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Chat / Re: StikBoat/JetAngler review
« Last post by Mokai Dreamin' 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.
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Boats For Sale / Wanted / Re: Jet powered kayak - $2000 (Honolulu)
« Last post by Painlesstom on December 04, 2019, 12:36:43 PM »
Just posted so anyone browsing would know. Thanks for finding these and sharing, always appreciated!  \./8
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Boats For Sale / Wanted / Re: Jet powered kayak - $2000 (Honolulu)
« Last post by CC-Coder on December 04, 2019, 12:32:01 PM »
I was heitant to post, but figured you would correct any misleading info.
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Boats For Sale / Wanted / Re: Jet powered kayak - $2000 (Honolulu)
« Last post by Painlesstom on December 04, 2019, 12:29:54 PM »
That info isn't accurate. 12' would be the length and 2006 is likely the year. 2000 was the first year.  \./8
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Boats For Sale / Wanted / Jet powered kayak - $2000 (Honolulu)
« Last post by CC-Coder on December 04, 2019, 12:28:00 PM »
https://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/boa/d/honolulu-jet-powered-kayak/7029438508.html

condition: good
engine hours (total): 100
length overall (LOA): 13
make / manufacturer: Mokai
propulsion type: power
year manufactured: 1996
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Jet Pump Discussion / Re: Auto Bilge Pump
« Last post by Painlesstom on December 01, 2019, 11:51:26 PM »
Ok, at least you got it figured out!  ;D
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On the Water / Re: Fishing the West Branch of the Penobscot River in Maine.
« Last post by niteshft on December 01, 2019, 09:46:44 AM »
 One thing I forgot to mention is the campsite will follow you to the take-out and return you so you can leave your vehicle if you want to do the full run...it's part of their service and free. You cannot drive your Mokai back up Little A.

 It's a great place to stay, I've spent the full season there a few years in a row. There are rafting outfits in the area, which is a blast to do. They have 1/2 and full day trips with a noon meal. The trip I took had a choice of steak or chicken. Mt. Katahdin is nearby if you like to hike and numerous views of the mountain as you travel to the site.
 If you flyfish, I recommend you pick up a few West Branch Caddis on the way in Millinocket. These hatch on a daily basis throughout the season and are the hottest fly on the river.
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On the Water / Re: Fishing the West Branch of the Penobscot River in Maine.
« Last post by CC-Coder on November 30, 2019, 10:00:12 AM »
Your description sounds amazing, your lucky to live in that area of the country. I follow the Appalachian Trail thru hikers on Youtube and it sounds like they get views of the Penobscot from the ridges as they hike. The campsites seem reasonably priced compared to other places we've been with our Mokai's too. Thanks for posting, another destination for us to add to our ever growing list!
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Jet Pump Discussion / Re: Auto Bilge Pump
« Last post by aquachigger on November 30, 2019, 08:15:58 AM »
Sorry....just realized I never responded back to you Tom. I did it myself and got it worked out but don't remember exactly what I did to make it work.
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On the Water / Fishing the West Branch of the Penobscot River in Maine.
« Last post by niteshft on November 29, 2019, 08:26:43 PM »
 I used my Mokai from the "Big Eddy" campsite. Great place! Solar panels for electric energy with a generator backup for cloudy days. It's nice to be able to take a hot shower after a long day. It's the World premiere fishing for Landlocked Salmon and large Brook Trout can be taken there as well.
 Down the road is a much cheaper site run by the State. It doesn't have any amenities but a good deal for those that like to rough it. Fire pits are in place but you have to supply your own wood "and" purchase it locally, within 50 miles of the site..., (we don't want to spread wood pests).
 For those that don't mind the current of the river, I will give a description for going down river and back. Remember, it's up to you to make the decision to do the run and always look ahead. I will be as detailed as possible but not to be your sole source of information. I will say, it's a very easy run for those that have owned a Mokai for a bit.

O.K., here we go!
 
 The "Big Eddy" is a wide spot on the West Branch of the Penobscot River. The sides of the river water rotates creating, what's called an eddy, and swirls because of the current of the river flowing through the center. This makes favorable spots for Salmon as they can sit and take food floating by. The pool is a small part of the river, though. You can put in at the Eddy and take out over a mile downstream. There is the issue of going through the "Little A" to get to the "takeout" but that's close to the end of the trip.
 You can turn back upstream before you get to the "Little A" and get back to the campsite. First you need to learn a little nomenclature if you haven't learned already. River "Right" is the right bank of the river when going downstream. River "Left" is, of course, the left bank of the river when going downstream.
 Below the Eddy, there is a boulder in the river about 1/3 across from "river right". You want to go downstream on the right side of the boulder and just ride through the wakes...it's O.K. Stay river right after that and anchor out after the first right bend. You may need to extend anchor line because of the current. It's important to have at least 50 ft of line with you and a backup line for reserve.
 There are several spots on each side of the river and I fish both before I go to "Takeout". I've gone back to camp riding the boat upriver. What you do is aim for that same boulder while going upstream and move over to the left a few feet back and continue up the current. The 6 hp Mokai had enough umph to get me through at reduced power. I didn't know how much the other campers could hear so I would back off after I passed the faster current.
 As for the "Little A", it's about the same process. You can see the current before the "Little A" goes towards the right. Just like the rock at the Big Edy, stay to the right but near the rock. What I'm saying is, stay to the left of the slick that is making an "S" curve to the right. If you allow yourself to go to the bank, river right, you will bump against the ledge on the right. It's easy to go through but you don't have to anyway. You can motor back to camp and fish along the way.

 I haven't mentioned "Big A". Big A is further down river than the "Takeout" but not by much. What I mean is that when you can see a lot of rocks in the river, it's time to turn back.

 Anyways, The Big Eddy on the West Branch of the Penobscot River, is as Deep Woods as you can get and still have amenities. I forgot to mention that the State run site has a boat launch and is in a part of the river where the current is very slow. You can motor up or down river to find current and fish can be found anywhere in between. Up river will take you to the bottom of "Big A".

Here's a link if you want to check out the Big Eddy. https://bigeddy.chewonki.org/
 
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