above 150HP?
Yes we do, we offer many Jets that are not sold pre-packaged with Outboards. Our lineup stretches from 20 Horsepower all the way up to 300 Horsepower. The Product Catalog section on our website lists our entire lineup. If you are not sure which Jet you need, give us a call. We can help.
12A. What is the purpose of an Outboard Jet? Will it be a good fit for my application?
Outboard Jets are in use worldwide by Sportsmen, Commercial Fishermen, Game Wardens and Fire Departments alike. Ask one of them and they'll tell you that when it comes to running shallow water, the Outboard Jet is an excellent choice.
13A. How much do they weigh?
Our Smallest Jets weigh about 35LBS and our Largest can weigh up to 75LBS. Our Jets do not dramatically alter the weight of the outboard.
14A. What kind of warranty do you offer?
We do not offer a written warranty however we are very fair and if you believe you have received a defective product, please contact us immediately.
15A. Do you sell used Jets?
No, we don't but you could try calling some of our dealers.
16A. My Outboard has Digital Throttle and Shift. Can I run a Jet?
Outboard Jets are not set up for DTS. It has been done but we recommend acquiring a mechanical shift outboard.
17A. Can I run twin Outboard Jets on my boat?
Yes, you can. In fact, twin Outboard Jets work better than a single larger outboard producing identical power.
18A. Can an Outboard Jet troll?
Outboard Jets are designed to be up on plane and are not effective at trolling. A bow mounted electric trolling motor is the best option.
19A. Can I run stick steer with an Outboard Jet?
Yes. Just as a forward console is the ideal setup for larger Jet Boats, Stick Steer is a great way to balance weight on smaller rigs. Offering all the comfort and convenience of a console without taking up space.
20A. What is the weight limit on your Transom Bracket?
Our Transom Bracket has been known to support motors up to 150HP without issue however it is a manual adjustment jack plate, and we recommend using a hydraulic jack plate on any outboard above 150HP.
21A. I have a prop tunnel; will this work with a Jet?
Though prop tunnels have been used with Jets, it is generally not recommended.
22A. When I order a Jet, do I need to put down a deposit?
No, but you will be expected to pay in full once the order is ready.
23A. Can an Outboard Jet be used on a Counter Rotation engine?
Yes, In fact, the differences between standard and counter rotation engines exist inside the lower unit. The rest of the Outboard is exactly the same.