So, way back in 2005 I bought myself a jet boat. YAY! exciting day. It was in piss poor shape, but ran and thats all I cared about. So I cleaned her up best I could and use her for 2 years before the boat started coming apart at the seams. I had started a build thread on HotBoat back in the day. Wish I could bump that old thread but I cant so here's a new and improved version.
Here she is the day I brought her home. It was a super happy day.
In 07 I decided to replace the stinky old carpet and thats when the deal unraveled. What started as a weekend project turned into 7 years of patience, one divorce, and a move.
Decided to gut it and start from scratch again. Todd at TRG was very kind at working with my extemely limited budget and helped fix up the hammered stringers and I build and installed the false bottom.
This project was a huge learning curve and I had a lot of "Firsts." This was my first time installing carpet so it has some parts that I'd like to do better it looks a lot nicer than the old stuff that was in there.
At this point I was stoked, tossed the engine in and headed to the lake. Well the engine started makign noises so I took her home and popped the oil pan off to take a look at the bearings to see what sort of mess I had... What I found was a trip, there was a windage tray washer floating around in the bottom end that looked pretty beat up. Not sure how long it had been there. Also found the cam didn't have the button that kept the cam from walking back and fourth. So the lifter had started working its way into the cam.... Engine was toast.
So I pinched some pennies and started stock piling parts. Had the engine bored .30 over, put a long rod in it. Zero decked the block. My uncle Vince smoked through the heads and I had chet herbert re-grind the cam. Polished this, and polished that....
And then I went through a divorce. Quite a few folks on this site were super kind to me and gave me advice. I really felt supported by my fellow boaters through that dark time. I saved my pennies and called up Tom at Jetboat Performance. He took my tub, let me get the trailer home so I could fix it up and he went through the pump and intake. Put a back cut shoe and ride plate on, and tightened up the smoked pump. I don't have any pictures of that work otherwise I'd share them, maybe tome has some from way back then he can share? I can't wait to see how it'll run with that.
So after the pump was fixed I got the deal from Tom and it sat for a few more years. I re-married a wonderful woman who is supper supportive of my "habits" and helped me get things back up and running. John over at concept marine helped assemble my engine and do the rigging for the rail kit and got me put in the right direction there.
So I have been finishing up the misc rigging and bracket building.
So this morning I was able to finally crack the throttle and let the engine rev. She sounds nasty and I can't wait to see how she runs this weekend in Potholes. I supposed I just wanted to update some of ya'll who remember my story from over the years and share what I've been coming up with. I'll have a photo tomorrow after I polish up the oxidation.
I never thought I'd get this project done. I almost sold the boat countless times and I was really burnt out. But now that Im seeing the end of the project I am really glad I saw it through. I am also very thankful for all those who have helped me along the way. With out all of ya'll I'd have never made any movement on this project. Can't wait to actually try the Place Diverter Tom sold me all those years ago and shoot a rooster for the first time of this boats life this weekend!
The boat was built in memory of a good friend and brother who passed by suicide when I was still in highschool. Wish I could go skiing with him but maybe he's lookin down and seein that its finally finished.
I remember the polished parts sitting in your closet, block in a trash bag, and boat outside under a tarp.
Live life and have fun!
Originally Posted by Kyle
Log off and go float, hang in the party coves, Show and shine on the trailer, fill up the boat, wax it, v-drive, jet, outdrive, and if you got a canoe and your reading this, you sir, need to phucking upgrade.
Nice Job! I have a Sleek Craft day cruiser I've been doing very slowly for 5 years. I can feel your pain on a project that seems to be more in the way at times than something worth finishing, but glad you saw it through. Enjoy your weekend.
I saw the boat there, it looked killer! I saw no one by it in the beach or I would have said hello!
Thanks for the compliment! First half of the day I was tryin to get some breakfast at the restaurant, they were wayyyy behind. After that I sat by the transom and proceded to drink every ounce of beer I had! HAH.
Gonna take her out a few times before the weather turns, maybe we will run across each other? Im gonna go check out Alder in a week or two.