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Chat / Re: New owner!
« Last post by Craig5251 on December 08, 2019, 06:58:58 PM »
It really is. Plus it will be nearly 60 degrees this week! The winters are getting more & more mild. Itís supposed to be a bad thing, but I like it.
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Chat / Re: New owner!
« Last post by Painlesstom on December 08, 2019, 09:50:43 AM »
Hard to stay away from the water!
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Chat / Re: New owner!
« Last post by CC-Coder on December 07, 2019, 11:15:26 PM »
Nice Pic.....You go for it! Air and water temp combined below 100 degrees...see you next season.
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Chat / Re: New owner!
« Last post by Craig5251 on December 07, 2019, 10:09:04 PM »
Ok, forget what I said about not not hitting the water this winter........Thatís Philadelphia wayyy in the background. Itís across the street from my new work location!
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Chat / Re: StikBoat/JetAngler review
« Last post by niteshft on December 07, 2019, 07:22:39 PM »
Seeing the weave of the fiberglass on the finished hull is called bleed through and indicates not enough mat was used during the skin coat before they put down the structural glass (woven roving, 1708,1808 etc)  you will see this on order boats built during the oil embargo days...

Strick

  The weave I mentioned is in the engine compartment not the outside of the hull.
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Chat / Re: StikBoat/JetAngler review
« Last post by strick on December 07, 2019, 02:10:34 PM »
Seeing the weave of the fiberglass on the finished hull is called bleed through and indicates not enough mat was used during the skin coat before they put down the structural glass (woven roving, 1708,1808 etc)  you will see this on order boats built during the oil embargo days...

Strick
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Chat / Re: StikBoat/JetAngler review
« Last post by Mokai Dreamin' on December 06, 2019, 10:00:15 PM »
  As far as the heat melting the rubber, you have greater problems if that happens. The heat sensor shuts the engine down if the temp gets too, high and the sensor is between the rubber and the pipe. When I took it out for a ride, the pipe felt cool when I checked. The engine was still running at that time. The exhaust needs to be kept cool or it will overheat the engine compartment. Tom knows all about that!

 The hose from the fuel pump is clamped...no problem there either. I checked every connection when I first got the boat because I've heard of problems from other sites as well. Aquanami has been listening and has been taking care to address issues with problems they have been made aware of. The main issue is, it's made in China and factories there put a lot of pressure on their employees to put out products...it's essentially a sweatshop. That's where the issues lay. It's quite possible they misses the clamp on yours or it may have been a design error at that time.

 As far as the fiberglass goes, I see the weave of cloth so it isn't just a fiber blown into the mold. It may have been at one time but not the case, now.

 The drive unit has been overhauled, it no longer needs shims to adjust trim and the bearing issue has been resolved with it. The boat takes off like a rocket when given the throttle and rides smooth at high speed. The only issue I have is at low speed, the boat shimmies left to right because of the horizontal position of the piston. I'm hoping that will ease as the engine breaks in. If not, I'll be putting the boat up for sale because, I like to cruise the shoreline while fly casting and that will definitely spook the fish as well as make it uncomfortable riding for me.

 I've taken the rubber nose off and making a mount for a remote control anchor hoist. It'll be an vertical aluminum plate with a platform on top that will house a battery and the hoist. The nose will fit back on over the vertical plate. I'll post pics when done as it's difficult to explain everything here.
 I'm going to try to add pics of the issues I first explained now. If they don't show, I failed.  >:(
As to the fuel pump I was talking about the entire barbed fitting. It's pressed into the fuel pump itself and has an O-ring on it. I was trying to take the hose off, and the whole thing came out. That's how I know it's pressed in. It could, operative word could, potentially vibrate lose and then you would have fuel spray onto the exhaust. Because the exhaust is water cold, nothing may happen at all, but I sure didn't feel comfortable with gasoline potentially spraying on the engine. I put some JB weld on that, and problem solved.

That exhaust can get quite hot in a matter of seconds if it's not in the water or you don't have a hose hooked up to it. So, again as a precautionary measure I would use a high temp silicone for the heat sensor. The hose clamp in the photo looks fine as well.

I would say in general the quality control is not nearly as high as what Mokai is using, and that's ultimately what soured me on the boat. I did have pretty bad cavitation problems as well. It sounds like at least they did some work on the drive system, and that would be a welcome change. I found the boat perform best at high speed (full throttle) and was pretty horrible at slow speeds just like your finding. Not to mention you have to use the squeeze lever to control. Mokai ES-Kape isn't much better in this regard, but I'm hoping to hook up a potentiometer to control that.

Mokai should have given us a cruise control. On the Stik, short of making your own throttle lever I'm not sure how you could comfortably control the throttle at slower speeds. I too like to cruise at slow speeds, and especially like the clutch!

I even looked into one for the Stik, but the smallest one I could find was 4 inches and there's just not room. You would also have to figure out a way to pump water through the engine when at idle, but I felt that was a solvable problem at least. The lack of a centrifugal clutch was the issue.

There's also some metrics splines the the joystick, and impeller, so if you wanted to switch over to say a steering wheel and throttle lever, it could be a little tough, but I guess there's other ways to do that to. A spring pin for example through a go-cart steering wheel might work. I never cared much for the joystick. Don't care for that much on the Mokai either.

Sounds like they made some progress on parts of it at least. Dan told me most of the upgrades were on the upper deck, but said nothing about the drive. I'm glad they did a little modification as the cavitation was really awful. Still sounds like tracking is an issue though. Did they add a keel or skegs?
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Chat / Re: StikBoat/JetAngler review
« Last post by niteshft on December 06, 2019, 08:02:38 PM »
 I wish I had listened to my brother when he said he was going to make his own jet boat! He bought 2 Jet Skies for parts and a 14' boat. I have a couple of pics of the progress and I was paid well for my assistance. Allot of work left but it's early winter yet! We still have to install aluminum angle around the front and back of the stern and many other options, such as the placement of the fuel tank and battery placement. He will be bypassing the auto fuel/oil mixture and will be using mixed fuel in place for additional assurance.

                         
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Chat / Re: StikBoat/JetAngler review
« Last post by niteshft on December 06, 2019, 07:47:09 PM »
  As far as the heat melting the rubber, you have greater problems if that happens. The heat sensor shuts the engine down if the temp gets too, high and the sensor is between the rubber and the pipe. When I took it out for a ride, the pipe felt cool when I checked. The engine was still running at that time. The exhaust needs to be kept cool or it will overheat the engine compartment. Tom knows all about that!

 The hose from the fuel pump is clamped...no problem there either. I checked every connection when I first got the boat because I've heard of problems from other sites as well. Aquanami has been listening and has been taking care to address issues with problems they have been made aware of. The main issue is, it's made in China and factories there put a lot of pressure on their employees to put out products...it's essentially a sweatshop. That's where the issues lay. It's quite possible they misses the clamp on yours or it may have been a design error at that time.

 As far as the fiberglass goes, I see the weave of cloth so it isn't just a fiber blown into the mold. It may have been at one time but not the case, now.

 The drive unit has been overhauled, it no longer needs shims to adjust trim and the bearing issue has been resolved with it. The boat takes off like a rocket when given the throttle and rides smooth at high speed. The only issue I have is at low speed, the boat shimmies left to right because of the horizontal position of the piston. I'm hoping that will ease as the engine breaks in. If not, I'll be putting the boat up for sale because, I like to cruise the shoreline while fly casting and that will definitely spook the fish as well as make it uncomfortable riding for me.

 I've taken the rubber nose off and making a mount for a remote control anchor hoist. It'll be an vertical aluminum plate with a platform on top that will house a battery and the hoist. The nose will fit back on over the vertical plate. I'll post pics when done as it's difficult to explain everything here.
 I'm going to try to add pics of the issues I first explained now. If they don't show, I failed.  >:(
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Boats For Sale / Wanted / Re: Jet powered kayak - $2000 (Honolulu)
« Last post by Painlesstom on December 06, 2019, 09:00:49 AM »
No doubt, good point.
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