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    Default Help with purchasing a Tahiti jet boat

    Hello,
    I'm looking at a project boat and found a old Tahiti close to me. It is a jet boat setup for a BBC. It needs interior work but the hull looks very solid. The jet drive is there and it comes with the headers for a BBC. Lucky for me I have a pretty nasty 427 in the garage waiting to go in something. The guy who has it doesn't know awhile lot about it. He doesn't know the year. The plate has the hull number and it says the model is a 19 bubble. Can anyone tell me anything about this model? The guy wants $700 with the trailor. I can do all the work myself, I build choppers, hot rods, paint and bodywork, engine work, and I'm a weld inspector by trade. I swore I'd never get another boat but there is something about a small jetboat with a 600hp BBC I can't stop thinking about.
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    Welcome to the craziness , pics and possibly a HIN number would help (HIN located on the right rear corner of the transom ) Tom

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    700 bucks, totally worth it!! Snatch that thing
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    Depending on what state you are in make sure he has a title for the boat and the trailer. Otherwise it may not be good for anything but chain saw bait.

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    Im going to go look at it agian today, and I'll get the hull number.

    I'm in Indiana and the state is pretty easy to get titles since the guy doesn't have one for the boat. Here depending on the year and price all I would need is a bill of sale.

    Thanks guys, I'm taking the soon to be wife to look at it and I'll get some pics.

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    Well I bought it. I'm going to pick it up this afternoon. I looked at the hull number I I think it's a 76. I'm going to stop by the carwash and clean it up and I'll get some pics for you guys.

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    here are some pics. So what do I need other than a floor? I have a motor, and headers, and I know I'm going to replace the cables.
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    also can you guys tell me what model it is? The tag says 19 bubble, and I think from the HIN it is a 1976. It has a 12je berkely, are these worth a shit? I pulled the bowl off and it looks good as does the shaft, bearings and impeller. I need a pic of a complete nice boat to see what the interior should look like.
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    Anybody?

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    Might try starting a new thread. Something like "Bought a Tahiti. Got questions, Need answers"

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    An empty hull and a rusty trailer doesn't look like much of a deal to me.

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    Well I didn't think it was a bad deal, it was only $500. I needed somthing to put one of my motors in. I have 2 BBC's, the mild one makes 600-650hp which will be going in it. I'd rather buy this for for $500 and fix what needs to be fixed than spend $5000 on a boat blow the motor up the first time out, and find out the hull needs everything this one does. The rusty trailer was surface rust. It's already been stripped and painted with rustoleum. The floor and stringers will be finished within a week and possibly the carpet if it gets here in time. My mom does upolstry so she will be working on the seat covers. My stepdad was a carpenter so he will cut the wood frames for the interior. The paint on the boat is ok it just needs a good buffing. I found the boat about 2 miles from my house so it cost about $1 in fuel to go get it. I'm in southern Indiana and there aren't a whole lot of jet boats around here. Last one I had was a 78 glastron cvx23 with a 460 I payed $5000 for. It was a ok boat but not very fast.

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    Well let's see. Looks like you have a 3-pt mount and it's the shorter rear mount so you have to find a "short Rockwell" 6-3/4" to bolt the motor to the pump...unless you found it sitting in the boat somewhere. See link for driveline suggestions: http://www.jetboatperformance.com/in...elineeducation

    Pull the tanks and clean them out. Run through the whole wiring system, there are diagrams on the site here if you do a little hunting.

    Replace those freezeplugs in the block with brass ones. Don't need a cracked block if the winterization process goes sour.

    Oh and the JE pump is a great pump. It should have a "split-bowl" which means the bowl has two pieces to it, like a front and back. This allows you to easily add things like a Place Diverter and drop snoot at a later date.

    Sounds like no matter what you put into it, you'll make out in the end. So long as the hull is solid.

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