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matttyy_d

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Jet Boat Basics
« on: January 28, 2017, 01:38:20 PM »
Hey everyone, brand new member here. I just recently bought my first jet boat and I am looking to get some advice. I have spent my whole life around boats and the river but my pops never had a Jet. I bought a 1990 19 ft. Pioneer with a 350 Chevy and Berkeley pump. I am looking for advice as to what routine maintenance should be done on the boat and what I should know or do before getting out on the river.
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Re: Jet Boat Basics
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2017, 02:06:38 PM »
We will need to see pictures before we give advice. Sorry. Those are the rules.

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Re: Jet Boat Basics
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2017, 02:11:23 PM »
Here are some from the day I bought it.


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Re: Jet Boat Basics
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2017, 02:24:51 PM »
Hey everyone, brand new member here. I just recently bought my first jet boat and I am looking to get some advice. I have spent my whole life around boats and the river but my pops never had a Jet. I bought a 1990 19 ft. Pioneer with a 350 Chevy and Berkeley pump. I am looking for advice as to what routine maintenance should be done on the boat and what I should know or do before getting out on the river.

welcome to the site-
Bring a credit card and a cell phone, and drive it like ya stole it.






But seriously...

before your first time-
Fuel filters
front pump bearing
wheel bearings
check all the hoses
belts
steering connections
fwd rev hoperation
bilge pump
all the safety stuff (vests, throw-able, fire ext, etc)
Over all condition of the motor-
plugs, wires, cap n rotor
any oil leaks and oil level
rubber exhaust hoses and flappers
battery and connections
registration
DRAIN PLUG
ice chest/boat sodas

Trailer-
running lights, etc
tire condition
spare tire
loose bunks
rear tie downs

There is prolly a lot I'm missing. I have usually went out on a weekday, got the boat wet, and fire it up right on the trailer, and let it warm up for a while, 5-10 mins.

I've had a few leaks, missing temp sender, (my fault, lol,) steering connection inside the transom dripping, fuel dripping from rear bowl, and one alternator not charging, and one alt. belt flipped up-side-down. (lasted all weekend  :thumbup:)

OH and its the only true power steering. No power, No steering.

Thats all I got for now.

Dan'l
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Re: Jet Boat Basics
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2017, 02:48:51 PM »
Best thing to do if your not use to driving a jet is to go somewhere not crowded and practice putting the boat on trailer and pulling up to dock it's different than a prop boat and takes some getting use nice boat by the way


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Re: Jet Boat Basics
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2017, 03:31:19 PM »
Awesome. Thank you. Hoping to get on the water in the next few days.
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Re: Jet Boat Basics
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2017, 06:06:16 AM »
I like Mash on it's list.

Couple more things, when driving a jet the throttle is the key to steering. If you're not on the gas it doesn't turn. Getting a feel for how much is experience.

If you're at the river I would suggest only going up river for a while. That way if something goes wrong you can float back to where you started. Bring an oar, it's cold right now and jumping in with a life jacket on, clipping a 10ft rope to the bow and swimming it to shore will suck.

Nice boat, enjoy  :beer:
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Re: Jet Boat Basics
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2017, 09:52:21 AM »
Hey everyone, brand new member here. I just recently bought my first jet boat and I am looking to get some advice. I have spent my whole life around boats and the river but my pops never had a Jet. I bought a 1990 19 ft. Pioneer with a 350 Chevy and Berkeley pump. I am looking for advice as to what routine maintenance should be done on the boat and what I should know or do before getting out on the river.


Was this boat run recently? Sat a while? Test drove before you bought it? Ran on the hose? Compression check? Sorry if I missed that part if the story.

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Re: Jet Boat Basics
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2017, 11:15:11 AM »
Ran the boat yesterday for the first time after all the plugs were replaced and the carb was rebuilt. I guess my main question is what routine maintenance should be done on the pump/jet. I'm familiar with the engine and boats but have never had a jet boat.


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Re: Jet Boat Basics
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2017, 04:17:06 PM »
Ran the boat yesterday for the first time after all the plugs were replaced and the carb was rebuilt. I guess my main question is what routine maintenance should be done on the pump/jet. I'm familiar with the engine and boats but have never had a jet boat.


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The pump needs a squirt of grease every now and again, twice a year, maybe more. Don't forget the U-Joints.

Check the oil in the bowl a few times a year, too. Flush it to keep it clear.

Always keep an eye on the steering components, nuts and bolts, etc

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Re: Jet Boat Basics
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2017, 04:43:30 PM »

Awesome. Thank you. Hoping to get on the water in the next few days.
PM Sent.


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