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Re: Jet Sled Practice
« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2020, 08:05:12 PM »
 :yeah: Getting a feel on the lake is good and suggested if you are brand new to sleds and tillers. I'm sure you know, but you will find that the boat handles quite differently in current, and different going up vs down stream. Pick a big open river to run around in and learn how it acts. Great boat by the way! I was THIS close to buying the same boat, color and all a couple years ago. Held off. Sometimes I kick myself.
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Re: Jet Sled Practice
« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2020, 09:22:48 PM »
Well if you are new to owning and running a sled i would suggest running on a lake for the first time or two just to get use to how the boat handles and turning when on plane, second I would then go to a river like the Snohomish, on the lower part and do some running in the soughs, as you will be able to run with some current and also learn what to look for with dead heads in the water, (logs) they will mark the water. Then move up river on the Snohomish and get into some different currents and running around more logs and such. I have a drift boat and if there are some smaller rivers I want to use my sled on then I will float in the drift boat just to get an idea where the shallow spots are and rocks gravel bars ect.

I just up graded to a 21 foot super vee and they can run in shallow water! Good luck with the new boat!

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Re: Jet Sled Practice
« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2020, 10:08:35 PM »
for a pure fishing boat a tiller is king.. way more room and less wind drag on windy days trolling. more people can fish easily side drifting

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Re: Jet Sled Practice
« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2020, 06:07:56 AM »
Well I canít pretend to be cooler than I am...my dad is the one who bought it, he loves fishing and wanted to get one so I made him a deal that if he got a sled I would learn how to run it so that he could always be fishing with his friends when he took it out, not motoring them around. Canít wait for all the memories she brings us! I appreciate all the advice, Iíll check back in Friday afternoon if I make it off the lake in one piece lol
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Re: Jet Sled Practice
« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2020, 06:27:22 AM »
Head to the mouth of the nisqually , there is no slow heading up river and like no others have stated going down is a whole different ball game o and have insurance  :IBCOOL:

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Re: Jet Sled Practice
« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2020, 03:48:35 PM »
Fun!!! Congrats 😉🥃🇺🇸 

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Re: Jet Sled Practice
« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2020, 04:36:33 PM »
 Take it to Coulon, good ramps with plenty of room for you to practice.
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Re: Jet Sled Practice
« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2020, 03:02:40 PM »
Waders work.  I'm about 10 minutes from the launch so I put them on at home & throw my shoes in the boat.  Back er down the ramp, wade in, unhook & slide er back.  Climb in the boat, over the bow, slide it back more if needed then tie up.  Powering off works too but seems to take longer & I want to expedite if others are waiting.

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Re: Jet Sled Practice
« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2020, 06:16:46 PM »
Well took her out today. Went pretty good, love how it handles when running the jet. Still need some more time spent practicing. Hardest part was getting it back on the trailer with the little amount of space at the launch. Little different than the ol 14í with a trolling motor lol can only imagine itís more difficult in river current.
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Re: Jet Sled Practice
« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2020, 06:40:00 PM »
Congratulations on youíre new boat. Should be a lot of fun.

I have had two sleds. One with a windshield and a steering wheel and one with a tiller. Tillers are the way to go because youíre next to the kicker when you get to the top of the run.

I learned the hard way. Beached the first boat twice learning to read water. When the seam splits while drifting, youíre boat can have a mind of its own. Broke my kicker off once hitting too many rocks as a rookie...all in the Cowlitz. Good memories😂😂

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Re: Jet Sled Practice
« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2020, 06:56:39 PM »
Learn to read the water. Impellers and lower units are expensive.  :o

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Re: Jet Sled Practice
« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2020, 06:57:59 PM »
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Re: Jet Sled Practice
« Reply #27 on: June 05, 2020, 07:49:54 PM »
Well took her out today. Went pretty good, love how it handles when running the jet. Still need some more time spent practicing. Hardest part was getting it back on the trailer with the little amount of space at the launch. Little different than the ol 14í with a trolling motor lol can only imagine itís more difficult in river current.

You learn to hit the trailer the first time under adequate power to get on the skids.  Try not to cut your teeth on summer low water as in the Cow, Used to love the mouth of the Cow fishing on the inside of the first island below the bridge.....in low water, make sure you allow for getting up on plane ahead of sand bars and shallows, allowing at least a boat length for that or more depending on your load.

 


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