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    Default My New 79 Charger Jet

    So went and looked at a few boats today, the last one I looked at was the one I liked the most from pictures, as well as what people said on here. So after looking all day, I bought it! 1979 19' Charger mini-daycruiser. 454 Berkeley jet, with external clean-out it has an A impeller according to the pump tag, has a rudder, polished nozzle. Single owner boat. Everything was in great shape and it ran great. A little smaller that I was looking for, but it was a good fit! What do you guys think? Aside from a diverter, any thoughts of what it may need?

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    Sweet cruiser . Diverter and run it. Possibly a split bowl in the future but I have no idea what it takes to make that work on an e- pump as far as add on accessories.. droops, wedges, and the like..

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    Very nice Gas and Go!! Don't lay a wrench on it until you are forced to!!!

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    I agree with everybody else. Keep your eyes out for a diverter and that's it for a while. She's clean, just enjoy it for a season or so! Congratulations.

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    Awesome, thanks guys! Ill keep my eye open for a diverter and be done, for now! I'm sure there is ride plate adjustment etc, but I haven't looked into any of that yet. The owner said he got it to just over 60 GPS, but ill find out if that's accurate when I take it out next week!

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    Default hydraulic or mechanical diverter

    I was curious, is there advantages to hydraulic versus mechanical diverters, aside from the obvious controls for the driver. Does one perform better than the other etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by k5-cj5 View Post
    I was curious, is there advantages to hydraulic versus mechanical diverters, aside from the obvious controls for the driver. Does one perform better than the other etc?
    The performance between the two is basically the same , sales history for us over the years here are about equally split for lake boats , smaller boats trend to manual systems, bigger boat owners often chose hydraulic systems to avoid the "shifter on the floor" aspect and for convenience as the control for hydraulic is a simple dash or steering wheel switch ,cable routing on manual systems due to swim deck interference and other obstructions can also be a factor in deciding . Reliability on this Place products is outstanding as is the customer support and warranty , always money well spent on a Jet boat . E Pumps like your tend to be a bit more $ than standard 12J trim systems due to the design of the steering and forward reverse (cables) Tom

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    Sweet ride

    Simple maintenance oil & filter, fuel filter, water seperator if there is one, grease fittings on the drive line u-joints & forward shaft bearing, fill that bowl with grease (I like Lucas red)


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    Ok great thanks for the information. I was just on your website looking at the setups! I was leaning towards the hydraulic unit, seems like it would be a cleaner install that the mechanical. Decisions decisions. Im sure ill be ordering one in the next month or so. Thanks again.

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    Washed the boat today, and decided to give it a coat of wax. I used Maguiars Cleaner wax (Not Marine), and it did ok bringing out the shine. My only issue was the fact that it swirled really bad on the black parts of the boat. Any ideas of what wax works the best? There is a little oxydation, not bad, but the swirling on the black was annoying. Here are some pictures. hard to see on the picture, but they are there!
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    I currently have a single battery setup, and was thinking it would be a good idea to add a second battery and switch, for those days when I leave the radio on a little too long! Is it worth adding the second battery, or not? I know its pretty easy to due. Tomorrow Ill take pictures of my battery setup, and how I want to modify the setup. Also, the gauges are a little faded, but still working, I happen to have some autometer gauges in my shop, I was thinking about swapping into the boat. Is the gas tank sender usually like a standard chevy sending unit, or ? And the last thing for the night, I need to get a bimini top, anyone have a place they have used that makes a good quality top?

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    Nice float
    Shhh!! Can you hear that?? GJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by k5-cj5 View Post
    I currently have a single battery setup, and was thinking it would be a good idea to add a second battery and switch, for those days when I leave the radio on a little too long! Is it worth adding the second battery, or not? I know its pretty easy to due. Tomorrow Ill take pictures of my battery setup, and how I want to modify the setup. Also, the gauges are a little faded, but still working, I happen to have some autometer gauges in my shop, I was thinking about swapping into the boat. Is the gas tank sender usually like a standard chevy sending unit, or ? And the last thing for the night, I need to get a bimini top, anyone have a place they have used that makes a good quality top?
    I'd add a second battery and an isolator. Run your radio and accessories direct.
    I sourced a bimini for mine from ebay, similar to this one: Deluxe 4 Bow 8 Foot Long Pontoon Deck Boat Bimini Top Boat Cover 54" H 73" 78" W | eBay

    I did trim it down a bit, 54" was too tall. There are more sizing/height options available for 6' tops.

    If you want to bring out an awesome shine, you may have to wet sand. I spent way more time than I should have and blew through too many foam pads trying several different rubbing/cutting compounds before finally throwing in the towel and wet sanding. Uncovered her yesterday and she shines just as nice as she did when I covered her in Sept. Prior to wet sanding, she'd be all chalked up in the spring and I'd have to get the polisher out again. I'll apply another coat of Glare this year by hand and be good for the next 4-5 yrs.
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    Thanks for all the info. Ill be looking into all the top options. I will do a second battery and was looking at a Blue sea Systems 120A smart isolator, and on/off switch. Heres a link:

    http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Sea-Systems-120A-Add-A-Battery/dp/B000RZNP5K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399265369&sr=8-1&keywords=add+a+battery+dual+circuit+system


    This is my current setup, no room for a second battery and box on this side, so wa thinking about building a tray the same way with aluminum for the other side:

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    As far as maintenance, I only see one zerk on the pump. Are there any other fittings that need lube between the pump and motor?
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    New to boats, like these. Are these exhaust manifolds decent, I see a lot of talk about different types, just trying to learn more
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