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Hey All! Brand new to this site and I just had some questions about jet boats...I'm 19 years old and my family is getting rid of our 1992 Ultra boat, which has me kind of bummed. I've been around that boat since I was 2 years old :( ...I figure I've got a nice job so why not buy a boat. I plan on buying my own boat fairly soon and I am really intrigued by the 70's era jet boats. Aside from looking hardcore, I am intrigued by how they work and the low costs for project boats that need some TLC...Anyways, one of my main questions is how do the engines work compared to how they work in cars? How are they cooled? How many variables am I going to run into when tuning how it rides, impeller selection, and such? Is it easy to go wrong and screw up or are they just little performance issues? and last but not least, is this worth the time and money? I for sure have all the tools I need in my dad's shop, and if I couldn't do it for under 8k I probably won't be able to do it for a couple of years.

Thanks for your time, I appreciate it!

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Welcome!! It's definately worth it in my opinion!! You should be able to find a ready to go running boat for 8K fairly easily. I bought mine for 4K years ago. I have a ton more into it now, mostly on the engine, but all that isnt really required just to get on the water and have some fun. The main difference is the engine's internal clearances for marine use, due to using an open cooling system and colder running temperatures. As far a jetboats, you will want good low end torque. Since your a beginner, I wouldnt worry too much about the details. Just find yourself a nice runner and I'm sure you will enjoy it. You can always modify things as you get more involved and knowledgeable about jets...

Have fun!!!:D
 

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8 grand is an easy budget to stay under. Unless you are going to build some river racer. You should be able to buy a turn key boat for less then that in these times. You will have to be patient (that's the hardest part for me). I got a total of 4 grand in the boat in the avatar. I got a deal on it from a buddy and had to give it about 6 months of TLC and hustling parts. All in all it's a fun river boat nothing more nothing less.
Good luck.
 

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Thanks for the info! I've been looking at cars to fix up for the past couple months but taking our boat out last week brings back lots of memories that I can't just give up. The low price point on these things has me thinking that I'd take a boat over a car anyday...besides I already got a good truck to pull it with. Been reading all over this forum and I love it so far! Thanks
 

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the only thing I would say is for a little more $ get one with a chevy rather than a olds- after you get it if you want to make it go faster BBC can't be beat for parts availability
 

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The spam section is your friend......errrrr maybe enemy.:)grn There is alot of good info on here, decide what you want 1st. IMO you can't beat a tunnel .
 

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the only thing I would say is for a little more $ get one with a chevy rather than a olds- after you get it if you want to make it go faster BBC can't be beat for parts availability
X2, stay with a bbc and berk. jet. and welcome to the land of madness.
before someone else says it we need pictures of your girlfriend.:)hand
 

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X2, stay with a bbc and berk. jet. and welcome to the land of madness.
before someone else says it we need pictures of your girlfriend.:)hand
if you don't have a girlfriend better buy a flat with a VDRIVE :D
 

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if you don't have a girlfriend better buy a flat with a VDRIVE :D
why , so he'll have something else that consumes all his spare time and money keeping it goin?????:D
 

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Ok, no girlfriend, but I don't understand the flat bottom v-drive joke :/ you guys lost me...but for sure with the chevy engine...454 chevy sounds way cooler than 455 oldsmobile in my opinion :)
 

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Ok, no girlfriend, but I don't understand the flat bottom v-drive joke :/ you guys lost me...but for sure with the chevy engine...454 chevy sounds way cooler than 455 oldsmobile in my opinion :)
There is an on going debate/ battle vdrive jetdrive outboard
choose wisely -but its all good! the 455 olds had oiling problems when you spin them over 5000 so I'm told
 

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set myself up there didn't I ?:D
lol, yeah:p he's getting a boat, he won't need a girl till its finished, then when he's on the water, the girls will come a callin:)devil i know i wished i'd had 1 of my jet's when i was single:)bulb
 

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V-drives are cool & would be perfectly fine, depending on where you boat. You don't mind draggin $2K worth of hardware off the bottom of the boat every now & then, go for it. Find you a 3 or 4 thousand dollar jet boat & have at it. It'll be like a rubber ball & a mallet, can't hardly f*ck it up for trying... :p :D
 

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stay with a known brand eleminator,ROGERS,southwind, stay away from a panther pump had one for 20 yrs no prob. but more parts for berks &such. IF you know the history of the boat OLDs. arnt to bad if it hasent been pushed to much, light foot on an olds it we'll run for ever. It all depends on how much $ you want to spend.
 

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Welcome to the boards! be honest about what you wan't from a boat. Cruiser, lake rod, etc.. Big chevy and berk combo. Nothing wrong with the other engines or pumps, but parts are cheaper and more available for bbc/berk. Look for solid glass, wood, and gel. Good luck SJ:D
 

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Ive got a Rogers, had it since 17 when my dad blew the engine in it and didnt want to fix it. Told me "you fix it and its yours" now im 29. Jets are pretty simle and straght forward. Can run into alot of money if you wanna go over 70 mph but other than that 8k should be plenty to buy a really nice boat already done. if your looking for a project you could easily end up putting 8k into a motor and pump alone. hope you find what your looking for just be careful cuz its a definate addiction! good luck
 
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