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    I found a boat I like but it has a panther jet on it. Can anyone tell me if these pumps are junk and to stay away from this kind of setup. I know they make a energizer kit to make them a mixed flow pump but I dont want to spend the extra money on one yet.

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    I have always tried to stay away from them. HOWEVER, I bought a daycruiser last weekend with a SBC and a Panther pump and let me tell ya I LOVE IT. In fact we went to the lake 5 times with it already and no problems. Panther pumps are not big power pumps but I have become a believer in them for reliability. Im sure others will voice there opinion but if your just looking to cruise or just not hit the century mark go for it. besides its just a pump you can always upgrade.
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    everyone is going to have about the same answer,,,"junk"

    but ,,, if you know that you want to change it later, and are just looking for a boat to go have some fun in, then it may be perfect,,, they work well as a boat propulsion unit,, not so great as a high performance unit,,,

    i had one in my boat when i bought it and have sense taken it out and put in a Berkeley,, so that being said if you plan on making it "fast " in the future unless you are getting a smoking deal on the boat with a panther,, it would probably make alot more sense to find a boat with a Berkeley already in it,,

    again alot of people will bash it, but in my opinion the panther didn't treat me too bad,, it lasted 30 years until i took it out,, it wasn't setting any speed records but it towed the family around about 70 mph with an olds pushing it for years,,,

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    Anyone know what a 454 with around 400hp would do for speed with a panther jet? The hull is a Cole t-deck 18'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAPPED OUT View Post
    Anyone know what a 454 with around 400hp would do for speed with a panther jet? The hull is a Cole t-deck 18'.
    When I bolted on my energizer kit...I dropped my r's about 500 and picked up about 8mph. Your mileage may vary.lol As far as I know...I owned the 1st or 2nd deal that came out of amt that wasn't a proto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TAPPED OUT View Post
    Anyone know what a 454 with around 400hp would do for speed with a panther jet? The hull is a Cole t-deck 18'.
    too many unknowns to make any guess other than somewhere between 50 and 70.
    I wouldn't hesitate in the least with the Cole t-deck, very nice boats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAPPED OUT View Post
    I found a boat I like but it has a panther jet on it. Can anyone tell me if these pumps are junk and to stay away from this kind of setup. I know they make a energizer kit to make them a mixed flow pump but I dont want to spend the extra money on one yet.
    Tapped, Its been our expirience that when coupled with the right motor and in good working condition the Panthers work quite well , and when maintained they will provide years of service . One big advantage to the Conversion/Energizer kit is that when faced with significant expense of a catastrophic failed /damaged Panther jet it offers an alternative to prospect of repairing it to its original state We have sold/installed a couple dozen with positive results and good feedback but your right they are kind of "spendy" Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    Tapped, Its been our expirience that when coupled with the right motor and in good working condition the Panthers work quite well , and when maintained they will provide years of service . One big advantage to the Conversion/Energizer kit is that when faced with significant expense of a catastrophic failed /damaged Panther jet it offers an alternative to prospect of repairing it to its original state We have sold/installed a couple dozen with positive results and good feedback but your right they are kind of "spendy" Tom
    Just curious Tom, what is considered the right motor? Maybe a 3.0 four cylinder or a 4.3 v6?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJG View Post
    Just curious Tom, what is considered the right motor? Maybe a 3.0 four cylinder or a 4.3 v6?
    OH Buddy you Know how those little "buzz bomb" jobbies just gets my blood going , nothing like hearing a 1/4 mile pass from a 3 liter first thing in the morning

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    My first jetboat had a Panther pump and it worked great for a lake boat that ran mid 60's, at almost 30 years old i converted it over to a AT-309 but the impeller was still like new (SS from factory) the boat had a mildly worked over 396, maybe 350-400hp? For a lake boat that i didn't plan on much more then 400hp i wouldn't hesitate to run a Panther pump.
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    I think I will just stick with a boat that has a proven performance Berkley in it. Thanks everyone for the info.

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