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Offline niteshft

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StikBoat/JetAngler review
« on: November 29, 2019, 04:33:22 PM »
 I've had to weigh my options before writing this review. Dan, at Aquanami, said that if I gave a bad review it may impact any future support. That, in itself, tells allot where this review is heading.
  First, when I unpacked the boat, there were no manuals or instructions on how to put things together or initially run the boat. There was only a check-off list that checked off the manual and instructions were included with the crate...it wasn't. I emailed Dan and he said the manual was a PDF and hasn't been included for 6 years. A couple of weeks later I received a package with the (2019) manual, assembly instructions and shims for adjusting trim. The only thing I didn't need were the shims because they redesigned the jet with a more downward angle to keep the bow down and shims are no longer needed.
 There is a heat sensor bracket located on the bend of the exhaust that was welded in place crocked so it wasn't able to hold the sensor in place. It vibrated out soon after the engine was started. When I mentioned this to Dan, he said I must done something to pull it out as it couldn't have just vibrated out, even though I provided a picture of how loosely the fit was. After a few argumentative emails he said he ordered a tube of thermal paste on E bay and sent it to my address. This was a couple of months ago and still hasn't arrived. That doesn't matter. I've built PCs since 2000 and thermal paste is used to help heat transfer but must be used sparingly or it won't work. It's not intended to "glue" things in place.
 It wasn't until I told him I was expected to write a review for a couple of sites and these issues need to be addressed and gotten a warning of non-support that I received a fix...fit a piece of rubber between the sensor and bracket to hold the sensor in place. But, I won't know until Spring if that will work.
 Another issue is the finish. There were several areas that had residue of a polishing compound and paint was worn off in several areas. It appeared as though it was a reconditioned boat. Most of the wear areas were where you place your feet on the adjustable foot rests. There are also scratches that seemed to be to deep to buff out in other areas that shows signs of buffing.
 I've had the boat in the water for less than 15 minutes, mainly because of time and temperature constraints. When at low speed, the vibration from the engine shook my butt from side to side and the "Wet Well" covers rattled so badly it was more than annoying. The one lung engine piston sits horizontally and haven't run it long enough to see if it's the nature of the beast but I'm concerned it is. That would be a shame because I fly fish and like to cruise the shoreline.
 I also had water leaking into the engine compartment. There was about a quart in the short time on the water. I tightened some clamps but haven't had it back in the water since. Another concern until Spring.
 All in all, the boat isn't worth the $4700, (Aquanami), asking price...the Stik in Texas is $5000. That's without the Tariff, which brings the price to $6600. Although I think it's a better boat that the Mokai for my purposes, I wouldn't value it for more than $3700 as it is.

 I will try to add pictures in the near future of the issues.

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Re: StikBoat/JetAngler review
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2019, 08:37:26 PM »
For what it's worth, my heat sensor fell off of the exhaust as well, so it's not an isolated incident. I would use some high temperature silicone, and not rubber that's likely to melt to mend that.

I would also say to check your fuel pump on the outlet. That fitting is pressed in, and it's an accident waiting to happen if it vibrates loose as fuel will spray all over the hot exhaust. I took some JB Weld to mind for added insurance.

Second, make absolutely certain you don't overfill your tank or even get it close to full. In the heat, that gasoline will expand, and fuel will go up into the sending unit wires. The wire gauge on the Aquanami is very light. I'm guessing 22 to 24gauge? How long do you think that insulation will hold up when it gets soaked in gasoline? And once the insulation is gone, you can (probably will) create a short, and spark, and well, there's a nice recipe for an explosion. Bottom line is don't overfill your tank!

I think a lot of us think that all fiberglass boats are created equal, but just as Tom about this or go to a website like boatworks.com and  read about proper  techniques.  I was suspect at first about the quality of the fiberglass when I cracked the gelcoat around the engine compartment from just my upper body weight. There's no way that should happen if it was done correctly. While I'm not 100% positive, I'll bet Aquanami just sprayed chop strand from a machine over a mold, and never went with any 1708, which requires a lot more handwork. I would think a minimum  of two layers would be required to give the boat good rigidity. I'd be real curious to hear from Dan on the composition of the fiberglass, but just because something is made of fiberglass doesn't mean it's the same as a high-end yaht or speed boat. I think they go cheap. No proof here, but I don't sense it's a high end job. I had several inserts come loose, cracks form, flaws in the gel coat, etc. You don't get this on a high end job.

And I'd love to hear back from you after you get about 30 hours on the boat, and things like the bearings overheat in the impeller, solenoids and relays break on you, etc. That's when the quality or lack thereof shows up.

While I certainly don't like everything about the Mokai, the overall build quality is far superior to the Aquanami.  Nice to see a review of the Aquanami just the same. Nothing you said surprised me.