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    Default Getting back into the Jet Boat state of mind, feelers out for an Open Bow 20' Jet

    I tried to post this earlier, but for some reason, the post didn't show up. Let me try again.

    I've been away from jet boats for a while, but lately I've been thinking more and more about getting back in the game, now that my kids are a little older, and have a little (very little) extra money.

    I've had several jet boats in the past, including a '77 Marlin, a 79-ish Kachina project, an 80-ish Earl Smith Gullwing, and a 90-something 19' CP Gullwing open bow. I used to be on the RealJetBoats message board, the Hot Boats board, and a couple of others along the way, along with a lot of you folks who's screen names I still recognize.

    Anyway, I find myself in the mood for more of a "family friendly" boat, something along the lines of a 20' Spectra or similar hull (I like the rounded nose and classic lines of the Spectras). I'm looking for an open bow, closed engine compartment, Berk or clone jet, and Ford or Chevy Power. All level of projects, from "basket case" to "finished boat" are on the radar screeen.

    I just wanted to say that it's good to be back into a jet boat state of mind.

    Steve M.

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    Welcome back !!

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    Welcome back.
    Jim Rich (squirtin thunder) had an open bow Spectra 20 project that he was trying to sell. Not sure if he still has it, but it was in the spam section a few weeks ago....Hal

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    I saw that one, if I'm thinking of the same boat. That's the one for $650, that was a basic basket case, correct? I like the hull, but it would be a MAJOR project. I think I would want to start over with full stringers, new everything, etc.

    I could live with that kind of a deal for a more "local" boat, but it's not quite as attractive if I have to drive halfway across the country for it.

    I also learned many years ago that it's normally cheaper to buy a project that's complete, or nearly complete, as opposed to starting with the bare minimum, although I've done it both ways.

    I also saw that there is a guy who is making new hulls based on the Spectra / Howard designs. Those look very nice, but I'm not sure I can swing that kind of $$$.

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    That twin-jet Ultra is a cool ride, and probably well worth the asking price, with a 540.

    Not so sure I'd want to be one of the very few with a dual jet drive. There have to be thousands of boats with single Berk/AT/Dom type pumps, but how many ever had the dual jets?

    I remember back when the twin jet drives started showing up (had to be around '98, when that boat was new). I didn't remember any "production" boats with the twin jets. Is that the setup that uses a gearbox mounted to the front of the two pumps?

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    what kind of setup for twin pumps

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    I was in the same boat (no pun intended) and picked up this '89 Carrera 20.5 Elite open bow. Absolutely love it, it rides great and runs decent for still having stock power. Good luck on the search.



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    What part of the country what is your budget?

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    Jetmugg, Hi i am new to this site and am having problems logging in so im trying this way. I have an '83 baja 190br that is in pretty good shape just needs some TLC and new interior, 460 Ford/Berkley Jet w/hyd trim if you are interested? My name is Ron and my number is 901-488-2230 if interested. Live in Tennessee. You can call anytime or text and leave message if no answer.

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    Not production had it put in I think in 2006 or 2007.
    I can say that there has not been any issues with this version at all.
    Pumps bolt to the intake just like any other pump and the gear box is all machined, water cooled with Casale gears.
    comes out of the hole without putting the nose in the air and gets on plane quick.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetmugg View Post
    That twin-jet Ultra is a cool ride, and probably well worth the asking price, with a 540.

    Not so sure I'd want to be one of the very few with a dual jet drive. There have to be thousands of boats with single Berk/AT/Dom type pumps, but how many ever had the dual jets?

    I remember back when the twin jet drives started showing up (had to be around '98, when that boat was new). I didn't remember any "production" boats with the twin jets. Is that the setup that uses a gearbox mounted to the front of the two pumps?

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    is it worth it, does it rob alot of top end, lots of questions as I have heard only top fuel has enough power for twin prop, have seen twin engine and twin pump

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    Wecome back to the jetboats Steve
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    Gained about 12 mph but the acceleration is amazing. Use to cruise at 4400 to go 36 now cruise at 3600 to go 46-48. Maneuvering is so much better too. When you are idling in the 5 mph it is almost like a flat (not quite). As most of you know they are a heavy boat to begin with.
    though they were advertised to run around 52, before the pumps it maxed out at 46 and my crew chief has the sister boat and it is exactly the same.

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    is it worth it, does it rob alot of top end, lots of questions as I have heard only top fuel has enough power for twin prop, have seen twin engine and twin pump
    Last edited by progas; 07-18-2012 at 08:01 PM.

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