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    Default new to jet boats any tips

    I just resently acquired a 1972 sidewinder 455 big block olds with a 12jc pump and a jet-a-vator what should I exspect out of this it did come with a hot foot not yet installed should I hook it up or stay with the standard shifter till I get used too the boat got it mainly for cruizeing the lake and pulling the kids on the tube all teenagers lol

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    Yea, get the boat. Jet boats get a bad rep, they are slow. https://youtu.be/HQayDMaVRHM

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    ice video I have the sidewinder sitting in my driveway rt now hopeing to get her out to the lake tomorrow and have some fun when the old lady gets home from work

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    Great score! I really am the passenger in the vid. If you need more help my buddy in OK has been doing all of the Sidewinder building. Yes she will get the job done, but to really test a boat ask if they want to tube or just want to stay in it? If this is your first go fast/loud boat they are great and get tons of attention. Enjoy!

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    Jet boats are great, take your time if you never operated a jet boat, remember they only steer under power, no power, no steering. Good luck with your new adventure, I think you will love it.

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    Try some slow speed, (20 or so), full power reversing to stop in an emergency. Then work your way up a little faster each time until you can go full power forward, to full power reverse and not sink the boat.... You'd be amazed at how many times you'll need to do it to keep from running over idiots on the water...
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    I had a small jet before this a bayliner jazz but I have seen the big jets and have allways wanted one I ran across this side winder and got it the old lady could have wrung my neck when I came home with it lol it looks like a blast we have desided to keep the motor stock not going for big power just a good family fun boat

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    what a blast the kids had fun and the roostertail gets a lot of looks now we need to fix the fuel gauge we ran out of gas lol it said we still had a 1/4 tank but we is empty but it was a fun day on the lake video is on you tube under Dan's Super Soaker
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    Sidewinders are beautiful boats- You're doing the right thing in not hopping it up; Jets only turn under power(You knew that from your Jazz) but at Suicide Beach in the Sacto Delta, we had a guy that was "Hotdogging" with his hopped up jet boat- Turned towards the beach...(was going to turn to a parallel course)...Turned the wheel and gassed it....fire went out.....Up over the beach and into the reeds behind! His GF scrapped up both her legs badly from sliding under the dash, while he broke one leg because he was a bit more....top heavy....I'm not exactly saying don't hop it up- plenty of guys on here do, but for a family boat, better to be safe and go dependability(And yes, I know a bunch of you guys can build a hot engine and make it dependable!). I have a story about when I was young in 1968-69 at Trinity- I may of seen the first Sidewinder being tested- it's a pretty good story- Big dang Thunderstorm and all.....If you want I'll post it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvxjet View Post
    Sidewinders are beautiful boats- You're doing the right thing in not hopping it up; Jets only turn under power(You knew that from your Jazz) but at Suicide Beach in the Sacto Delta, we had a guy that was "Hotdogging" with his hopped up jet boat- Turned towards the beach...(was going to turn to a parallel course)...Turned the wheel and gassed it....fire went out.....Up over the beach and into the reeds behind! His GF scrapped up both her legs badly from sliding under the dash, while he broke one leg because he was a bit more....top heavy....I'm not exactly saying don't hop it up- plenty of guys on here do, but for a family boat, better to be safe and go dependability(And yes, I know a bunch of you guys can build a hot engine and make it dependable!). I have a story about when I was young in 1968-69 at Trinity- I may of seen the first Sidewinder being tested- it's a pretty good story- Big dang Thunderstorm and all.....If you want I'll post it up.
    yes better to be safe then sorry I did post a link to the you tube video that we took today if ya want to see what my sidewinder looks like

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    Pic of my boat after 2 years of body and paint.
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    looks very nice hopefully I can make mine look that good im no body man but I have friends that are in the field to give me a hand

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    They are worth the work!
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    Hey Sidewinder...I couldn't open the message, so I'm posting the story here- maybe tomorrow I'll try to kick my computer and get it to work right!

    In '68 we were camped for two weeks at the lake(Trinity). It was a weird year because for the first time in the 5 years we'd been going there the lake was down by 30 feet. Because of this we had gone to a drive-in site (instead of a boat-in site) which resulted in a number of things being stolen from the camp.

    When camped at the lake we would always go to dinner at the lodge at least once; we would "go-to-dinner-by-boat". We needed to take baths and because of the clay dirt you had to go out in the center of the lake to find clear water.

    This day the clouds had "socked in" to approx' 1000' above the lake and we could hear thunder off in the distance. My Dad and I had just climbed out of the water; He was helping My Mom up over the transom and as I was drying off I heard a loud peal of Thunder up the lake; I turned and saw a wall of hail coming up the lake at us. I yelled at my Dad to look and that's when it hit us.
    Luckily, we had the canvas top up and could get out of the hail. My Dad started the boat and we headed in to the shore. The windshield was covered with ice and water and straight up above our camp was one of the taller peaks in the Alps; It was being hit every 10-20 seconds and the flash was lighting up the whole windshield like a neon sign.

    My Dad was tying the boat to one of two make-shift docks while my Mom and I ran up the beach. As we reached the top of the beach we heard My Dad yelling; the wind had caught the two boats and dock and was pulling them out onto the lake. My Dad was trying to hold them back but was being dragged out. As we watched, one of our friends who was in his boat at the other dock looked up and saw what was happening and came to the rescue. Harold was nick-named "Mr. Clean" because he looked like a 6'6" rendition of the guy in the advertisement; He was huge, strong, and bald. Harold waded over, wrapped a loose line around his arm and pulled; the dock reversed direction and came back to shore so quickly that my Dad was basically run over by it.

    An hour later the storm had subsided and two hours later we were at the lodge having dinner. After I was done with my meal I went out on the deck (approx' 150' above the lake) and looked out at the lake. It was dead calm, not one ripple anywhere on it. Not a breath of wind, and the only thing in the sky was a number of smoke plumes from all the snags set on fire by the lightning (we later heard from the ranger that 79 fires had been started by this storm; I could only see maybe twenty smoke plumes).

    Suddenly, with a roar, an orange boat shot out from the marina and began to carve "figure-8's" on the lake; as it turned I was surprised by how tight it could turn and fascinated by the spray, which looked like snow pouring out of the transom.
    Later as we headed back to our boat tied up in the marina we walked by the orange boat, which had just been put back on the trailer. It was a beautiful gold metal-flake and as I looked back at it I noticed it didn't have a prop. I asked my Dad about this and he said "it's a different kind of drive". This was the first time I'd ever seen a Jet boat and later I would fall hard for them.

    Years later, on the "Hot Boat" web site I read about how "Sidewinder Boats" was started around 1969 in Redding near where this lake was and the style of that boat probably meant that that was the first "Sidewinder". That boat made an indelible mark in my mind and it would lead to my owning a CVX-20 jet 35 years later.

    Actually, that whole day made a pretty big impression on me- I love thunderstorms, too!

    That same year one of my Dad's friends, Vern, decided to take part in the July 4th Ski competition. He was 50 years old and the other guys laughed at the idea of him competing with kids half his age. So a few hours later he shows back up with a big trophy- he won the competition! He had tied in the slalom event but the last event was a ski race around an island and back; His driver's V bottom boat had been a disadvantage during the slalom, because of the large wake but during the race the wind picked up and the V bottom allowed Vern to ride in comfort at 40 mph while the flat bottom "Ski boats" had to slow down or get beat to death.
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