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    Can I start my jet boat in the garage without any water hooked up to it?

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    You physically can, just not a good idea. Pumps like water
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    Quote Originally Posted by Storz View Post
    You physically can, just not a good idea. Pumps like water
    So do engines to stay cool......

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    Default you can....

    every time I come home I take the time to remove my driveline (takes about an hour and a half out, an hour and a half to put it back in. That takes care of the pump, now for the water buy the cheapest garden hose wal-mart sells and cut it in half. Then take each of your dump lines off the transom fittings and shove some cheap plastic irrigation couplings in them, attatch the garden hoses to this and route them out of the garage. Then just hook up a water source (garden hose from spicket) to the main line from the pump. This way you can run water through your motor without making a mess in the garage.

    I have also seen a setup with a buldge pump in the bottom of a five gallon bucket, feed the main line from the pump with the bildge pump, and make the dumps go back into the five gallon bucket.
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    you go through that every time you finish with your boat why?
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    I start mine in the garage, Just run long enough to circulate the oil. A minute or two. But these guys are right, its not good for the pump.

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    just digging up this thread...im getting ready to break in the cam so I should take out the driveline???

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    Quote Originally Posted by skippers wfot View Post
    just digging up this thread...im getting ready to break in the cam so i should take out the driveline???
    yes

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    Straight from the horse's mouth...

    http://www.berkeleyjet.com/faq.aspx

    Can I run my pump while the boat is on the trailer?

    Running the Berkeley out of the water:
    A Berkeley pump can be run out of the water as it has a greased thrust bearing and lubricated tail shaft bushings. The impeller does not touch the wear ring, but due to the fact that the bottom of the pump is open during trailering the boat, it is best to run water into the pump through the nozzle while running on the trailer. The only issues with running out of the water is that after about 15 to 20 minutes the bowl seal can get hot from lack of cooling and cause seal damage. The packing gland may have to be re-tightened when the boat is used the next time as well.
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