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Cool down with a jet boat adventure on the French Broad River

tennessee jetboat adventuresNewest attraction in the Smoky Mountains.

SEVIERVILLE, TN – There is a new attraction in the Smoky Mountains that gives tourists and area residents a change to cool off this summer on the French Broad River.

Tennessee Jetboat Adventures is taking passengers on the ride of their lives.

Commanding speed and precision, an expert jet boat captain throttles the custom made jet boat up to 40 mph and performs spinouts, quick stops and skilled maneuvers. The high-performance boat is designed to skim the water with the help of powerful air jets. The thrill ride focuses on speed, power stops and big sprays, delivering an exhilarating adventure and a great way to cool off on the French Broad River.

“A boat ride is a fun way to showcase the natural beauty for locals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the French Broad River, and for tourists who are enjoying a family vacation and creating memories for their children,” said Josef Haas, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Stand Rock Hospitality, owner and operator of Tennessee Jetboat Adventures.

Tennessee Jetboat Adventures excursions launch from a private dock, located adjacent to Smoky Mountain Knife Works on Hwy. 66, four miles off I-40. The 11-passenger jet boat operates from 10-5pm through Labor Day, and weekends through October. Tickets are $18.99 and can be purchased at the Tennessee Jetboat Adventures sales offices located at the Smoky Mountain Knife Works and at Wilderness at the Smokies. Grand Opening specials include buy three, get one free, and in partnership with Wilderness at the Smokies, resort guests receive two free tickets with their reservation through Labor Day. Shuttle bus rides to and from the French Broad River are available at Wilderness at the Smokies. Tennessee Jetboat Adventures welcomes walk ups, but advanced reservations are recommended.

The 20-foot, 11-passenger jet boat has a much different design than a regular outboard powered or inboard/outboard vessel. The water is circulated through a jet-pump so that all moving parts are inside the vessel and never in contact the riverbed or shoreline. Federally certified, the jet boat is capable of passing through as little as 4 inches of water without affecting the river environment and was specially designed to comply with the noise standards held in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The maximum noise output is 80db, which is the equivalent of a vacuum cleaner.

Stand Rock Hospitality has deep roots in boat excursion tourism dating back to 1921 with the Dells Boat Tours of Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Due to the successful operations in Wisconsin, the company is excited to bring their experience to Sevierville. All jet boat operations are compliant with federal, state and company safety regulations. All boat operators undergo extensive training and are State and US Coast Guard certified, abiding to strictly enforced policies to respect other boats enjoying the river and delivering a safe experience.

Published July 27, 2016

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