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I've got a 1756 weldcraft with a 90 hp ETEC on it. It's very hard / impossible to pull over the riffles. I want to downsize. I was thinking about a 1752 blazer with a 60/40 jet?  Either ETEC or Merc? What's your recommendations? The mercs require more maintenance and are heavier.  The covers on the ETECS are bad about cracking and falling apart. But light is good where I go - upper meramac. Thoughts?

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If you want an Etec on a Blazer, I think you will have to head south. Trouts can set you up a great rig with a 60/40 Mercury though. You can't go wrong either way IMO.

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My last jet boat was built by "The Jet Doctor" / Ernies sales and Service in Ellington.  They treated me right, so I'll have them build me another one.  They do a couple of things that Trouts or CowTown don't when building a boat.  Right now, I'm thinking a 1752 with a 60/40 ETEC.  I'm thinking going with the .100 grade aluminum, although that will make it a bit heavier. Center console and 2 seater.  Front deck.  I'm just nervous about how well the motor will push it.  My present boat is a 1756 Weldcraft with a 90 HP ETEC. The problem I'm having is that in the places I run, I can't man handle the boat thru the riffles.  It's just too heavy. I need something lighter.

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9 hours ago, Keiththom said:

My last jet boat was built by "The Jet Doctor" / Ernies sales and Service in Ellington.  They treated me right, so I'll have them build me another one.  They do a couple of things that Trouts or CowTown don't when building a boat.  Right now, I'm thinking a 1752 with a 60/40 ETEC.  I'm thinking going with the .100 grade aluminum, although that will make it a bit heavier. Center console and 2 seater.  Front deck.  I'm just nervous about how well the motor will push it.  My present boat is a 1756 Weldcraft with a 90 HP ETEC. The problem I'm having is that in the places I run, I can't man handle the boat thru the riffles.  It's just too heavy. I need something lighter.

A 1756 with a 90 is probably overloading it. I'd want a 150 on that thing at least for the extra oomph. I'm running an 1860 Legend SS with a 150 right now and I don't have any issues with those riffles. I doubt I could say the same thing if I was running anything less though. Those Weldcrafts are built a lot sturdier than your typical Blazer.

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2 hours ago, snagged in outlet 3 said:

Mine runs 31 mph if that helps. 

What does the jet doctor do that the others don’t?

i bought mine from troutt because I drive by there all the time and didn’t want to go out of my way if I had a warranty issue. 5 years on the mercury 

Thanks - that does help.

Seth-  When I fish spots in the upper meramac, I use what they call a "Cargo Canoe" with an 8 hp prop motor. It's huge and I can take it anywhere. I can't do that with the jet.  When I run out of water, I can drag the cargo canoe over the riffles. I could drag it over land if needed.  I'd tear my big jet up running as shallow, and it's too big to drag. With a 150, I'd be in even more trouble. In these small streams, the 90 is plenty fast enough for me. I'm more a fisherman than racer.  I can't even manhandle the 1756 / 90hp down stream in the really shallow spots. The 150 would be much worse.

But one thing I haven't researched: you say that Weldcraft is sturdier than Blazer? Why is that? If so, I'll stick to weldcraft.

The reason I like Ernies, is that he's done things for me he didn't have to do and treated me right.  When the engine cover and lower covers on my ETEC disintegraged and cracked up and begin to fall off, Evenrude said it was cosmetic and wouldn't help me. Ernie did anyway.  It is a long way to go though. I really like the floor he put in my boat. I havn't seen anyone else but him put in these perforated metal floors that just stay cool. I've been to Trouts a lot of time. I may go check them out again.

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3 minutes ago, snagged in outlet 3 said:

Mine has a perf floor 

Got a pic? Where'd you get it?

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20 hours ago, snagged in outlet 3 said:

I run a 1752 Blazer SS with 60/40 mercury.  I would have gone Etec but Troutt and Sons doesn't carry them.  I love mine!

Whats the maintenance schedule like on your mercury?

Does anyone know what Yamaha is offering these days?

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