Previously Built Twin Engine Jetboats
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Tom Fruechtel ~ 37′ Twin Diesel Recreational ~ Portland, OR
When I purchased my 37 foot jet boat “Freedom” from Bentz boat I knew it was an investment. Why mess with the fickle stock market when you can buy a Bentz boat! My previous 25 foot Bentz boat, I ran for five years and sold it for more than the original purchase price. When you deal with Darell Bentz sit back and let him specify what you should buy for your specific needs. He will not steer your wrong. You will end up with a well constructed boat that will provide you with many trouble free years of hard usage.
My boat was constructed to run up the Washington coast and the inland passage to Alaska. So far I have toured the waters of the San Juan Islands and the boat is more than up to the task. One word of caution, always allow yourself more than sufficient time to cruise to your ultimate destination because you are sure to be stopped by the Coast Guard and the shore patrol for a routine inspection. They are not used to seeing a 37 foot boat with a 13 foot beam cruise comfortably at 35 mph! I have known Darell and Bentz Boats for close to 20 years and I can honestly say that you cannot find a more reputable individual or honest company to construct your dream boat.
Tom Fruechtel President/CEO Leupold & Stevens, Inc “America’s Optics Authority”
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Gary Sparks ~ 26′ Twin Gas Recreational ~ Nyssa, Oregon
I really don’t know how to describe my Bentz Boat. It is functional, powerful, extreme, comfortable, efficient, user friendly, low maintenance, or just plain right. It is undoubtedly the best piece of equipment I have ever owned.
The Bentz Bow is perfect beyond belief. The lift in big water simply makes it possible to go where others could not go before. I have hauled excessively large loads through big water when other boats were unable to travel and have never experienced the common problem of knifing.
The Hamilton pumps with perfectly matched Chevy Vortex engines allows me to run as low as 2800 RPM, burning around 12 gallons per hour average.
Visibility is crucial. The center operators station has got to be heaven sent. It not only allows for the best visibility, but also makes for easier judgment calls in big or shallow water when a few inches makes the difference in success or failure.
The left hand stick steering works really well. This enables throttle control with the dominant right hand and other functions. It takes a little getting used to, maybe a day in Hells Canyon, but the bell and crank system by Bentz is so smooth and effortless it soon becomes second nature with low driver fatigue on long runs.
Several jet boaters have commented on the hydraulic reverse gates. Boys, I have got to tell you it is the best thing since sliced cheese. Those manual handles and steering wheels went out with the 80’s. Don’t get me wrong, I had plenty of time on those too. Even a mature male can easily adopt to the stick steering and hydraulic reverse gates with little basic effort.
The other topic most jet boaters bring up is price. Well, you do have to step up a bit, but value also has to be a big part of the equation. In my book, I truly believe the Bentz Boat is a valuable investment, you simply get what you pay for.
My Bentz Boat is like my favorite saddle mule, “Well that’s my pony sir, and I say she ain’t for sale”.
Paul Hanson ~ 26′ Twin Gas Recreational ~ Moscow, ID
Bryan and Darell Bentz,
On Friday January 20th, 2006 I was in Hells Canyon with my 26 foot Bentz twin. I had 10 of my very good friends with me for the day fishing/sightseeing. Hells Canyon Dam was releasing around 25,000 cubic feet of water that day making the two largest rapids in Hells Canyon 1) Wild Sheep and 2) Granite creek rapids extremely difficult (white knuckles). Wild sheep and Granite creek are difficult regardless of the water flow, but every 1,000 cfs makes a huge difference in the outcome. That day, we had eleven grown men, coolers and stuff…. It amazed me to drive that boat up and down those extremely difficult rapids and feel like the boat was taming the rapids. A person would only understand if they’ve been there. I would have only attempted that with one of your boats. Thank you for providing my family, friends and self the great memories and safe trips.
I also want to thank you for pioneering so many things within the Jet Boat industry. Jet Boats in general are better today, because of your time tested creativity, attention to detail and leadership. Thank You!!!