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Anyone drive their jet boats in saltwater? Anything I need to worry about? I live about 15 minutes from Dana Point and would like to take it out every now and then. Would mostly just like to tool around the harbor, but Ill probably get the urge to take it out if the swells are friendly.
 

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A friend of mine does it quite a bit. He brings a garden hose with him and immediately after he pulls the boat out of the water he spends a lot of time rinsing the boat off with fresh water using the hose. They usually have fresh water spickets near the ramp area's. Sometimes he closes off the engine's cooling system, fills the engine with fresh water, and then launches the boat and makes his passes. His engine runs on alcohol. I know they make a product called Salt-Away (or something like that) and I know that it does it's job well.
 

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Anyone drive their jet boats in saltwater? Anything I need to worry about? I live about 15 minutes from Dana Point and would like to take it out every now and then. Would mostly just like to tool around the harbor, but Ill probably get the urge to take it out if the swells are friendly.
make sure u "completely" flush the motor & jet after ur done!! :)...salt will cause corrosion & eat the freeze plugs if its left in there...possible damage to parts in the jet also!

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Also get some spray grease and soak the lug nuts,spring hangers and any thing that pivots or moves.Living here in FL I have seen so many rusted trailers broken on the side of the road.
 

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My brother has a 1974 Sidewinder that has been used it's entire life in Salt Water (he bought it from me in 1982). We rinsed it down good after each use and have not had any salt water issues with the jet. We alway hooked it up to the garden hose when we got home and ran the engine to flush the salt water out of the engine and exhaust logs. The sooner you get the salt our of the engine, off the boat and off the trailer the better your boat will hold up. Hopefully you have installed brass freeze (core) plugs in the engine, the steel ones seem to rust through quickly when used in salt water.

Possible issues - if you have water injected steel headers they may rust more.

If you flush everything down well after use, occasional use in Salt water should not do any damage. Prolonged use will show up as extra corrosion on headers and other boat hardware.

Good luck
Doug
 

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Oh man, my favorite subject surfaces again. Living 30 seconds from an awesome boat launch in the salt and having spent years out there, I firmly believe there is no place cooler to boat. On Hotboat I had a fun thread going on whether you gained or lost thrust running through a jellyfish bloom.
We boated out there for years with no problems with the motor, pump or trailer.
We would bring it back and wash it down after we were done. I'd disconnect the Bassett Tee and shoot some WD40 in there and flush the motor and all was good.

With that said, I will say that the Bassetts took a beating. Not from rust but from salt spray landing on the hot metal caused small rings of salt being burned into the chrome. No amount of polishing would remove them.

So, if you have the urge, go for it and snap some pics. No place better but recognize your primo chrome headers might not look absolutely perfect afterwards.

John
 

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I live 5 minutes from DP Harbor and some days i look out at the ocean and go man, it's smooth out there i want to take the boat out. I never do but my buddy did take his out there. I've hear you just need to rinse things down real well when all done.

Next year though, for the harbor christmas parade i'm entering my boat!!! You should come out and we can run the parade together. Would be cool to get a bunch of guys with some hotrods idling through with the rest of the sail and power boats!!! :)devil:)devil I'm doing it for sure, i would have done it this year but i didnt have a set of dry headers. I do now!
 

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funny old story about jet boating at dana point.....my father took our tahiti out in the ocean from dana point in the late 70's early 80s....he took my cousin water skiing.

the swells were big enough to where at times, you could not see my cousin being towed behind the boat because he was on the backside of the swells. my other cousin was sitting on a beer color between the front seats.....my dad stuffed the bow into a swell, there was a 3" sheet of water that rushed accross the flat deck of the bow and hit my cousin square in the eyes.....knocked his ass back upside down.
 

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Cool deal guys. Thanks for the input. Think I might have to try it. Need to keep an eye on the surf report and make sure its not too rough. My aunt lives in Irvine cove-might have to go stop by!
 

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The swells are pretty large out there, it's like being on a roller coaster, kinda feels funny. I take my grandpas little 10" dinggy out there all the time. The thing about the ocean is that the swells are large but are wide, it's not like a boat going by were the swell is large but not very wide. When they are wide like that the boat tends to ride them rather than get swamped.
 
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