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Old 08-21-2003, 07:00 PM
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hotrod boat question

okay, since there is no forum for this I will ask it here. I am looking at buying a boat that has a 454 chevy (I have the tech sheet here but let's save time and agree that it is a serious engine), but instead of an out drive or prop it has a berkely 12JG jet drive with manual place diverter. what does all that mean? I thought jet drives were for river boats that went real slow. I can't believe that this thing is more efficient than a prop, but I can't believe it would be behind this engine if it wasn't. what is a manual place diverter? you can safely assume I know very little about boats. this boat might be a little much for a first boat, but I don't want to have to trade up in a year. any info would be great.

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Old 08-21-2003, 07:26 PM
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BWG, jet pumps aren't just for riverboats! There are major advantages for jet pumps. They can be used in much shallower water than a prop. My day job at 2 Stroke International we build and sell two stroke engine for military, recreational such as planes, boats, race cars etc. Our 690-L70 marine engine runs off of a jet pump simular to whats in this boat. Our 690 has roughly 65hp and it will push a 25' 'glass hull across the pond at about 45-50mph, even faster with a few modifications to the engine. W had a small 6'x8' exsperimental boat a few years we put a small 430 2 cylender in with a jet pump and it would turn on a dime at full throttle 55-65mph depending on if the engines running supremem and the water chop. We have a 540 were trying to get marketed that will put that 690 to shame and it will move you across the water like a demon from martha stewart's ars! Don't underestimate that pump!

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Old 08-21-2003, 11:16 PM
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All i got to say is.. Sounds like that boat will haul some ***!!
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