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    So I am thinking about buying a 18' Tahiti jet boat with a 428ci ford and jacuzzi jet drive for around $2500. What are your thoughts on this boat? I know jucuzzi is not the best drive,I do not know if it is a wj or yj pump yet,im hoping its a wj as they are decent? The owner claims it has been GPS at 75 MPH,does that seem accurate? Good deal? Thanks
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    A lot depends on what part of the country your in because that will determine availability of boats in your area. Off the top it seems like a OK deal. I'm curious why the drivers front seat is so crooked (rotten floor?, rotten seat?). In order to make a good recomendation the board would need to know what expectations you have for the boat and what it's going to be used for. I can tell you that those Tahiti's have strong hulls and will withsatd a pretty hard side impact.

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    This will be my first jet boat,I am from ND so there is only a few decent ones a year up for sale in the area. It will just be a lake/friend cruising boat,I just want something that has decent acceleration/speed and reliability.

    I will be going to look at it in person next week but wanted some forum input first befor I get to serious on it.

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    its a boat. even though its your first, your going to want to upgrade. why get anything but a 454 or 460 with a berk or dominator pump?

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    Grab your GPS and go for a ride, for ever mph under 75mhp take off $100.00 of the sale price, then you have a deal
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    Grab your GPS and go for a ride, for ever mph under 75mhp take off $100.00 of the sale price, then you have a deal
    Yep--I had that same boat, except with side tanks, and unless there is something really special about it, at best it's a 65 MPH boat--and would be a good deal at $1500.

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    I have a Tahiti with a 350 olds 45 was what I got with that. With a mostly stock 454 that moved a very heavy lay up tx 19 (about 750 to 800 pounds) at 68 I am hopin for 60, but I dont have any pump work or a place diverter yet. Unless the 428 has some work done to it I would bet 60 maybe 65 but that seams high to me. But I love my ride it is big in side alot of room for an 18 ft boat, but it would realy like a tx19 or a 19ft Rogers

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    75 maybe, most likely not, ii really like sleekcrafters formula. imo NEVER buy one that you do not water test for a demo ride, and once again apply sleekcrafter's formula.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleekcrafter View Post
    Grab your GPS and go for a ride, for ever mph under 75mhp take off $100.00 of the sale price, then you have a deal
    Excellant! Check that floor/seat thing too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahiti428 View Post
    So I am thinking about buying a 18' Tahiti jet boat with a 428ci ford and jacuzzi jet drive for around $2500. What are your thoughts on this boat? I know jucuzzi is not the best drive,I do not know if it is a wj or yj pump yet,im hoping its a wj as they are decent? The owner claims it has been GPS at 75 MPH,does that seem accurate? Good deal? Thanks
    Looks just like my hawaiian, and he's full of shit on that 75 mph part, especially with a Jacuzzi pump. Still a good fun boat though.
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    Oh yeah, Forgot to mention that the hull is a special mixture of speedcote, herculiner and rain-x, all blended together- good for another 8 mph top end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiianJet View Post
    Looks just like my hawaiian, and he's full of shit on that 75 mph part...
    Depends what he's towing it with.

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    PASS!!!
    Tahitis are garbage at best. Add that to the lies that the owner has already told you (75mph) and you have the makings for a very expensive, unreliable, unsellable boat.
    If a Tahiti is not for the knowledgable or experienced, then I can't see one as being "perfect" or "fun" for someone who is looking to get his first boat.
    My suggestion, save your money and buy a quality boat. It will save you money in the long run and you'll have way more fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old rigger View Post
    Depends what he's towing it with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quickjet View Post
    PASS!!!
    Tahitis are garbage at best. Add that to the lies that the owner has already told you (75mph) and you have the makings for a very expensive, unreliable, unsellable boat.
    If a Tahiti is not for the knowledgable or experienced, then I can't see one as being "perfect" or "fun" for someone who is looking to get his first boat.
    My suggestion, save your money and buy a quality boat. It will save you money in the long run and you'll have way more fun.
    not sure how you came up with that. i wouldnt put tahiti up there with rogers or anything, but i can think of ALOT of less quality hulls than the tahiti. my first boat was a tihiti and i still have it today along with a rogers and a kachina cruiser. my tahiti is darn near indistructable. i have pounded the crap out of it and not a crack anywere. the gel is faded big time, but the hull is still sound as can be. and it was a blast to drive. is it a race hull? no, but a damn fine play boat in my book.

    as for this one running 75mph? i seriously doubt it. but at $2500 and in an area that jet boats are scarce, id say its not a bad deal. id say your probably looking at 60 mph at best, and thats not bad. to run 75mph in most any hull, you will need alot of money. if 75mph is what your after, yes look for a hull that has been proven to handle those speeds. but i bet once you hit 60 on the water in anything, youll think your going faster. get in the 75mph range and you better be prepared, it starts getting dangerous at that point.
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