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Old 01-22-2010, 06:27 AM   #1
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Default thinking about a 70s jet boat any advise ?

looking for a nice jet boat to enjoy this summer have seen a few local on Craigslist and looking for some advise before i purchase . dos and donts and any other helpfull info.

most of the are earlie late 70s , looking for mainly a big block to be able to mess around later .

pics and info and wich boats to stay away from would help out greatly !
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:39 AM   #2
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Old 01-22-2010, 07:20 AM   #3
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If you want a boat that will run some big #s look at a youngblood and there have been a bunch of copies of them.
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Default Re: thinking about a 70s jet boat any advise ?

We had a Taylor back in the late 70's that was a very well built boat. Look for one with a Berkley pump and a BB Chevy are Ford. Stay away from anything with a Jaccuzi pump. They were slow and burn fuel like crazy. The Younglood hulls were light weight, but the one I had would peel the outer gelcoat finish of in small sheets from the bottom. Good luck.
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:50 AM   #7
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Default Re: thinking about a 70s jet boat any advise ?

Like said, try to find one with a berkley pump. We had a challanger for a while. was a great boat. had the engine and jet set back about a foot.
Check the bottom side of the hull for damage, cracks ect... and also where the engine plates mount.
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www.screamandfly.com anything you could possibly need to know can be found there.
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forget the jet find a vdrive
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Default Re: thinking about a 70s jet boat any advise ?

Ihad a Tahiti for 20 years. BB Olds with Berkley Jetovater pump.Killer 200 ft roostertails! Check the transom and floors good for rotting wood.
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Default Re: thinking about a 70s jet boat any advise ?

Just really depends on what you are wanting to do with it.... Just check the floors and runners in these older hulls... x10 on the Berkley pump, and if you are looking for a rooster tail get a jetavador(lets u adjust the nozzle from the drivers seat) Taylor is one of the heaver hulls, and dont look as good to me. I have owned a Hawaiian, youngblood and sanger picklefork. The youngblood is a damn good hull for speed, just make sure what thickness the hull is when buying, and check for cracks as stated. There used to be 3 versions of thickness.

Also if you are looking to go as fast as possible cheap, then go with a v drive. If you were to put the same motor in a jet will be prob 15-20mph slower than a v drive.. It takes way less motor to push the v.
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Default Re: thinking about a 70s jet boat any advise ?

Jets are fun as hell! I have a Bahner 18 ft with a berkley drive. 468 ci Chevy B/B with water injected headers.It has the orginal gel coat /paint.....I never take out since buying a Jet Ski. Left hand drive.
I would like to sell. its just taking up space............. I can post pics?
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Find something with a jet o vator, drive the boat and if it rpms like crazy and isn't moving out of the hole the impeller is probably junk. If you need parts and pump work this is the guy to go to.
http://home.pacbell.net/jmcclure/
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Default Re: thinking about a 70s jet boat any advise ?

I have a early 70's Tahiti Torino, Berkley pump with Jetovator trim. Used to have a 455 Olds, that went boom, so it now has a 468 BBC. It's a lot of fun, shoots a lot of water!!!!! It's left had drive, with a gas pedal for the throttle, get's a lot of looks. It's THIRSTY though!!!! Good Luck.
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Default Re: thinking about a 70s jet boat any advise ?

Had a Kachina. BBC with a glide. Berkley pump and had to have the jetovator! Rooster tails were high and long. When you beat another boat you could get them soaking wet.....lol Dont think a jetovator is allowed in Az. anymore.
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