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Pilgrimage or Baptism of Fire?

Haast is a pilgrimage for many jet boaters at Easter, but for one new boater and his family this was more like a baptism of fire. Derek Ayson’s no stranger to a speed rush. The Southlander from Gore has been behind the wheel of his rally car for years, as his trophy cabinet can attest…

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Might of the Mekong

Another first for HamiltonJet Kevin Jenkins is a director of KwikKraft Boats NZ and Ramco Boats. In the past five years he and business partner Gary Tomes have exported a range of custom built alloy jet tour boats to various parts of the world. Kevin has an MNZ commercial jet boat drivers licence and has…

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Cow Pats or Logs on the Waihou River

It was a dark and stormy night. Well it is a little bit of an overcast day if you want to be pedantic.  Our Northern Districts branch has organised a fun run launching from a friendly farmer’s paddock on the Waihou River, near Matamata.  The aim, to cut our way through logs up the river…

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Dream Double Crossing Jet Boating Cook Strait

Darren Judd has been dreaming and scheming of a Cook Strait crossing for more years than I care to remember, but with the waters of this strait known to be one of the most dangerous and unpredictable in the world, a number of his previous attempts had been abandoned. Given this even Darren hadn’t dared…

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The Brickie and his Jet Boat

The Brickie and his Jet Boat Trevor Gamble is perhaps an unlikely character to be credited with creating a tourist phenomenon out of a Kiwi invention, the jet boat and one of the earliest forms of an adrenalin ride. Certainly his humble nature barely leaves you thinking he could be responsible for one of the…

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Twin Turbines

This is an unusual story about a man and his toys… and his son. It’s a generational thing in the Cromie Clan. Back in the 1980s many will remember the dulcet tones of Laurie Cromie marching around the river bank proudly pronouncing the skills of his up and coming son Mark to anyone who cared…

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Aussie Sport – Jet 73

After nearly 3 decades absorbed in American Muscle cars, I discovered V8’s that were being used in jet boats so my interest was kindled in the early 2000’s. I had several abortive hull projects and also bought several jet units to increase my knowledge and understanding. Some of these projects are stories in themselves.  I…

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History Made!

Canterbury Branch committee member Ed Wicken had an idea it might be great to have a classic run on the Waimakariri River. He runs a Jet 44 Invader and had his father Harry on board (The family still owns Harry’s original wooden jet boat complete with Nalder Biddle jet unit form 1960) His brother John…

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King Country Adventure

In mid November 26 people in nine boats jet boated from the Ocean at Whanganui up to Taumaranui. We left the river mouth on a drizzly day, passing through the locals, Waka racing, before heading up to our first stop at Jerusalem where we took in the history of this part of the Wanganui River.…

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Snowy Mountains Adventure

The question, “Would you like to join us for the Brass Monkey rally in the Snowy Mountains” didn’t take long to digest. “Yes please” I said to Mathew Fallow. The rivers to the west of the Snowy Mountains offer the best jetboating in all of Australia, and it was only last January that I had…

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