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    Default Scarab 19' Jet

    Anyone have experiance with these? Made from 96-98, powered by a Merc 4.3 with a Volvo jet drive. For my next boat I want something that can handle rougher water better than a 'typical' jet boat, and would like to stay with a jet drive (though I do like outboards) because of the shallow water here in the NC sounds, and since I don't think I'll be able to afford an Eagle Outlaw anytime soon this seems like a cool alternative for a rougher water jet...

    How do they drive, handle waves etc?

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    Don't know anything about them but there was one on Dallas CL recently. I thought it had a Berkeley pump though. Looked like a nice boat. I'd be curious to know about them as well.

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    There was a guy that had one on the Hotboat forums. Not sure what happened to him when they closed the doors over there. I haven't seen him post over here yet. It was a real clean boat and I think he may have transplanted a big block into it. Can't remember for sure.

    It was like a little mini offshore deal and the guy liked it. That's about all I can remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirtcha? View Post
    It was like a little mini offshore deal..
    That is exactly what appeals to me about it

    ...and knowing that blower kits are available for the 4.3
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    I believe that the Volvo pump was developed in colaboration with Legend, and was produced by Legend for a while. My recollection is that it is a smaller pump sized to work with V6 power. I don't think that Volvo makes the jet any longer and parts probably hard to find.

    You could always find a hull you like and put a jet in it. Sleekcrafter did that for one of his friends and it worked out great for them.

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    Hawaiian made a pretty big, cigarette style looking jet boat. From what I was told it would go about 50-55 pretty easy, then no matter what it wouldn't go much faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirtcha? View Post
    I think he may have transplanted a big block into it. Can't remember for sure.
    Yup, it was a 502.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirtcha? View Post
    There was a guy that had one on the Hotboat forums. Not sure what happened to him...I think he may have transplanted a big block into it. Can't remember for sure.

    It was like a little mini offshore deal and the guy liked it. That's about all I can remember.
    Yup...he sure did.

    I've seen one run out here on the East Coast about when they first came out > Delaware River, and it got along darn good. Attacked waves great too!

    I would have had one, put a 12JG and a stroked SBC and have at it!
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    I want one

    Would love the see the one with the big block in it, that must be a wild ride with that deep vee. I am thinking a blower on the 4.3 would liven things up a bit
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    The guy by me that had one, converted to American turbine, from the impeller back. He also installed a 305 from an HTM package in the boat, and ran quite well, a couple years later he installed a 502, ran it for one season, and gave up on it, was very ill handling with the extra weight. He then put a 383 in it, was the perfect package he said. The biggest down fall of the boat is the intake and suction, they were not conducive for any real performance. He did manage to run about 68-70 with the 383, and never managed anything over 60 with the 502.
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    I've got one and am actually thinking about selling it since my kids are all older and want to bring friends up to the River... So, I need somethin' that sits more than 4. I did a complete restoration on it and it has a Mercruiser 4.3 in it with a Legend pump. Before I had bought it, the guy had changed the pump that was in it, with a setback legend which is a much better performer and parts are easier to find...

    We love the boat. Believe it or not, I've GPS'ed at right around 50 with me and my son in it with that little torquey 4.3 V6. I was thinking about putting a blower on it too, but never got around to it... Here are some pics and specs...







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    ^^ Great looking boat Mike, if I were actually ready to buy one right now I'd def be calling you up.

    How did it handle lake chop and rougher water? Did it get air born a lot or stay planted, any issues with it sucking air if you did launch it?
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    hello i have been looking for this boat for months were do you live and what is the asking price this isnt a scam i found this place by googleing for that scarab jet boat please let me know thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storz View Post
    ^^ Great looking boat Mike, if I were actually ready to buy one right now I'd def be calling you up.

    How did it handle lake chop and rougher water? Did it get air born a lot or stay planted, any issues with it sucking air if you did launch it?
    Thanx for the complement... It handles the chop OK, especially when you compare it with shallow V's, cause it does have a pretty deep V for a jet boat but of course nothing like a tunnel boat.

    It stays pretty well planted unless hitting some big chops. I've never had "sucking air" type problems at all. It planes really well especially when I have the Place diverter all the way down. Overall, it is a really unusual and neat boat but like I said, it just doesn't meet my family's needs anymore and I'd rather it find a good home for someone that can get a good use out of it.

    Let me know if you have any other questions and be happy to respond...

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