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Posted on September 22, 2021
1988Hardin Marine
$20,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$15,623.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on September 22, 2021
Eagle Tunnel Hull
$14,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$10,936.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on September 22, 2021
2020 Bratt Jet Husky
$89,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$69,523.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on September 3, 2021
2017 23 ft BMF Jet Boat
$79,500.00 USD Dollars
$101,772.00 Canadian Dollars
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Posted on September 1, 2021
Tracker Grizzly 2072 w/Merc 150hp jet
$39,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$30,465.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on September 1, 2021
12’ Jetstream Buccaneer
$39,999.00 Canadian Dollars
$31,246.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on September 1, 2021
2013 Outlaw 20′ Clearwater LSA
$99,900.00 Canadian Dollars
$78,038.00 USD Dollars
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Sold
Posted on August 31, 2021
2008 Explorer Outboard
SOLD

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Posted on August 30, 2021
20; Muskwa
$157,710.00 Canadian Dollars
$123,197.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on August 30, 2021
2016 Eagle 12′ Sport
$28,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$21,872.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on August 30, 2021
2021 highriver jet
$48,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$37,496.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on August 30, 2021
2006 edge marine 21’9”
$65,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$50,775.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on August 30, 2021
2009 Firefish Snapper 14.5’ 200 SJ
$40,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$31,246.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on August 30, 2021
2020 Firefish stingray
$165,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$128,891.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on August 12, 2021
Bobcat V6
$86,863.00 Canadian Dollars
$67,854.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on August 11, 2021
15′ Sprint
$18,900.00 Canadian Dollars
$14,764.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on August 5, 2021
2017 Outlaw Tomcat SJ
$72,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$56,243.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on August 4, 2021
21′ Marathon Jet Boat for sale
$55,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$42,964.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on August 4, 2021
2000 thunder jet alexis 21′
$55,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$42,964.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on July 19, 2021
22′ Kenferm Sport
$33,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$25,778.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on July 6, 2021
19′ Kenferm
$35,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$27,341.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on June 24, 2021
18′ Modified Weldcraft
$12,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$9,374.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on June 21, 2021
2007 Outlaw Eagle Taku 27ft – 680HP
$275,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$214,819.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on June 15, 2021
2008 RMX19 Riddle
$71,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$55,462.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on June 3, 2021
1993 26′ Outlaw Caribou
$42,500.00 Canadian Dollars
$33,199.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on May 26, 2021
2018 Coyote Club Class
$35,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$27,341.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on May 26, 2021
17’ jet boat
$35,500.00 Canadian Dollars
$27,731.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on May 4, 2021
1991 22′ Alicraft Jet Boat
$36,500.00 Canadian Dollars
$28,512.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on April 19, 2021
Sprint boat
$18,500.00 Canadian Dollars
$14,451.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on April 1, 2021
2019 17ft firefish tunnel jet
$35,900.00 Canadian Dollars
$28,044.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on March 12, 2021
2000 scorpion 20 foot jet boat with 383 stroker
$28,500.00 USD Dollars
$36,484.00 Canadian Dollars
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Posted on March 10, 2021
2008 Explorer 186
$42,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$32,809.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on March 6, 2021
Mini Jet boat
$14,600.00 Canadian Dollars
$11,405.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on October 1, 2020
2005 Outlaw Marine Clearwater
$48,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$37,496.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on September 18, 2020
Bratt Jet Pit Bull
$76,800.00 Canadian Dollars
$59,993.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on September 18, 2020
23′ Marathon Jet Boat For Sale
$66,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$51,556.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on August 13, 2020
2015 Motojet mini jet boat
$19,500.00 Canadian Dollars
$15,233.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on August 11, 2020
11.8ft custom jet boat
$50,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$39,058.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on June 18, 2020
Exact Welding Excape
$89,000.00 Canadian Dollars
$69,523.00 USD Dollars
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Posted on January 8, 2020
2019 EAGLE 21′ TUNNEL RACE HULL KIT
$64,900.00 Canadian Dollars
$50,697.00 USD Dollars
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Awesome Jet Boat Companies You Need To Know About

Scott Waterjet designs and builds high performance jet boat pumps, trim nozzles, and impellers.  If you are building or upgrading a jet boat take a look at Scott Waterjet.

Westlock Powersports & Marine is a full service marine dealership offering Outlaw Marine jet boats.  Their full-service shop offers accessories, aluminum welding and repairs, repowers, and more.

FireFish Industries is a very popular welded aluminum jet boat builder based out of Innisfail, Alberta.  They build customizable jet boats designed for use in shallow, rocky rivers and lakes.

NR Motors is a Marine dealership in Prince George, BC.  They sell KingFisher Jet Boats including the Kingfisher 1875 and 1775 Extreme .  Contact Darren to get a great deal on your next Kingfisher Jet Boat.

Venture RiverBoats is the lower mainlands premier jet boat repair, parts, and service facility.  They repair all makes and models of welded aluminum jet boats.

Burnt Lake Motorsports Ltd. Is the dealer arm of Outlaw Eagle Manufacturing td. and exclusive dealer of Eagle performance boats.  They also provide service and repair. 

Bratt Jet Boats are built tough, and look great!  Bratt Jet builds heavy duty jet boats designed for harsh rivers and are perfect for your adventures.

Stojan's Power Sports And Marine Ltd.  is a jet boat dealer located in Grand Prairie, Alberta.  They are dealers for Kingfisher and WeldCraft jet boats.

Coyote Manufacturing is a BC based jet boat builder that specializes in building hulls for both racing and pleasure use with signature CNC machined finishing details.

Exact Welding is a custom fab shop in Prince George, BC that specializes in Jet Boats.  They have their own line of sport jet parts including posi nozzles and reverse buckets.

Iron Aero Marine is a full service independent marine and metalworks fabrication and repair facility in Calgary, Alberta.

Jet Boats For Sale Across Canada and The USA.

JetBoatsForSale.Ca is a website dedicated to the buying and selling of  Welded Aluminum Jet Boats.  Our goal is to make this site the #1 destination on the web for anyone who is searching for jet boats or welded aluminum river jet boats for sale.

You'll Find Jet Boats For Sale From Many Jet Boat Manufacturers & Smaller Custom Builders

Ali-Craft, Explorer Industries, ExWelding, Outlaw Eagle, KingFisher, Silver Streak, Shuman Built (El De), Wolfemade, Neid Industries, Marathon Marine, FireFish Industries, Bratt Jet, Duckworth, Wooldridge, Custom Weld, Thunder Jet, Riddle Marine, Hells Canyon Marine and more.

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Why Sell Your Jet Boat on JetboatsForSale.Ca?

By jetboatsforsale | April 4, 2018
Why Sell Your Jet Boat on JetboatsForSale.Ca? If you are a private seller the answer is really simple.  You want the most possible exposure for your boat so you can sell it quickly, with minimal hassle, and for a fair price. Quick Traffic Facts 2018
  1.  We’ve had over 12,225 visitors from Jan 1 2018 – April 4th 2018.
  2.  We’ve had 102 inquiries on jet boats for sale.
Here is how our platform helps you do that as a private seller: #1.  We get tons of jet boat traffic (over 4000) visitors per month currently.  Our visitors are interested in buying a jet boat. #2. It’s free to list your boat We do not charge private sellers anything, there are no fees, no commissions, nothing. #3. It’s easy and fast.  You can have your jet boat listed within 5 minutes on the busiest marketplace for jet boats on the web, there is no need to list your boat anywhere else.

Why Jet Boat Dealers and Builders Should List Their Boats on JetboatsForSale.ca?

If you are a jet boat dealer or a jet boat builder the answer to this question get’s more complicated.  But it’s only more complicated because of the amount of new opportunities that good Internet Marketing of your inventory can bring to your jet boat specific business.  As a dealer or boat builder there are many ways that JetboatsForSale can help you sell more boats to better customers.

How Can We Do That?

Top Ranked Website To understand the value of our traffic it’s important to understand “Intent” and how it relates to web traffic when you are marketing a high ticket product such as jet boats.  If your goal is to sell or at least generate a lead then you need to target your visitors based on their intent. Think of it like this… When someone is searching a keyword phrase like “Jet Boats” they just don’t have the same intent as someone searching a more direct keyword phrase like “Jet Boats For Sale”.  Targeting the search queries with buyer intent is how you generate good quality inquiries for jet boats. In the world of Internet Marketing these different phrases people find your website in search engines with are called “keywords” and they come in two different formats. Short tail, and long tail. An example of a short tail keyword would be “Jet Boats”.  It’s a very short, very broad search.  This searcher could be looking for any number of things related to jet boats. An example of a long tail keyword would be “Firefish Hammerhead Jet Boat For Sale”.  This searcher is looking for a very specific brand and model of jet boat and more importantly they want to find one “for sale”.  This searcher has intent. Traffic with intent is where your online buyers are hiding.  These buyers will be the easiest for you to sell a boat too, especially if you have one of the boats they want or something very comparable!  Intent of your web visitors is everything.

We Only Target Searchers With Intent

We can provide your jet boat inventory with a “turn-key” stream of jet boat buying traffic with intent. Our visitors find us under hundreds of different keyword phrases for jet boat manufacturers including Ali-Craft, Bratt Jet, FireFish, Outlaw Marine, Thunder Jet, Riddle Marine, KingFisher and more. We also target the most popular models of jet boats such as the Bobcat, Lynx, Muskwa, Piranha, Hammerhead, Explorer, Husky, Bulldog, Extreme, and more.  If someone is searching for their next jet boat on the Internet, they are coming to this website.  If your inventory isn’t listed you are missing out!

What Are The Benefits To Your Brand Awareness?

We give jet boat builders and their dealers an opportunity to compete on a level playing field for the best traffic you can get.  Traffic with intent.  On our website consumers can browse many different makes and models of jet boats in one place. They may arrive looking for one make of boat but they could leave with a love for your brand having just discovered it for the first time on our website. One of the worst marketing mistakes a company can make is to assume they are big enough that anyone who could or would become a customer already knows who they are.  The Internet levelled that playing field a long time ago.           Read More About Buying A Used Jet Boat

Most Popular Jet Boat Builders and Jet Boat Models 1st Quarter 2018

By jetboatsforsale | April 2, 2018

Most Popular Jet Boat Builders and Jet Boat Models 1st Quarter 2018

Here it is again… 3 months ago we published our first “Most Popular” list based on our web traffic numbers and statistics.  Now 3 months later, here it is again with a few interesting changes!

Please Remember:  This top ten list isn’t a reflection of the quality between builders.  They all produce great boats, albeit some build their boats for very specific purposes.  This collected data is merely search data compiled over the last 90 days (January 1st to March 31st 2018) to gauge popularity with Internet searchers.  This is not scientific.

This list is accurate with regards to the Internet demand and popularity of certain builders and makes and models of boats.

Our website ranks in the top 5 spots in Google for almost every jet boat manufacturer and model so the traffic and search impression numbers we get are very accurate.  If you are a seller and you have one of the following jet boat makes or models for sale then it’s a good indication of current market demand for your boat.

Top Ten Jet Boat Manufacturers (Based On Google Search Traffic)
imp = impressions.  An impression is counted when our website is displayed in Google Search results for a keyword phrase that includes the manufacturer or boat model.

Example:  If someone searches “FireFish Jet Boat For Sale”  we tally that up as an impression for FireFish.  If somebody searches “Outlaw Marine Jet Boat For Sale” we tally that up as an impression for Outlaw Marine.  We do this for any keyword phrase that includes the manufacturers name.

#1.  FireFish Industries (3636 imp)
#2.  Outlaw Eagle/Marine (3566 imp)
#3.  KingFisher (2008 imp)
#4.  Thunder Jet (1308 imp)
#5.  Bratt Jet (1273 imp)
#6.  Ali-Craft (833 imp)
#7.  Explorer Industries (810 imp)
#8.  Custom Weld (582 imp)
#9.  Duckworth (440 imp)
#10.  High Caliber (435 imp)

Top Ten Jet Boats By Model (Based on Google Search Traffic January 1st to March 31st 2018)

#1. KingFisher Extreme 1775  (216 imp)
#2. FireFish Hammerhead (177 imp)
#3. Outlaw Lynx (164 imp)
#4. FireFish Piranha (136 imp)
#5. KingFisher Falcon (92 imp)
#6. FireFish Snapper (82 imp)
#7.  Custom Weld Storm (73 imp)
#8.  Bratt Jet Trapper (68 imp)
#8.  Thunder Jet Luxor (25 imp)
#9. Outlaw Muskwa (15 imp)

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Custom Jet Boat Build – Quote Tool

By jetboatsforsale | March 13, 2018

Get Quotes For A Custom Jet Boat Build From The Most Popular Builders

If you are planning on commissioning one of the popular jet boat builders to build your custom jet boat you’ve probably already noticed that most builders don’t provide an easy way to provide them with your build details.  It’s a lot of information to capture over the phone and if you type it all out in an email you’re bound to miss a few details.  There is an easier way!

JetBoatsForSale.ca has developed a Custom Jet Boat Build Quote Form that allows our users to fill out all of the details for their custom jet boat and send it instantly to as many as 10 of the most popular local jet boat builders in British Columbia, Alberta, and Idaho.

Jet Boat Builders Included In The Build Quote Tool:

  • Ali-Craft (Prince George, BC.)
  • Bratt Jet (Sylvan Lake, AB.)
  • Custom Weld (Snake River, Idaho.)
  • Explorer Industries (Edmonton, AB.)
  • Exwelding (Prince George, BC.)
  • FireFish Industries (Innisfail, AB.)
  • High Caliber Customs (Agassiz, BC.)
  • Outlaw Eagle Manufacturing Ltd. (Red Deer, AB)
  • Riddle Marine (Idaho)
  • Rock Bottom Industries (Fort St. John, BC.)

How Does The Custom Jet Boat Quote Form Work?

You just need to fill out your contact details and then answer all of the questions about the jet boat you want to build.  This includes the boat length, beam (if you know), hull deadrise, engine, jet pump, canvas and upholstery, paint, upgrades, how you’ll be using the boat, and a lot more.  Our form captures all of the necessary information about your boat build for any one of your chosen builders to provide you with an accurate and detailed price for your build.

Once you’ve filled in all the details, at the bottom of the form, you can choose the jet boat builders you’d like to send your request to, instantly.  In one click your detailed build request will be emailed to the builders you’ve chosen and they can reply back with your build quote.

Choose Your Jet Boat Builder

Why Use This Custom Jet Boat Quote Form?

Most welded aluminum jet boat builders don’t have a mechanism on their website to easily collect the details for a custom boat build.  If you’re a customer looking to build a custom jet boat would you rather contact each builder individually by phone or email, going back and forth on options and price?  Or… Would you rather fill out one detailed boat build request and then shop it to the builders of your choice with one-click?

This allows you to make apples to apples purchase comparisons when you are providing all of the builders with a standardized build sheet.  The first contact you make will be an extremely detailed build request that your chosen builder will be able to keep on file or input into their own system.

No matter where you are or what time of day it is if you have an Internet connection you can send in your jet boat build sheet to the jet boat builder of your choice and they’ll get back to you with a quote to build your custom boat.  Once a builder replies with your build quote you’ll be able to further customize the boat with that builders specific options (we can’t list them all) and you can correspond with your chosen builder to ask questions about your build.

What Does It Cost To Use This Service?

It’s 100% totally FREE.  There is absolutely no charge for you to send a boat build request.  We simply saw an opportunity to make life easier for builders and the consumers who are buying their custom built boats.  Your build request will be delivered to the builders of your choice and nobody else.  Your information will not be sold or shared with any 3rd parties, for any reason.

Are You A Jet Boat Builder?

If you’d like to have your company included in our custom boat build quote tool please contact us and we’ll provide you with more information.

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Most Popular Jet Boat Manufacturers and Jet Boat Models Late 2017

By jetboatsforsale | January 2, 2018

What Are The Most Popular Jet Boat Manufacturers and Jet Boat Models Late 2017?

We’re tracking our analytics closely and watching the trending traffic patterns between different jet boat builders and the specific makes and models of jet boats consumers are looking to buy.

This top ten list isn’t a reflection of the different quality between builders it’s merely search data compiled over the last 90 days.  It’s accurate with regards to the demand and popularity of certain builders and makes and models of boats.

If you are shopping for a boat from one of these more popular (in demand) manufacturers or a popular boat model you’re going to be paying a higher price because there are other buyers interested in the same products.  If you are a seller and you have one of the following jet boat makes or models for sale then it’s a good indication of current market demand.

Top Ten Jet Boat Manufacturers (Based On Google Search Traffic)
imp = impressions.  An impression is counted when our website is displayed for one of the search terms below. 

#1. KingFisher (2603 imp)
#2.
FireFish Industries (2023 imp)
#3. Outlaw Eagle/Marine (1183 imp)
#4. Duckworth (856 imp)
#5. Hewescraft (627 imp)
#6. Thunder Jet (476 imp)
#7. Bratt Jet (388 imp)
#8. Ali-Craft (184 imp)
#9. High Caliber (145 imp)
#10. Custom Weld (100 imp)

Top Ten Jet Boats By Model (Based on Google Search Traffic)

#1. KingFisher Extreme 1775
#2. Outlaw Muskwa
#3. KingFisher Falcon
#4. FireFish Hammerhead
#5. Outlaw Lynx
#6. FireFish Pirhana
#7. FireFish Snapper
#8. Bratt Jet Bulldog
#9. Thunder Jet Yukon
#10. Thunder Jet Luxor

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Financing Your Welded Aluminum Jet Boat Purchase

By jetboatsforsale | November 11, 2017

For many jet boat buyers, dropping $30,000 – $100,000+ cash on a welded aluminum jet boat isn’t within their realm of financial possibility.  Financing your jet boat purchase might be a more attractive option to you, but who is there to finance the boat? If you’re looking to a buy a jet boat and have been researching financing options you’ve probably found there isn’t very much information out there that is specific to jet boats.

LMG Finance - Specializes in Jet Boat FinancingWe contacted LMG Financing, an industry leader in powersports financing throughout Canada and we asked them several questions about financing jet boats which their marketing manager Garret Morrison, was happy to answer for us in detail.  Our questions are in bold and his answers are below.

#1.  Does LMG Finance offer financing only through dealers or do you finance private boat buyers too?

LMG Finance will only facilitate financing for customers that are making their financed purchase(s) through a dealership that is partnered with us. We work with many leisure and recreational vehicle dealerships across Canada, when a customer would like to take advantage of the service we provide, we’re able to provide dealerships that work with us that are nearest to them.

#2.  Do you finance only new or used jet boats as well?

We facilitate the financing for both new and used boats.

#2a. Is there an age limit to the boat for financing a used jet boat?

This depends on one lender to the next. Fortunately, we have the privilege of having a great working relationships with many lenders, which provides customers with the best opportunity to obtain an approval for what they wish to purchase.

#2b.  Does the finance rate change if it’s an older used jet boat vs a new boat?

Yes, the interest rate increases to finance older units. This may seem counter-intuitive, however it makes sense considering that older units have depreciated in value. Dealerships have less to gain by selling older units that have depreciated in value. Dealerships have less to gain by selling less expensive units, and loans for used units often come with much shorter terms. These factors attribute to lenders recouping some value with higher interest rates for such units.

#2c.  Is there a limit to the engine size/performance?

No, however should an engine be highly modified, this can negatively effect the warranty and chances of obtaining extended warranty.

#2d.  Is there a down payment required?

No, customers can choose a 0 down payment option.

#3. Do you offer financing for new custom built jet boats being ordered from one of the many boat builders in BC/Alberta?

If it’s being sold through a LMG Dealership Partner and it’s built by a manufacturer that is recognized by lenders, we are able to facilitate the financing.

#4. What are typical finance rates for a jet boat?

The customers credit is the biggest contributing factor as to what the interest rate will be. For a customer with good credit, it will vary from 5.99% to 8.5% currently. (this article was written November 10th 2017).

#5. What are the available loan terms for a jet boat?

Customers will typically opt for a 10 year loan. That said, one of the great benefits of many in working with LMG Finance is our ability of customizing a customers financed purchase to meet their budgeted needs. Between their credit, what they’re purchasing, what they express they can afford, etc. our highly trained and experienced Finance Manager’s are eagerly determined to make their ownership dreams a reality.

#6. Is There Anything Else We Should Add?

As the leading F&I Outsource Provider in Canada, we’re fortunate to have relationships with the vast majority of leading lenders, prime and sub-prime.  Each dealer is unique in that they have a specific retail product mix and a wide range of customer credit profiles that they sell too. LMG Finance puts together a group of lenders that will offer competitive financing and leasing rates on the dealerships product mix, as well as having access to lending programs that can yield an approval for all credit types (good, bad/challenged).

Our team is very familiar with each lender and what the probability is to gain an approval based on financial profile differences from one customer to the next. This allows for a streamlined deal submission for a quick approval while obtaining the best, most affordable deal for the customer.

Disclaimer:  This is not a paid advertisement or advertorial.  We reached out to LMG on our website visitors behalf so we could help shed some light on financing your jet boat purchase in Canada.  Many of the dealers listing jet boats on our website are working directly with LMG for financing so we thought this would help answer some questions a buyer might have.

Current Jet Boat Dealers in BC/AB Offering LMG As A Financing Option

These dealers below were sourced through Google Searches and then organized here in this list for easy browsing.  Some of them have boats listed in our inventory and we’ve linked to them for you as well.

Are you a jet boat dealer in The Yukon, British Columbia or Alberta offering LMG Financing? If you would like to be listed on this page please contact us and we’ll get you added to the list.

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Where Can You Find Jet Boats For Sale?

By jetboatsforsale | October 30, 2017

Where Can You Find Jet Boats For Sale?
Here Are Several More Places You Can Look

Finding just the right jet boat can be a little bit like pulling hens teeth if you aren’t going to have one custom built. Many of the best Jet Boats are built by smaller custom builders who are building these boats specific to each owners request and there are only a few manufacturers making true production type jet boats in our area of North America.  There are a variety of boat dealers out there who stock jet boats or take in the odd trade once-in-a-while but these boats can be hard to find without searching through every dealer website and that could take someone days.

If you are starting to research the purchase of a new or used jet boat suitable for fishing, hunting and remote back country river running  There are a variety of different places you should start your search.  We’ve compiled this list of different websites we’ve found jet boats for sale and we hope you find it useful in your search.

Kijiji.Ca – Kijiji is one of the most popular classifieds platforms in Canada.  They have a category for power boats and they usually always have a good inventory of jet boats available for sale by dealers, brokers and private sellers.  It can help if you switch cities or change your search to include an entire province so you don’t miss out on any boats.

Outlaw Eagle Manufacturing Ltd. Forum – Outlaw Eagle is one of the more popular jet boat builders for the North Country and they have a buy and sell section for private sellers, dealers and they also list their own Outlaw Eagle jet boats they have for sale.  There are new jet boats added on a monthly basis but this isn’t a high traffic buy/sell forum.  It’s still worth visiting, you never know what might be posted and there is always lots of great threads full of jet boating information in their forums.

FireFish Industries Forum – FireFish Industries is a premier custom jet boat builder based out of Innisfail Alberta.  They have a buy and sell section on their forum but it’s not updated very frequently, if you’re seriously hunting for an awesome jet boat it is a place you’ll want to include in your search. FireFish is fairly active on their FireFish Facebook page and often list customer builds in progress, finished boats, and also partially finished kit jet boat hulls in various sizes and stages of finishing.

MeanChicken Jet Boats For Sale Forum – MeanChicken is probably the Internets most popular jet boating forum and they have a very active buy and sell section with new boats being added on a weekly basis.  The only problem with a busy forum like this is that the boats are not sortable by region.  You’ll find jet boats for sale from across Canada and the USA but mostly concentrated in the Pacific Northwest.

FSJNow – This is a classifieds website for residents of Fort Saint John, BC.  A hub of many northern rivers and the oil and gas center of British Columbia.  River boating is a popular past time in the area with such an abundance of rivers and lots of hunters and outdoorsman in the regional area.  There are always jet boats popping up on FSJNow so it’s a good website to add to your daily monitoring.

Jet Boats For Sale – Jetboatsforsale.ca is obviously our own website but we are a little bit biased!

Craigslist – Everyone is familiar with Craigslist.  While it’s great for buying everything else, there doesn’t seem to be very many jet boats that show up on there.  There is definitely more if you include US cities in your searching.  Craigslist has a unique site for each city so you have to Google “Craigslist Jet Boats For Sale CITY” and you should pull up some results.

Do you have another good website for finding used jet boats?  Please let us know in the comments section.

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What To Look For When Buying A Used Jet Boat?

By jetboatsforsale | October 24, 2017

Are You Getting Ready To Buy A Jet Boat?

There is much for a buyer to look for when buying any used boat, and jet boats are no exception.  There are many different things you should be inspecting or paying attention to when looking at a used jet boat either at a dealership or being sold by a private seller.

Before you read our simple guide, most of what we’ve written is just shorter summaries of what is available in a fantastic FREE guide about jet boats titled the “General Boats Guide”  and it was created by Marathon Marine, a custom jet boat builder out of Alberta, Canada that has been in the industry for many many years.  That free guide is an amazing wealth of information for anyone who is getting into jet boating and looking to buy their first new or used jet boat.  The information is well written, simple yet very technical and explains a ton about jet boats.

Is The Boat What You Really Want/Need For Your Intended Use?

Shuman Built Jet Boats For Sale

The Water This 16′ Shuman Is Tackling Requires A Different Type Of Boat Than Running On Big Rivers Like The Fraser.

Don’t compromise!  What are you going to be using the jet boat for?  Hunting?  Fishing?  Wake Boarding or Water Sports?  Tours or Guiding?  Write down what you absolutely MUST HAVE on the boat to best meet the needs of your intended activity and buy the boat that meets almost all of, if not every one of those needs.  Don’t compromise on a different boat only because it’s available.

Most jet boaters would agree that you almost need multiple jet boats for the activities that are possible and some of them do!  If you don’t have deep pockets for multiple boats or a beautiful custom build then you need to really narrow down what you’re looking for.

There are dozens upon dozens of forum posts that start like this “I want to buy a jet boat”….  The person has no idea what size boat, what type of boat, what engine size, hull deadrise or any of the specifics.  Nothing has been narrowed down.  They just know they want a jet boat and these are the guys/gals that often suffer from buyers remorse or learn some harsh lessons about product/purchase research after they have bought the boat.

If you’ve done your research on jet boats and realistically narrowed down your usage you should be able to determine the exact size boat you need, engine size, pump type, hull dead rise and more.  You’ll know all of this because you’ll have spent time researching the boats that are already going to the places where you want to go, there isn’t much point in re-inventing the wheel.

Here Are 3 Cardinal Rules You Shouldn’t Break!

#1.  Don’t look at the boat in the dark.  You’ll miss too much detail.
#2.  Visually verify the boat has any upgrades or extras the current owner is claiming.
#3.  Have the boat inspected by a facility that works on welded aluminum boats if you don’t know what you are doing. (we have many listed here)

Hull And Overall Condition

If you’re looking at a welded aluminum jet boat the type of hull and overall hull condition is pretty important.  As is the build quality and amount of reinforcement in the hull if you intend on running the jet boat in skinny, rocky water which is common for those who use their jet boats for hunting.

  • Are there any obvious dents or dings?  Small ones are to be expected, something the diameter of a basketball and running down the side of the boat should probably be closely inspected.
  • Are there are any cracks in the welds or in seams?
  • What condition is the floor in?  Can you see the condition of the stringers?
  • What degree is the hull dead rise?  8°, 10°,12°,14°?

Does The Jet Boat Have Hull Protection?

UHMW Jet Boat Bottoms and Hull Protection

This KingFisher 1775 Extreme Duty Boasts 1/2″ Thick UHMW.

Often mistaken as “armour” the hull protection on a jet boat or more specifically a river boat is designed to be slippery and reduce friction while offering some minor protection to the hull.  This slippery hull protection is why some of these boats seem to seamlessly glide over rocky gravel bars and really shallow rocky channels.  The boat is literally “sliding” over these obstacles.

Teflon was used in the past, there are various coatings people apply and now, the more popular option is UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight) plastic in varying thicknesses and attached using various methods (some better than others).

This type of hull protection is often bolted/lagged to hull of the boat.  Over time (and scraping a lot of gravel and rocks) these bolts can begin to shift and bend which elongates the hole through the hull.  This can lead to many water leaks considering there is often 60-100+ bolts holding the reinforcement on.  If you see a boat with UHMW and the seller is advertising two bilge pumps, this is often why!

There are other ways to mount the UHMW too, such as a reinforced keel plate that is drilled and tapped and the UHMW is then bolted to.  The most effective ways of mounting UHMW don’t require thru-hull holes.  If you don’t intend on running rocky, shallow rivers then hull protection is not even something you need to consider.

Power Plant (engine/pump)

Inspecting A Jet Boat Engine Before Purchase.

This Small Block Sits In An Older Ali-Craft Jet Boat. Look How Clean The Engine And Bilge Is?  Signs Of A Well-Cared For Boat.

Inspecting an engine isn’t easy to do because you can’t see inside of it.  With a little knowledge and some data, you can at least make an educated choice.  If the seller knows the hours on the engine or there is an accurate hour meter, that can tell you a great deal of information about the boat.

The overall condition of the exterior of the engine can tell you a lot too.  Is it it a high hour motor (500-1500 hours) covered in dirt, oil and grease or is the engine bay nice and clean?  What does the bilge look like? A well maintained marine engine shouldn’t really be oily and dirty. And a boat owner who cares always keep a clean bilge!

  • Don’t rule out a compression test on the engine.  Check with a local mechanic or research the engine online to find out what acceptable compression should be in each cylinder.
  • Don’t rule out a leak down test, which can reveal a lot more about the exhaust/intake valves and piston rings than a basic compression test.
  • Inspect oil and any other fluids.
  • Inspect the fuel filter (s).
  • Inspect the water separator.
  • Inspect condition of belts.
  • Inspect condition of wiring.
  • Listen to the engine run. (preferably you should hear it start from a cold start)
  • Listen closely to the engine during a sea trial, does it miss? hesitate? bog? sound funny?
  • How easy will finding parts be for the engine (whatever it is)

 

240 Sport Jet Engine

This High Hour 240 Sport Jet Looks Dirty. You’d Need To Dig Deeper To Know The Condition Of This Motor.  It Might Be Great.

It seems there is a general consensus about how many hours is too many hours for a used jet boat.  After going through many forum threads and speaking with many jet boaters it seems that anything over 500 hours is deemed to be risky, especially if you don’t know the boats history or any upgrades etc.. that may have been completed.

There is also a big difference in longevity between a 2 stroke Sport Jet V6 and a 4 cycle V8.  If a V8 has been well maintained in a jet boat than a motor with over 1000 hours isn’t uncommon to find.  If it’s a used sport jet boat then 200 hours seems to be a good benchmark on the hour meter a boat with 500+ hours might be due for a rebuild during the first few years of it’s use.

As always, do your due diligence.  Another important fact to remember is that 175 and 240 Sport Jet engines are no longer manufactured they have been replaced by an Optimax 200 sport jet.  A good thing to know if you don’t live near a city center where parts might be available.

Jet Pump and Impeller Condition

There are quite a few manufacturers of jet pumps out there. The ones to watch for are Berkeley, Dominator, Hamilton, American Turbine, Scott, Kodiak and more.  There are better pumps than others depending on what your needs or uses of the boat will be.  There are also several models of pumps.  You’ll see names like SD-309, SD-312, 212, and more.  It’s always worth a couple Google Searches to research the specific pump in a boat you’re looking to buy.

Here are some questions you should be researching related to the jet pump.

  • What type of pump is it?  Will it be easy to find parts for?
  • How many hours are on the pump?
  • Has any work been done to the pump?
  • What is the condition of the impeller?  Any knicks or chunks taken out?
  • What do the intake grates look like?
  • Pull the hand hole cover. Grab the impeller shaft and see if it moves at all (there shouldn’t be any play).
  • Are there any extra add-on’s like a reverse bucket?  These can be expensive to buy later!
  • How easy will finding replacement parts be for the particular model of jet pump?

Electrical System

The electrical system is always a good indicator of the overall condition of a boat and whether or not the owner has kept up on it’s maintenance.  Badly corroded, rat’s nests of wiring should probably be avoided unless you enjoy repairing this type of work.  Most jet boats aren’t used in salt water environments, which are very harsh on electrical components and exposed wiring connections.

  • Are the wiring terminations clean and tidy?
  • Has there been lots of electronics spliced in?  Cleanly?
  • Any corrosion on the terminals? Especially in the engine bay?
  • How old are the batterie(s)?  What type are they?
  • Is the charging system operational?

Boat Interior

Boat interiors aren’t important to the buyer who is looking to transport hunters and gear but it’s much more important to the buyer who wants to enjoy weekends on the lakes and rivers with the family or who enjoys travelling in style and with some of the luxuries modern builders are putting in their boats.  Conditions of used boat interiors will tell you a lot about how the boat was cared for.  Boats that have been stored outside can have gross looking interiors in just a couple years, while a boat that has been garage or shop stored can have an interior that looks brand new.

Convenience

Convenience is largely subjective… What might matter to one buyer another buyer just doesn’t really care about.  There are some conveniences on a jet boat however that come in pretty handy.

  • Stomp grates can make it easier to clean out debris from the jet intake.
  • Walk-thru windshields are nice if you beach the boat often for hunting/camping.
  • Diesel heaters are nice to have for those cold fall days.
  • Winch mounts front and rear can help aid if you’re stuck (when you’re stuck!)
  • Wash down pumps are very nice for clean up.
  • Interior lighting can come in handy.
  • Storage is always at a premium.

We’ll leave it up to you to determine what conveniences are most important to you in your own jet boat.

Weight Carrying Ability

Do you care about weight carrying ability for hauling heavy loads on hunting trips or long distance camping trips with more than 1 or 2 people?  People, fuel and gear can add up weight fast in a jet boat.  If you plan on carrying lots of weight in the boat, you’ll also likely need V8 power.  If this is your situation, look for boats that have 6′ 6″ or 7′ bottoms.  These boats can distribute the load much better in skinny water, even with the added weight of a V8 engine.

Is The Jet Boat Builder Still Around?

This may or may not be important to you, but in the last few decades there have been a number of jet boat builders who produced a handful of boats but are no longer are in business.  There are also many custom “one-off” jet boat builds out there that will have little to no information about the hull.  If you are looking at an unknown make or model of jet boat it wouldn’t a bad idea to create a post on one of the busy jet boating forums to ask some questions.  You’ll likely get a few answers that could be helpful.  Don’t be discouraged if the builder is no longer building boats it doesn’t mean the boat isn’t any good and you can still have the boat serviced and worked on by many different local jet boat dealers and service providers.

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