SJX aluminum jet boats are built from the ground up
All our welds or solid welds. NO spot welds are used.
Welding on our SJX aluminum jet boats by certified welders
All SJX boats go through a battery of tests prior to delivery
To be in the aluminum jet boat industry you gotta love it, it has to be in your blood, and it was definitely in mine. -Steve Stajkowski (owner SJX Jet Boats Inc.)
I started in the boating industry right out of high school.I worked for a boat manufacturer during the weekdays and on the weekends I worked for Idaho's largest outfitter at that time. I continued to work for that manufacturer up until 1995, where I was involved in every aspect of aluminum jet boat building you could imagine. Any kind of creation you could imagine, deep-sea fishing boats, offshore fishing boats, race boats, Sprint boats, fishing boats, and pleasure boats.
In 1998 the idea of an inboard was born on a moose-hunting trip in the interior of Alaska with my good friend Craig Compeau. From our long-standing friendship and business relationship the concept was created. The goal was to create a boat that could accommodate Craig's need for a shallow water boat that could handle the remote Alaskan waters. I began work on designing the very first inboard tunnel hall. The design evolved from a very successful outboard tunnel hull I had designed. Then we put the unique power plant from Mercury and designed an inboard tunnel for it. Then matched a power to weight ratio hull to that lightweight power plant. The reason and decision we went to an inboard was due to the fact that the outboard tunnel hall was inefficient, in performance, handling and fuel efficiency. It just didn't make sense to change the direction of the water flow three times before it comes out of the jet nozzle and not expect loss of overall efficiency. Plus, there being no reverse, and the handling and steering really not being there. It was obvious that a better design was needed. Once the first prototype of the inboard tunnel hull was tested and proven, we never created another outboard tunnel hull after that, and that's how the very first in board tunnel hull was born.
In 2007 we ventured even further when we started SJX.
The first year was spent on designing the SJX 2170. Beginning with the optimization of metal usage to the overall design of the boat. The many years of running so many different types of boats in different water conditions, shallows, big water, open water, we came up with a structure system for the SJX that we thought would be bulletproof as far as a function without warranties; a fail safe hull. We wanted to create a boat that could handle the varieties of different water conditions such as salt, fresh, offshore, inshore rivers and lakes plus everything in between, but the primary design being for extreme shallow waters. At the same time we wanted to have a power to weight ratio that would carry great loads and do it efficiently, yet still be able to run in shallow waters, and do it economically. My 30 years of boating knowledge and experience was put to work and from that the SJX became the "four-wheel-drive" aluminum jet boat I had always wanted, putting it in a class by itself.
The reason I even got into the boat industries was because of jet boats. They were intriguing to me. They're kind of like the four-wheel-drive on the water. Basically you could go on and over debris and obstacles, run through shallow water where your typical prop driven boat could not even come close to going. From that background, and then being involved in racing high-performance jet boats I got a taste of both ends of the spectrum, the pleasure, plus the off-road and the high-speed aspect. So that's where the design of the SJX comes from. It's all these aspects put into a lightweight power to weight ratio boat that was tough, still got with the program, fast for a pleasure type boat, but also a utility boat. There wasn't a creature of any kind like it; this was the first one on the market.