Took the Tahiti up to Mardon yesterday. The wind was blowing like hell from Ellensburg all the way to Royal city. I was actually expecting to turn her around and head home when I got there. Didn't see any point in taking it out for the first time to white caps and cold water.
We were pleasantly surprised when we pulled up and the water wasnt bad. Minutes after launching the boat the wind died and the sun came out.
There were only a couple of fishing boats on the lake, so we ripped around with no baffles and learned how the jet boat works. A whole lotta fun.
I learned more about the diverter, reverse, etc. I did see a noticeable improvement in how the boat ran when the water was allowed to run at a little warmer temp.
My only issue as far as I can see is that she idles pretty high.
Yeah, it is pretty cool. I bought the Tahiti back before my son was born (about 15 years ago). to the best of my knowledge at the time it needed the engine rebuilt. It had belonged to a buddy of mine, and I bought it on the cheap knowing it didn't run, the upholstery needed to be redone and it was oxidized badly. I sold it when my son was about 6 months old. I did get one pic of him sitting in the drivers seat that I am looking for. I got to know the fellow that bought it from me and he told me more about what he had to do in the process of restoring the boat.
He pulled the engine out first, and found out that it had thrown a rod. He replaced the engine, keeping only the heads that he rebuilt, the intake and the headers.
He upgraded the lower end, the cam and the carb. Changed out the distributor, ignition and fuel pump, switched to a Holley 800 carb from the 750, new red top battery.
He rebuilt the pump after pulling 20' of ski rope out of the impeller. He added a diverter and a loader grate.
after finding out that one of the fuel tanks was leaking, he took them both out and cleaned them up, welding the cracked one. Turns out the transom was rotted away and the rest of the floor was in bad shape.
In reupholstering the seats he found that the wood they were made from was dried out and falling apart, so they were completely rebuilt.
The wiring was a disaster and the steering cables were ruined.
The trailer had old, dried up car tires that were replaced, new bearings and bearing buddies were added, with new wiring and lights for the trailer.
The good news? The hull was in great shape after buffing it out, haha!
I bought it back a couple weeks ago with all this work done. He also added a bunch of valves for cold water, hot water, etc that I am learning.
I am tickled to death to have it back, and so happy that it just fires right up and goes through the water so well. It seems like usually my purchases turn out to be great big, disasappointing projects that I dont have the $, the time or the knowledge to fix up.
I am hoping this is a sign that things are turning around for me, haha!