JAJI 31: The first water taxi specifically designed for Africa

We spent three years roaming around Africa’s waterways learning how to design the perfect passenger boat. JAJI 31 is the fruit of our extensive knowledge of the African water transport industry. Built in Dubai it is the first water taxi in the World that is designed specifically for the African market. We named this boat after Africa’s water transport magnate Captain Olusegun Jaji hoping it will reach similar success and recognition as the man behind the name.

I do remember that day I took a trip with Metro Ferry from Ikorodu to Adax Jetty in Victoria Island. The water taxi I embarked on was a single hull locally made 27 feet boat without any safety standard whatsoever. The boat was stuffed with 24 adult passengers, way above the safety regulations for a boat of this size and design. The ride was rough, uncomfortable and totally unsafe. Risks of accidents with boats like these are extremely high and, unfortunately, many people have lost their lives on similar transportation boats.

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After that adventurous trip, I was determined to return to Dubai and start designing a passenger boat that can elevate the safety standards of the water transport industry in Africa. The task was challenging: we need a boat that can accommodate at least 25 passengers while remaining light and small in size so it can operate with fuel efficient engines. The cost of production should be low to offer a price that can bring returns to the water transport businesses. All these factors must coexist with a boat that is built to our renowned safety and quality standards. Jaji 31 saw the light three years after my trip from Ikorodu.

THE JAJI 31 ACCOMMODATES 29 PERSONS IN A SPACIOUS AND COMFORTABLE LAYOUT

The seats are front facing benches made of heavy duty plastic with aluminum supporting frame. The seats are comfortable for the passengers and easy to clean and maintain for the boat owner.

The boat captain has an ergonomic admiral pilot seat, and the back GRP bench with backrest is ideal for two assistant skippers to keep an eye on passengers.

The cabin ceiling is 1.9 meters high allowing adult passengers to walk straight without bending.

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THREE CONFIGURATIONS TO MEET ALL PURPOSES

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FRONT ENCLOSURE is great for sightseeing, island excursions, picnic at sea, hotel guests transport and all those passengers who love the refreshing breeze of the open sea.

ROUND ENCLOSURE is the perfect small ferry boat for operators who want to keep their costs low. The round enclosure provides confidence for the passengers and protects them from the elements. The open back keeps the cabin cool without air conditioning.

FULL ENCLOSURE offers the highest level of comfort with lower noise and the option of adding air conditioning to make it a true VIP Limousine water taxi for the distinguished clientele.

ECONOMICAL AND FAST WATER TAXI BOAT

Given its light weight the JAJI 31 runs fast with twin 2×200 HP engines reaching a top speed of 38 knots and a cruise speed of 32 knots. At full load in cruise speed, fuel consumption is around 40 liter per engine per hour. When high speed is not essential, the JAJI 31 is light enough to run smoothly with even smaller power like twin 2×150 HP.

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ESSENTIALS ARE ALL STANDARD IN THIS BOAT TAXI

The Jaji 31 comes packed with all the necessary equipment that usually cost extra on this type of boats. The following “options” are included in the standard price of the JAJI 31: remote control search light, marine horn, navigation lights, trim tabs, three electric windscreen wipers, railing, anchor with chain and rope, hull gel coat.

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SIX HULL COLORS TO CHOOSE FROM

Stand out from the crowd and have your JAJI 31 hull painted with your company’s colors. The JAJI 31 offers six different gel coat hull colors to choose from free of charge. Gel coating is applied during molding and lamination and lasts the entire life of the boat.

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COMPETITIVE AND FLAT CIF PRICES WORLDWIDE

We have teamed up with some shipping lines who have granted us preferential shipping rates on the JAJI 31, allowing us to offer the JAJI 31 to our clients at a competitive flat CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) price valid for any destination around the world.

THE JAJI 31 IS READY TO CHANGE AFRICA’S WATER TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

The very first JAJI 31 has just passed the final sea trials in the presence of Captain Olusegun Jaji. We are now taking orders for this tailor made low cost, high capacity water taxi made for Africa. We believe that the JAJI 31 is going to change the water transport scene in a continent craving for safer, higher quality, more comfortable and cost efficient passenger boats.

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Olusegun Jaji testing Jaji 31

Africa’s water transport tycoon Captain Olusegun Jaji testing the first JAJI 31

JAJI 31 The Team Behind the Boat

The team behind the JAJI 31 project with Captain Olusegun Jaji

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