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    Anyone know who put the first jet pump in a boat? What brand pump and boat? Who did the work? What the hell made them think to do it? Thought this might be a fun thread to read.....
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    I remember seeing a show on the military channel that a guy developed a jet boat for the marines I believe for swamps and shallow water stuff. Probably in the '50s. Don't remember the guys name though.

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    I'll guess it"s this guy in New Zealand, down by Queens Town , South Island New Zealand. So say my KIWI Bud's


    HamiltonJet - through the innovation and inspiration of Sir William Hamilton - pioneered the development of the commercial waterjet HamiltonJet Waterjet History.
    In the early 1950s, when Sir William Hamilton began experimenting with marine jets, he followed the lead of the most successful invention to date, the American Hanley Hydrojet. Using a round centrifugal water pump that drew in the water and expelled it through a steer able nozzle under the boat, he was able to achieve an encouraging but unspectacular speed of 11 mile per hour

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverslide View Post
    I'll guess it"s this guy in New Zealand, down by Queens Town , South Island New Zealand. So say my KIWI Bud's


    HamiltonJet - through the innovation and inspiration of Sir William Hamilton - pioneered the development of the commercial waterjet HamiltonJet Waterjet History.
    In the early 1950s, when Sir William Hamilton began experimenting with marine jets, he followed the lead of the most successful invention to date, the American Hanley Hydrojet. Using a round centrifugal water pump that drew in the water and expelled it through a steer able nozzle under the boat, he was able to achieve an encouraging but unspectacular speed of 11 mile per hour

    I guess I should have googled it first lol. Jetboat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Looks like you were right about Hamilton. I learned mold work from an old man on Flay Bob Airport years ago that claimed to be involved with installing one of the first Berkeley Pumps into a jet boat. He had his own molds, called the company Module Craft. Anyone ever heard of this? It would have been early sixties. His were tunnel hulls too.
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    Default A little story that I once heard

    So I was talking to an old timer that told me a story:

    Two guys one was an engineer were into boats and went to a boat show. As they were walking around they came to the Hamilton Jet booth, they were both intrigued by the premise of putting a water puimp in a boat as a propulsion device. They were checking out the Hamilton Jet multiple stage cut away jet. They went home and the engineer was thinking about the cut away that they were lookkiig at. He went back the next day and asked who was in charge and ended up talking to either the owner or an engineer for Hamilton Jet. He introduced himself as an engineer for a water pump company named "Berkeley Pumps". The engineer tried to convince the guy that multiple stages were not necessary, the guy just blew him off and told him that he didnt know what he was talking about.

    The engineer went back and designed a jet pump that soon became the main business of Berkeley Pumps..........and the rest is history.

    I bet that old boy from Hamilton wishes he had listened to that engineer from Berkeley Pumps.........lol

    Although I am not sure how accurate this story is, I thought it was pretty interesting.

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    Benjamin Franklin invented the jet drive. It was hand operated but used the same principle, water in, water out.
    I have a copy of his patent on my other computer that shows his original drawing along with all the other jet crap/history that I've bought, collected and scanned through the years. That other computer is almost dead and I have to figure out how to get all that stuff off it before it dies.

    Through the last few hundred years there were dozens of drives developed before Hamilton came out with his.

    Candido Jacuzzi was one, who already made irrigation pumps.



    Berkeley's first drive was actually built for Dorsett boats for their Sea Hawk model, powered by a Ford Falcon 6.


    Dick Schuster, Roger Weiman and Dick Clark who was a rep for Berkeley put the first pump in a deep V hull, a Tahiti. The rest is history.

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    I thought this was cool, lava falls in the Grand Canyon, 1960


    "River guides in Grand Canyon love to be the first to do anything, first to run a rapid, first to climb some obscure rock pinnacle, but for Otis “Dock” Marston and his 1960 expedition, it was an uprun of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Many early river runners like Harry Aleson and Ed Hudson vainly attempted this feat in the 1950s, but their thundering propeller-driven boats did not have enough power to make it up some of the rapids in Grand Canyon. The eventual success of the trip depended on the invention of the jet boat by New Zealander Bill Hamilton and his son Jon Hamilton" Courtesy NAU
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    old film footage of Hamilton going up the Colorado river....




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    Quote Originally Posted by riverslide View Post
    I'll guess it"s this guy in New Zealand, down by Queens Town , South Island New Zealand. So say my KIWI Bud's


    HamiltonJet - through the innovation and inspiration of Sir William Hamilton - pioneered the development of the commercial waterjet HamiltonJet Waterjet History.
    In the early 1950s, when Sir William Hamilton began experimenting with marine jets, he followed the lead of the most successful invention to date, the American Hanley Hydrojet. Using a round centrifugal water pump that drew in the water and expelled it through a steer able nozzle under the boat, he was able to achieve an encouraging but unspectacular speed of 11 mile per hour
    They are a customer of ours. We build furnaces for the investment casting industry. They are working on some huge stuff now days. Not sure if Hamilton invented the jet drive or not, but if you talk to them that's there story.

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    Awesome stuff!! Thanks for sharing Old Rigger.
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    That's some bad ass video right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motomattox View Post
    Awesome stuff!! Thanks for sharing Old Rigger.
    He's always good for some interesting stuff isn't he.!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdog View Post
    So I was talking to an old timer that told me a story:


    The engineer went back and designed a jet pump that soon became the main business of Berkeley Pumps..........and the rest is history.


    Chris
    A friend of mine family purchased one of the first boats built with one of those pumps. The boat has a 289 Ford in it. They still have the boat.

    I don't know if he has any pics of it when it was new. I'll see what I can get from him

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleeper CP View Post
    A friend of mine family purchased one of the first boats built with one of those pumps. The boat has a 289 Ford in it. They still have the boat.

    I don't know if he has any pics of it when it was new. I'll see what I can get from him

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    Which boat are you talking about?

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