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    Default Q's About Buying Jet Boat.

    I am a pwc owner, I love it.
    This last weekend in Laughlin, NV. a local gave me a ride in his Jet Boat.
    I am hooked. We booked it from The Riverside to Copper Canyon. @ times we hit 80+

    Now I want one bad! I have been looking on C-list for boats and trying to search the net for info about pumps.
    I saw some stuff on pumps on this site but I still have a few questions.

    How do I tell what Berkley pump model I am looking at??
    What Berkley is the best starting point?? What Berkley is a lemon??
    What Is Hawaiian a Good hull??
    When looking at the hull where should I look and @ what??

    Thanks For Any help. I want to spend my money wisely.
    Ten/Seven.

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    look for the tag on the top of the pump by the hand hole cover, that will tell you what pump you have. Berk and dominator are great pumps, look at the bottom of the hull for wear, you can tell if they beach it alot by how much gel coat is missing, look for cracks in the gel coat in the corners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet pilot View Post
    look for the tag on the top of the pump by the hand hole cover, that will tell you what pump you have. Berk and dominator are great pumps, look at the bottom of the hull for wear, you can tell if they beach it alot by how much gel coat is missing, look for cracks in the gel coat in the corners.
    Copy that on the hull inspection.

    What Numbers on the Berkley jet are best??

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    Look For A Berkely/ Dominator/ American Turbine/Legend Pump. Stay Away From Jacuzzi Or Panther If You Want To Go 80+Mph 12jG or 12jc For the Berkeley Pump Model Either If They Have A Split Bowl Already. If Your Looking To Run 80 Plus Youll Need A Good Performance Hull. Read As Much As you Can On This Forum You Will Learn A lot. Ask A lot Of Questions On Here Before You Buy.

    Anything In Particular Your Looking For? How Many Seats/ Room Needed? Whats Your Budget?
    Are You In Law Enforcement? Just Curious From Your Screen Name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W.O.T View Post
    Look For A Berkely/ Dominator/ American Turbine/Legend Pump. Stay Away From Jacuzzi Or Panther If You Want To Go 80+Mph 12jG or 12jc For the Berkeley Pump Model Either If They Have A Split Bowl Already. If Your Looking To Run 80 Plus Youll Need A Good Performance Hull. Read As Much As you Can On This Forum You Will Learn A lot. Ask A lot Of Questions On Here Before You Buy.

    Anything In Particular Your Looking For? How Many Seats/ Room Needed? Whats Your Budget?
    Are You In Law Enforcement? Just Curious From Your Screen Name.
    I would like somthing short 18'-20'

    For seating, I like all the seats facing forward. I like the bench rear seat.

    I can do 5k-10k on the deal.


    I went and looked at a '75 Hawaiian 460 BBF w/ Over transom headers. It had a Berkley pump. But I am not sure what type.
    Untill today I didn't know anything about Droop snoots & other pump upgrades. The guy didnt mention anything special about the pump other then it being Berk.

    What hull do you Recommend??

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    & No. I am not in law enforcement. I have a '94 mustang. It runs 10.7 on MT Radials. No one ever believes it. So. As a joke my nick name is 10/7

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    Hawaiian is more of a production boat. I don't recall if it has full length stringers but what ever you buy I would highly recommend it. Good to great boats that can deal with 80 MPH should be hand layup, full stringers, and well trailer-ed (meaning the trailer fits and supports the hull well. old boats with bad trailers will develop a hook or sag to the keel and will effect the ride and handling. The pump advice given above is good but I would also look for a boat with the shoe and ride plate already done. The shoe and ride plate is a machined add-on that replaces the cutting edge of the pump intake and runs past the transom and is supported by the pump near the nozzle (your PWC probably has it). This is a good indication that the boat was meant to perform. When inspecting the hull look on the inside as well as the bottom. "White" fiberglass indicates delamination and should significantly reduce the value. It can be fixed but can be expensive and time consuming. Jet boats I've worked on and/or raced include Rogers, Hondo Pantera, Eliminator Daytona, Liberty. Other great old names include Bahner, Southwind, Sleekcraft, Avenger, Advantage, Sanger, Placecraft, CP, there are more but space and time limit my list. Good hunting and have fun.

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    Some good info has gone before me here but to address your specifics.........

    How do I tell what Berkley pump model I am looking at??
    The ID tag on the suction piece is a good place to start should have basic info


    What Berkley is the best starting point?? What Berkley is a lemon??
    There are no Berkley "lemons" IMO the all work well, alot here will go to your expectations


    What Is Hawaiian a Good hull??
    These hulls were mass produced , decent performance and nice lines

    When looking at the hull where should I look and @ what??
    Sort of depends on what you want out of the boat , what your going to do with it and what your budget will allow... Tom

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    Look in the Ventura craigslist list for a Rogers, there is on there that is absolutely perfect.

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    Sell that PWC and buy WOT's Eliminator Daytona. By far the best deal on a good jet boat that will fit your needs. There are two types of jet boaters....the ones that have bought a Daytona, CP, Placecraft, etc. And those who want to sell their boats to buy one. do yourself a favor and spend a little more now, so you don't want something else later. It would be like buying a Ford Escort for your first race car....you went with a mustang didn't ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WMorton View Post
    Sell that PWC and buy WOT's Eliminator Daytona. By far the best deal on a good jet boat that will fit your needs. There are two types of jet boaters....the ones that have bought a Daytona, CP, Placecraft, etc. And those who want to sell their boats to buy one. do yourself a favor and spend a little more now, so you don't want something else later. It would be like buying a Ford Escort for your first race car....you went with a mustang didn't ya.
    This is really good advice. Now I am on the right track. I have been looking at Daytona, Placercraft, Howard. Higher Quality Hulls that are hand built.
    Most of them are setup for BBC. I am having a hard time finding one setup for BBF. I am a Ford only guy. 4th gen. My grandfather would stir in his grave if I had a Chevy powered boat.

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    The hull and pump don't know what motor you have pushing it with. The biggest problem with changing from BBC to BBF is buying new mounts, starter, and exhaust. Everything else is same. It's up to you how you deal with the shame of down grading a nice boat by running a Ford!

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    A super river or lake boat is a TX 19 with good room and a sweet ride! Tunnel boats such as Daytonas are great riding and flying boats but do lack in the room department! FWIW!


    SOMEONE SAID YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU! SO,IM BURNING IT UP ONE GALLON AT A TIME!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ICECREAMAN View Post
    The hull and pump don't know what motor you have pushing it with. The biggest problem with changing from BBC to BBF is buying new mounts, starter, and exhaust. Everything else is same. It's up to you how you deal with the shame of down grading a nice boat by running a Ford!
    Ten/Seven, There is always a few cheby guys that don't know a thing about Fords. Your on the right track for hulls, pumps and of course Ford powered. When you find a boat, ask here first before purchase and you should get the straight scoop.

    Cheers!

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