Honda Marine is now offering three outboards with jet propulsion instead of a propeller, the 40 Jet, 65 Jet and 105 Jet. The new motors are designed to give an operator increased flexibility for running in shallow waters, maneuvering around or over obstructions that could limit a prop-driven outboard.
“The launch of the new Honda 40 Jet, 65 Jet and 105 Jet will power boaters to shallows where prop engines can’t go,” said Will Walton, assistant vice president of Honda Marine in a statement. “These engines mark Honda’s entry into a new segment of the market. The combination of powerful jet pump technology with Honda’s legendary marine powerheads gives our customers a wider choice of Honda marine outboard motors to meet all their boating needs.”
The new motors pair Honda powerheads with jet drives that are designed for shallow-water operation. They have no gearcase or propeller extending beneath the hull. In a statement, Honda said that the low-profile foot design lets a boater maneuver in minimal depths without the fear of getting a propeller caught or damaged on rough bottoms and that the motors should be of interest to commercial and recreational anglers.
All the Honda jet models include an overhead camshaft design, electric starting, multi-port programmed fuel injection and a freshwater flush. They are covered by Honda’s five-year non-declining warranty for the powerheads and jet pumps.