Hey guys, this is an awesome jet forum, and I just wanted to announce myself. Seems I may be a little lackluster on funds compared to most, but I have enjoyed it so far anyway. One quick question, Bought a boat with WJ jacuzzi, powered by 455 olds, and it came with berkley 12jc-a pump out of the boat, I hear the berk is the way to go, what is your opinion and how much would it cost to change it out? thanks in advance. oh yeah, here is a pic of my 18 foot glencoe and one of the berk pump and transom mount.
I paid somewhere in the mid to low 2000 ish range to cut a berk in to my boat that was set up for a wacker(not including pump, or pump work). An alternative would be an energizer kit which basically converts an A/T(BERK LIKE) bowl to your current suction housing. Both of these can be done by Jet boat performance. I bolted an energizer on my panther in an afternoon by myself, if I can do it must be easy.lol
Edit; take that price with a grain of salt I can't really remember what that did or didn't include.
I had a Jacuzzi WJ / 455 Olds Southwind 18' jet a long time ago, worked great. I recommend that leaving your new boat as is and using the heck out of it would be the smart thing to do. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is real wisdom. Have fun!
The WJ is really not that bad of a pump like every one makes it seem. A top running pump will compare with a Berk. The only down side is the Availability of parts and bolt on's. Jacuzzi's are not produced anymore and I think American Turbine bought the name.
Give Tom a call he has some goodies that can spruce it up. As soon as I recover from losing my ass in Vegas he will get my parts list.
Originally Posted by Kyle
Log off and go float, hang in the party coves, Show and shine on the trailer, fill up the boat, wax it, v-drive, jet, outdrive, and if you got a canoe and your reading this, you sir, need to phucking upgrade.
That is the plan for now, I am just wondering if the berk is worth keeping around, or if i should try to sell it to ease the cost of replacing the motor in my powerstroke. The motor blew coming back from getting the boat about 650 miles away. Picked the boat up near San Diego for $2,800 after jewing with the guy for half a day. It didnt run, but while the owner was gone we by-passed the carb and put a little gas in the intake and it ran like a champ. Chalk one up to the guys who know how to work on stuff I guess. Got it home and rebuilt the carb (it was clogged with tons of goop) and went directly to the lake! So if you know a guy in escondido CA named Ricky Salling, point and laugh. Silly rich people.
I joined a couple other forums before this one, and i dont know why, this the best, lots of people and lots of willingness to help, I am so glad Mr. CMB sent me here! That Tahiti looks like a pretty straght lined boat, this one has the most curvacios hull around here anyway, but the vee looks similar, a good cut in front, but a much less pronounced vee at the stern.
[quote=Btnhtillidie;653311]The WJ is really not that bad of a pump like every one makes it seem. A top running pump will compare with a Berk. The only down side is the Availability of parts and bolt on's. Jacuzzi's are not produced anymore and I think American Turbine bought the name.
Jacuzzi is alive and well, they have not been bought by American Turbine. I do agree that parts are getting harder to come by and that the A/T energizer kit is the way to go, if you have the money. You can do some good things to the WJ as well as add a Place Diverter, that should make you pretty happy. I'll send you a PM. Good Luck Jim
74 Glencoe , dont discount that "Dub" J we build and modify several a year, The WJ is a very good jet and will work well for you We have a boat with a small CU motor running 80 with a modified but "non energized" Jacuzzi Tom
Thanks a ton guys, I feel really welcome here. I cant wait to get back on the lake, money is short cuz of the powerstroke engine, I will keep everyone updated on the boat and will post performance specs as soon as possible.