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    After spending hours and hours on this awesome site, I finally pulled the trigger on my first jet boat that I have waited 20 years to get. It is a 1979 18' Sunkisst and absolutely love it and can not wait until I can get it in the water. It has a 468 BBC and what appears to be a JG Berkley with a "A" impeller since the previous owner said WOT was around 4900 RPM. The original gelcoat is in excellent condition and has been WELL taken care of as I am the 3rd owner. The original orange seats were sprayed black which I would love to find a way to get them back to orange as the black is going to get real hot in the sun. She even came with the original boat cover which is mint.

    I am thinking that I may want to get a "B" impeller to get the RPM up alittle higher and also looking into a Jetavator or place diverter. Anyone have any advice as I am very new to the Jet Boats and have lots to still learn

    Anyone else have a Sunkisst as I have not been able to find many and would like to learn more about the boat.

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    Thanks,
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    Thats a cool looking boat! And yes the seats will be HOT! Towels do work well as covers! Sunkist has made many different boat hulls! Don't know much about them! WT


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    there are a few sunkissts here in mi that I know of, they are a good boat, they are on this site so im sure they will chime in, you dont need a different impeller, just pull yours out and have it cut if you want a few more revs, or just leave it alone and add more power, I like the second option where abouts are ya in mi?

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    Great lookin' boat. Congrats!

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    sweet first boat!! have fun and drinkk lots of beer, cause its going to be the black hole you through money at...lol

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    I seen that boat listed on CL. You got a smokin deal.

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    Nice find, I say keep the black it looks good. Just remember to put towels down on hot days. 4900 rpm or so is pretty good also.

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    nice boat man, i too have a sunkisst and i looked at that boat, very nice boat man. i tried to post pics of mine but its not letting me so if anyone knows how to get them from photobucket let me know lol....were in Michigan are ya ?

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    Congrats on the boat...honestly I wouldn't go with a B cut. Once you start spinning things too fast things break.
    The RPM you're at is pretty good, if anything maybe try a AB cut > see if you can borrow one for a day. But again >>> I would stick with the A

    Ps. not sure what the state of tune is but there may be a few hidden ponies to be found
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    I had one and I miss it. A guy here in town has it now and I told em when ever he`s ready to get rid of it, I`ll take it back. It too had the original gelcoat.

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    Ramair,congrats on your new ride! I have an 81 Gullwing. Looks exactly like the one in the ad that Adam posted,the "Performer". I have had mine 10 years now,gonna keep it till Im done.Funny thing,mine tops out at 4900 RPM also. AA impeller, unless Im spraying it.Thats a whole new chapter. Hammer is dead right, keeping the engine speed down will keep the engine happy.Have fun and keep us in the loop once you get her wet. I reread your post,they were built buy a man named Bodie Council in Memphis.Thats all I know.I Googled him a while back and found a man with the same name in Memphis,making tarps,Dunno if its the same guy or not.
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    Tim, are you sure it's not a Aggressor-A impeller?
    Because if so then that equals a Berk AA or 2-A

    I would think a nice warmed-over 468 should spin a Berk-A a little bit more than where you're at...that's why I ask the above. And again your engine might not be in a good state of tune.

    I run the Aggressor A and I'm @ 5400 rpm...of course roller cam, head work 10.50:1 compression bla-bla-bla.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harley222 View Post
    nice boat man, i too have a sunkisst and i looked at that boat, very nice boat man. i tried to post pics of mine but its not letting me so if anyone knows how to get them from photobucket let me know lol....were in Michigan are ya ?
    he is in mi. so that's another mi kisst harley,for photobucket pics, the way I do it is click on your pic on pb then right click and click properties then copy the url bring it to this site and paste it between [IMG]paste here[/IMG] probably a easier way tho.

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