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    Hello fellow jet boaters,
    I'm new here and to jet boats, from Alabama, anyone else from the southeast.
    I would like to get alittle help before I end up making an uneducated decission on buying this jet boat. I found this boat on craigslist for 600. It is setup for a BBC it has all the engine mounting plates and everything else needed to put an engine back in it. Supposedly all it needs is an engine. I was told it is a 1979 20' stinger. That is all the seller knows, and said that is all it has on the title. I have not been to inspect this boat (going tomorrow). Can anyone tell me anything about it, or about stinger jetboats? Also can anyone identify the jet drive by the pictures? In doing little research I found that there are boats with full stringers and short stringers, some where the engine bolts straight to the stringer and some with aluminum rails. I'm not sure what this boat has yet. What should I pay speacial attention to, I know to inspect the floor, transom and stringers if there accessible. I dont know what to look for on the jetdrive, how to inspect it or what to look for. I know the boat needs seats someone put automotive seats in it. Boat comes with trailer and everything for 600. I want to get into jet boating as a fall/winter project looking forward to building another engine. Would appreciate help from you guys. Pictures are attached. Thanks JBM
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    I don't know but I'd be weary of a boat with seats that look like they're out of an SUV

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    Pump looks to be Berkeley JC with a place diverter on it. The pump is probably worth $600 so long as it's not smoked.
    Too much horsepower is almost enough!!!


    My boat is fast.....on Craiglist or EBay.


    I've been 340mph+ with a boat........In the back of a C130!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stc315 View Post
    Pump looks to be Berkeley JC with a place diverter on it. The pump is probably worth $600 so long as it's not smoked.
    Non Split Bowl. Only WoRth $600 With The New Style Place Divertor. I Would Have To Hesitate Before I Bought Anything I Couldnt Drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stc315 View Post
    Pump looks to be Berkeley JC with a place diverter on it. The pump is probably worth $600 so long as it's not smoked.

    How do I know if the pump is smoked, and what is a diverter?

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    How do i inspect/test the pump, I want to check it but really dont know what to check?

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    I bet it's got heated seats.


    Seriously, keep looking. Someone that does not belong working on boats has molested that hull.
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    Hold it firmly on the ground, a few pelvic thrusts should do the trick. If not repeat till satisfied!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2002CP19 View Post
    I bet it's got heated seats.


    Seriously, keep looking. Someone that does not belong working on boats has molested that hull.

    Do you say that because of the seats or do you see something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBM View Post
    Do you say that because of the seats or do you see something else?
    I'm sure it needs to be torn apart and gone thru. Maybe those seats are there to draw your attention away from something else. Steering wheel looks rusty like its been sitting for a while. Check those cables out while your at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schick View Post
    Hold it firmly on the ground, a few pelvic thrusts should do the trick. If not repeat till satisfied!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBM View Post
    How do I know if the pump is smoked, and what is a diverter?

    See if the jet turns freely and without noises at the shaft spline with little resistance , look thru the removed cleanout cover and up thru the intake at the impeller from below to get a basic visual on the jet drive , The only real way to know what condition the jet is in is the "performance" when operational or disassembly , The boat looks decent but I will have to say , harsh as it sounds and with due respect , all the seats would have to go , they look out of place and wrong , also bear in mind boats in general are very weight sensitive and those babies alone gotta weigh a ton Tom

    ps "the diverter" refered to is the additional up and down trim feature at the end of the jet, in general terms it alone if complete is worth north of $500+ even in the used market
    Jet Boat Performance, Place Diverter Jet trim

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post

    See if the jet turns freely and without noises at the shaft spline with little resistance , look thru the removed cleanout cover and up thru the intake at the impeller from below to get a basic visual on the jet drive , The only real way to know what condition the jet is in is the "performance" when operational or disassembly , The boat looks decent but I will have to say , harsh as it sounds and with due respect , all the seats would have to go , they look out of place and wrong , also bear in mind boats in general are very weight sensitive and those babies alone gotta weigh a ton Tom

    ps "the diverter" refered to is the additional up and down trim feature at the end of the jet, in general terms it alone if complete is worth north of $500+ even in the used market
    Jet Boat Performance, Place Diverter Jet trim
    You guys have been absolutley helpful thus far, I really appreciate your helping a jet boat dummy here. Possibly the fastest response of any forum ive been on for any topic.
    I completely agree about the seats. To me when I look at the boat now I dont even think about the seats because they will be coming off and in the dump before the boat ever hits the water. My worry is I dont know much about jet boats and I want to do the best I can at inspecting this boat. I think at 600 its a pretty good deal even though I will have to redo the interier and get an engine. But that is the fun part. What about the stringers, full vs long is it easy enough to just look at them and know which it has. Should I stay away from short stringers? And should I stay away if it doesnt have the aluminum rails for engine mounting? If the pump requires a rebuild how much are we talking about, and I dont half a** anything so if it needs rebuilt I will go all out on the rebuild. Not talking about upgrading just a complete rebuild, and is that pump worth rebuilding? Also where can I find the clean out cover? Sorry for so many questions but its vital to try and get as much info as possible before I go look at the boat. Again I really appreciae your time and knowledge
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBM View Post
    You guys have been absolutley helpful thus far, I really appreciate your helping a jet boat dummy here. Possibly the quikest response of any forum ive been on for any topic.
    I completely agree about the seats. To me when I look at the boat now I dont even think about the seats because they will be coming off and in the dump before the boat ever hits the water. My worry is I dont know much about jet boats and I want to do the best I can at inspecting this boat. I think at 600 its a pretty good deal even though I will have to redo the interier and get an engine. But that is the fun part. What about the stringers, full vs long is it easy enough to just look at them and know which it has. Should I stay away from short stringers? And should I stay away if it doesnt have the aluminum rails for engine mounting? If the pump requires a rebuild how much are we talking about, and I dont half a** anything so if it needs rebuilt I will go all out on the rebuild. Not talking about upgrading just a complete rebuild, and is that pump worth rebuilding?
    Suspect the seats could bring some big bucks on the ebay section for "boats that runs over 100 mph" category , also suspect that boat is of "motor box" construction (partial stringer) vs full stringers , a bit less desirable than full stringers regarding rails and mounting this is typically based on application, Horse power and your budget Re the 600 seems like an OK price depending on what your working toward Pump overhauls kits range from around $300 and up , depending on what the jet needs Tom

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    I bought my first boat for 600 bucks also. What a learning experience that was. Some things to look for, transom rot, stringer rot, floor rot, overall paint condition, and check all cables for dried out and broken plastic. The steering wheel should turn fairly easily as well as the nozzle and diverter controls should operate easily. Crawl under and look for damage to the hull. Take a flash light and visually look up the intake and inspect the impeller while someone spins the shaft. Cables can replaced easily but the can get spendy if budget is tight. Jet pumps can be replaced or rebuilt but again pricey. I personally hate fiberglass work so for me, any rot is a deal breaker. I would have to recommend that after you look at it. Leave it and sleep on it. Rebuilding my first boat was a wonderful experience but got expensive with all the nickel and diming. Keep us posted.

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    Where in Alabama do you live?

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