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RiverPro boats began as a dream. Kevin Turner, owner/operator of a successful auto body and retail tire business in Hillsboro, Missouri, was an avid river fisherman. Frustrated by the limited access of prop-driven boats to his favorite shallow-water hotspots, as well as the inefficient performance of outboard jet drive motors, he was compelled to design a specialized river fishing boat, powered by a more reliable jet propulsion system. Kevin set to work designing an all aluminum, all wel.. Read Entire Article


Used by permission of BASS/ESPN Productions, Inc by Darl Black A river is an unfriendly place. From the moment you hook a fish until you take it off the hook, nothing good can happen." That may sound harsh, but it's exactly what Kevin Turner tells anyone who climbs into his jet boat to go smallmouth fishing. Turner is owner of River Pro Jet Boats and one of the most dedicated river anglers you'll ever encounter. "I fish shallow, fast flowing rock-infested ri.. Read Entire Article


The Near Perfect Option For Shallow Water Rivers, Jet Boats For The Catfish Crowd - by Steve Hoffman I CAN’T IMAGINE A BETTER SPOKESMAN FOR JET boats than Kevin Turner. He ran a flotilla of jets on shallow, rocky rivers from Minnesota to Alabama for almost two decades before he decided to design & build his own. “Before I knew it,” Turner says, “I had a yard full of boats and a big decision to make. I was convinced that the boat was not only unlike anything else on the ma.. Read Entire Article


Conservation Officer Randy Posner, left, takes delivery of the Minnesota DNR's first RiverPro jet boat from Kevin Turner of RiverPro. The boat will be used to assist in river patrol duties in the Brainerd Lakes area. BRAINERD, MN... It’s fast. It’s stealthy. And it can go virtually anywhere on the river. This spring the Minnesota DNR at Brainerd took delivery of a new RiverPro jet boat to be used in river patrol dutie.. Read Entire Article


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EZ Clean Intake Grate 

Please note:
Few times do I recommend the EZ Clean jet intake grate for LoPro models. Most jet intake clogs can be cleared with a simple hand held rake while lying on the LoPro's rear casting deck. Not so for RiverPro models with no rear casting deck.
   
On my HiPro & HiPro XT models, while inside the craft, the taller transom makes raking the jet intake difficult. It can still be done, but it's cumbersome. I'd say 50% of HiPro customers opt for the EZ Clean Intake Grate. 

Clogs Happen...

I'm biased.  I see the Sport Jet thru rose colored glasses. For me, intake clogs are of little concern. With a bit of common sense, experience, and good operating skills, it should be of little concern to you.

That said, OB Jets may have the advantage when it comes to clearing intake clogs. Good thing they do, because they clog easier than the Sport Jet. Many intake clogs that shut down an OB Jet are barely noticeable with the Sport Jet.

Above, you'll notice the word "may". I said may, because 99% of Sport Jet Intake clogs, can be cleared with a simple downward stroke of the optional EZ Clean grate or a weed rake.

The other 1%? Well, that can be a bummer. Although there are several "tips" I can offer, there will be times you'll have to get in the water and clear the intake. Not a big deal in the summer. But if the water is cold, it could be a long idle back to the launch.

As of this writing, I have had to get wet only two times in the last five years. Both times 'I didn't have my "weed rake".

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