1756 Weldbilt Jet Boat - East Tennessee Fishing

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Old 10-21-2013, 08:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1756 Weldbilt Jet Boat

I have been trying to get a dealer account with Weldbilt for almost two years and have finally succeeded in that endeavor. I had them build two aluminum boats to my specification and I'm very pleased with the results. As anyone who has messed with jet boats knows, one of the problems we always have is proper balance on the boat when drifting. Any boat will run level with enough power, but I mostly fish while drifting and having a level boat allows you to drift over submerged objects with a minimum clearance. Most people who put sponsons on the stern of their boats are trying to correct a stern-heavy condition. These boats have jet tunnels and full Coast Guard Floatation and are rated at 90 horsepower. I put one of the boats on the water today to see how it would float empty. As you can see from the photo below, the stern is actually out of the water when floating empty. By the time motor, fuel and batteries are installed, the stern should come down to about level. I can do final balancing with the console position and the location of the trolling motor batteries if needed. I honestly believe that this is just about the best outboard jet fishing boat configuration for East Tennessee waters. Here is a photo of the boat floating empty, and a link to an album of other photos showing both boats. They come with a console that can be positioned several places. They are wired for navigation light and trolling motor and have three seat sockets installed.

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Old 11-18-2013, 06:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Vol423,
I can't wait to get mine setup. Excellent design waiting to get it back from the fab shop. And get the side console dad has been talking to you about.
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