Just bought my first jet boat.1974 18 foot Tahiti with a stock Ford 460 and a Panther pump. Before I go too far, my screen name has nothing to do with boats. I am a aircraft mechanic and the name was given to me when I was active duty Air Force.
When I bought the boat I knew it had a couple of problems. Wouldn't turn at speed and wouldn't go into reverse. Those two problems have been fixed and as soon as I get the MSD distributor in I will address my timing issue. I ran the boat Wednesday and 52 is all the faster she would run. She misses a bit above 4000 rpm. I think the distributor and a tune up will help the miss issue. My goal is to be able to reach about 65 mph. From what I have found on here the Panther isn't very popular. Will it get me to my goal is what I need to know. What else will it take to reach my goal?
The higher strength plexi glass works great for keeping water from coming over the sides. Pull some tape and get the plexi glass place to put the bends in for you. I think I went with 6" wide plexi with 4" sticking above the top of the boat and bolted it in. Works especially good when beached and wakes are coming in towards the back of the engine.