The Jet Blade

The Jet Blade is a new and unique personal watercraft. The goal of Team 6 is to design a personal watercraft (PWC) that will provide the user with an unparalleled experience in water sports activities. The Jet Blade is a single rider personal watercraft that is stable yet agile. The Jet Blade will incorporate a three-ski design that utilizes two skis in the front of the craft and one ski in the rear. These skis are located in spaced relation below an aluminum hull and operate to hydro-dynamically lift the Jet Blade to a cruise position by relative water flow upon the undersides of the skis. The rear ski is attached to a horizontal jet pump that is powered by a 650cc water-cooled engine. The front suspension implements an Active Tilt steering design that will allow for the agility.

 



Transparency

The Jet Blade must be designed to be easy to operate and its functions must be clear to the user. In order for the Jet Blade to be successful it must be able to be used safely and easily by a range of users. Maintenance and problem diagnosis of the machine must be clearly identified and obvious to the user.

Integrity

Honesty and decency must be maintained in the design, manufacturing, and presentation of the Jet Blade. The Jet Blade will be easy to operate and intuitive for all rides.

Trust

In order to meet the design norm of trust, the Jet Blade must be strong and reliable. It must be able to endure sustained use and maintain performance. The Jet Blade needs to provide an exhilarating experience while maintaining a feeling of safety for the rider.

Team 6

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Project Goals

Durable : It is engineered to operate in moderate to rough conditions while maintaining stability. The watercraft's front Active Tilt© suspension is able to absorb waves and the front skis are designed to cut through them in order to provide the operator with a smooth ride.

Maneuverable: Conventional personal watercraft rely on a directional water jet to steer. Jet Blade is unique in that the jet is fixed and steering is accomplished by turning the front skis. In order to achieve maximum turning performance, both skis must remain in contact with the water at all times. This requires the implementation of a tilt suspension system.

Stable: The three-ski design utilizes two skis in the front of the craft and one ski in the rear. The Jet Blade, when being operated, begins with the skis and a portion of the craft submerged. As the speed increases the skis begin to plane until the Jet Blade is completely out of the water and riding solely on the skis. While the skis are submerged there is little control of the vehicle. This is why it is important to design the skis large enough so that the Jet Blade can plane quickly.

Ergonomic: Certain control systems are required for basic operation and safety. These include start and stop switches, an electronic choke, and a kill switch. In addition, certain gauges will be implemented to monitor fuel level, vehicle speed, and engine RPM.

Jet Propelled: Similar to most personal watercraft, Jet Blade will implement a jet pump for thrust. A right angle gear box connects the impeller to a vertical-shaft engine. As the engine and pump assembly are the largest components, the Jet Blade will essentially be built around the propulsion system.

Transportable: The Jet Blade is designed to be trailered, loaded, and unloaded with only one person.

 

 

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About Us

The team consists of Josh Vanderbyl, Nico Ourensma, Ryan DeMeester and Zak DeVries. Each member of the team is part of the mechanical concentration of the engineering program at Calvin College. The team shares great interest in the outdoors and water activities. Our passions collided with our skills when the Jet Blade project was established.

 

Recent Activities

Jet Blade Test 1
April 18th

Donated Aluminum for Hull
Special Thanks to Harbor Steel

Body Panels Laser Cut
Special Thanks to Laser Unlimited

 

Jet Blade

The Jet Blade is a single rider personal watercraft that is stable yet agile. The Jet Blade will incorporate a three-ski design that utilizes two skis in the front of the craft and one ski in the rear. These skis are located in spaced relation below an aluminum hull and operate to hydrodynamically lift the Jet Blade to a cruise position by relative water flow upon the undersides of the skis.

Get in Touch

  • Email:
    teamjetblade@gmail.com
  • Address:
    Calvin College
    3200 Burton Street SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49546