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    Greetings All!

    Been reading/learning about jet boats as much as I can and just registered with this site a week or so ago. I am looking for some information on Crusader hulls(I know the basics, company was based in Anaheim, re-opened in 92, etc). There is a Crusader Jet Boat relatively close to me and it seems like a very nice boat. It's been on ebay several times in the past month, so many of you have undoubtedly seen it. I hope it's okay to post ebay links on this site, I know some are a bit finicky about that.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...254850958&rd=1

    You can tell from the pics/description that it's a full stringer boat(a huge plus imho, but would be interested in others thoughts on this), droop snoot, ride plate, place diverter, etc. Engine seems to be a moderate build.

    From what I've seen in jet boat pricing, his buy it now is a little high, but I certainly don't want to insult the owner. There just isn't a lot of interest in old style jet boats around Indiana; I think that's part of the reason for the lack of bidding on this boat.

    Any information on Crusader boats in general, or this one in particular would be greatly appreciated(things to look for when I go to see it, etc). Thanks in advance!

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    Brian A.

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    Welcome to the site!!!

    Looks like a good boat to me. Rare to see jet boats like that on this side of the country.

    If I were in the market for a new boat right now, I would go look at it!
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    Yes, I am sure he has every bit of 9000+ in that boat but that is just too bad. Times are tough and He is going to have to give a little to get off that boat. $6000 tops for your offer would be fair for you and him. Inevitably, You will dump an additional 3-4000 into it over the course of a few years and you will end up getting 5-6000 for it when you sell. Boats are not an investment.

    Welcome to the site. and no, when it comes to things like this, e-bay links are fine to post. Especially if you post them to be made fun of.

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    Welcome to the forum. I think I would offer him 4K and no more than 4.5K and see what he says. Maybe start at 3.75K. Translation for those in Rio Linda and KY $4000.00, $4,500.00 and $3,750.00 LMAO Just kidding about Rio Linda and KY.
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    Hello!

    Thanks to those who have responded. I appreciate the thoughts on the boats value, but I'm also hoping to learn a little more about the Crusader boat company and if in fact it is a quality hull. Full stringers are definitely a plus from everything I've read, but does anyone have an idea what model Crusader this is?

    Thanks again!

    Brian A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZR WON View Post
    Hello!

    Thanks to those who have responded. I appreciate the thoughts on the boats value, but I'm also hoping to learn a little more about the Crusader boat company and if in fact it is a quality hull. Full stringers are definitely a plus from everything I've read, but does anyone have an idea what model Crusader this is?

    Thanks again!

    Brian A.
    It is a v bottom 18'. I have had the tunnel 18's before. They are a lot like the southwind 18'. Crusader makes great boats that handle well. Full stringers are a good thing for a boat to have. They are still in business now. You could call them up and ask the manufacturrer himself. http://www.californiacool.net/pb/wp_...69486861291798 Here is the link to their site. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZR WON View Post
    Greetings All!

    Been reading/learning about jet boats as much as I can and just registered with this site a week or so ago. I am looking for some information on Crusader hulls(I know the basics, company was based in Anaheim, re-opened in 92, etc). There is a Crusader Jet Boat relatively close to me and it seems like a very nice boat. It's been on ebay several times in the past month, so many of you have undoubtedly seen it. I hope it's okay to post ebay links on this site, I know some are a bit finicky about that.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...254850958&rd=1

    You can tell from the pics/description that it's a full stringer boat(a huge plus imho, but would be interested in others thoughts on this), droop snoot, ride plate, place diverter, etc. Engine seems to be a moderate build.

    From what I've seen in jet boat pricing, his buy it now is a little high, but I certainly don't want to insult the owner. There just isn't a lot of interest in old style jet boats around Indiana; I think that's part of the reason for the lack of bidding on this boat.

    Any information on Crusader boats in general, or this one in particular would be greatly appreciated(things to look for when I go to see it, etc). Thanks in advance!

    Regards

    Brian A.

    I have had 2 of these boats. I personally like them. This one that your looking at is a 18 1/2ft Bubble Deck. They made a 18ft even slant deck and a 18 1/2 bubble deck. The bubble deck were heavier boats then the 18. Looks like some one set the pump up. It looks like its setback, nice rail kit. I would drive it first. But looks like a steal to me.

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    If I do take it for a ride, what should I be looking for? I'm sure function first(place diverter operation, hot idle oil pressure for main bearing wear indication, etc). I too noticed the pump has been set up. It doesn't look to have a wedge, but it has a ride plate and droop snoot. I'm guessing if set up properly this boat should go through the water with little to no 'porpoising.' Hard to guess what the boats top speed would be(as impeller type is not mentioned), but I'm guessing low to mid 60s on smooth water? Thanks for all the thoughts!

    Brian A.

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    Because I am at work I cannot get on the ebay link to see what it looks like but I own now an 18' V Hull Crusader Jet Boat (1978) and I love it. It rides very well and has plenty of room for me and a few people. I run mine with a stock Ford 460, Jacuzzi WJ pump, diverter and it's about a 60mph boat. Here are some pics I have so maybe you can compare. I got mine for a steal not long ago (from a friend) but generally my boat would run $5-6K.

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    Heres my 1981 Crusader 18ft with a 468 with a berk pump. Im rebuilding the jet and doing a shoe and ride plate. It runs 74mph on gps now.


    And here is my old 1983 Crusader 18 1/2ft with a 454 and a fresh berk pump that ran 65. I sold this one for $7800

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    The ebay boat.



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    ugh, this drive me crazy. Work blocks some photosharing so if its photobucket (or similar) I can't see it either. Only pics hosted through this site I can see. Guess I have to wait to get home! Damn Government!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZR WON View Post
    If I do take it for a ride, what should I be looking for? I'm sure function first(place diverter operation, hot idle oil pressure for main bearing wear indication, etc). I too noticed the pump has been set up. It doesn't look to have a wedge, but it has a ride plate and droop snoot. I'm guessing if set up properly this boat should go through the water with little to no 'porpoising.' Hard to guess what the boats top speed would be(as impeller type is not mentioned), but I'm guessing low to mid 60s on smooth water? Thanks for all the thoughts!

    Brian A.

    As long as it runs strong and the pump is tight, I dont think you can go wrong at $4000
    I paid $5000 for my red and white one and it needed interior 1 year later.

    Check for oil leaks, water leaks, oil pressure, from an idle floor it, watch the rpms, and that will give you an idea of how well the pump is. From those pics there is no diverter. You might want to put a down wedge in it.

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    See if the owner has a problem stoping by the local gas station on the way to the lake for a good ol dose of pump gas.
    Last edited by H20MOFO; 06-26-2008 at 02:17 PM.
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