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jet rage 13 performance question
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posted 04-23-2000 10:51 AM ET (US)
I am looking at a 1993 13 foot Boaton Whaler jet rage. I haven't had a chance to get it out into the water yet. I can't seem to find any information on this boat, and I was wondering if someone on this board could help with a question I have.
The old guy who owns it says it has a 50hp Yamaha motor in it. Does anyone here know what speed/performance I can expect with this engine? Could this boat be used for recreational purposes like tubing or maybe skiing? I
Is this motor known for any reliability or longevity problems that would cause me to reconsider?
Any other comments or things that I should consider before getting this boat?
All help on this really appreciated!
posted 04-24-2000 02:20 PM ET (US)
I'd take a pass on that one, or any Rage, for that matter. Whaler only made these models for a few years, and they died out as fast as they arrived. I understand their market value has plummeted and they are now hard to sell. It was one of Reebok's offerings, and it did not represent the all around utility, safety and sea keeping ability Whaler has been famous for. The first ones, I have heard, were under powered and had engine problems. Consider, instead, a Whaler 13' traditional model with a 40hp outboard. You'll be way ahead. Admittedly, I am NOT a fan of these little jet boats, and their jet ski cousins, but I believe my advice is sound! Maybe someone else here would have a different opinion.
posted 04-24-2000 07:09 PM ET (US)
Cris, Larry is right on the mark on his advice!! I have driven a 13 Rage with 50hp Yamaha and estimate top speed to be no more than 20 (more like 18) mph.. no hole shot at all and a real pain in the neck to keep up on plane... WOT is the only way... noisy and fuel thirsty. I would no take one if someone gave it to me... Same for the 15 with the 115 OMC... tops out at about 28-32 and gulps the gas... A friend rented one in anticipation of purchase and took it back after an hour or so... hated it.... My suggestion would be to drive it before you buy it and make your decision based on that.. I'm old and opinionated although I'm fairly objective on this one!!! Happy Whalin'.......... Clark
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