Ok I have a question, I have a family, Wife, and two kids under ten, also two dogs. What size of boat should I be looking for? I was thinking the Explorer industries 172, let me hear your opinions.
Uk you should take a drive to Sylvan Lake and Red Deer to see the guys at the Firefish, Bratt, and Eagle shops. Even if you're not going new, go talk to the guys who have been building the best custom boats for years, they're in your back yard.... I'm not sure how the any of the larger factory builds are but the Kingfisher guys that I know are happy. I have a couple buddies who are on their second Weldcraft now and swear by them.
It all depends on the waters you want to run. Your first river/jet boat will more then likely not be the correct one for what you want run. Most prop less boaters are on boat #3 plus. And or have more then one boat. So many variations between hull designs, pump and engine combinations. Are you carrying a heavy load, or just ripping it on skinny narrow channels. Deeper waters with large rapids, etc. camping on or off the boat. Do your research, go out with some folks on their boats and good luck. Good information on other forums as well. Mean Chicken, Outlaw Eagle and so on.
If you are down the Red Deer way. Pm me and we can go for a ride in one of mine.
I really liked my Ali-craft but I will probably go back to an air-boat. I really like the fact that air-boats don't care about dirty water, weeds, skinny water etc. The only major drawback is the noise but noise cancelling communication is amazing now so talking in the air-boat would be much nicer nowadays. I really like the Muskwa air and I will see where things are in 5 years and I may get one built. I had many crazy adventures in Dads air-boat, they are so much fun.
Always thought they would be fun in the winter ripping across fields and down pipe lines.
They are little scary on ice, they go really fast lol and it's not cool when sliding sideways, just waiting to roll. We never used dads in the winter much, it was like a Florida air-boat, no wind protection or heater.