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    I've been on the water all my life. From texoma to travis, and its summer and im getting that itch for a boat since my father sold his. Ive worked on boats with him ( 29' fountain, and 29' baja). Totally different from jet boats and would love to have another one of those fountains, but im paying for it this time and Im on the hunt for a jet boat.. I've found two boats with in a about 60 miles.
    1) 77' tahiti 18'. No motor or upholstry, going to look at it sometime this week to see how the hull looks 700$.

    2) 1987 Taylor, 18ft no motor, Berkley pump, motor mounts for Chevrolet going to look at it tomorrow. 1000$

    Have a 454 looking for a home...

    My questions are..
    Could i put a bench seat behind the buckets?
    Would either one of these be more " user frendly " while working on them?
    Advantages in either one of the hulls compared to the other?

    As much as it is about speed.. Im not looking for anything greater than 70 mph. I want something i can put some money into, make it look good, and hold around 4 people.
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    Could i put a bench seat behind the buckets?
    ---yes.


    Would either one of these be more " user frendly " while working on them?
    --both are fairly easy to work with. they are 18' splashes of a SW, jet pump and motor.


    Advantages in either one of the hulls compared to the other?
    --no, both are heavy. i would buy the '87 because it is 10 years "newer."

    As much as it is about speed.. Im not looking for anything greater than 70 mph. I want something i can put some money into, make it look good, and hold around 4 people

    --70mph in a v-bottom is easy done, but i would reccommend cleaning up the bottom and going into the pump alittle. you will definately put money into the boat and eventually look good.
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    Full stringer....
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    Quote Originally Posted by krusn56 View Post
    Full stringer....
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    Quote Originally Posted by YumaJet View Post
    Would either one of these be more " user frendly " while working on them?
    --both are fairly easy to work with. they are 18' splashes of a SW, jet pump and motor.


    Advantages in either one of the hulls compared to the other?
    --no, both are heavy. i would buy the '87 because it is 10 years "newer."
    splashes of Sw? and yes i was leaning towers the taylor due to the fact the owner was more willing to work with me on price and answering any / all my questions. Just worried me because I've never really heard of taylor boats..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJohny View Post
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    splashes of Sw? and yes i was leaning towers the taylor due to the fact the owner was more willing to work with me on price and answering any / all my questions. Just worried me because I've never really heard of taylor boats..
    I believe he was saying that if one your two prospective boats has full-length stringers you should look at that one as the better of the two. In case you're unfamiliar with what stringers are, they're the wood (usually 1x6, 2x4 or 2x6) that's glassed into the hull to mount the engine to as well as to add rigidity to the hull. Some boats, particularly the less expensive 'entry-level' types (Tahiti, Hawaiian, etc) have what is referred to as 1/4 length stringers. These extend from the transom forward just enough to mount the engine. Full length, on the other hand, extend from the transom all the way up past the bulkhead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJohny View Post
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    The rails/stringers which the motor are connected to are run about 3/4 of the hull. Good for strength, horsepower and resale value. If its a hull you plan on selling fast....whatever but if its one you plan on keeping and putting money into....full stringer. The pic of the boat with the motor in it looks to be a bubble deck...if so worth more but check the stringers for rott.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJohny View Post
    splashes of Sw? and yes i was leaning towers the taylor due to the fact the owner was more willing to work with me on price and answering any / all my questions. Just worried me because I've never really heard of taylor boats..
    Lay your fears to rest. Taylor is a big name boatmaker and made a quality product. Known to be a bit heavy, but for a lake/river boat that's not necessarily a bad thing. Between the two, I'd probably lean that way as some of the others have said (provided it isn't beat to crap).

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    You might try posting over on texashotboats.com You may find someone over there that actually knows either or both of those boats. I've seen that gray one on Dallas CL for a while now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirtcha? View Post
    Lay your fears to rest. Taylor is a big name boatmaker and made a quality product. Known to be a bit heavy, but for a lake/river boat that's not necessarily a bad thing. Between the two, I'd probably lean that way as some of the others have said (provided it isn't beat to crap).

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    You Can Pick Up A Decent Turnkey Jet Boat For Not Too Much More Money These Days. Even A Turnkey Jet Usually Turns Into A Project Itself.

    Look As Much As You Can And Read A lot On These Forums. Pick Up A Decent Hull With A Big Block Chevy And Good Pump.

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    If i bought another boat ,I would look for one with the intake & pump set back already & a good pump with some bells & whistles like shoe ,ride plate, split bowl, droop snoot ,place divertor. seems thats where alot of the money is! you'll go thru it anyway so try to get as much hardware as you can for your $,tunnel ram,carbs,headers. I think most peaple end up doing interior & engine build anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W.O.T View Post
    You Can Pick Up A Decent Turnkey Jet Boat For Not Too Much More Money These Days. Even A Turnkey Jet Usually Turns Into A Project Itself.

    Look As Much As You Can And Read A lot On These Forums. Pick Up A Decent Hull With A Big Block Chevy And Good Pump.
    X2 if People knew what I paid
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    another pic. The boat im told has a berkley, from what ive read thats good. They turnkeys ive found have been a bit out of my price range, they were very nice though.. Havnt been able to find that right one at the right price.
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