Thread: Polaris Jet Boat
11-29-2007, 12:04 AM #1
Polaris Jet Boat
They were designed by Robrady, manufactured by Baja and sold under the Polaris banner. Talk about out sourcing...
11-29-2007, 01:21 PM #2
11-29-2007, 02:09 PM #3
This boat is built for fun. In fact, it is quite evident as you look from the stern forward. The swim platform features a ladder, ski tow post plus a boarding step that automatically retracts, offering easy access in and out of the water. Also back here is a large cushioned sundeck providing an ideal place for sun worshippers. The pad also lifts to reveal ample storage space for water toys or essential boat gear.
In the cockpit is an aft bench with an impressive extra-wide passenger seat, plus a helm chair. What's interesting is the passenger seat can be turned 90 degrees, the helm chair can swivel around and a cockpit table simply mounts in the centre to create a comfortable area to entertain guests.
Just forward is a passenger console complete with a JBL marine-grade AM/FM/CD stereo concealed in the lockable glove box. There's also a grab handle. To starboard is the helm, boasting a clean layout, full instrumentation, a tilt wheel, a depth gauge and stylish tinted dash visor to eliminate glare. Storage space is offered under each console. A full wrap-around windshield provides wind protection, lowers noise and has a walk-through for easy access to the bow.
When cruising the day away, the bow is the place to be. A pair of large lounges are located port and starboard and feature backrests for added comfort. Storage is found underneath the cushions while grab handles offer added security when the waves pick up. Located at the bow are two drink holders.
A report on this LE2000 wouldn't be complete if we didn't talk about the power. One option is the Mercury 250 hp OptiMax M2 Jet Drive, offering a 3.0-litre V6 engine that meets the California Two-Star Very Low Emissions requirements while providing a convenient flush system and large stainless steel impeller for responsive acceleration and smooth power delivery. The other is the Mercury 240 hp EFL M2 Jet Drive, designed to deliver 240 horses, a 2.5L V6 engine with an EFI system for optimum throttle response, inspiring acceleration and smooth operation at all speeds.
Deadrise: 18 degrees
Dry Weight: 2,050 lbs./929 kg
Fuel Capacity: 50 gal/189 L
Seating Capacity: Nine
Maximum Horsepower: 250 hp
Standard Power: 240 hp
12-23-2007, 02:20 AM #4
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- Sep 2006
12-31-2007, 06:46 AM #5
First Drive: Polaris EX2100 Sport Boat
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The first full-size boat from Polaris was seen as a sketch, in every sense of the word rough. It was drawn on the same palette football coaches use to dream up offensive plays: a paper napkin. In its original rendition, the boat looked to be over 20 feet long with a wide beam, high curves in the gunwales and an aerodynamic stern. In its final form, the EX2100 Sport Boat doesn’t look much different from that original draft, drawn with pen and paper at a restaurant table.
We drew our impressions of the new Polaris during a land check and test drive of the first model out of the mold. First, we were surprised at the boat’s size. As a builder of personal watercraft, Polaris would be expected to follow the path of the other PWC makers that have grown the jet boat market. They start by creating little fun machines before bulking up to recreational boats. But Polaris skipped the “in-between” process and went straight to a 21-foot sport boat with an open bow and a 50-gallon fuel capacity.
“We have a new team in place,” says Ron Bills, general manager of Polaris Watercraft, “and our backgrounds are in the boat business, not just watercraft folks.” That’s why the EX2100 is all fiberglass, including the stringers and transom, with an 18-degree deadrise and channels along the keel, all of which come from the pleasure boat influence. For rigidity they’ve gone the route taken by top-shelf performance boat companies like Baja and incorporated a half-inch of balsa core. They also carefully fit the stringers to run flush against the hull and bonded them in place with aircraft-quality adhesives. The result is a solid boat rated for 250 horsepower.
Then there was the outer design of our intro boat. It’s very wide through the midsection, with dramatically rounded lines through the bow and around the windshield frame, capped by a stylish raised transom and sun pad. Overall, the style cannot be confused with any other jet-drive boats. Polaris chose to partner with Baja Marine in the development of the EX2100, so it carries the racy look for which Baja is known. Baja also brings a closed-mold building process to the table, so the thickness of laminates is more consistent than you’ll find in an open-mold boat.
Mercury makes up the third part of this development tripod. They offered input not only for power but for a bottom design that would support maximum power without sacrificing safety.
Polaris didn’t skimp in places where they could have. Hinges, air intakes and grab handles are stainless steel. Cleats are extra-large, Teleflex gauges are the size of salad dishes and gas shocks open and hold the transom-wide engine lid. The boat comes standard with a CD player, sport wheel and matching trailer. (For boaters who regularly pull water sports we’d suggest opting for the extended pylon by Swivel-eze.)
Our test of this early edition was on a small lake in Central Florida, just long enough to find a legitimate top speed of 49.4 mph (with 480 pounds of people and 30 gallons of fuel) under the power of a 250-hp OptiMax jet drive. The bow tipped a little at takeoff but not enough to interrupt our forward sightlines. Dawdling in three feet of water did not elicit anxiety because jet-powered boats have no exposed outdrive or prop to be damaged in shallow water. You just have to watch your draft; get shallower than that and you can draw sand or debris into the jets, harming the impeller.
It was in turns that the EX2100 made its mark. A Mercury technician challenged us to pin the throttle and the wheel. In most other jet-drive boats that maneuver would cause us to immediately spin 360 degrees. But because the Polaris has a channel on each side of the keel, the bottom surface stayed wet, and the boat turned sharply but under complete control. We couldn’t spin it out. In reverse, a bucket drops over the jets to precisely direct water in such a way that the boat is easy to handle at slow docking speeds.
A couple of points about our test boat: Its dry weight was 2,300 pounds, but the design team was planning to lose some laminates to lighten production models by 300 pounds, which in theory will get an extra mph or two. Also, we were promised that the throttle position would be moved away from the gunwale so knuckles won’t bump the coaming pad.
We expect to hear more from Polaris in the runabout market. Our drive of this intro model was full of more positives than we had anticipated from a longtime player in the watercraft market. And using EX as a prefix tells us they’ll have a sister model in the near future.
Time to Plane: 2.8 sec.
Time to 30 mph: 8.0 sec.
Noise at 30 mph: 83 db
Noise at idle: 74 db
Test Engine: Mercury 250-hp OptiMax jet drive
Test Load: People (480 lb.); Fuel (30 gal.)
02-20-2008, 12:44 PM #6
- Join Date
- Jul 2007
is there any website about this boats?
02-20-2008, 07:14 PM #7
Overlook a stupid question...are these currently in production?
02-24-2008, 12:45 AM #8
- Join Date
- Jul 2007
- near Toronto, Canada
I believe Polaris got out of the jet boat business around the same time they stopped PWC production.
Apparently there are not very many of these things around.
02-26-2008, 02:21 AM #9
There is one on a lake a ride on, Pontiac Lake. It is just as the article describes...big for a jet boat but the guy whips it around like crazy without a spin out. It's blue and white and looks to have a very nice finish to it.
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