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    Default First boat-1989 24' Tahiti-HELP!!!

    Hey guys! This is my first post many post(hopefully), if I get a jet boat soon.

    I have found a boat the interest me, but I would like to get some feedback as this is all new to me.

    Here is the boat description:
    24 ft. closed bow jet boat w/ dual swim platforms. Brand new 454 big block engine, only 10 hours on motor w/ 270 comp cam, newly rebuilt JC7 Berkley jet drive. Thru hull wet log alum. exhaust, seats 6. Tandum axle trailer w/ surge brakes, brand new tires with alum. slots. Good sound system with a 6 disc CD changer, boat has been covered and stored on a carport for the last 4 years

    I understand that this is on the larger scale of what I consider a performance jet boat, but the rough water on the lake I run on and the larger boats I run with make this appealing to me. Not to mention seating for 6(if necessary).

    I welcome any input you have on this boat.

    Thanks in advance!
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    If those pics are recent, it looks fairly clean to me. Looks can be deceiving though. That is an interesting way to lock the choke open. You can just about take it to the bank that there is more than 10 hours on the motor. That and top speed seem to be the one thing most people embellish on. You left out the most important piece of info. How Much?

    Be sure to check for soft spots in the floor, transom and stringers. Look closely at any place you can get to wood. Check seat frames under the seat cushion etc... If you can, do a compression check on the motor. Ask them to take you for a ride at the lake before you buy it.

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    Make the seller sign a note stating boats condition...will help getting him to pay for repairs or your money back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by puppyjp View Post
    Hey guys! This is my first post many post(hopefully), if I get a jet boat soon.

    I have found a boat the interest me, but I would like to get some feedback as this is all new to me.

    Here is the boat description:
    24 ft. closed bow jet boat w/ dual swim platforms. Brand new 454 big block engine, only 10 hours on motor w/ 270 comp cam, newly rebuilt JC7 Berkley jet drive. Thru hull wet log alum. exhaust, seats 6. Tandum axle trailer w/ surge brakes, brand new tires with alum. slots. Good sound system with a 6 disc CD changer, boat has been covered and stored on a carport for the last 4 years

    I understand that this is on the larger scale of what I consider a performance jet boat, but the rough water on the lake I run on and the larger boats I run with make this appealing to me. Not to mention seating for 6(if necessary).

    I welcome any input you have on this boat.

    Thanks in advance!
    JP
    are you sure that its a 24? it looks a little small to be 24 ft. Anywho it looks like i nice boat!

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    did someone just put "502" rocker covers on it.

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    The current asking price is 6K.

    It does have "502" valve covers on it. He says it's a fresh 454.

    How much is performance going to suffer with a boat this long.

    Is the Berkley CJ7 a good drive?

    Keep it coming guys!!!

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    Lose the vacuum advance.
    Good for car.
    Bad for boat.

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    Take your time and keep looking, you can find some real nice boats for 6K.
    Or better yet find a nice sound 2 or 3K boat and rebuild the motor and pump. Thats what I did and I had some fun with it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78cvx20 View Post
    Take your time and keep looking, you can find some real nice boats for 6K.
    Or better yet find a nice sound 2 or 3K boat and rebuild the motor and pump. Thats what I did and I had some fun with it too.
    X2!!

    I looked at maybe 20 boats all over the state before I got mine.
    I had a $3k budget, and saw lots of junk until one day I ran across the perfect boat for me, almost by accident.
    The right boat will kind of jump out at you.

    If you have $5-6k to spend, you can get something pretty nice to say the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78cvx20 View Post
    Take your time and keep looking, you can find some real nice boats for 6K.
    Or better yet find a nice sound 2 or 3K boat and rebuild the motor and pump. Thats what I did and I had some fun with it too.
    Bought a sleekcraft with a 454 chevy and OT exhaust for $2500 running condition. Impeller was chewed up so we rebuilt the pump 3K and we got a great running boat!

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    I got my 78 Hawaiian from a kid who was moving in 2 days and could not take the boat.
    It had been on CL for a while for $4500 with no bites, so I offered him $3k and he took it.

    This is what it looked like when he rolled it out of the garage.
    New interior, new steering, and CLEAN inside and out.
    Stored inside.
    Lake ready!

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    Deals are out there.
    Be patient.

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    I agree don't be in a rush. If you keep looking 3-4k will find you something pretty nice. I just spent $3500 on my 1973 18' Wriedt with a 455 in turn key condition.



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    You guys have definetly got some very nice boats at a bargain.

    Any more info is greatly appreciated.

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    Where/how the boat was stored will tell you a lot about how much care the seller gave the boat.

    If you pull up and see the boat parked under a tree or something, beware, or at least take a very close look before you buy.
    The boat should not stink(a problem I found with quite a few that I looked at).
    IMO, a good boat owner cleans the boat and airs it out after each trip, and then either covers it up or puts it inside.

    Look at the bottom of the boat.

    I found one boat that had screws going through the bottom of the hull holding the seats in, and one with a big crack in the hull, and yet another with a big crack in the suction housing.

    All of these boats looked great in the ad, and all the owners claimed they were "turn-key", "Immaculate", or "race -ready".

    Whatever they're selling, it's the best, right?

    Nope.

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