The Sportjet model of the Wooldridge ‘AK XL’

See Alaskan XL w/ Outboard

   Wooldridge Boats has been blessed with many customers of superior boating skills over almost 100 years of boat building. These are folks from whom we share and learn.
   These relationships speed along the evolution of boats, as was the case with the AK XL Sportjet and TJM (Alaska Outdoors Forum/Alaska Power Boating). This guy is a serious boater and his photo and video work is heralded by many. His forte is Sportjets and he recognizes and appreciates boat designs that work.
   That fact resulted in TJM buying the first Wooldridge AK XL with a Sportjet (200hp Optimax powerhead with Mercury inboard jet drive) for sporty performance and great handling. He’s been putting it through the paces and posting on Alaska Powerboating as he continues to run and challenge the boat. We excerpted some of his comments from an earlier post to share his thoughts on the Wooldridge AK XL Sportjet.
   “I have spent hundreds of hours running sport jets…it is my opinion that the Wooldridge is, hands down, the best sport jet that I’ve been around. Here’s a run-down of the traits of the boat that put it at the top of my list…
Weight hauling

   Hauls more weight…that fact has been proven to me multiple times…just a function of Wooldridge Boats hull design, I suppose…
Handling
   Absolutely no comparison to any sport jet I’ve been in. You have to take a ride to appreciate it…
Shallow water running
   The boat will absolutely run as shallow as any other competing sport jet
Cavitation
   A lot less than any other sport jet I’ve experienced. I believe that is largely due to not having a tunnel…the boat simply stays hooked up…
Noise
   Less than any other sport jet I’ve been in…noticeably quieter…we tested it with the decibel meter to confirm what our ears were telling us…it is quieter
Fit and finish
   Again, no comparison here…the boat is absolutely solid and very well built…I think that contributes to the lower noise levels in the boat…
Ride quality
   Here’s something that my wife commented on immediately - the boat is quite a bit smoother than any other sport jet I’ve experienced…I know that there are a few other sport jets out there that are smooth as well ie, the Willie and Hewes…I’ve just never been in one so I can’t compare…
Visibility
   No need to stand up any more…I just don’t feel the need to because you can see so much more…in fact, the boat corners so hard I can’t stand up if I’m turning hard, it knocks me over…no BS…so the visibility is a very good thing to match the handling…
Price
   Basically the same as the competitors…(imagine that)…all of the boat manufacturers are going to maximize profits as best as they can, however, you get a lot more boat for your dollar with the Wooldridge…
Getting unstuck
  …once you do get stuck, the boat is noticeably easier to man handle than other sport jets I’ve wrestled with… it is very noticeable…perhaps it is a wider bottom and no lifting strakes…
Porpoising
   The Wooldridge does not porpoise like the other sport jets I’ve experienced…it is a boat, so I’m sure some condition will cause it to porpoise; I’ve yet to find it….
Room
   Pretty simple, more room…the boat is a touch wider and the dog house is substantially smaller, so less wasted space inside…
Slow speed ability
   All of the sport jets can run relatively slow…this one runs the slowest of any I’ve been in…
…and last but not least….Customer service…there are a lot of builders that treat customers well…Wooldridge is among the best…



 

Standard Features/Specifications

Each Wooldridge Alaskan XL Sportjet Windshield model comes equipped with the following standard features:

• Lifetime Limited Hull Warranty to original buyer
• Formed corrugation bottom, with 4 corrugations, 2 on each side of keel
• Corrugation re-enforced w/ schedule 40 6061-T6 pipe
• Extended bottom trim plate
• Center of hull reinforced to 5/16" thick by 17" wide through planing surface
• 200HP Mercury Optimax Sportjet engine & jet
• Large removable motor access panel on transom
• Diamond plate swim step covering jet on transom
• Aluminum mufflers
• Fresh water clean out attachment for motor
• Hinged aluminum motor cover
• Built-in, under-floor aluminum fuel tank, baffled
• Secondary fuel feed off tank for kicker fuel
• Stand-up gunnels with toe kick
• Meets U.S.C.G. floatation standards on boats under 20'
• Meets U.S.C.G. standards on boats 20' and over
• 1/2" 50 year pressure treated plywood floors covered w/ marine boat decking
• Full length Welded side trays w/ marine carpet on 20' & 23' models
• Full length Welded 10" wide side trays w/ rubber lining on 17' models
• Side panels covered with marine carpet (17' model only)
• Dual rod storage racks
• Enclosed transom w/ bilge blower
• UV treated vinyl exterior side color & pin stripe package
• Welded bow and stern eyes
• Welded Sport rails
• Walk-around gunnels w/ non skid
• Storage enclosure under front step deck w/ locking door
• Diamond plate bow cap
• Mercury Gas/Water separator attached to power head
• 6 panel power source, w/ sealed switches and fuses
• Navigation / Running lights
• 1,250 GPH bilge pump
• Mercury tachometer gauge
• Electric horn
• Back lit fuel gauge
• Large two piece "Walk-thru" windshield w/ tempered glass
• Recessed self bailing diamond plate bow deck
• Windshield wiper for drivers side
• All welded dashboard
• Dash mounted cable steering system
• Two Bentley's "Sportsman" upholstered seats
• Two all-welded aluminum lockable dry storage boxes
• Two drain plugs

• Many options available




 

Each Wooldridge Alaskan XL Sportjet Center Console model comes equipped with the following standard features:

• Limited Lifetime Hull Warranty
• Formed corrugation bottom, with 4 corrugations, 2 on each side of keel
• Corrugation re-enforced w/ schedule 40 6061-T6 pipe
• Extended bottom trim plate
• Center of hull reinforced to 5/16" thick by 17" wide through planing surface
• 200HP Mercury Optimax Sportjet engine & jet
• Diamond plate swim step covering jet on transom
• Aluminum mufflers
• Fresh water clean out attachment for motor
• Hinged aluminum motor cover
• Built-in, under-floor aluminum fuel tank, baffled
• Secondary fuel feed off tank for kicker fuel
• Meets U.S.C.G. floatation standards on boats under 20'
• Meets U.S.C.G. standards on boats 20' and over
• 1/2" 50 year pressure treated plywood floors covered w/ marine boat decking
• Full length Welded side trays w/ marine carpet on 20' & 23' models
• Full length Welded 10" wide side trays w/ rubber lining on 17' models
• Side panels covered with marine carpet (17' model only)
• Stand-up gunnels with toe kick
• Dual rod storage racks
• Enclosed transom w/ bilge blower
• UV treated vinyl exterior side color & pin stripe package
• Welded bow and stern eyes
• Welded Sport rails
• Walk-around gunnels w/ non skid
• Storage enclosure under front step deck w/ locking door on 20' models
• Diamond plate bow cap
• Mercury Gas/Water separator attached to power head
• 6 panel power source, w/ sealed switches and fuses
• Navigation / Running lights
• 1,250 GPH bilge pump
• Mercury tachometer gauge
• Electric horn
• Back lit fuel gauge
• Welded center console in front of motor cover w/ storage and shelf
• Dash mounted cable steering system
• Recessed diamond plate step deck
• Two drain plugs

• Many options available



17' Model

Length Over All 17' 10"
Beam 98 1/2"
Side Height 29"
Side Gauge 1/8"
Bottom Width 76"
Bottom Gauge 1/8"
Weight Open 1,770 lbs.
Weight (w/ windshield) 1,870 lbs
Fuel Tank 36 gal.
Capacity 900 lbs
Dead Rise 9 degree
Standard Motor 200hp Mercury Optimax
Bottom Gauge in Center of Hull 5/16"

20' Model

Length Over All 20' 10"
Beam 98 1/2"
Side Height 29"
Side Gauge 1/8"
Bottom Width 76"
Bottom Gauge 1/8"
Weight Open 1,920 lbs
Weight (w/ windshield) 2,020 lbs.
Fuel Tank 45 gal.
Dead Rise 9 degree
Standard Motor 200hp Mercury Optimax
Bottom Gauge in Center of Hull 5/16"

23' Model

Length Over All 23' 10"
Beam 98 1/2"
Side Height 29"
Side Gauge 1/8"
Bottom Width 76"
Bottom Gauge 1/8"
Weight Open 2,070 lbs.
Weight (w/ windshield) 2,170 lbs.
Fuel Tank 45 gal.
Dead Rise 9 degree
Standard Motor 200hp Mercury Optimax
Bottom Gauge in Center of Hull 5/16"

Test Results

20' Alaskan XL Sportjet Stock Impeller & Liner
         
750 lbs. payload
RPM MPH GPH MPG DB
3500 21.1 4.8 4.39 93.5
4000 26.9 6 4.48 94
4500 32.4 8.4 3.85 96
5000 37 11.8 3.13 96.5
5600 42.6 18.5 2.3 98
2240 lbs. payload
RPM MPH GPH MPG DB
4000 11.6 6 1.93 94
4500 25.7 8.4 3.05 96
5000 35.4 11.8 3 96.5
5600 40.8 18.5 2.3 98
3725 lbs. payload
RPM MPH GPH MPG DB
4500 10 8.4 1.19 96
5000 26.4 11.8 2.23 96.5
5600 36.5 18.5 1.98 98