Well, first off I hate joining a forum like this where my first post is just newb questions... So go easy on me please! Feel free to skip the first part of this as it's mostly my intro/plans for whatever boat I buy.
A little about me:
- My DD is an 87 Grand National on E85...
- I've been working in the oilfield for 7 months now, and my budget isn't crazy, but I do make enough for toys.
- Before the new job, I worked for over 4 years in the Monster Truck industry. I am familiar with Blown/Injected alcohol BBCs, and what a bitch they are.
- I am very mechanically inclined, significantly more experienced than most 24 year olds, and not afraid to ask how to do things the RIGHT way.
- My time is limited due to work, my space is limited to my two car garage
- I have moderate fab skills and limited tools, but lots and lots of enthusiastic friends.
Ok, first things first. Here is what I've decided I want: Jet boat, seating for at least 5,Rear bench faces forward(not towards engine). I really like how the Taylor SS looks, and the TX19s are also sick.
I've been "in the market" for a good solid boat for around a year, but I'm starting to think I just don't know enough to make an informed decision.
This boat will be a lake boat only... Looks, style, and having 800-1000hp on tap are the only things I care about. I don't care about doing 100mph, drag racing, or anything other than showing off and having fun. Haters, feel free to hate, but I'm being completely honest here. Although it may sound like a contradiction, my goals are simplicity while being completely overkill.
It will be twin turbo, run off E85, and more than likely run a blow through carb from CSU. I am completely aware of how much my engine program will cost. I have not decided if the engine will be BBC based or LsX based. I am open to running a blower, but more partial to twins for various reasons.
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Should I buy a completed project?
I know there are plenty of benefits to buying a good running boat, but my primary concern is that I honestly don't know enough about jet boats to not get completely hosed. I know next to nothing about structural fiberglass work, stringer condition, jet pump condition ect. I've got my mechanical background, but that's not going to save me from a nicely covered hack job. This is really what I'd like to do, mainly due to the fact that someone else has already dumped a ton of time and money into making a nice boat already. I can simply change what I don't like, but I'll at least know how everything is supposed to go together. The real issue here is finding one I like for a price I can afford. I'm comfortable spending $5-8,000 for a lake ready boat.
Should I buy a complete running boat that "needs work"?
I am completely open to custom interior and paint work. Paint I know very well, interior work on the other hand is a complete mystery. I see quite a few quality boats missing their rear bench seat, which for me is essential. I'd love to build my own custom interior, but I don't even know where to start. The biggest thing I'm worried about is buying someone's disaster and having to pay someone to fix it.
So what do you guys think? Is there anywhere I can go read or learn about things like building custom seats, or how to check the structural integrity of a boat? Where would you look for good deals on boats? I am very serious about this, and I am in no hurry to buy right now. I'll be happy if I get out on the lake by next summer.