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    Default Jet vs. V-Drive?

    Wasn't really sure where to post this. I own a Jet, but looked at a couple v-drives before purchasing. Is there a benefit or downfall to one or the other? Figured you guys would know. I had been told that you get more hole shot from a jet and more top end from a v-drive.

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    It really depends on what you what the boat for. Jets seem to ride better, mainly because v-drives are usually flat bottoms, i am sure other will chime in, i owen a jet maily because thats what i have experiance with and i love having a jet-o-vator!!!

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    That's the main reason i bought i jet. Rode in one as a kid and fell in love. Didn't know anything at all about v-drives so kind of shy'd away i guess.

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    you can put a V-Drive into any hull, it doesn't have to be a kidney busting flatty. Shit look at all of the Hallet's built with 500+ cubic inch BBC's in a v hull. Look at Campbells most if not all built with V-Drives. Some Cole 20' Super Sports and the 22' that they made, pluss plenty of Eliminators and a couple Daytonas with V-drives. As far as hole shot, depens on the gears in the drive, If you want to get pinned in your seat get the gears to do it. If you want to haul ass get the gears to do that. Set it up for what you want it to do. The only limmit with a V-Drive is the depth of the water.

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    I've had both. (And a Hydro also)
    Currently am down to the Miller Jet. That is our cruiser/ family boat.
    It has 625 HP and does 86 MPH.
    Room for 4 people, Ice chests, fishing gear, lunch, etc. (Albeit it's a lot better with 2 people, 3 at most.)

    The Flatty V-drive we had was a single carb, solid cam 427 BBC.
    It would crush the Miller with far less HP.
    We drove it all around Shasta all the time, and always had a blast in it, but they are really a "purpose built" boat.
    And they are very good at what they do.

    Flat bottom V-drives are violent, explosive, wicked fast machines.
    A "drivers" boat.
    Unless it is a "day cruiser" design, you are not going to be loading the kids and ice chest in one.

    I will definitely have another flatty one day in the near future, but that will be MY boat, not for family outings so to speak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobra1 View Post
    you can put a V-Drive into any hull, it doesn't have to be a kidney busting flatty.
    Kidney busting flatty?

    I grew up riding in an owning flatties and never had a problem "physically". My view of this is simple and accurate, only high maintenance pussy's can't handle a few little bumps.

    I take it you won't go boating at all without your shade up, ipod plugged in and an umbrella drink in your hand right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatguy View Post
    Unless it is a "day cruiser" design, you are not going to be loading the kids and ice chest in one.
    Some flatty's make great family boats and some don't. Many of us grew up with them and did it just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharp Shooter View Post
    Kidney busting flatty?

    I grew up riding in an owning flatties and never had a problem "physically". My view of this is simple and accurate, only high maintenance pussy's can't handle a few little bumps.

    I take it you won't go boating at all without your shade up, ipod plugged in and an umbrella drink in your hand right?
    Funny shit!!! LMAO!!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharp Shooter View Post
    Kidney busting flatty?

    I grew up riding in an owning flatties and never had a problem "physically". My view of this is simple and accurate, only high maintenance pussy's can't handle a few little bumps.

    I take it you won't go boating at all without your shade up, ipod plugged in and an umbrella drink in your hand right?

    Nice to see your'e still an asshole. But whe all know flatty's stay on the trailer untill every one else is gone. I don't own an ipod, but I do have an umbrella for the rainy days. asswhipe

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    Wasn't trying to start arguments, just figuref i'd get honest answers from people that knew what they were talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrdunbar View Post
    Wasn't trying to start arguments, just figuref i'd get honest answers from people that knew what they were talking about.
    That's the problem with the internet. Everyone has their opinions and many lack "real" experience. My official suggestion on the subject is to go out and ride in boats you think might work for you and choose from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobra1 View Post
    Nice to see your'e still an asshole. But whe all know flatty's stay on the trailer untill every one else is gone. I don't own an ipod, but I do have an umbrella for the rainy days. asswhipe
    I'm an asshole and you're late for your pedicure....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrdunbar View Post
    Wasn't trying to start arguments, just figuref i'd get honest answers from people that knew what they were talking about.
    Hey, YOU said V-Drive and Jet in the same sentence!!
    I'm surprised there isn't death threats yet!!

    OK, I like our jet, but mostly because it is a Miller, and exactly the year and model of my first boat 20 years ago.
    Jets are safer if you have people swimming, no one is going to get cut by a prop.
    Jets are more maneuverable (in general) around docks, but will not steer at all without power.
    Unless a V-drive has a transmission, like a wake boat or cruiser, you won't have reverse.
    Shaft and case take up room in a v-drive.
    Jets suck up debris sometimes and it can be a bitch to get it out, or impeller can be damaged also.
    Jets don't need engine water pumps, but if you lose a hose or engine plug you may sink the boat very quickly.

    Props of any kind are more efficient than a jet, bottom line.
    Jets are a completely different animal and that trade off of efficiency is worth it to have a boat that can go in shallower water, do wheelies, shoot awesome roost, crab straight sideways at the dock between wake barges while the flat billers' freak out about their paint jobs, etc.
    Jet maintenance is simple, repairs are too.

    If I bought any boat over 20', I would not consider a jet. That is the area of true jet lovers.
    I like the Miller Jet, and that is why I own it.

    As you can see, there is no answer except to own both!!
    I love our jet boat and never plan on selling it.
    I DO plan on having another V-drive. Either a wicked flatty, or a cruiser.
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    I own a vdrive and it is what I would buy and use, some like jetboats.....not me !.................( . )( . )..............
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