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Rage with OMC jet drive/ 13 sport
|Author||Topic: Rage with OMC jet drive/ 13 sport|
posted 03-18-2002 02:31 PM ET (US)
Is this a real Boston Whaler? Who mfg the jet drive, and can you get parts for drive? I am looking at a 1995 with 115 hp OMC engine for grandson, or should I buy a 13 sport. What do you Whaler fans say?
posted 03-18-2002 02:34 PM ET (US)
To heck with Jr....I'll take the 13 sport. Ship to the address above:)
I prefer the sports over the rages.
posted 03-19-2002 01:28 AM ET (US)
I recommend the classic 13 sport. My brothers and I grew up on those boats. Despite our lack of experience at the young ages at which we took their helms, the 13's always got us home safely.
The jet offers some safety advantages, but manuevering in the conventional sense (propeller drive) is almost completely lost, especially in reverse.
posted 03-19-2002 05:12 AM ET (US)
posted 03-20-2002 10:27 AM ET (US)
Good question. why is the OMC so unloved? is there a faq on this?
I'm trying to decide between the same two boats.
posted 03-20-2002 11:13 AM ET (US)
I don't think the OMC drive is unloved, and I am sure it has part availability.
However the rage had poor control response at low speed along with the penality of high fuel consumption for a compairable sized traditonal Whaler. Its only saving grace is that it worked in very shallow water. It was a gimmic from the folks at Rebock. It had all the same short commings and advantages of any jet boat.
IMOHO buy the traditional 13' OB. You will be better served.
posted 03-20-2002 05:54 PM ET (US)
the rage is a good boat.....everything said on here in this thread is true....u lose h/p at the jet (about 20%)it rides and runs great and fast...lot of storage for a 15 footer...if there is a super positive point to be made for it it is that there is no prop to hurt sealife,ecology if u r so interested and also won't chop up the kids etc...with yje motor hidden within the hull it gets a lot of interest as most folks dont realize that there is such a thing...i had one and loved it...sold it only to finance the restoration of the menemsha...and by the way...sold it the first week it was out there and could have sold it 10 times after that it got some much attention....mine looked like the one currently on sale on ebay same color scheme and appeared showroom new...there are more than a few ragers in this forum that love their boat and i know u will hear from them...if u decide to get one please learn its limitations on steering and get a in line sand filter installed if it does not already have it....my understanding is a filter was standard equipment on 96 and after...optional on the prior years....stay safe...bob
posted 03-24-2002 07:39 PM ET (US)
Skipped the Whaler for newer Four Winns Fling, found parts at www.turbojetmarineproducts.com.
Thanks for the reply.
posted 03-25-2002 12:03 AM ET (US)
Best of luck, I had a Four Winns Fling once,
I think the Rage would have been better a better choice in jetboats.
posted 03-25-2002 01:58 PM ET (US)
I do to, but the fling was newer, cheaper, more horsepower. I going to take the 3rd look at the whaler for self later.
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