Clifton

27' Single Diesel

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Clifton
When John Clifton decided to purchase his next boat he went looking for someone to build a rugged, dependable boat that he could use for his hunting and fishing excursions around his home in Ketchikan, Alaska. He found Darell Bentz and began putting together the boat of his dreams.
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Finlayson

24' Single Gasoline

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Finlayson
Fred Finlayson purchased his 24’ Bentz Boat as a fishing and pleasure boat with the intent to be able to operate the boat in the technical waters of the Salmon River and big whitewater in Hell’s Canyon of the Snake River plus his local waters.
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Gallup

24' Single Gasoline

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Gallup
Todd Gallup of Nampa, Idaho wanted a boat that he and his family could safely enjoy running local whitewater, camping or water skiing.
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Jenkins

25' Single Gasoline

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Jenkins
Jenkins’ boat is powered by Kodiak 8.1L gasoline engine and coupled to a Hamilton 241 with 4.0 turbo impeller.
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LaLa

25' Single Diesel

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LaLa
Z&S Outfitters of Tygh Valley, Oregon purchased this modified sled boat for their guided fishing and hunting excursions on the Deschutes River in Oregon and the Snake and Salmon Rivers in Idaho.
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Mink

25' Single Gasoline

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Mink
Bob & Sharon Mink purchased their 25’ Bentz Boat as a fishing and pleasure boat with the intent to be able to operate the boat in the technical waters of the Salmon River and big whitewater in Hell’s Canyon of the Snake river.
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Mischief Maker II

24' Single Gasoline

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Mischief Maker II
The “Mischief Maker II” was purchased by John Walker of Moscow, Idaho as a fishing and pleasure boat.
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Riener

24' Single Gasoline

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Riener
Riener’s boat is powered by a 8.1L Marine Power HO engine and coupled to a Hamilton 212 with 4.0 turbo impeller.
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Smith

28' Single Diesel

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Smith
The 6 Pack Outfitter represents the single engine version of the popular Salmon River design Bentz boat. Outfitters who specialize in taking groups of up to six hunting and fishing influenced the design of this model.
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Vogel

22' Single Sled

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Vogel
Vogel Outdoor Adventure’s boat is powered by a single Kodiak 350 gasoline engine and coupled to a Hamilton 212 with 3.4 turbo impeller.
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Whittig

26' Single Diesel

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Whittig
Keith and Rene Whittig purchased their 26’ Bentz Boat as a fishing and pleasure boat with the intent to be able to operate the boat in the technical waters of the Salmon River and the bigger whitewater in Hell’s Canyon of the Snake river.
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Client Testimonials

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Keith & Rene Whittig
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Keith & Rene Whittig ~ 26′ Single Diesel Recreational ~ Meridian, ID

With our family growing larger . We needed more room for our children and grandchildren on our camping and fishing outings. We were looking for a jet boat that is extremely fuel efficient and have the power to handle the big water of Hells Canyon. After talking to Bryan Bentz we decided to go with a 26 ft. boat with an electronic Cummins (350 hp) matched to a Hamilton 274 pump.

The Cummins Diesel is very quiet and the fuel consumption is unbelievable at 5.5 to 6 gallons per hour. With the 274 pump and the hydraulic reverse the boat handles all water conditions excellent. One hundred thirty gallons of fuel capacity gives the boat a great range of travel.

After running our last jet boat 1700 hours we had an idea of how we wanted the floor plan in our new boat. Bryan and Darell Bentz were just great to work with. They never said we can’t do that, they just made it work. The pilot sits on the right side of the aisle and steers with their left hand that way you can hang your right arm out the window. The full hardtop and the sliding glass side windows are very comfortable on rainy cold days.

Bentz Boats are truly a custom boat builder . From the engineering and the design that goes into every boat. The workmanship and finish work are perfect . We have 200 hour on our new Bentz without any problems .

We are proud to own a Bentz Boat.

Keith & Rene Whittig

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Bob Mink & John Mink
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Bob Mink & John Mink ~ 25′ Single Gas Recreational ~ Lewiston, ID

We purchased our 25’ single engine jet boat from Bentz Boats with the intent to be able to run the Snake River in Hells Canyon and the technical water in the lower Salmon. At the time or our purchase, we owned smaller jet boats, had limited jet boat experience, and no experience in Hells Canyon. As a result we relied on Darell and Bryan as to what would be best as to size, engine and pump, and other features. Our intent was to get a boat that would work to achieve our goals and serve us well for many years.

We’ve been extremely satisfied with our boat. The quality, durability, and run-ability are fantastic. During our first year we put over 150 hours on the boat developing and practicing our river skills. We’ve found the 8.1 liter engine and the Hamilton 241 to have excellent power and control in all kinds of water. The reverse bucket shift will turn the boat completely around on a dime, stop the boat almost instantly, and get you in reverse motion very fast (that’s been important to us on several occasions). The length and hull design provides an outstanding ride whether we are crawling up the “Sluice Box” in the Salmon or cruising through a shorter turbulent rapid. The position of the driver’s seat and the windshield allow the operator to see and maneuver the boat easily in the toughest conditions. An added plus is that we can carry a load. Often times we have 4-6 people, full tanks, coolers and other gear.

In addition to building us a fantastic boat, Darell, Bryan and the crew at Bentz Boats have provided great service and tremendous support. These guys really know whitewater and really know jet boats. You can rely on them completely, just as we did.

Bob Mink & John Mink
Lewiston, Idaho

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Fred Finlayson
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Fred Finlayson ~ 24′ Single Gas Recreational ~ Idaho Falls, Idaho

There are dozens of jet boat builders in the country, but only one who does it right. If you’re looking for a high quality, durable boat, designed by the best, and built for the “steep, deep & boney” look no farther. The performance is uncompromising. I’m on my second Bentz boat & the resale value is also a huge plus. My next boat will be a Bentz also.

Any boat can put you on the water, Bentz boats have what it takes to get you there,… and bring you back. They’re not the cheapest, just the best!

Fred Finlayson
Idaho Falls, Idaho

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