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    Default Wifes dad gave us a boat

    My wife's dad called the other day and asked if we wanted his boat. I had never seen it out but knew he had a jet boat in the garage under a cover and would take outside to fire it up every few months. I was told that it is a 1971 Cobra Jet Boat with a 427 Chevy Big Block. Its hasn't seen the water in 10 years and was never stored outside. Cant wait to learn about these types of boats.

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    Jeeze, my wife's dad fusses at me to give him my boat. Enjoy it!

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    The boat is a 71 Sidewinder. He is the original owner too. I cant wait to pick it up and bring it home. I will post pictures Sunday night.

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    Good deal... Welcome to the world of jet boats.

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    How cool is that! congrats and welcome to the sickness. As a general rule of thumb a "free" boats up being the most expensive ones of all. It appears you are the exception to the rule. Nice, you rule. haha Enjoy

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    Just got her home and tucked away.

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    nice, hope you enjoy it and keep it that clean

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    It will be well cared for. Looking around the motor and back towards the jet drive the boat looks great. It honestly looks new but 44 years old.

    I am changing the oil, plugs, wires, cap and rotor. He drained the fuel tank before he stored it so a filter change, full tank and check of the lines will do. The belts look old so those I will replace, the hoses look good with no cracking. Should I replace the hoses anyway? Grease a few fittings and I should be ready for a first run. Any suggestions?

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    Don't take the family and friends on your first outing! Go put the boat through its paces without high expectations from yourself or others! Things can and will be wrong that will need attention. I always make my maiden voyages with a buddy and a box full of tools and parts. The last thing you want to happen is have the first trip out be a disaster, the wife and kids will NEVER forget that!

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    Thanks for the input. I have a very mechanically inclined car builder friend who offered to help me go through her and get her ready for my family. I have to admit I have a few nerves and am uncertain about a few things. I have no experiences with a boat like this but have plenty of experience launching and driving a MasterCraft V-drive wakeboard boat. Damn I cant wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gettinitinnorcal View Post
    It will be well cared for. Looking around the motor and back towards the jet drive the boat looks great. It honestly looks new but 44 years old.

    I am changing the oil, plugs, wires, cap and rotor. He drained the fuel tank before he stored it so a filter change, full tank and check of the lines will do. The belts look old so those I will replace, the hoses look good with no cracking. Should I replace the hoses anyway? Grease a few fittings and I should be ready for a first run. Any suggestions?
    Yes change all the rubber including hoses. It's easy and doesn't cost much.

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    don't forget to put oil in the jet

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    Found the original documentation for the Berkeley Jet-Drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gettinitinnorcal View Post
    Found the original documentation for the Berkeley Jet-Drive.
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    OH MAN! GOLD!!! If you wouldn't mind can you PM me about those brochures. Not to buy but to get scanned. Thanks Jason 801 884 9866 [email protected] I have several friends in Sac town that could scan these, so no mail involved. Awesome find.

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