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    Default Tahiti jet as a first boat

    I've been lurking on this forum on and off for a about a year now, reading and learning what I can. I am interested in a 19-20' boat for pulling tubes and playing around, and really like the lines of the 70's jet boats. My daily driver is a 79 Corvette, so I am used to loud rides that suck gas (not nearly as bad as a boat, I know) and I like working on things with engines.

    There is an ad my local classifieds for a 20' 1977 Tahiti that looks to be in usable condition. Guy is asking $2300, and claims the boat needs upholstery/paint and the trailer needs minor work. Up to this point I've been looking mostly at Glastrons (CVX-20, etc) and I dont know anything about Tahiti boats. I'm curious if anyone has links to info on old Tahitis, and if anyone knows what the boat might weigh (hopefully <3000lb with trailer)? I've never driven a jet boat but I've heard horror stories of fuel consumption above 10+ gph. How do you guys run all day on a 30 gallon tank?

    Being a newbie who is invariably going to make mistakes and potentially cause damage, most of the awesome boats on this forum seem nicer than I deserve. If I go look at this one and it checks out, is there any chance of it making a good starter boat to get my feet wet and see if I am really into the hobby without a huge investment? Or with this being my first boat, am I going to end up over my head in repairs and work and decide I hate boating altogether?

    Thanks for any insight/opinions you may have.

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    IMHO it would make a decent boat a starter. A couple things i saw. 1 Panther Jet. Might be better to look for something with a Berkeley Jet. 2. Is it just me or does it look as if the trailer and boat don't match. Looks as if the boat is riding on only the center bunks of the trailer. All that being said the interior doesn't look unusable. Might be a cheap way to get on the water.

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    I think you could find a better boat for 2 k more a $4500--5000 boat will get you on the water and having fun right away. people have asking prices and then there is cash in hand. hit a few in the knees, you never know?

    try to find BB Chevy or Ford with a Berkeley.

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    That other guy is right. That trailer is not doing that hull any good.

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    Welcome to Jet boats ! Hope you find one that suits your needs and budget

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    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. I've only been a member for 3 days and this forum is already awesome.


    Quote Originally Posted by steele211 View Post
    IMHO it would make a decent boat a starter. A couple things i saw. 1 Panther Jet. Might be better to look for something with a Berkeley Jet...
    I noticed the Panther jet, and people around here seem to prefer Berkeleys/clones. What about the Panther jet is problematic? Does it not flow as well at high speed, hard to get parts, etc? This isnt a boat I'd ever sink money into to go fast, and I'd be content with it just working. But if parts are hard to get that might be a consideration. Also, if I were to decide I wanted out of it would a Panther jet make it harder to sell?

    Quote Originally Posted by brgrcru View Post
    I think you could find a better boat for 2 k more a $4500--5000 boat will get you on the water and having fun right away. people have asking prices and then there is cash in hand. hit a few in the knees, you never know?
    I could definitely find a lot better boat for 4-6k, but that means I wont be on the water until 2016. If the consensus is there is only junk in the 2-3k range I will keep saving, but it would be awesome to have something for the end of this summer.

    And, cash is definitely king. I was going to (maybe still will?) try to lowball the guy with the 2k boat.

    Quote Originally Posted by Texgo View Post
    That other guy is right. That trailer is not doing that hull any good.
    I did notice it was sitting kind of funny. I'm not sure how these boats are put together; what problems would putting the full weight of the boat on a smaller surface area like that cause? Cracks in the fiberglass, or worse?


    Thanks again for the help and input.

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    Welcome to the sickness. We actually have a pretty good size jet boat club running in northern Utah. ( I am in Cottonwood Heights but all Counties and locales are represented.) If you need any help PM and we can help you get set up. I saw that boat on KSL as well. A hands on visual inspection is going to be the only way to tell if she is a quick or expensive project. Jason

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