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Delivering that torque to the water is another matter. BWC uses a few different models of HamiltonJet HJ Series drives, including the HJ212 and HJ241. The difference in these two pumps became evident as Johnson and I followed a caravan of BWC owners up the Payette from Horseshoe Bend to Banks — a 15-mile run.
Halfway to Banks, we found a monstrous standing wave in the middle of a nasty stretch of rapids. The rest of the group, all of which had the HJ241 drives, defeated the big roller. But Johnson’s boat with the HJ212 drive could not climb it, though we tried. We got stuck on the face, engine red-lining, bow in the air, literally going nowhere fast. So Johnson deftly spun the 24-footer to the right and raced back down the rapids to a pool below.
As we reconnoitered another path through the cataract, Johnson explained that, while the HJ212 offers better speed, the HJ241 provides more low-end punch, and that’s why the others were able to climb over the big wave.