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    Hello, Newbe here and I am new to this site, Sorry if I posted this in the wrong section. I'm looking at purchasing a 1972 Cee Bee "The Avenger", 18' with a 455 olds and a Berkley jet drive. I've been trying to find out more information on it but can't find much. I'm looking for manuals on the jet drive, engine and hull can anyone out there help me or point me in the right direction? I'll be happy to provide pics if needed.

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    You might want to post pictures of your find and describe it to us. There are plenty on here that will help, just need more info. I've always love the looks of the Avengers. Chances are you won't find an Advanger Brochure. But most questions you might have can be answered.
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    Fab heres some info for you (below) , I'll try to find some , re the Jet and Engine , actually some very basic stuff call or post up if you have questions Tom
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    http://www.teshio.com/JetBoat/avenger.htm
    http://www.uscgboating.org/recalls/m...il.aspx?id=CBM

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    i had a '78 avenger 18' only with a 460 bbf.my son and i restored it a few years back.it was very well made but also very heavy.it has a deeper v bottom,and lots of wood over glass.with a basic stock 460 and two people,half tank gas,(the tanks are in the front) 52mph was best ever.the avenger boat that set records was bob browns boat,and was set up much lighter.so, if you plan on upgrading the olds,getting some pump work done,in my opinion,your best speed will be in the high 50's to low 60's.good luck finging one.

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    I've got a '77 Avenger, its an 18' as well. I've had it for going on 5 years now, no complaints. Been fun as hell having it. Tad on the heavy side I believe compared to most, but seems to handle the water well. Previous owner said he'd GPS'd it at 64 mph, but the best speed I've seen is a blistering 55 mph, which I don't figure is too bad for the old truck engine I have in there now.

    Here's a link to a page of old Avenger brochures from 1976 off Power Cat Boat's website, pretty cool stuff:

    http://www.powercatboat.com/Avenger/CeeBee04.html




    Mine is the Model 185, what model is the one you're looking at? Post some pics if you have some.....

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    Heres a link to Berk got the owners manual and parts brake down, a lot of stuff
    http://www.berkeleyjet.com/

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    Thanks for the reply guys! The boat needs a new interior, but so far the hull seems sound. I'm going to be going through the engine next week sometime as well as the jet drive with the info I have been provided. it's current owner has had it for 9 or 10 years and in that time it has never seen the water, although she said the engine was gunning a few years ago. Any other advice on what I should be looking for before I purchase it? She want $1500 for it. Here are some pics..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabreezai View Post
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    Fab,
    Check those stringers where the motor plates attach.
    That floor looks like it may need to be replaced. Once you remove the old floor you can probably elliminate about 100lbs of water soaked foam up by the fuel tank in the bow area. A place diverter would certainly help that boat.
    I owned a 1975 Avenger back in the 1980s.
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    Im non induced and My turd leaves pretty hard as she sits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hallett Dave View Post
    Fab,
    Check those stringers where the motor plates attach.
    That floor looks like it may need to be replaced. Once you remove the old floor you can probably elliminate about 100lbs of water soaked foam up by the fuel tank in the bow area. A place divertor would certainly help that boat.
    I owned a 1975 Avenger back in the 1980s.
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    I will check them. I live in CO real dry climate here, hopefully that will work to my advantage. The boat was also stored bow up and the drain plug out. The boat has 2 fuel tanks 1 in the bow and one on the starboard side in the rear, I will check those as well. A "place diverter"??? what does that do? I have never owned a jet boat before so any all all info would help.

    Thanks again.

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    A place diverter adjusts the ride attitude of the boat.
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    Im non induced and My turd leaves pretty hard as she sits.

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    just curious, how much are they asking for that? Seems like she has not seen love in a long time and may need a good bit of work. Not saying its not worth it but depending on what they want for it, the money may be better spent elsewhere.
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    the ensueing fire would likely be extinguished by the sinking however

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    She purchased it 9 or 10 years ago for $1800, she is asking $1500, I thinking in the $500 to $900 range depending on what I find. What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabreezai View Post
    She purchased it 9 or 10 years ago for $1800, she is asking $1500, I thinking in the $500 to $900 range depending on what I find. What do you think?
    I think price depends on the area you live. Jets on the east coast are more $$ than in socal. if the money is not an issue then its really up to you. However if those stringers are rotten or that floor has to come out i would be a little gun shy if i was you. Then again if your not afraid of some hard work and have a place to work it may make one hell of a project.
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    the ensueing fire would likely be extinguished by the sinking however

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