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Zep654

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Long story short, a jet skier hit me.  100% his fault.  Literally turned and ran right into the side of the boat.  I only have liability since no one would cover me with over transom headers and exposed engine.  He has zero insurance.  I had a quote to get it fixed at $10-20 grand depending on how the finish is at the end (new fiberglass/paint/whole nine yards, or just basic "it wont sink" fix).  What would you guys do?   Part it out?  Fix it?  Sell it as a whole wrecked?  Sell just hull and pump?  I kind of want to keep the engine since its the first engine I've ever built. Is anyone interested in the hull and pump?  I guess the rules state that the asking price is required so $1.  I have $45k into the whole boat.  About $7500 into the pump including the shoe and rideplate.  I want to talk it over with someone if they are interested or if anyone has advice, I would really appreciate it.  In the meantime, I literally bough the boat of my dreams. I know this will be a long process to sort out with the Hallett, and when this other one came back up for sale, I said what the hell. I couldn't resist and can't be without a boat.   I love the Hallett, but now that I have the other one, it's a toss up on what to do.  I really don't have the room/time/money to be running two boats, but the Hallett is vintage and still pretty darn nice.   Here are some pictures:  Thanks guys.  My name is Dev, and my number is 814-460-3465 if you want to talk.  I live in central Pennsylvania.  Boat is a 75 bubbledeck and originally from Cali.

















  • Boat #1: 1975 Hallett Bubbledeck
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Flusher

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Re: What would you do?? Hole in Hallett. Ideas, offers. At a loss
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2021, 05:39:27 pm »
I'd fix it
"I want to roll with my brother Joe" - Joe Bateman - January 29, 1950 ~ November 27, 2013

76Mantra455

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Re: What would you do?? Hole in Hallett. Ideas, offers. At a loss
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2021, 05:59:34 pm »
Honestly I would work towards fixing it. Sorry to hear about this. Yeah last year a jet ski almost hit me and I decided to get the insurance thru Nikki Bostick … you could try doing it yourself I’m sure there is knowledge on here and with all the members to walk you thru the process


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Re: What would you do?? Hole in Hallett. Ideas, offers. At a loss
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2021, 06:17:56 pm »
What a beautiful float! I would try to fix it. Maybe grab a couple knowledgeable boaters with some beer and.see what can be done.

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Re: What would you do?? Hole in Hallett. Ideas, offers. At a loss
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2021, 07:30:24 pm »
That is just terrible. You just finished putting this together right? I have no idea, but these guys seem to think it can be fixed.
If you were to fix it, I don’t think you would be able to get your money back if you were to sell it.
You already have just bought the boat of your dreams and don’t want 2.
I think the best way to make the most money would be to go through the effort of parting it out. Unfortunate to have to deal with. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. It really is a beautiful boat. ☹️


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Zep654

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Re: What would you do?? Hole in Hallett. Ideas, offers. At a loss
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2021, 06:34:52 pm »
That is just terrible. You just finished putting this together right? I have no idea, but these guys seem to think it can be fixed.
If you were to fix it, I don’t think you would be able to get your money back if you were to sell it.
You already have just bought the boat of your dreams and don’t want 2.
I think the best way to make the most money would be to go through the effort of parting it out. Unfortunate to have to deal with. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. It really is a beautiful boat. ☹️


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I'm sure it can be fixed.  The cap is practically popped off the boat and then there is the damage in the back.  The imco fuel cell on the starboard side is loose as a goose but I don't think its dented.  I did just get it finished so to say.  I had it done for last year and everything worked perfectly.  This year I tested so much with more boost, pump adjustments etc....I went from 78 mph last year, to 89 this year....perhaps a bit more to go as I was wanting to try a few different nozzles, wedges etc...  I am quoting your reply mainly because this is exactly what I struggle with.

I have over a thousand hours working on this thing making it my own.  I know every inch of it.  I'm sentimental as it is, but this new boat is what I consider my ultimate boat.  (21 ft eliminator).  I always seem to work my way up with vehicles, boats etc.  Always in search of what I consider the best you can buy and build.  (that way I won't have to keep looking for something and spending money haha....yeah right...that'll never end haha)   I wont have the hands on with the new one, but as I mentioned, I don't really have the room.  It would one of those things though, if I sold the hull and someone else fixed it/painted it etc, and I saw it....man I'd kick myself for giving up on it, but at the same time, its still another boat to deal with and sink more money into it..

Would you guys agree, if I fix it, I need to keep it....like forever...   If I think I might sell it, then either sell as a whole "as is," or part it out.  I'd pretty much have a $70,000 hallett by the end of it because I already know I'd want to repaint it with some crazy 20 color low rider metallic paint job (similar to lefty's pinstriping boat).  To fix it and then sell it, I'd be selling a boat that is like 60 grand for 10 grand and i'd be losing even more money...probably wouldn't even get out what I have into the pump and the fiberglass work (and that's even if anyone would still want a boat that had a hole in the thing)

I'm sorry I'm rambling....its a tough call for me.  I really appreciate all of your opinions and advice
« Last Edit: August 12, 2021, 06:41:04 pm by Zep654 »
  • Boat #1: 1975 Hallett Bubbledeck
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K-034

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Re: What would you do?? Hole in Hallett. Ideas, offers. At a loss
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2021, 08:49:35 am »
I would fix it. If it’s insured then they should cover a lot of it. I have a lot of money and time into a lot of boats. I do it for the fun and the pride of building it and it working most of the time, not really for the investment. It is and expensive hobby. I would know trust me

It would be a shame to get rid of it after all the work you put into it, (and it looks bad ass too) because of some dumb ass on a jet ski. Get it fixed and it will be another story to tell when your sitting in a cove having a beer with your buddies


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Re: What would you do?? Hole in Hallett. Ideas, offers. At a loss
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2021, 12:53:28 pm »

There are people on this site that have plenty of knowledge to help you decide what to do. This is only my 2nd or 3rd time taking part and have learned a lot from this site. An impact like that at such a sturdy location on your boat  makes me curious what damage was done to the other boat. I hope nobody got hurt. By looking at the damage shown in the pics you can likely fix it Zep. I agree with the others telling you to keep it. Just think if you are sitting on the beach with the Eliminator, a cold beer, tunes thumping, then you hear something on the water that gets your attention. It is that time of evening 1/2 hr before dark and PWC'S are gone. By the sound of it a couple of hotrods are out there too. Next thing you know, you see and hear YOUR hot rod out there having fun smashing that late afternoon glass. Without you. That would SUCK. Fix it then decide. Good luck.
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Zep654

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Re: What would you do?? Hole in Hallett. Ideas, offers. At a loss
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2021, 09:47:50 pm »
Man you guys are sucking me back in haha!!!  It would be a badass story to take my time with it and then later on bust it back out without telling anyone.  Kinda sit there and say, "who's is that!?" haha.   The flames might roll again.  I can't be hasty with my decision, I know that.  I did that with my last vette and an old diesel cummins I built.  Wish I could have both back even though I still have a newer version of both.  I love putting time and effort into everything I have.  Sometimes too much. 





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Re: What would you do?? Hole in Hallett. Ideas, offers. At a loss
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2021, 06:43:29 am »
That sucks!  In my humble opinion, just fix it . Dont have it repaired! Theres a difference. Its above the water line and as long as you have all the pieces, it should not be that bad. However if you want it perfect and want it completely repaired, get another hull. You should be able to find a beautiful hull bare for that kind of price.


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