“Tethys”

29' Twin Gas

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29' Twin Gas
The “Tethys” was re-designed to allow full passenger carriage in boats of this size range after US Coast Guard passengers weights were changed to 185 lbs per passenger causing the reduction of passengers in many of existing boats.

Alaska Vistas Website
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"Bruce"

32’ Triple Gasoline

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"Bruce"
The “Bruce” was Australian designed and Bentz built to offer high speed and “thrilling” turns in the San Diego harbor.

San Diego Jet Boat Tour Website
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"Big Mike"

32’ Twin Outboard

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"Big Mike"
The “Big Mike” is the latest in whale watching boats for Juneau, Alaska. The Honda 250 outboards offer a very quiet ride while still providing the speed required to quickly get the wildlife viewing areas.

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"Glacier Run"

29’ Twin Diesel

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"Glacier Run"
The “GlacierRun” was specifically designed for tourism and sight seeing in SE Alaska. Daily cruises from Petersburg to the surrounding areas and attractions are easily handled with the 29’ twin diesel powered by Yanmar 6LP, 315 hp and Hamilton 241 jets.

Whale Song Cruises Website
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"Raven’s Journey"

40’ Triple Diesel

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"Raven’s Journey"
“Raven’s Journey” is the 3rd vessel built for Dolphin Jet Boat Tours in Juneau, Alaska following Big Blue and Sommer Star. “Raven’s Journey” design incorporates not only the previous 2 vessels but current propulsion package, build standards and performance designs.

Dophin Tours Website
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"Wylie D"

35' Twin Diesel Tour Boat

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"Wylie D"
The “Wylie D” was specifically designed for lodge passenger transport and sight seeing in SE Alaska. Transports from Petersburg to the lodge at Point Baker are now easily handled with the 35’ twin diesel powered by Cummins QSB5.9, 425hp and Hamilton 274 jets.

Calder Mountain Lodge Website
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"North Star"

46' Triple Diesel Whale Watching Tour Boat

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"North Star"
The “North Star” was designed for the open waters of Juneau, Alaska and built to ABS High Speed Aluminum Craft Standards and USCG certified for 48 passengers. Triple 503hp CAT C9 diesel engines and Hamilton 292 jet units provided a 30 knot cruise with full passenger weights.

Alaskan Travel Adventures Website
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"Carmen"

40' Triple Diesel Passenger, Freight Boat

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"Carmen"
The “Carmen” was developed for the West African nation of Sierra Leone to transport mining workers for the brackish waters of Freetown to Pepel and up several of the local freshwater rivers.
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"Hoonah Bound"

32' Twin Outboard

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"Hoonah Bound"
The “Hoohan Bound” was specifically designed for the open waters of Hoonah near Juneau, Alaska and the whale watching opportunities in the area. Twin 350hp Yamaha outboards produced a 25 knot cruise with full passenger weights and fuel at 3600 RPM’s.

Hoonah Whale Watching Website
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Lenny Frasure has re-vamped 2 previously written books on adventures in Guyana, South America in the 90's exploring rivers never run before in jet boats and in 2011 making a 2000 mile + run down the MacKenzie river and into the Arctic Ocean delivering a boat (our main Facebook page picture) to the small village of Kugluktuk. If interested in purchasing one or both of these books, you can contact Lenny at lefrasure@yahoo.com for more details. ... See MoreSee Less

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Lenny FrasureThanks Bryan for the nice posting.

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Becky CawleyLenny I would like to buy at least one or more of your books. How do we do this?

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Debb HirstHow does 1 go about purchasing? I'll take a couple dozen- IF you deliver👍👍👍👍

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Gary HendersonI want 1 , will call you Lenny

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Bentz Boats - US Coast Guard Safety
Here is a brief video of some of the safety requirements for US Coast Guard certified passenger vessels. Any boat that carries more than 6 paying passengers is required to be built to USCG construction standards, certain safety equipment installed along with a stability test being performed.
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Kyle JeffreysSeeing a boat of that capacity is impressive and easy to see how the business has grown. Gives me pride in owning the original boat shop on Bryden and knowing some of the history from Rusty. Still finding things out there that make me wonder what they are and how they were used😃

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#211 - Plan a jet boat tour of Hells Canyon. The best way to see the rugged landscape of Hells Canyon is from a boat, where you can glimpse ancient petroglyphs, blue heron, eagles and big horn sheep. Known as the 'jet-boat capital of the world', this area boasts the manufacturing of jet-boats and often 3rd generation tour guides to point out the sights. (Photo via ScenicWA) Visit Lewis Clark Valley

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This past weekend, 50 years ago in 1966, Darell & Rusty Bentz along with their friend Colin Rhoades found an engine and jet unit on the North Fork of the Clearwater River. By the next year a fiberglass/plywood jetboat was being constructed and a lifetime of memories with friends and family was born, not to mention the seed planting of an aluminum boat business...
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Effie MartinDennis & I remember the boat and the fun Darell, Rusty, & Dennis had.

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Joe GiehmSharing...I caught my first two steelhead on the Clearwater with Darrell in the early 80's..

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Dustin JantzI remember this story. Pretty amazing how things happen.

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Rita Henderson MundtI remember ❤

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Effie MartinStandard Equip. : Two tool boxes and a case of bath-tub caulking!!!!

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Deb Zeigler CooperHappy Anniversary! ;)

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Jeanene SmartAmazing!!!!!

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Bonnie BentzWould you believe, that Darell stood me up 50 years ago while we were still making wedding plans?. Not the first or last time his love for adventure and boating ran me aground. Loved that man, but was never silly enough to give him ultimatum either fishing or me. Like the song said, I am going to miss her when she is gone!!! Learned to capture his attention when he was at home!!!

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Jeff StegerKiller! We would have been good friends had we lived closer.

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Leslie Gregg AltenederSo cool...

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Leane EldredgeJuanita Austin this is a real jet boat company. Bentz. Family built, family participation, family fun.

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Marilyn JacobsonThank you for sharing this, Bonnie. I love the pic's and enjoy the history of how it began. I think of you often!

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Arron MacMenaminAgainst the torrents... great read, couldn't put it down!

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Robert AmanOne of the nicest men I have ever met.

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Karen GloverThat is great Jeanie Tolcacher. The Bentz's left and are still leaving mighty big tracks on the land and rivers of Idaho and the world. Jerry glover

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Troy MunstermannHe was an awesome individual and a good role model

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Brian ShinnGreat pictures of a great guy.

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