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Inventor of jet-powered boats revolutionized river travel

Dick Stallman was 34 when he tested the revolutionary jet-powered outboards he developed by running a sled up the Rogue River in 1962.
 (Courtesy of Outboard Jets)
Dick Stallman was 34 when he tested the revolutionary jet-powered outboards he developed by running a sled up the Rogue River in 1962. (Courtesy of Outboard Jets)

BOATING -- The boating industry this week is celebrating the contribution of Richard "Dick" Stallman, who was 34 in 1962 when he tested his invention -- the jet outboard -- by running a sled upstream through the rapids of Oregon's Rogue River.

Stallman died last week. 

“His invention was a major contribution to shallow-water boating world-wide and it greatly enhanced access to premium waters and hunter and angler success,” noted Glen Wooldridge of Wooldridge Boats of Seattle in a Facebook post announcing the death.

Andy Walgamott of Northwest Sportsman has assembled this story, a nice look back at Stallman's revolutionary invention, which put sportsmen in the driver's seat for thin waters and fishing and hunting hot spots previously off-limits to motorized travel.




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