change is good
As far as our R&D goes, we never stop testing the boats. We're always testing new products. Try new things on the boats, always trying to make them better then they already are.
When it comes to R&D testing of our jet boats, I personally do the design changes and testing. We go out and GPS, we flowmeter the fuel, we decibel read versus rpm's. If it's something on the exterior of the hull we want to go out and try to rip it off, in essence we're trying to see if we can destroy that product by abusing it. The majority of our pictures and videos are us testing the boats. Trying to beat the product up, put it to the test before we ever consider releasing it to the public. Once it's passed my battery of tests we send the boat to Alaska and Craig Compeau pushes it to the limit in the Alaska wilderness. After he's tested it I fly up and then we both test it. Once we both give it the thumbs up it's ready to be added to the boat and released to the consumer.
research & development
Aluminum boats flex, you want that flexibility.
If you build it too strong it will crack, if you don't build it strong enough, it will crack. Put 1000 pounds of weight in a boat and then you go through the waves, it's going to flex. After years of that type of use it will fester cracks, something has to give, if it's not built properly. Over the years I had seen that Skip welding was a common practice in the aluminum boat industry. 90% of the time if there was a failure in the structure of the boat it would fester a crack where there was a start or stop of a weld.
Why have a continuous weld?
Through our R&D testing we discovered it just made more sense for us to have a continuous weld. It would never give a opportunity to start a crack in the support system of the structure so ALL the hull stiffener bracing, box runners are full-length welded in the boat. Typically all the other manufacturers in the aluminum boat industry are still skip welding boats and they are still having warranty claims. You cannot guarantee an aluminum hull for life with skip welds. They'll come back. But with the solid weld you can. It didn't make any sense to deal with warranty work when it came to the cracking out of hulls. It is more time consuming and there is an increase to the cost to build them with continuous welds, but, we know when our boats reach our customer they have a jet boat with a hull that won't quit on them.
From the drawing board
Some of the innovations we've done with the SJX when we went through the design process we did it all with CAD design and drawings. Every part and piece is drawn on computer to utilize the optimization of metal usage plus we design extrusions to make the boat not only stronger but more user-friendly as well. We've got nine exclusive extrusions to the boat that no other manufacturer has. From grab rails to bumpers to receiver sockets, hull stiffeners, and hatch channel plus several different extrusions that aren't available to any manufacturer except SJX. We designed them they are our,s nobody else has them or can use them.
The majority of our customers are boaters who have been on the water for a while and want to be able to get their boat to places they never been before. To put it in perspective the SJX is equivalent to a lighter weight nimble four-wheel-drive vehicle. If you have any super duty truck Cummings diesel it will plow through it'll get where it needs to go but it can't turn around. That's the problem with the these boats, the big boat will blast through those waves, a lighter nimble boat will ride on top. If you hit a rock with a bigger heavier boat the rock is not going to push down resulting in a destroyed boat but with a lighter weight boat it will tend to deflect off of those rocks with a lot less or no damage at all.
This actually goes along with just the whole balance of the SJX. The size, lightweight, full UHMW bottom, picking the right power plant to get that perfect balanced boat with a power to weight ratio to give you the maneuverability and performance to get you where you need to go.