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    Hello my name is Ted and this is my first post on this forum. I have owned a boat before and have been around boats off and on throughout my life. But I have never owned a jet boat. I have my eye on a 1988 21' Caribbean Hardin with a BBC 454. By all the pictures that I've see of it it looks in great shape. Neat and clean. But the motor has 300hrs on it. Beings that I have never owned a jet boat before what should be my concerns or questions that I should be asking the seller? Do you think the motor is due for an overhaul?What about the pump? Thanks for your input. Happy boating!

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    A compression test and leak down will give you a good idea on the motor. I always put the plug in the boat and put three-four or six inches of water IN the boat to show any leakage on the intake, cracks in the hull etc. Make sure cables are all good. If its a closed hatch, make sure it has fans etc. Look under dash and see if its a rats nest or clean factory wiring etc. etc etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gugs View Post
    A compression test and leak down will give you a good idea on the motor. I always put the plug in the boat and put three-four or six inches of water IN the boat to show any leakage on the intake, cracks in the hull etc. Make sure cables are all good. If its a closed hatch, make sure it has fans etc. Look under dash and see if its a rats nest or clean factory wiring etc. etc etc.
    I had not thought about the filling it partially with some water.....thank you. It is a closed hatch. The seller told me over the phone that everything works. All lights bells and whistles. Is there a normal time frame/hrs that a engine block needs rebuilt?

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    If possible, crawl under the boat with a flash light, check the intake area. Look for issues, cracks etc on the intake, impeller and loader (if its running one).
    A test drive would be ideal.

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    A lake test if all the other inspections prove acceptable.

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    Thanks guys for all your suggestions.

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