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Has anyone checked this boat out?

sleekcraft sst tunnel hull berkeley jet

Looks like it needs some glass work among other things . I don't know if its a full, 1/2 or 1/4 stringer boat. I searched for SST tunnels. From what I found they like to pitch the driver at higher speeds. I'm looking for a long term project. something that will handel 600-800 HP. I want it to be a lake boat capable of low 90's when I want it to. I'm looking for something to restore from the ground up. something taking years doesnt bother me. This will be a second boat. I want to try and stay away from the V hull as I hear that not very good at higher speeds.
 

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That is a fairly popular hull. I'm sure you'll get some feedback on it. I think the tunnel is the stringer in those. One of our group has an Aristocrat (Fat sister of the SST as ray puts it). I don't remember seeing stringers in it. It has a mount that attaches to the top of the tunnel.
 

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That is a fairly popular hull. I'm sure you'll get some feedback on it. I think the tunnel is the stringer in those. One of our group has an Aristocrat (Fat sister of the SST as ray puts it). I don't remember seeing stringers in it. It has a mount that attaches to the top of the tunnel.
yeah the SST hull is the stringers... The boat in my avatar is our SST. We got a stock motor never checked the timing and its still running 58.8 while running very wet. I love the hull on it but I dont know much about its highspeed handling. A couple of other guys on here have a SST too, one is running in the 70's I believe
 

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The SST was set for patten by Bruce Nesher. The factory backed race boat was running into the 130's. As mentioned the tunnel hull acted as the stringer, engine bolted to the tops of the tunnels. There was one that came out of Michigan, running high 90's N/A, and 100 plus on a blown deal, it went to OK. or MS. I believe.
 

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The SST was set for patten by Bruce Nesher. The factory backed race boat was running into the 130's. As mentioned the tunnel hull acted as the stringer, engine bolted to the tops of the tunnels. There was one that came out of Michigan, running high 90's N/A, and 100 plus on a blown deal, it went to OK. or MS. I believe.
I think there is a pic of that 130 MPH boat on the back of the brochure I got. Was that the "Rated X" boat?

More on the SST hull here:
http://www.performanceboats.com/jet-boats/74042-sleekcraft-tunnel.html
 

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Dave Gionetta & Don Yates drove "Rated X" Sleekcraft, Don williams drove "Texas Spirit"

Roger Finney knows a lot about these hulls, and believe he still has the molds.
 

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The fastest one I seen was about 75 mph. It was stable at that spped but you did not like to turn it at speed. I would be hard pressed to pick a better looking boat.
 

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finally got to take it and run it, you can feel the difference from before the rails, now I am repairing the seat bottoms as the floor is bad, also need to cut the impeller as it would only pull 4900-5000 with new engine, need it to be 5500- 5700 to max the motor
 

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So as it seems its a pretty solid boat at 70 lol. If you were dropping some HP in it it could use some beefing up around the engine and pump area.
 

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I would do something to help it out if you go over 400+ hp, also if there is no hole in the front of the bilge drill 2 holes as the is a center stringer under the plywood, mine was full of water as a previous owner screwed a seat screw thru the bottom of the boat and filled it
 
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