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    So, I have a chance to grab a 73 sleekcraft mini-daycruiser, with a 454, jet drive. It needs a little interior work and a drive cable. I can get it for 1500, running. How hard is it to replace a drive cable, and how costly? Heres a picture of the boat. can anyone tell me what kind of jet drive it is, I was told it was a jacuzzi YJ. IS this setup decent for a family ski boat?
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    $1500 running sounds like a decent price, looks like a Jacuzzi, they are okay lake boat pumps, and there are kits to step them up quite a bit. As for changing the cable, not sure, never changed one...

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    that is a jacuzzi YJ... what drive cable are you talking about? steering or forward-reverse? if it is the steering cable you will probably need to replace the rack and pinion(steering wheel mounts to it)and cable combo. most steering cables in 1973 are obsolete and can't be found. they sell a kit for this...if it's the forward reverse cable it it readily available...

    YJ's are great pumps for what you want to do. I ran them for years. the biggest problem with them is you will never be able to through a "rooster tail"...
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    Question? Is that a crack in the hull below the drivers side exhaust? Just noticed it.

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    Its not a crack, the paint is chipped off right there, but there is no cracking that I can see, Im going tomorrow to take a little closer look at it, and hear it run. The owner said the oil pressure runs a low, but its an electric gauge so ill check it with a mechanical. Ive built a ton of motors for jeeps, hotrods etc, so working on a 454 is pretty basic for me if the oil pressure really is low. The only thing Im unsure about it how hard it is to remove the engine from the pump. Is it difficult or basic like a tranny removal? If the pressure really is on the low side what do you think this boat is worth? If I redo the boat will I get my money back out of it if I ever decided to sell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by k5-cj5 View Post
    Its not a crack, the paint is chipped off right there, but there is no cracking that I can see, Im going tomorrow to take a little closer look at it, and hear it run. The owner said the oil pressure runs a low, but its an electric gauge so ill check it with a mechanical. Ive built a ton of motors for jeeps, hotrods etc, so working on a 454 is pretty basic for me if the oil pressure really is low. The only thing Im unsure about it how hard it is to remove the engine from the pump. Is it difficult or basic like a tranny removal? If the pressure really is on the low side what do you think this boat is worth? If I redo the boat will I get my money back out of it if I ever decided to sell?
    Removal of the engine will pull the driveline spline out of the pump leaving the driveline hanging from the flywheel , regarding oil pressure could be anything from a sender /guage issue to an engine overhaul , regarding recouping your investment , It depends on the market in your area and the next buyer ... A guy I used to work with used to say "theres an ass for ever seat" not likely you'll have too much trouble finding a buyer when you decide to sell it again Good Luck Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by k5-cj5 View Post
    Its not a crack, the paint is chipped off right there, but there is no cracking that I can see, Im going tomorrow to take a little closer look at it, and hear it run. The owner said the oil pressure runs a low, but its an electric gauge so ill check it with a mechanical. Ive built a ton of motors for jeeps, hotrods etc, so working on a 454 is pretty basic for me if the oil pressure really is low. The only thing Im unsure about it how hard it is to remove the engine from the pump. Is it difficult or basic like a tranny removal? If the pressure really is on the low side what do you think this boat is worth? If I redo the boat will I get my money back out of it if I ever decided to sell?
    That's good. Should be an easy fix then! I'm a gear head myself. Looking at these it looks a lot easier to pull an engine than it would from a car! Hope it works out for you. Let us know! Looks really nice!

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    I have the v drive version and I can tell you that the hulls are hell for stout. Its a heavy hull thats rigid. It makes a great family cruiser. -Definitely not a race hull. Make sure and check the floors and stringers for rot. The 1972 Nescher built hull I have appears to be hand laid up and good quality with attention to good sealing around the drain holes. Mine has its original stringers, but the upper false floors have been replaced.
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    Thanks for all the great info! Now I just have to decide whether to get the daycruiser or keep my 85 centurion 16ft.

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