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We've been trying to decide which type of sled would best fit our needs. As we want a multi-purpose boat we have decided on a fwd helm inboard jet around 20'. My wife is always cold so the only thing important to her is a heater/defroster, so that rules out sportjets. I have narrowed it down to Custom Weld Cobra SE, Northriver Commander or Jetcraft 2075 XL. The problem is price!!! At $30000+ it will probably be next year before it will happen. I want a boat now, should I buy a smaller sled now and trade up in a year, or wait it out??? I thought I could find a 2 or 3 year old boat for great price, but I soon realized that only applied to ski type boats. Any input would would be greatly appreciated. If you own or have experience with the above models, please give pros and cons.
 

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YYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-HHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!
The boat bug bit ya!
Only know two of the boats. Northriver builds a really nice boat...don't think you can go wrong with one. (Willie boats also makes nice boats)
Unfortunately, I can't agree with you about the Jetcraft anymore. They used to be one of the nicest boats on the water, and if you find one thats about 3-4 years old you'll love it.
The design was sold to Harborcraft out of Canada and they started cutting corners to make it more profitable. Last year while they threw a company picnic for their employees in Medford, OR. They had a moving company come in and take everything. Come monday morning, there was nothing but locked doors and security to escort the employees to their lockers to get their personal property. Then off to the un-employment line.
In short, the only thing Jetcraft now is the name. Too bad because they used to be a really nice boat.
If you haven't looked at Boice-jet or Boulton, they make nice boats too.
Hope this helps.
 

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Go for it now! A year of waiting is a year of missed fishing. North rivers are very nice. Buy what you want the first time so you won't be like me a few years latter wanting to trade up with a now unwilling wife. Damoperator
 

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DOn't rule out the sport jets just on the heater issue. I have a little propane jobbie that we put on the step, life is good. That heater you're talking about could add $3000 to the cost of your boat.
 

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Great to hear that you are getting a boat. From the ones that you have stated I would leave Jet Craft out as a guy up here had the transom crack at the welds. He ,after a long battle, ended up taking it dam near to Calf. so Jet Craft would fix it. :shocked:
 

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Make the sacrifice and buy the boat you want now. You and your wife will never be sorry. I'm out in my North River every week. If you buy down, you'll always wish you had something else. Tighten your belt somewhere else and take the plunge. Test-drive your boats in the water that you plan on spending most of your time in. The hull design and its ride are very important. Good luck shopping. There should be no pressure in making a purchase from a dealer that will stand behind their product.
 

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I agree with Silver Hilton. Got my 20' TJET with a 240 SJ and a 89.00 mr heater works just fine. Its bolted to the step and is not in the way. Also the boat only cost me 24500.00. The heater only works well when the big motor is running. Good luck :cheers:
 

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Thanks for the info so far. I like the older jetcrafts before they changed to harborcraft. I did look into Boulton's, but they were way out of our price range. Although I did find a great(?) buy on 1 from a dealer in Coos Bay, it was their show boat, all the bells and whistles, $42000 list $39900 boat show special being blown out for $34000! I asked why so cheap? " Our flooring option has expired and we have to either pay for it or blow it out." I was going to go down and look at it, but by the time I called them back it had sold. If thats true there is more markup on some boats than I've been lead to belive. Talking to boat dealers at shows, when asking about price they always say that there's not much room left as they're at rock bottom already. I like the willie predator but the heater option kept me away. What type of heater could you put in there that would safe? I did think about getting a used 18'Jetcraft with a v-6,as I found one in Eugene that seemed to be a decent buy if they came down in price a little, but some of my friends said that they thought it might be hard to sell as most guys want at least a 19'.
 

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Buy what you need/want now. If you "settle" on something now, you will loose big money when you trade her in trying to get what you want.
 

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Mikeymoto,

I want a boat now, should I buy a smaller sled now and trade up in a year, or wait it out???
<font size="2" face="verdana,arial,helvetica">WAIT!

Don't get a smaller boat. It's the No. 1 mistake of first time boat buyers.

It will cost a pile of money to sell and upgrade.

Spend the time doing the single most fun thing about buying a boat...shopping around.

Definitely look for a good used boat.

Brion
 

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Don't get a smaller boat, but don't rule out a sportjet either. With a little item called mr heater and a propane bottle your set to roast. I have a 19 foot thunderjet with a sportjet, and am very happy. My mr heater roast's me out. so there is no problem keeping warm. Also you can purchase a sportjet a lot more economically.
 

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The only time the heater is going to do you any good on the big motor is when you'er running to your fishing spot. Than you're using a mr heater anyways. Lots of hours spent using a trolling motor or an anchor when you're fishing. Might as well get the sportjet and you can put your money into other creature comforts.
My .02 cents.
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Our boat has a heater in it because my wife also made the request.

After three months of running up gas bills to run our big motor to run the heater, we invested in a 5 gal propane heater and a mr heater.

guess what?

It is warmer than when we run the big heater...we have already melted a cooler and two interior chairs (kidding)...

Trust me, get the boat you want and spend the money on a little heater. It will work out just fine.

Chacal (who's wife also wears the waders in the family)
 

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SportJet!!!

Don't buy smaller/cheaper, you'll have 2ft-itis instantly, and you'll spend bucks making the boat try to be the one you want!!

BTW, you can buy a little 12volt fan for a defroster as well....and you don't need a big motor running for that, either.

TR
 

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Thanks to you all! Think we just about have it licked. You've made the decision process much easier.
 
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