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    First off I'm new to the boating seen and am currently looking for my first boat . I'm interested in Jet boats mostly for the safety issue (no prop) and for the fact that I just really like them for some reason. I also here there is less maintenance. Anyways, I ran across one that looked promising and am wondering what some of you input was on the brand and what not.

    Here's the craigslist ad:
    http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/boa/857518047.html

    I've still gotta talk to the guy to find out some info and ultimately check it out.... are there any recommendations? Seems like a very knowledgable forum... I really like some of the boats you guys have... just don't need to be screaming across the lake at 90mph....yet Thanks

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    Never heard a a targa, myself. Looks just like my dads old eliminator. If it runs good, I'd think its worth 3.5k. Check the stringers . If I remember right I've heard the upper limit to the eliminator hull is 60 ish? Maybe some on else will chime in.
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    Looks like a good boat. Being a jet and a bigger boat like that be prepaired to use some gasoline. In my experience the bigger the boat the less efficient a jet is for pushing it through the water.

    But that looks like a great family/ski boat for sure! For 3500 turn key you can't beat that fo sho.

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    nice find, see if you can arrange a test spin in it at his convience, if all goes good, go for it, the price is right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by draven90 View Post
    First off I'm new to the boating seen and am currently looking for my first boat . I'm interested in Jet boats mostly for the safety issue (no prop) and for the fact that I just really like them for some reason. I also here there is less maintenance. Anyways, I ran across one that looked promising and am wondering what some of you input was on the brand and what not.

    Here's the craigslist ad:
    http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/boa/857518047.html

    I've still gotta talk to the guy to find out some info and ultimately check it out.... are there any recommendations? Seems like a very knowledgable forum... I really like some of the boats you guys have... just don't need to be screaming across the lake at 90mph....yet Thanks
    If a test ride is in the mix, okay, looks like a great deal for 3.5k. The parts alone are worth more than that. M

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    looks like a big ol heavy boat ,60 mph might be pushing it good looking boat though what's in the engine? any pump work been done? definately check the stringers, and the floor.

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    looks almost exactly like the eliminator 20' thats at my house right now if it runs and its in good shape then i'd be all over this! if its the same hull, i can tell you that its a great one and it'll eat up most of what the phoenix lakes dish out. also a perfect parker boat. its a scary ride with a place diverter up too high and definately leave the turn fin on. with a stock 460 ford it runs all day at 50- 55 with the foot to the floor fully loaded up

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    Pretty sure your looking at a Tarva made in Fresno area (see Mic database http://www.uscgboating.org/recalls/m...il.aspx?id=MYD) Looks like an Eliminator 20' Sport cruiser "splash" maybe ,the boat in the pics looks pretty good , prolly a smokin deal for for the $$ Tom

    Our Family boat is a similar V-drive version ,absolutly Love it !

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    I agree with everyone,,it's a very nice boat! don't sweat the speed too much in a boat that size..which is like mine..you'll be holding everyone's beer and icechests anyway! good luck with the purchase.
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    That boat would not have even made it up for sale on the East Coast.Someone the seller knows would have bought it.Looks really good.All the good deals are on the left coast.

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    if it runs decently, and no major problems, that's a smokin deal - bbc/berk 12jc are not the easiest things to find at that price. there are always minor things that will come up, but that's a great buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squirtin my load View Post
    looks almost exactly like the eliminator 20' thats at my house right now if it runs and its in good shape then i'd be all over this! if its the same hull, i can tell you that its a great one and it'll eat up most of what the phoenix lakes dish out. also a perfect parker boat. its a scary ride with a place diverter up too high and definately leave the turn fin on. with a stock 460 ford it runs all day at 50- 55 with the foot to the floor fully loaded up

    Thanks for all the info guys... Have had a hard time trying to schedule time to see it... The guy still has it, we just keep missing each other and are continuing the whole phone tag thing. His schedule vs my schedule. Hoping to see it this week... All I know about it is that it's got a 454 in it...
    How much gas we talking about this thing gulping down??? Can a full tank go the day at the lake with you foot in it?

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    Depends on how big the tank is.

    I carry 20 gallons. I can tow tubes or skiiers for about 3.4 to 4 hours, and better be close to gas then. I've got a little more than an hour straight run time (longest trip I made so far, 20 lake miles, on Table Rock, at mostly 35 to 37mph cruise), 11 gallons of fuel. That was trying hard to stay out of the mechanical seccondary 4-barrell.

    Water was a touch rough to throw the tail up and cruise 49 @ 4-grand, and I was trying to not outrun my tour guide in his I/O.
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    Quote Originally Posted by draven90 View Post
    Thanks for all the info guys... Have had a hard time trying to schedule time to see it... The guy still has it, we just keep missing each other and are continuing the whole phone tag thing. His schedule vs my schedule. Hoping to see it this week... All I know about it is that it's got a 454 in it...
    it also has a berkeley 12JC pump, which is good for a boat like this. a jc is easy to remove/reinstall if you ever need to have it rebuilt.

    Quote Originally Posted by draven90 View Post
    How much gas we talking about this thing gulping down??? Can a full tank go the day at the lake with you foot in it?
    they do use some gas. it's not gonna carry enough to run a 9 hour marathon at wot without a refill. run it for awhile and find out. i don't fully trust tank guages in these things, so i carry a dipstick in my cruiser.

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