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ngraves posted 08-03-2005 12:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for ngraves   Send Email to ngraves  
I've read some scathing remarks on this site about the Rages, but none specifically about the 18. I'm looking at one with a 285hp 5.8L ford engine and an American Jet drive. I've spoken to Nauset Marine in Massachusetts and they love them. I've spoken to Chesapeake Whaler Town in Maryland, and they hate them. I am a whaler lover and want a jet boat for my family of 6. I would welcome your input. Thanks Nelson
where2 posted 08-03-2005 11:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
As an owner of a smaller Rage, I know what you mean about the comments. As for the 18' Rages, if one recognizes the differences in owning an inboard versus an outboard powered boat, and the differences in steerage driving a Jet versus an ordinary propeller driven boat, and you're still interested, then you are a prime candidate for an 18' Rage.

The replies I have seen from 18' Rage owners were 80-90 positive once they became accustomed to the steering of a Jet. Most were enthusiastically supportive of the fact that the American Turbines jet pump is a common pump for which parts can be located. The marinized Ford engine is common, and that just leaves the gearbox and exhaust parts as questions in my mind whether they are "common" or "exotic" parts which may be difficult to source over time. I'm suspecting based on the other "common" parts that the gearbox and exhaust parts are not exotics.

Therefore, the only remaining reason that they have not been praised in general is that there are so few current and past owners to sing their praises.

Dealer preferences may be biased based on their familiarity with the Jets in general, and may be biased on the smaller Rage jets which are not in the same category at all. An 18' Rage is completely different from a 15' Rage.

DCPeters posted 08-04-2005 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for DCPeters  Send Email to DCPeters     
Hi, I've got a bunch of good information on these boats and there's a loyal fan club of the RAGE 18. I tried to mail you directly, but your email bounced. Feel free to email me with questions. If you're travelling north, I'd be happy to give you a demo!

Where2 is on the money regarding the critics of this boat.

Kumiega posted 08-05-2005 12:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kumiega  Send Email to Kumiega     
I own a Rage 18. I like the boat after I made some changes. The boat has no gear box. The boat has no non-standard parts. The only item non-standard is the muffler but that should last a lifetime. Also, you could replace it with a newer muffler. The engine is a ford 351 so there is even performance parts for the engine available. I would recommend the boat but it does drive different.

You have to like to drive a boat since it takes constant wheel and throttle adjustment in waves. I had the boat out last week in 2 - 3 ft slop due to 25 mph winds on Kentucky lake last week. The boat did 25 - 30 under control just a rough ride. I passed a 25 ft newer Chris Craft with no problems under control when he was struggling to keep his boat under control. He finally came off plane due his lack of ability to control the boat in the short choppy waves.

Before buying the boat I would take a ride on a boat with another owner who knows how to drive a jet boat. I would be willing but my boat is now in Kentucky and I am in Chicago.

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