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    I found this Mandella 21ft mini day cruiser on Craigslist in Stockton for $1200.
    Had it towed to Parker. It will be in the water by June.
    This will be a poor mans build.
    454BBC from Rick at Manor Marine.
    New 22gal aluminum tanks from Brian at Tank-it in Havasu.
    New seats by me (they are sitting in the guest bedroom).
    But.....

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    ...The damn thing is a jet!?!
    I went and saw Carson and asked him why? Why would he do such a thing?
    He just sort of looked at me with that half smile of his and told me that's what the client ordered.
    I almost yelled at him. Why would he allow such a thing?
    He thinks there are two or three of these with a jet.
    I never saw another one.
    As you can tell, the transon is only 4-5 inches higher than a short deck.
    But it has a floor above the stringers and seats above that (not shown - those are my short deck seats sitting on the floor/no footroom).
    The effect is like looking at a weding cake, many layers and top-heavy.
    I plan to tear out the floor and mount the seats to the stringers, like in my short deck. Footroom to the floor of the hull.
    And a new 'charcoal' windshield.
    Low and cool (I hope). Maybe a lowered bimini to create a sedan look (stop me, please stop me).

    Spent so far:
    1974 Mandella mini day cruiser hull $1200
    Towing to Parker $500 (I kow, but it was the only way!)
    New fully dressed 454 BBC w/headers $4,520
    New aluminum 22gal tanks $600
    Seats $600
    Still to organize: Windshield and Boat cover
    Left to spend: $570
    Bet I go over?
    Assembly starts in March.
    More to come.

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    Cool Find , will be curious to see how it rides !

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    I had a '67 Mandella 18' flatty with a Berk jet. It had a 410 c.i. Merc. in it. That thing would spin with little to no warning at all. Anytime in a turn you had to be ready to counter steer because it would do a 180 and slide backwards, and you better be on the gas when it stopped. When pulling a skier I could gas it and the water out of the jet would hit them right in the knees & take 'em out! Good times! 1 time my old lady & a friend were sitting in lawn chairs on the sandbar and I stabbed it from about 30 ft away and flipped them both over backwards. Had to sell it when the kids started to drive. I saw another 1 just like it once down at Walters Camp on the lower river.
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    I grew up with a 70 short deck and an ls-6 with a jet, in the group. Stuck way in the boat, just like yours. Had a "play pen" seating arrangement.

    x 100 on the previous posters comment about spinning out.. Don't take that rudder off.. When pulling a good skier you'd get in ryhthm with the skier. A 1.5 counter turn of the wheel to offset the pull.. Funny, it just became normal.. I spun the boat out one time when I was turning the boat around to head the other way, and the skier pulled out for giggles.. The added pull, spun us out.. turn on the bilge and then wait, wait wait for the nose to point up the giant fricking wave that was coming.. Then stab the gas... Woo hoo, we didn't sink!!! Great times.
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    ...The damn thing is a jet!?!
    I went and saw Carson and asked him why? Why would he do such a thing?
    He just sort of looked at me with that half smile of his and told me that's what the client ordered.
    I almost yelled at him. Why would he allow such a thing?
    He thinks there are two or three of these with a jet.
    I never saw another one.
    When I was young, we spent a lot of time down at Mandella Boats. My dad helped Lou with the race boat, and I grew up loving the smell of fiberglass resin, and looking up to the engine builders. I remember when Carson first got his engine building room off of the rigging room.

    Anyway, when they came out with the cruiser, jet boats were new, and my dad kept talking about putting one together. He and my mom broke up about that time, so he never did put one together, but I guess those other boats were built for people who wanted to try something different.

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    Well, 14 months later, she is in the water. Rides like a champ. 21' is much better than 17'6"!
    But I have to admit, I hate the jet. You guys were exactally right, she want's to spin out when I even think about turning. Very wide turns now, started much earlier than my v-drive. I wonder how I will turn around at the river pulling a skier!?!
    Oh, well,...She looks bitchen and I get thumbs up from everyone so I am happy.
    Stuck to the money, it's just time that went astray. Well, she's done now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devenso View Post
    Well, 14 months later, she is in the water. Rides like a champ. 21' is much better than 17'6"!
    But I have to admit, I hate the jet. You guys were exactally right, she want's to spin out when I even think about turning. Very wide turns now, started much earlier than my v-drive. I wonder how I will turn around at the river pulling a skier!?!
    Oh, well,...She looks bitchen and I get thumbs up from everyone so I am happy.
    Stuck to the money, it's just time that went astray. Well, she's done now.
    Looks great, River lodge, huh.

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    Will fins or a skag help?

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    looks great, GOD I WISH MINE WAS DONE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brgrcru View Post
    Looks great, River lodge, huh.
    I love river lodge. Upriver rules.

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    Will fins or a skag help?
    It has a skag. Maybe the trim (non-adjustable) is too tight. By keeping the nose down I may be pushing the rear up. I dunno.....sounds logical. Anyone know?

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    Great to see this Classic back in the water looks good !,Congratulations ! Re the "light in the ass" feel or spin out , My FIL had a similar hull years back that would do an involentary U turn if you just looked at it wrong, that condition was greatly helped by "skid fins" aft, You could easily add these on the outboard ends of your cav plates We have a similar hull in the shop for Ride Plate and shoe right now and will expiriment with a "drop" thru Fin in the ride plate as this custmer has a similar condition Tom

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