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    Getting ready to purchase my first jet boat maybe I/O (only had outboards prior). Just looking for an opinion on these two that I am ready to go look at.

    1. (turquoise) 1994 commander with jet set up. Looks like a dominator jet set up I think? Please let me know if not.

    2 (purple) 1996 Carrera with a Mercrusier 350 I/O

    Just looking for a few suggestions on whatwill be an all around better boat? Cheaper to service?

    Thanks!

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    The carrera. It's looks a little more up to date but it has a small block

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    Pro's: the i/o will be great all day long on lakes and if you know where your going on rivers. small block with mercrusier should run around 55-60 maybe a little more depending on prop and load in boat, get great gas mileage, if you can say that with a boat?

    Cons: not much, the prop thing, but common sense goes along way in boating. and you have had an Ob. can not go in that shallow of water. watch out for sand bars.

    Pro's : the jet everything about them. safe, easy maintenance, rooster tails, shallow water.
    Cons: none. ok maybe use more gas.

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    The teal one with the pump has a Berkeley JE pump (hand hole has 2 bolts, dominator has 3) and has a JC bowl on it. I would buy the jet, but I boat mainly on the lower Colorado river and deal with lots of sand bars. Another factor is maintenance. My buddy spends almost $400 every other year on a new water pump. I change oil at the beginning of the season and lube all the zerks on my pump. That's about all I have to do besides the usual pre and post trip inspections.
    Too much horsepower is almost enough!!!


    My boat is fast.....on Craiglist or EBay.


    I've been 340mph+ with a boat........In the back of a C130!

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