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Hinckley and Dereli Jet Propulsion Boats

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Hinckley  and Dereli Jet Propulsion Boats
Imagine YOU sitting behind the wheel of this sleek jet-powered boat.
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We all have had the discussion about gas or diesel but have you ever considered Jet Propulsion for your pleasure boat?

Not exactly a JET but it is a diesel engine spinning a water jet with very large internal metal impellers instead external propellers. Cool stuff!

A popular design of Day Boats aka Picnic Boats uses a combination Yanmar Diesel engine coupled to a Hamilton Water Jet Drive giving you very shallow water capability.

Captain Chris was invited to tour these two jet boats to see more and help Jerry become an informed buyer. Jerry attended one of our Introduction To Boat Systems Seminars and asked Captain Chris to teach him more. It's amazing how different boat builders accessorize, tucking systems into varied nooks and crannies. It's fun to find the things that matter and having an experienced captain show you where to look helps ease the learning curve. Be sure to scroll down to watch the video of the drive system and click on the photos of the boat below deck to enlarge them and see Captain Chris commentary.

The Hinckley and Dereli look similar in design and both use the Yanmar Hamilton drive system. The jet system takes a little practice to learn the difference between the jet propulsion and traditional screw/propeller propulsion. But practice makes perfect no matter what you drive.

Just imagine easing your 40 foot boat up onto the beach and not have to worry about fouling your propeller. Or bringing your 40 footer to a friends dock in their back yard that only has 3 feet of water. No worries about dinging your prop with the jet propulsion system.

Ask Captain Chris about this and other types of boating systems so you can have FUN on the water.

The propulsion impeller on a jet drive system looks a great deal different than a traditional propeller.
This sleek and low profile 40 foot cruiser can fit under most bridges on the ICW and slide up on a sandy beach for lunch.
What's under the hood? This power assisted hatch cover opens for fantastic accessibility to both engines, jet drives, generator, batteries, black water systems and sea strainers. There's even a handy storage for the gangplank!
The generator daily checks are easy to do with the coolant catch basin and RACOR fuel filter. and yes, you still have to pull the dip stick to check the oil. That's the master circuit breaker on the right of the photo (port side).
We removed the sound shield cover from the generator to inspect the exhaust elbow for rust and corrosion. All looks well.
Take a close look at this emergency manual bilge pump. Can you imagine a 2004 boat has never had a pick up hose connected to the bilge pump. Look at the empty hose barb at the 6 o'clock position. oops!
This black box (which is really white) is the electronic control converter to the manual throttle linkage on the Yanmar Diesel. Confused? Ask Captain Chris and he will set you straight.
This boat has a transmission with electronic solenoids for forward, neutral and reverse. They do not have mechanical linkage like a traditional transmission. Ask Captain Chris how to outsmart the solenoid if it fails.
Why are the two brass bolts not painted grey like the rest of the engine? Look at our Zinc article in our Maintenance section which will explain.
The low profile design gives good bow visibility when running at high speeds.
Welcome aboard! Ask Captain Chris to help you with your next boat.
Imagine YOU behind the wheel of this sleek jet-powered boat!

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