NEW JET BOAT OWNER

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1ASS2RISK

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« on: July 11, 2013, 02:17:52 PM »
I was shopping for a Jet Ski and ended up with a 1978 19 Ft Tahiti with a fresh 460 from S&J marine. This boat is clean and has been completly restored. Even the trailer was restored. I couldnt pass it up for 6k after the guy just dumped 11k in it. But I am new to Jet Boats so hoping you guys can help a rookie owner out here? FirsT I need to figure out what model I got here so I can order a decent trailerable cover for it. I know there were only a couple 19ft 1978 models so that helps narrow it down. I found this out when I kept getting denied insurance for this bad boy.
Here are a few pics, I will take better ones later.


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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2013, 02:36:51 PM »
Nice float, welcome to the site, remember when in doubt, throttle it out. Have someone that's driven a jet before teach you how to drive it, they are different than other boats.

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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2013, 02:48:15 PM »
Thanks, I have heard that before I need to get with someone that knows these. I have driven traditional boats, but not a jet boat with this much power.

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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2013, 02:54:41 PM »
Welcome, good lookin float! You must have ran into one hell of a sales guy if you went shopping for jet ski..... Hahaha

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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2013, 03:34:14 PM »
LOL... thanks!  I just stumbled on this thing and had to buy it!

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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2013, 04:16:21 PM »
Here's some tips that were givin to me and seem to be the most frequent asked

1) jets don't turn unless your on the go pedal, don't panic and crank the wheel and let off. You'll keep going straight, stay on it or ease off a little. Most of the time you will end up cranking it and stabbing the pedal real quick if need be for evasive moves.

2) low pro boats don't like studded stops from cruise/wot speed, that wake that follows you will catch up in a hurry and jump right in the back. Ease of the throttle till about 12-1600rpm and hold it there you'll eventually feel alittle push from the wake when it catches up, then you know your safe to let off all the way to idle. Just keep an eye on it the first couple of times and you'll get the hang of it.

3) always hold your fwd/rev lever if it is butter smooth. I have already had the privilege of the reverse bucket dropping unexpectedly when letting off and getting back on it. It sucks by the way, that's why I have a locking lever

4) jets generally guzzle gas compared to prop boats

5) always keep a paddle or two in the boat

6) it's a jet boat, you'll probably spend more time polishing and buffing it than you use it......just how it goes

6) Load up the family/friends and go have fun

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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2013, 04:18:24 PM »
Oh and nice boat by the way, I have the same boat practically just different colors.

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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2013, 05:44:10 PM »
Welcome.....
  • Boat #1: 1985 Bahner  -  19' 11"
I always wanted to be somebody...

I guess I should have been more specific.

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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2013, 09:29:15 PM »
Nice boat!
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