BoatPI- The XP was such a good fit for my project. It's a lightweight powerplant, yet still very powerful. The motor/pump has a small footprint. The way we cut the ski section and boat hull created such a great fit of the two. I couldn't have picked a better donor ski. Because the weight of my boat is heavier than the XP, I think I will be able to reach 50mph. Should be a very fun boat. I will run the stock intake grate at first just to get a baseline and see how it performs. If I see any problems or room for improvement I will definitely take a look at aftermarkets ones. The Battery I'll be using is an Optima Yellowtop. The VTS will be used, and if the wires dont reach they can easily be extended.
millhouse961- Thanks! I am very anxious to have this thing floating!