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River Runner

Unread postby SDfisher » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:19 pm

I would love information on the new River Runner coming out at boat show time. I spoke to Hewescraft today and they are still working out the last details before they make an official release. What gossip I heard is 18 and 20ft. versions, with a Rotax inboard. Anyone else have some Intel?
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Re: River Runner

Unread postby BillRice@Lynden » Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:32 pm

I ran one of the new 180 River Runners with the Rotax (250 series) at the dealer meeting two weeks ago. What would you like to know?
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Re: River Runner

Unread postby Bobcat93 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:18 pm

BillRice@Lynden wrote:I ran one of the new 180 River Runners with the Rotax (250 series) at the dealer meeting two weeks ago. What would you like to know?


I'd like to know how the Rotax ran. I think that is part of the Bombardier Group who also makes Evinrudes. Was it 250 HP? How does the new River Runner look?
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Re: River Runner

Unread postby Bobcat93 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:09 am

I did some digging on the Rotax 250. Looks like a stout power plant. I'd like to see how Hewescraft set this up for the River Runner

http://commercial.brp.com/commercial-an ... ystem.html
http://commercial.brp.com/content/dam/S ... 012815.pdf
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Re: River Runner

Unread postby klamathcoho » Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:44 am

Interesting that they are all 4 strokes, rather than 2 strokes like their Etecs.

Based on the longevity issues with the Merc Verado's, I'm not sure about a supercharged engine as a boat propulsion system.
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Re: River Runner

Unread postby SDfisher » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:17 pm

Bill, did it look like a sportsman with an inboard? Was there a tunnel hull? Approx. speed or distance to get on step?
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Re: River Runner

Unread postby D'oh » Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:12 am

klamathcoho wrote:Interesting that they are all 4 strokes, rather than 2 strokes like their Etecs.

Based on the longevity issues with the Merc Verado's, I'm not sure about a supercharged engine as a boat propulsion system.

Bombardier and Rotax go back a long way. Mid 60's. Bombardier wound up buying the Austria Company in 1970.

2 Strokes were the main game until CARB, sent them towards 4 Stroke. About the same time Bombardier purchased defunct OMC and it's FICHT technologies making 2 Strokes viable again.

So Rotax/BRP has background in both 2 and 4 stroke.
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Re: River Runner

Unread postby Bobcat93 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:58 pm

I noticed on the Hewescraft website they no longer list the Sportjet.
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Re: River Runner

Unread postby BillRice@Lynden » Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:52 pm

You are correct. Hewes Craft no longer offers the Mercury SportJet. I have a new 2018 200 SportJet in stock that has the Merc SJ 200 in it. The boat name has been changed to the River Runner. Basically the same specs at the Sportsman. Only difference is the engine cover in the rear.

The 180 River Runner I drove ran well. We had 6 people in the boat, and it did vent on us a couple of times. While the SportJet is not known for much reverse, the Rotax had no reverse at all. Would spin to port or starboard great in reverse, but not back up straight. I think it has more to do with the bucket design than the engine. I am holding off ordering one for stock for now. There are a lot of SportJets in my area, and the folks love them.
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