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I read thru this tread today and thought I would share a little of what I remember. My dad was Jerry Wriedts national sales manager and later when he moved to Texas his partner. I was allowed to hang around the Rated X group cleaning up parts and general gofor duties. This was at the time Rated X was a V bottom.
The Hydro concept came about after X and a couple other TFJ showed some very nasty handling qualitys on deceleration and very violent reactions if it suddenly lost power. X had been on the beach and had thrown more than one driver in the drink. The problem was setting the boat down off the pump the boats were so far off the water that when they started to come down gravity and pump pressure would force the nose down and tail up. This caused it to bow steer on the keel drop at the fore section of the keel at this time the boat would lay over on one side or the other and exit stage right or left. The theroy of the hydro was to allow some thing up forward for the boat to land on also the hydro would not have a keel line to start the bow steer in the first place.
The original idea was never to run it like a 3 point hydro but to carry the sponsons and use them to help set the boat down off the pump.Those involved in the idea or at least consulted that I can remember are Dean Willis, Bill Henderson, Warren Robbins, Jerry Wriedt, John Kaiser, Eddie Moranze, Lou Walman, there were others but I can,t remember just who. You can see from the names listed it reads like a who,s who of early jets.
This is what I an remember hope it helps to under stand why a idea that sounds so wrong ( A hydro designed to lift the tail and plant the sponsons) ended up in a role that counters the concept of its design.
Originally Posted by stoker2001 It was also Blown Alky Inj..Dean is a good friend even tho we havent spoke in years
Royal Flush was a "show stopper" in its days
Dean prob quit racing at a perfect time if you know what i mean.. Dean Willis lives here in Lake Havasu,AZ now.He has a business restoring old cars.
Wow I think that's my old boat what is the name on back
Here is a picture of the boat that is in my backyard. The motor that is shown had a bad rod bearing and took out the motor. Bought it that way; Its gonna get a warmed up 502. This will be my Sunday boat for el cap. That funky scoop has to go. Attachment 172406
Here is a picture of the Jet Sanger that I did the outboard conversion to. 150hp outboard and it ran about 65-68mph on the GPS on el cap. Attachment 172405
Originally Posted by Sleek Freak mine was fun and easy to drive. always got the looks.
mine was fun and easy to drive. always got the looks.
They don't ride harsh. They ride almost the same as the tunnel hull. Your not gonna take any of theses small low profile boats to mission bay on a Sunday so the river and lakes is where your gonna go anyways.
Buy the jet hydro and have fun.
Put on a tunnel ram or blower, and then a big frikn air scoop. Everyone is gonna come take a look at your boat, except the tunnel guy with an ego. Hahahaha
It will go fast in a straight line with the harshest ride ever. Buy it Hahaha
Not everyone wants the ultimate fast boat, however if you want something that is bad ass looking and stll hauls ass with the right engine and does not have all the bad habits of a v drive hydro, these boats are a lot of fun and always will draw attention.
I bought the brother to this boat in the pic below a couple years ago. I have a blown 25 Daytona that I use for the big lakes, and the jet hydro is just sitting there waiting for an engine and some love. It will be my river boat.
Ten years ago I bought a Sanger jet hydro and converted it to an outboard. With the center pod it worked perfect.
This one is gonna get a bb though. Originally Posted by jetboatperformance Heres a nice one too ! http://www.performanceboats.com/boat...jet-hydro.html
Originally Posted by 78CoLeBBF Thats Roger Sayles hondo hydro tom peterson did all the rigging and Vince Nelson did the motor a 501 bbf the other one the video is filmed from is a pb member with a chevy if i remember right the guy filming bought his hondo hydro from me turn key and had it painted....
Originally Posted by PCE680 A Sanger Jet Hydro held the NDBA record at 133+ MPH over 35 years ago.It was called Royal Flush and driven by Dean Willis. It was also Blown Alky Inj..Dean is a good friend even tho we havent spoke in years
Royal Flush was a "show stopper" in its days
Dean prob quit racing at a perfect time if you know what i mean..
I think once it comes down to it, when the boat is up on the keel it's really not all that different than any other jet. Just some different aerodynamics going on but if you compare it with a really dry running gullwing, about the only thing in the water is the intake. The rest is symantics. Well...sort of.
Originally Posted by steelcomp I think that guy's screen name was "JetHydro" back in the Hot Boat days. He worked his ass off on that boat, bound and determined to make it work. He'd cut that bottom pod off and glass a different design back on in a weekend and have it back out testing in no time. I think he finally did get that thing to run over 100 with a pretty healthy blown BB Chev for power. He was very passionate about that boat and he'd get some really "colorful" threads going, talking about it and how "bad" it was. Sure had to give the guy credit fior his determination.
In general, the jet hydro is a contradiction in principles. What it wants in order to make it work, makes it slower. A Sanger Jet Hydro held the NDBA record at 133+ MPH over 35 years ago.It was called Royal Flush and driven by Dean Willis.