Just curious what the jet boat community would rather build in there first boat? Trying to come up with a strong reliable semi fast boat to enjoy with two young kids.
I just bought a 78 Tahiti with a newly machuned 460 (385). It was bored .30 with Keith Black Pistons, a high volume oil pump, miloden pan, extreme marine comp cam 1600-5800rpm, Edelbrock performer RPM manifold, stock heads with a valve job and light porting, and a Holley 750. The jet is a Berkeley 12JC that looks like it hasn't been modified or touched for that matter.
I bought the boat at a steal because upon breaking the cam in something went wrong with the valve adjustment and caused the engine to manke a BANG (so the seller tells me)
Once I got the boat home and stripped the engine down I found more metal in the pan that looked like ZZTops faces. The cam was flat and there was water mixed in the oil.
I actualy was relieved because now I can start fresh. I have a complete virgin 1968 460 that I could use with all the good parts from the other. I've been a chevy guy my whole life and built over 20 stroker motors but never got into the fords. I'm getting mixed reviews on building it and not a FE motor from friends. What I have read so far is the exhaust valves are week but with a good set of heads the 385 motor should do just fine.