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Boats For Sale / 1971 Kona for sale
« on: June 05, 2019, 10:52:25 am »
1971 Kona for sale. I am the second owner and bought it in late 2007 and completely restored in 2008.  Everything was rebuilt, or replaced on the boat and trailer. The only items reused were the hull, block and heads, pump intake and trailer frame and axel.
It was garage stored by original owner and I have done the same. We used the boat weekly during the summer from 2008 to 2012 and very occasionally since then.  It is in really good shape and ready to go to the lake. We have got involved in other things and have decided to let it go.
455 BBO built by Reynolds with Mondello oil kit.
280h cam
Ported heads
Forged pistons
new edelbrock intake
Full msd ignition
Holley 750 double pumper
New glen wood exhaust logs
Berkeley 12 Jc split bowl with AT a impeller built by tom at JBP. Loader. Manual place diverter. Spins at 4850 rpm.
Completely rewired from stem to stern
New carpet, seats, upholstery, clarion stereo with bazooka sub (don't laugh, it actually hits pretty decent)
New Hardin marine stainless gauges, steering wheel, shifter.
New aluminum saddle tanks hold 9 gal each
Painted by Kerry naselroad in bakersfield.
Custom bemini top from sierra canvas works in bakersfield last year. It is stout and does not have to be folded down for high speed runs (that guy does great work)
Trailer was rebuilt, rewired, new wheels, painted, led lights
The boat is in good shape. There are a few scratches from over the past 10 years, but looks new. It would be hard to tell that it was restored 10 years ago.

Speed? It's a 65mph boat. I have seen higher numbers than that on gps, but I'm going to claim that it's a 65 mph boat.
The way we set the boat up will jerk a 200 pound person out of the water on a ski and the driver will not lose sight of the water over the bow.

When we were building the boat I stopped counting cost at $20k.... and drank more

This has been a fun, reliable ski and hot rod.

I am asking $9,000.00 [ Attachment Invalid Or Does Not Exist ]

Please call, or text
Cole fowler

The No Wake Zone / Stolen Honda
« on: March 04, 2010, 11:50:43 am »
So I'm sitting in my garage last night on the phone with a friend, with the garage door closed and I hear a car start.  I tell my buddy "I think someone is stealing my car."  I hit the door opener and sure as sh*t, some guy is pulling out of my drive way in my commuter car :mad:

Good thing is I called 911, the Sherrif shows up in like 30 seconds the getto bird flys over the nieghbor hood and they found my car running in the middle of the road three blocks away in like 5 min.

Bad thing is, the dude ditched the car and they didn't catch him :mad:

Cop tells me to secure my sh*t b/c they will be back.....

I need to move...

Jet Pumps / White lightning Top Loaders
« on: January 07, 2009, 09:56:49 am »
Any one have or heard of these?  If so, which one and how do you like it? MPH numbers if you have them please.


Engine Mechanical / Electrical / rubber vs cork
« on: November 15, 2008, 10:27:01 am »
I am fixing an intake oil leak and was wondering weather I should use rubber or cork end gaskets to go across the valley?  Is one better than the other?

Jet Pumps / Loaders
« on: July 29, 2008, 12:41:56 pm »
I know that this topic has been discussed greatly and that each boat is unique to the type of loader to use,  so I am looking for MPH and total performance increase that people are experiencing going from stock grate to different types of loaders.  Some guys are advertising 5 to 7 MPH gain over stock, are you guys seeing these #s?


Gelcoat / Paint / Fireberglass Repair / Cover
« on: July 28, 2008, 09:00:35 am »
Where is a good place to get a cover that will fit an 18' kona?  I am looking for the cotton type that will not scuff up the paint.  I went to Wal Mart and the type they had looked like it would butcher my paint job.

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / ALT issue
« on: July 17, 2008, 09:37:23 pm »
I think that I am having a charging issue.  I set the Kona up with two batteries the engine, electronics and jet a vator run off of one and the stereo off of the other. I have a battery selector between the two. I just went to the lake tonight and ran it for a while (1 hour) and the batteries died.  I was running around with the switch on bat 1 and 2 to try to keep them both chargerd.  I am running  a stock ALT and think that I may need to upgrade??

What are you guys that are using two batts running for an alternator?  Is stock good enough??  I have two brand new batteries (everstart marine)


Jet Pumps / Impeller vs speed
« on: June 30, 2008, 08:41:38 am »
I got the Kona together and have ran it a couple of times for tunning (still playing with jetting), but was wondering about top speed.  I have an A2 that is turning 4850 (with logs, so not bad  ???) and GPS'd the top speed at 61.3 mph with me (205 lbs) and dad (265 lbs).  I was wondering if the A2 was slowing me down on top speed and if so, possibly by how much?

I do have to add that I am not dissapointed with the A2 as it comes out of the hole hard and will push the boat 30 mph at ~ 2850.

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / carb jetting
« on: June 07, 2008, 09:37:09 pm »
I have a Holley 750 DP (brand new) with 73 in the primary and 81 in the sec.  Engine is 468 olds 10:1 comp 280H cam pocket ported heads.  Pulls about 10 in hg at 900 rpm with a 6.5 pv.  I was wondering if the jets seemed to be about the right size.  The engine is on a run in stand and it seems to be rich.  Any suggestions?????


Interior / Carpet
« on: May 14, 2008, 02:50:58 pm »
Going to be trying to carpet the Kona when I get it back next week, any tips / tricks on carpeting??

Test / Pic Test
« on: May 13, 2008, 08:16:50 am »

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Comp Cams
« on: May 08, 2008, 10:08:57 am »
I think I have lost my cam on run in  :'(  I had the engine built here in Bakersfield and ran the cam in on a run in stand at the house.  I followed Comps and the engine builders instructions explictly.  After about 20 min during run in, #6 intake rocker arm (455 olds stock non adjustable setup) started making some noise.  After run in, we pulled the valve cover and did some investigation.  The rocker arm had some play in it and the bridge assembly was tight.  We started it again and it seemed to quiet down a lot.  Also, timing is set and all else is good.  I ran it last night to see if it was still quiet and... it got louder and number 3 an 5 started making noise,  then it started to shoot some ducks, which convinced me that the cam was going to sh*t.  So the engine is going back to the builder.

The cam is a Comp Cam 280H and the builder said that he was going to have .030 lift extra ground into it when it was built.   

So, what are your opinions on Comp Cams??  has anyone had alot of trouble with them.  (This is the third one that we have lost.  Lost one in a 350 chevy, 302 Ford and now this)  Maybe we are not doing some thing right, but we have never lost a Crane, Isky, etc.

Interior / Ski Tows
« on: March 13, 2008, 07:36:23 am »
Does anyone have pics of there ski tows on the boat?

Interior / Seats
« on: March 11, 2008, 07:47:13 am »
What type and size wood should I use to make seats out of?

Gelcoat / Paint / Fireberglass Repair / Paint $5800
« on: March 09, 2008, 08:04:14 am »
I took the Kona to a very good actual "boat" painter here in Bakersfield yesterday and he wants 5000 for the trailer and two colors or 5800 for the trailer and three colors on the boat.  There is some stress cracks to fill and he is glassing in a couple pieces of wood (for batteries and fuel tanks mounts).  He said that since the boat is so old that he has to shoot it with some type of sealer b/c of pin holes.  The guy is the sh*t, I have seen his work, but man that was about 2x what I thought it was going to cost.  :banghead:  What do you guys think, is that way too high?

Interior / bimini tops
« on: February 12, 2008, 08:40:35 am »
I am considering buying a bimini top for the Kona.  Where is a good place to buy them and will they take the higher speeds? 
Also, if you have pics of a bimini top on your boat, please post them.


Test / test
« on: January 30, 2008, 10:33:22 am »

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / MSD 6M-2 Marine Ignition
« on: January 22, 2008, 01:56:34 pm »
Does anyone have any performance info / feedback on these?  What kind of power gains, etc.  Are they worth the money?


Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Engine Paint
« on: January 07, 2008, 02:46:19 pm »
What would you guys suggest for a good engine paint (rattle can) 

All I can seem to find is Dupli color.  Is that good stuff, or does it change colors??

Thanks- Cole

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Fuel Tank Vents
« on: December 31, 2007, 07:35:02 am »
My Kona has saddle tanks and the vents are about two inches in fron of the screw on fuel cap.  Does anyoney have a set up where the vents go out the back or through the cap?  The vent set up I have now kinda of sucks b/c it will leak some gas on the boat when the tanks or full.

Interior / Stereo
« on: December 28, 2007, 09:32:29 am »
I am looking at stereo equipment online and I am trying to figure out the best place to mount speakers etc.  Does anyone have pics that they can post of their stereos?


The No Wake Zone / GPS Accuracy
« on: December 20, 2007, 02:12:14 pm »
Does anyone know how accurate a hand held GPS is for speed?

Projects / 1971 Kona Project
« on: December 20, 2007, 11:02:59 am »
Well, this is one of those deals that I usually get involved with, I bought the bost last summer and it ran ok looked ok.  However, ok doesn't usually cut it for me for too long.  It started off as an upgrade in carb and ignition and has turned into a resto project. (Kinda like drinking in a way: "I'll just have a couple" then the next morning you wake up saying "What the F**K did I do last night")

So, I have the boat stripped and about $3000.00 or so in parts (carb, intake, MSD, Mondello oil restrictor kit (yes I am staying with the olds), throttle, shift, steering cables, new exhaust logs, pump rebuild kit, guages, just to name what I can remember off the top of my head!)

I am almost done building some new aluminum tanks and here are my .02 cents on that:
If you need new ones, BUY them!  Maybe I shouldn't say that because it has not that bad, but I could have had some shipped to the door for $650.00.  If you plan to build your own, use 1/8" as I used 12ga and I am having to TIG them and aluminum is not the easiest sh*t to weld!!

Here are my future plans (please comment back if you feel I my be going down the wrong road on something):

Engine: 455 olds G heads: Builder: Hugh Reynolds in Bakersfield
Fresh rebuild with new cam, install oil restriction system w/ 10 qt marine pan (currently has stock olds pan), MSD ignition, Polished Edelbrock Performer intake, Holley 750 dbl pumper, staying with logs, and Powder Coating block and heads metallic orange.  Wanting comp ratio @ about 9.0 or 9.5 to 1 if possible ??? I would like to see 400 hp ???

Pump: Berkley 12JC, B Impeller, Berkley jetavator
Standard rebuild with swith to AA impellor and powder coating to match engine  Maybe a loader, anyone care to share some performance gains?

Trailor: American Custom Single Axle
Some welding upgrades, powder coat to match pump and engine, new wheels and tires, polished diamond plate steps and new lights / wiring

Hull: 1971 Kona 18'
Paint: White w/ pearl orange accents
Seats: White w/ orange piping and stripes
Carpet:  ???  ??? maybe black

Here are some pics of the boat as it looked when I bought it:

Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Fuel Tanks
« on: November 16, 2007, 06:14:45 pm »
Does anybody know where I can find tapered saddle tanks?  My measurements are: 7"W top, 2" W bottom, 9" H, 72" long.

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Headers vs Logs
« on: November 15, 2007, 03:45:54 pm »
Does anybody know what a general HP difference whould be between headers and exhaust logs?

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