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    Default New to jet boats and looking at picking up a project...

    I grew up around boats and im pretty good with a wrench... ive always worked on my dads boats growing up and now i still do all the work on my own boat... We have always had outboards and I/O's but i have always be facinated by Jet boats... I own a small body shop in North Canton Ohio, so im no stranger to fiberglass and making things look good and i have a few close buddys that are mechanics... but enough about my background... and ill tell ya about the boat im looking at buying...

    A guy in Columbus called me last week that has a 1971 Borum 18ft project boat... its basicly a bare haul... the stingers appear to be in good shape but til i get up close and dig a lil its hard to tell... there isnt a floor in the boat right now... the positive is that he has 2 burkley jet units, the boat is set up for a 454 (but donesnt have a motor with it), has a bell housing, and a bunch of other random parts... its on a single axle float on trailer... i have only see about 12 pics of the boat... i havent inspected it in person yet... but i cant find much info about the Borum hulls... and id like to know a lil about the boat before I go down (4 hour drive) and take a look at it....

    So i thought i would pick a few brains in here and see if anyone knows anything or has any advice as to what i may really be getting myself into... besides a money pit...

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    Ive seen these hulls go fast....

    1976 hallett jet boat

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    i see that you have a 76 Hallet... thats the other project that im lookin at... the Hallet is 1500 and the Borum is 500... the hallet has nearly everything there... but the motor needs gone through... and the only real seller on the hallet is that it has a new floor already in it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by biggnbrittle View Post
    i see that you have a 76 Hallet... thats the other project that im lookin at... the Hallet is 1500 and the Borum is 500... the hallet has nearly everything there... but the motor needs gone through... and the only real seller on the hallet is that it has a new floor already in it...
    No, not really. I looked up a Borum. The Hallett is a real boat. The Hallett will handle some HP. The Borum would just simply get you killed with more than 400.
    The Hallett is about 1000% the boat the Borum ever hoped to be. The Hallett with no egnine would be worth twice what the Borum is in turn key condition. A Borum with no engine is a sand box for the kids. It worth less than the gas money to go pick it up. And thats if it was flawless.



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    im having a hard time finding anything on the Borum... if you dont mind me askin where did you find some info on it?

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    I've noticed that GN7 is right about 97% of the time, I don't worry about the other 4% ....

    but seriously get the Hallett ... not being able to find info on a hull in this day and age is a sure sign they suck ....
    It may be OLD ,it may be Slow ... but at least it's MOBILE !!!

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    thats very true i didnt even think about that... there arent a whole lot of guys that run jet boats where im at so i dont have many brains to pick... thanks for the info and help...

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    That was a link i posted to the boat for sale in your are that i would get if i were you.

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    I build projects as much as anyone but, if I were you , and asking for advice- I would suggest you find a boat that is turn key. A boat that the owner can take you to a lake and demonstrate it in the water.


    There are so many nick nacks, ,misc parts involved when you buy something not complete, it could drain your wallet and/or your interests and take so much time to get into the water. Jet boats are not rare and there are plenty of good deals.
    As for things to look for, a known hull manufacturer is a big plus. I also like full length stringers, tandem axle trailer, one of the better known jet drives, not a panther, etc.

    Whatever you decide, best of luck to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Barcak View Post
    I build projects as much as anyone but, if I were you , and asking for advice- I would suggest you find a boat that is turn key. A boat that the owner can take you to a lake and demonstrate it in the water.


    There are so many nick nacks, ,misc parts involved when you buy something not complete, it could drain your wallet and/or your interests and take so much time to get into the water. Jet boats are not rare and there are plenty of good deals.
    As for things to look for, a known hull manufacturer is a big plus. I also like full length stringers, tandem axle trailer, one of the better known jet drives, not a panther, etc.

    Whatever you decide, best of luck to you.
    I don't know about turn key. That usually equates to ca$h. Even if you could just find a runner that might need some TLC. It's nice to be able to drive and enjoy something and make it the way you want it as you can afford it over time. Not much worse than getting something you have to buy all the parts for, laying out all that cash, then maybe not be able to use it for a year or more.

    As Steve said, best of luck whatever you decide.
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    I'd be remiss if I didn't offer you the same thing I've offered others... If you're looking for a project jetboat I have 2, free for the asking....BUT, they're in western Arizona.... I have a Cheetah mini day cruiser type,21' I think, and/or an 18' Horizon. Both are pretty much bare hulls with Berkley intakes..... Either one, free, bring your trailer. Or, $300., on a tandem axle trailer, and bring your tires.....I know you're waaaaay far away, but maybe you have relatives out west you could visit and take a boat home with you....
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    Keep in mind we are talking both are bare hulls with the pump. Maybe its me, but I see this as a no brainer. Maybe its a matter taste. The Borum doesn't even register on my radar. Imagine this thing with any real HP.



    Compared to a PROVEN Hallett design. And there is some doubt involved here?
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    A bare hull with nothing in it will cost BIG $$ to rig and in the end it will be worth 1/4 or less what you have invested in it. I agree with what others have said here: find a boat with a proven design that needs some tlc or engine work if you don't want to spend the money upfront for the boat. Boats are money pits no matter how you look at them. The cool part about jet boats is that you can dump just about any engine in it you want and engine parts are as close as your nearest junkyard or auto parts store.
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