I'm surprised they're trying that market. I wonder if it will be like the little Boston Whalers that tried jet drives. There's one of those sitting at a charity boat donation lot near me for next to nothing. It's in great shape, and can't sell. My friends who know Whalers say they were awful and not to touch them.
SandMan, I think there are a lot of people around me who think the same way as you did. Our river is about 3 miles of very, very shallow running, with a narrow, winding, unmarked channel that is only a couple feet deep and 10' wide in some areas. If you don't know the exact route through, you'll get stuck. For that reason, probably about a third of the boats around here are jets. My neighbor has a top of the line new Yamaha that looks kind of like a Sunesta 244. It's a pretty boat, annd fast as he!!, but hard to control. They've had it about a year and are finally getting decent at docking. His reason for getting it was the shallow river. On the other hand, there are a couple 30' deep V twin engine off-shore sport boats a little up the river, and they come and go. One is an absolutely beautiful boat that has twin big blocks and bravo3 drives. It's a very expensive looking boat, with custom graphics, arch and fittings and sounds incredible. He does what everyone else here does to get out: Know the water, get up on plane and go for it. When I got my boat, I knew the river was shallow, but I also figured that if he could get out, so could I. The ironic thing is that the two times I've damaged props it was at idle. On plane, I can skim right over the shallows. Some spots are shallow enough at low tide that I need to crank the boat into a hard turn crossing the sandbars just to get the drive sideways and out of the way.
Anyway, I don't see the point in limiting seaworthiness just to make it easier getting in and out of the inlets. To me, the jet boats really just become river and inlet boats, and can't go where most people want to boat.