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Jet Ranger Comments
Posted by Michael Strahan on May 25 2005

Thanks for mentioning the Alaska Series Jet Ranger < >.  The JR is certainly another choice, but folks should understand that it's a completely different boat, for different conditions.  For example, the JR is almost 30% heavier than the Power Traveler, and almost four feet shorter.  It's a sport boat.  I'd classify the Power Traveler as more of a canoe with a removable transom.  What I like about the Power Traveler is that it can be used with an outboard on very narrow, deep rivers typical of so many areas in Alaska.  In fact, the boat was built specifically for Alaska and will probably have limited application elsewhere (but who can say?  Maybe those Louisiana duck hunters will have some ideas about that!).

The Jet Ranger is more of a traditional sportboat design, though it's built for shallow water.  Folks would do well to research the stats on each one before making a decision.  Also, don't forget that the Power Traveler carries AIRE's ten-year no fault warranty that I've written so much about elsewhere.  I wouldn't be too surprised to see AIRE breaking more into the sport boat market, with the successful introduction of the Power Traveler behind them.



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