1st time on the water in my 16' Mantra Tunnel!!
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    Default 1st time on the water in my 16' Mantra Tunnel!!

    I bought this boat at the end of last summer knowing nothing about Jet Boats with spun rod bearings for plans to make a lake boat. Since then, I've replaced SO much more than the bearings, the list is huge. I've heard horror stories about 16' thin layed up boats that made me think about selling it, etc.

    This past Sunday was my 1st time on the water in it (this is my 1st boat) and it was really windy and really choppy, overall a great day though. The boat is a lot more stable than I thought it would be, even when we purposely ran it hard up to about 70ish and let off the gas to test it and see how she would do under a shut down, she went nice and straight.

    The only thing I don't like about it, I think a jetavator will fix, I don't know though. When you're cruising about 40-45 and the nose is down, it want to wander and you constantly have to slightly correct it. Not too big a deal though.

    Let me know what you guys think!


















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    P.S. - The air scoop was off for ease of tuning and changing jets

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    Default Great !

    Happy to see you get it Wet dave Good job ! Tom

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    Nice looking ride


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    Very nice!

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    Nicknamed the "Tennesee Tunnel", your Mantra looks real nice. Just remember when running the shorter/smaller boats. Whatever they do, they have the propensity to do them quick! This can be both good and bad.

    Just keep an eye on the water and set one down slowly. Don't just click the throttle.

    Have Fun!

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    Where are you from? Looks like Broken Bow lake..


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    That is Lake DeGray here in Arkansas.... Though I was at Broken Bow last Labor Day, and will be down there this year Memorial Day for sure, and maybe the 4th and Labor Day again. My girlfriends Dad got me hooked on jet boats

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lildave View Post
    My girlfriends Dad got me hooked on jet boats
    He's got to be a cool dude. If she is as cool as he is, you might want to hold on to her!

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    They are both pretty cool.... I think you know her parents. Blue and Carol Hardin are her Mom and Dad. they have a 77 Centurion 19' pickle that is blue.

    So, at what speed does a shutdown become hairy in a Mantra? Blue just clicked off the gas at approx 70ish mph and we just slowed straight and nice... I guess that is subject to change anytime? The boat seemed to never quit pulling, I'm kind of curious what it will gps now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lildave View Post
    They are both pretty cool.... I think you know her parents. Blue and Carol Hardin are her Mom and Dad. they have a 77 Centurion 19' pickle that is blue.

    So, at what speed does a shutdown become hairy in a Mantra? Blue just clicked off the gas at approx 70ish mph and we just slowed straight and nice... I guess that is subject to change anytime? The boat seemed to never quit pulling, I'm kind of curious what it will gps now!
    Yes I do know Blue and Carol and I think they are fine folks. As far as the shutdown, I think you answered your own question. I raced against a yellow Mantra back in the mid eighties in Unblown Gas Jet, driven by Jimmy Hosmer and by the name of Mellow Yellow. I know Jimmy ran the boat in the 110 range and don't know of him having any particular problems, however, he was a seasoned race boat driver racing on a closed course.

    As per another thread, all of these boats may react well at high speed in the best conditions. At the same time I have seen some boats of this style spin out at speeds as low as 40 mph if they catch a roller when setting them down. Watching the water and setting one down slowly is key. Arlen Allen spun out in his 16' Texas Tunnel one day at about 40 when his crank broke.

    Have fun... just take it easy for awhile and always respect the water.

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    Nice boat. Now lets see the G/F.
    No Fool Like A Old Fool is there?

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    Sweet ride man, and the boat looks good too!

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