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gerryb posted 03-10-2006 12:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for gerryb   Send Email to gerryb  
I have gone ahead and purchased (not collected yet) a 1998 Rage 175. I'm nervous about the jet sucking up something and not knowing how to clear it while on the water. Can anyone offer a solution?
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 03-10-2006 12:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Stay in good shape, lots of calesthenics, sit-ups and other muscle stretching activites should enable you to succesfully clear out debris sucked in by the jet.

Personally I'm no longer in shape to resort to something that stenuous.

BOB KEMMLER JR posted 03-10-2006 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
I thought the Merc sportjet had a easy way of clearing itself?If you have to get a Rage,the 175 Merc is the one to get,that baby will do 55 mph if it's running right.i have heard that you can swap in a 250 optimax to that jet drive too,that would make for a VERY fun boat.
diveguy posted 03-11-2006 02:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for diveguy  Send Email to diveguy     
You just bought a great boat - congratulations! No need to upgrade the engine or do anything else to it. The Sportjet 175 is an awesome powerplant that is very strong and reliable.

Don't worry too much about clogging the jet, aside from the obvious - staying away from eelgrass in shallow water, avoid any plastic bags you see, etc. If you start it or run it in very shallow water (under 1'), it could suck debris off the bottom. The Sportjet will eat most grass and other things you encounter without a problem. The problem of clogging up the jet is not as big a problem as others make it out to be (most of whom have not owned a Sportjet).

I've had mine for almost 3 years now, and have clogged the jet once - by running over the ski rope. I had to get towed in on that one, and took me about 15 minutes to pull all the rope out. No really that big a deal - I've fouled props just the same over the years.

Go out and get some practice steering and turning with the jet - you'll have a blast - I guarantee it!

gerryb posted 03-11-2006 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for gerryb  Send Email to gerryb     
Thanks Diveguy for your encouraging comments, I will follow up with my progress once I have taken delivery and had my first spin.
jhog1 posted 03-21-2006 10:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for jhog1  Send Email to jhog1     
I'm with diveguy I have never owned a rage but have had numerous jet ski's and a couple of good friend have jet boats. The ski rope is the most common thing the will give you a problem. The grass/weeds might give you a problem but just steer or paddle out of it and it will clear itself. Running in shallow water isn't as much of a problem as starting in shallow water. We had someone start on of our ski's in to close and it sucked up a stone that wedged between the impellar and wall of the pump Had to put it on the trailer and work it out 10 -15 mins and no damage
aa_mar posted 03-23-2006 03:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for aa_mar  Send Email to aa_mar     
Merc makes a special grate called a Hydrosurge. Basicly it is spring loaded and open up if weeds get stuck in the grate. I have one, and it works great in areas with seaweed.

Good luck with the Rage!

aa_mar posted 03-23-2006 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for aa_mar  Send Email to aa_mar     
Merc makes a special grate called a Hydrosurge. Basicly it is spring loaded and open up if weeds get stuck in the grate. I have one, and it works great in areas with seaweed.

Good luck with the Rage!

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