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Do Some re-search on this website first. Good thing is your inquiring before you buy. Read as much as you can before you buy.

Are you looking to restore, like as a hobby? There are lots of deals out there on Jet Boats right now. Your way better off picking something up thats pretty clean only needing minor work. Lots out there right now, and you will spend wayyy more restoring an old one.

Buy a good hull Rigged for a BBC or BBF at least. Find a clean Hull. Not rot and clean. And with a Berkeley Pump! No Junkuzzi or Panther.
 

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Greg Shoemaker did a how-to-buy-a-boat video last year here on PB good stuff for the new to boating people.
 

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My first jetboat was a sleekcraft. I knew nothing and was un aware of any websites that would be helpful in my purchase. It looked cool and had a BB olds,( No No) short stringers and upon investigation I found them to be soft. My son (BrendellaJet) worked tirelessly on it but to no avail. I pulled the engine and sold the boat to a guy that would use it for parts. Look at everything and make sure you are willing to spend the money cuz it's going to get pricey. Welcome to the insanity:)coffee
 

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My son (BrendellaJet)
I didn't know Brendellajet was your son.

Anyway. Task at hand. I did a project last year. I honestly don't think I'd do another project boat at least not with the economy the way it is. Fortunately with mine I had just about everything I needed. It either came with the boat (loose or boxed), or I robbed it from my previous boat.

Prices on parts and go fast goodies for motors have continuously gone up. Prices of completed clean used boats has dropped pretty drastically.

Just as a point.........read the thread (link below). A couple very nice examples of clean Eliminator bubbledecks and a breif discussion of what to sell them for.

I'm sincerely hoping that neither of these guys lets their boat go for $5K, but these are the times we find ourselves in right now. $5K won't buy squat when it comes to a complete re-do of a project boat. It could buy a very very nice used boat though.

http://www.performanceboats.com//showthread.php?t=35798

Like W.O.T. said......

There are lots of deals out there on Jet Boats right now. Your way better off picking something up thats pretty clean only needing minor work. Lots out there right now, and you will spend wayyy more restoring an old one.
 

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Stay with a Berkeley Style pump, even if its an E pump Jacuzzi, drake and Panther are gonna cost you some coin to fix or modify if/when you decide to go even a little faster with your boat!
When you look at a boat, crawl along the bottom of the boat, and look for signs of dirty water spots, usually you wiss see a drip area that most of the time shows an area in question, (Crack or some sort of through hull damage) Inspect the rear light bar of the trailer if a v bottom Jet, they tend to drag in/out of the driveways! a shitty trailer will get you only so far! lol
If you come across a boat with an engine, bring a breaker bar and some sockets, see if you can turn it over manualy!
Definitly have the old lady sit in the seats, you just might find out how lond the boat has been sitting, My wife (Not a chubby chick) Took a seat in our old boat and "Blowed it out"! 10,000 toothpics! lol
The boat went from 4100-2100 real fast! there was all kinds of shit wrong with the boat! but the hull was stout!
If you are gonna spend more than 3K on a boat, bring a twelver with you, garantee'd you will get a better deal!
 

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Jones I looked at a Ranger like this one and I will tell you to keep on looking!! Not that I know this boat but it is a short stringer boat and the hull are on the light side and Panther drive! For example I just sold an older Taylor SJ running and with new gauges,cables for 3 bills! It also depends on what you want to do! There are some deals out there look for a little while and you will be better off! WT:)devil

I do see this boat to be a full stringer it would be stronger than the one I looked at! Good luck and keep your eyes and ears open!
 

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Personally If I were buying another jetboat Id only have it with a BBC and Berk or similar pump. You pretty much have to go into it thinking the motor is toast or on its last legs. 90% of the time the boat is being sold is divorce or there is something majorly wrong with it. I find it especially in this times that its a buyers market and your money goes farther if you buy a complete boat rather than a fixer upper. Complete boats have dropped in price but boat parts havent. Also another factor is that I tend to lean towards a boat that has been taken care of, even if it costs more. Theres a value to actually being on the water and enjoying, rather than hopefully getting on the water after tons of wrenching only to get out on the water and do more wrenching.
6 or 7k will get you a nice boat. 3-5k is used with a questionable engine.
If your handy with testers you can do a compression or leakdown test.
Check the impeller for damage. Check the shaft/ujoint for play. Obvious leaks around. Last but no least is check out the buyer and how he lives. Nice house or junk yard. Organized or did a bomb go off in his garage. Cars nice or beat up with worn tires etc etc. You get the picture.
 

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Last but no least is check out the buyer and how he lives. Nice house or junk yard. Organized or did a bomb go off in his garage. Cars nice or beat up with worn tires etc etc. You get the picture.
I went to look at a boat last year and the boat "sounded" mechanically sound. Wires everywhere, gauges not hooked up and oil leaks galore. He fired it up without water and said "it has a good mallory ignition, but missing a few wires." Skinny, dumb and happy, I took it out for a test run. Water leaks spewing on the transom and he just said, "its a quick fix." Some 25 year old guy, living with his folks in the TP with trash and junk cars everywhere. 79 Millers statement is true and correct. :D

Don't listen to the "mechanics special; owned by firefighter; owned by mechanic." Now thats deceiving at times!

BBC's are financially better and shops usually will have the parts in stock.
 

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Typically there are a few things that the owner will lie or "Not know about"

The top speed of the boat is normally represented a good 20 mph faster than actual.

The parts in the "rebuilt" motor are not what is stated. And Rebuilt or gone through usually consists of new gaskets. Maybe.

The jet has never been rebuilt and or maintained.

The "New wiring" is only new where it is showing. Behind the dash and behind seats the wires have been spliced together.

There will be al least one guage that does not work.

The more money they have in stereo the less money has been put into maintenence.

If you have some skills these will not be a problem. I reccomend either water testing or just assuming that there are going to be certain problems that you will repair after the first outing.

Either take someone who knows Jet boats with you or have the seller meet you at a Jet boat shop for them to go through and nitpick and give you a real picture of what you are buying.

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Typically there are a few things that the owner will lie or "Not know about"

The top speed of the boat is normally represented a good 20 mph faster than actual.

The parts in the "rebuilt" motor are not what is stated. And Rebuilt or gone through usually consists of new gaskets. Maybe.

The jet has never been rebuilt and or maintained.

The "New wiring" is only new where it is showing. Behind the dash and behind seats the wires have been spliced together.

There will be al least one guage that does not work.

The more money they have in stereo the less money has been put into maintenence.

If you have some skills these will not be a problem. I reccomend either water testing or just assuming that there are going to be certain problems that you will repair after the first outing.

Either take someone who knows Jet boats with you or have the seller meet you at a Jet boat shop for them to go through and nitpick and give you a real picture of what you are buying.

Cy
Spot on Cy. Too bad it's so long. All that would make a good signature line.
 

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Jones I looked at a Ranger like this one and I will tell you to keep on looking!! Not that I know this boat but it is a short stringer boat and the hull are on the light side and Panther drive! For example I just sold an older Taylor SJ running and with new gauges,cables for 3 bills! It also depends on what you want to do! There are some deals out there look for a little while and you will be better off! WT:)devil

I do see this boat to be a full stringer it would be stronger than the one I looked at! Good luck and keep your eyes and ears open!
what is a stringer
 

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what is a stringer
It's the back bone of a boat. Normally (2) 2 x 6's layed on edge. The motor is then bolted between the stringers. Sometimes right to the stingers or on an aluminum "rail kit" (more desireable).

Full length stringer boats are much stronger than boats that have a stringer "box" that stops right at the front of the engine.

Pay particular attention where the stringers are glassed into the Transom (the back of the boat).. They tend to pull away (delaminate) around this area.

Good luck!
 

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if you can pull a motor mount bolt out of the stringer..
look for compost....
alot of times the glass is still holding all the goop together and it doesn't crack untill you hit a large wake..
a boat that sat in outside storage could have had water in the bottom of it...
causing water to seep into the bolt holes and causing the wood on the stringers to rot or turn to compost.
shady resellers will go as far as laying new plywood over the old and new carpet.. and call it " the floors are good ".
or worse... spray paint them with black spray paint and call it good to go...
unless there are receipts for the pump being rebuilt from a known source..., consider it in need of a rebuild.
if it has short stringers... look underneath the hull for cracks were they end.


an ice pick works pretty good for finding soft spots...just like on the floor of an old 911..
the seller might get a little excited..
better them ....then you....
nothing like having vessel assit do a salvage operation when it sinks.
 

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If someone came poking around one of my boats with an icepick I would tell you to hit the bricks.
 

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make sure you buy a boat that has a title!
big pain to get a new one.:)bulb

If you want turnkey I understand, but the best way to go is to buy just the boat with no motor !!

build your own. That way you will know what you have!:)devil

Building the motor is the best part........... if you ask me;)
 

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If someone came poking around one of my boats with an icepick I would tell you to hit the bricks.
i wouldn't figure you to be a shady seller.

nor would i expect you to pull a bolt out of the stringer to poke an ice pick or dental tool into the wood in the hole.

on another note...
trunk spray , rhino liner and fresh gel coat can all hide discolored wood rot.

not every shiny boat is a jewel in the rough.
restored sometimes means fast resale..

oh yeah.. if it has shag carpet in it.... keep on shopping..
 
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