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DaveNJ posted 08-22-2002 07:19 AM ET (US)   Profile for DaveNJ   Send Email to DaveNJ  
I notice there is nothing here about the BW Rage Jet boats. I don't know much about them, but see quite a few of them for sale.

I did a search and did not see anything.
Does anyone have one ?
What is wrong with them ? Jet power performance or reliability poor ?
Too heavy?

I am thinking about one because of the Whaler hull and ability to go into shallow waters without prop damage fear.

Dave

BOB KEMMLER JR posted 08-22-2002 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
I dont think this site has enough bandwidth to list all the problems people have had with this model,myself included.they are probably ok in a vegitation free freshwater lake,but anywhere else???The yamaha powered models are reliable but i was told slow.the omc powered models were a little faster but had alot of problems.the merc powered models were fast and reasonably reliable,but seem to cost alot more.if you get one cheap enough and are mechanically inclined,go fo it.
Sean175 posted 08-22-2002 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sean175  Send Email to Sean175     
I own a 1998 Rage 175 Sport jet. I run my boat through weeds and floating grass in the upper Florida keys. My boat is fast (55 mph) and reliable. I used to have weed problems until I switched to a new weedless grate called the "Hydrosurge". I have not had any problems since. I have heard many negative things about other versions of this boat, mainly underpowered. I guarantee you that if you get the Merc 175, you will be impressed with the acceleration and speed even with 5 adults on board.
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 08-23-2002 02:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
By far the worst product (boat) that I ever owned. I was delighted the day I sold it. I had a 15' Rage powered by the 115 OMC. Smoked like hell and lousy fuel economy and noisy. Seating was very uncomfortable and the worst thing is that its a JET! Virtualy uncontrollable at low speeds, can't steer it nor effectively troll with it. So if its just a water toy to you at a great price it's cute, but no real boat in my opinion. Stay with a classic 15 or montauk!
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 08-23-2002 02:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
P.S. If you suck a bag or other debris in the
intake, GOOD LUCK. I had to get towed in because the impeller housing is almost impossible to clean out from on the water and slide back in!
Sean175 posted 08-23-2002 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sean175  Send Email to Sean175     
It's a shame that the early Rages were supplied with a lousy unreliable powerplant and jet pump. The later model Rages ('97 & '98) are a great improvement over the earlier models. Mercury's Sport Jet is a good engine and has been improved with the weedless grate system (Hydrosurge) which can be retrofitted to 1997 and 1998 models with the Mercury powerplant. If the boat had been offered this way to begin with, the boat would not have had such a bad reputation. Jets do have their limitations, but they can have their advantages too.
Stay away from the early model Rages.
spjinseattle posted 09-07-2003 01:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for spjinseattle  Send Email to spjinseattle     

thought i would add some thoughts here. i bought a 1995 rage 15 in great shape this spring and so far have not had any problems. it can be tempermental to start but fires right up after it's been running. it does smoke noticeably at start and during low rpms but not more than other 8 year old two stroke motors. i can hit 37 mph (GPS) with just me in the boat on a flat lake, and ride comfortably at 25-30 mph with a total of 3-4 persons. i had 6 people in the boat once this summer and it was a total dog - barely would plane. i'm just over 200 lbs and can wakeboard behind the boat with 2 people onboard - since there's no rudder i can pull the back end of the boat a bit if i really pull into a turn. the boat is super easy to trailer and launch (can do easily by myself if i need to), and is really easy to navigate once you learn the nuiances of jet propulsion (eg; anticipate turns, don't oversteer, use the jet to swing the back end around). i have never gotten anything stuck in the jet intake even after going through thick seaweed plumes. i took the boat out in saltwater recently for the first time and it seemed to handle the bigger water *better* than heavily trafficked lakes (small, light weight hull makes it easy to get the bow out of the water and hit down hard in high chop). i had to do a fix on the front hull line gelcoat because the previous owner had beached it and the rocking action wore it down - best to anchor offshore. i get about 4-5mpg if cruising on plane, about half that if having to stay below 7 knots in a no wake zone. if i could change anything about the boat it would be a little more power in a 4-stroke powerplant (lose the smoky pollution, lose the need for 2-stroke oil mixing). overall though, for the price i paid this has been a great multiuse recreational boat.
Tom2697 posted 09-08-2003 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
I bought a '93 Rage 14 that had a transplanted Yamaha 80hp in it. The boat was clocked by GPS at 43 mph in about 10 inches of water. My main use was for flats fishing in South Texas. Weeds were not a problem except the Sargasso weed that we have here (little floating bushes) clogged the jet pump every time! (I used an old broom handle to push the weeds out of the intake.) The others are correct in that low speed manuverability is poor, they are loud and smoky. But, if you are looking for something to get you through the shallows real well, has real snappy steering (1/2 turn lock to lock), can do a 360 at 30 mph, and has Boston Whaler written on the side, this is a good boat. Other downsides, my boat did not handle rough water well and was fairly wet riding. Then again, LOA is only 13'6"...
WHALER27CC posted 09-25-2003 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for WHALER27CC  Send Email to WHALER27CC     
DAVE-
I HAVE A 1995 RAGE 14' , PRETTY FUN BOAT, FAST , ADN OVERALL IS A GREAT CONCEPT. I HAVE THE 90HP OMC WHICH DOES A PRETTY GOOD JOB OF MOVING IT ALONG WITH A COUPLE ON BOARD. IT WILL GO AROUND 35MPH(GPS).I HAVE HAD ALOT OF FUN WITH IT I HAVE BEEN LUCKIER THAN SOME WITH NO PROBLEMS , BUT ITS LIKE ANYTHING ELSE(ESP.BOATS!)KEEP UP ON THE MAINTANANCE, AND YOU WILL REDUCE THE POTENTIAL PROBLEMS....I MAY BE INTERESTED IN SELLING IT, BECAUSE I DONT HAVE THE TIME TO USE IT... EMAIL ME IF YOU WANT PICS OR OTHER INFO...PETER
Kingsteven18 posted 10-04-2003 06:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
I have a '95 115HP that I love and have never had problems with. Just removed the VRO as a precaution. For sale (NE Pa.)with very low hours. Too many boats/too little time!
dauntlass 18 posted 10-08-2003 01:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
Crockers in North Carolina has a 18ft.Rage on there used boat list web site.I would think the boat to be v/8 power.The listing states 5.8 Redline power.The site is http://www.crockersmarine.com

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