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New catagory for Jet- Ski- Powered Boats

Do we add a new slot in the design catagory for jet-powered boats
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Do we not add a new catagory for jet-powered boats
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4%
 
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steve crawford
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Post by steve crawford » Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:55 pm

I sugest we have our own slot under the Design catagory so all this info dosen't get lost in under other topics. This is becoming more and more popular, and I feel NEEDS TO BE KEPT IN IT'S OWN SEPERATE TOPIC.


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Post by Amm » Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:51 pm

Shouldn't this be posted in the OUTBOARDS section, http://glen-l.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=17, as all these, very cool I might add, jet ski powered boats are outboards less than 14'?

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Post by John K » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:14 am

I think that it is a good idea to have a separate topic for jet powered. I am not into jet powered boats, but most of the posting are about the installation of the engine and not about the boat hull. I do read most of the posting and find them interesting.

It would keep the information together in a separate area, so future jet powered builders can review questions. I know that you can do searches, but this would just be easier.

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Post by robertmayton » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:36 am

i agree

it would be easier to sift through the info and track ppls progress.....

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Post by chappo1970 » Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:11 pm

Steve I whole heartedly agree that there should be a separate section for Jet powered boats. Considering trail blazers like yourself, Terry Mac, Matt Holmes, John Gade and others have awesome examples to inspire, myself and others, to under take this modification.

Its following is only going to get a greater and we should have an area that can be referenced to, because it is a specialised modification we are doing, NOT just bolting on an outboard. There is a substancial amount of modification that needs to be done to the design, the cabin layout, the keel, transom, steering and so on and so on. Also consider the price of good secondhand jet skis are becoming much more cheaper. Originally I was going to buy a new outboard for my project but when I looked into it for under the same money I could buy 750cc doner.

I have now spent many many hours trawling through Power boats, Small Outboards etc to gather information for my project (see Mild or Wild under SMALL BOATS!). Although I am still planning my build at this stage, I find myself going back to the forum to find answers that I know are there but I have forgotten where the post was. VERY FRUSTRATING!! There is some really great stuff in here but boy do you have to be dedicated to find it. It would be a shame to loose this great resource. Also more to the point discourage someone from attempiing to build a jet powered project just because the information is buried in some obscure topic!

I really want to post every phase of this build from the planning stage thru to the launch so that others can learn from my mistakes and triumphs! But it seems pointless if it is lost.

Steve you have my support on this matter.
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Post by steve crawford » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:27 pm

A lot of stuff got lost when this Power Boat section went down a few months ago that had a lot of info on Terry's boat and others. I downloaded pics. and articles back when I first started my boat,but not everything.

Think of the years of model changes and what parts interchange with what, length of drive shafts ,and pump sizes, what will work with what. It is frustrating to have to learn all this ,and no one person can.

Just think if we get some Jet-Ski guru's to get in on the explosion of these cross-breeds and want to build one.......


Again these boats are ausome....................................to drive....

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Post by chappo1970 » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:47 pm

Couldn't agree more. I am amazed that some of the commercial builders haven't cottoned onto this by now. From what I can see you have the best of both worlds. A low level rocket coupled with an actual boat not a three seated bike as what they are trying to do now with the jet skis.

I am going down this path because I want the exhilaration of a jet ski but the convience of a boat. A new 800 Kawka will set me back say $13,000 AUD by my estimate my project is going to cost just about that, but I am getting exactly what I want.

Real shame about loosing all that valuable information thou!

On the subject of guru's my two buds here in Oz (one races em the other build em) love the idea of these cross breds and are seriously considering a build themselves (would be great if I could get them on this forum.) As usual they want to see how mine turns out first! Call me the crash test dummy.

Hey Steve do have any footage/Video of your boat underway? I can't wait to be behind the helm of mine...

UMMM... If you contribute to this post do I get to vote again? TOO LATE!
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Post by Dale Mattson » Mon Sep 03, 2007 11:24 pm

Sea-Doo makes some great little jet boats. The one I really like is a 15 footer called the Speedster. 230 hp, jet, wakeboard tower, all the bells and whistles, seats 4, with trailer and everything, like 20 grand. it's what we'll be driving while we build the Flying Saucer.
Fast lil bugger. And better than the earlier versions that had 2 small motors and drive lines, the new ones have a tight little rotax 230 hp single jet driveline that makes it go FAST!!!
I have been watching ebay and other sights for a wrecked one, and have seen a few, but my reality is the time and effort to integrate that jet power system into a Flying Saucer is just too much for me. So, I'm buying the Speedster for me and the kids, and I'll drop a nice Honda outboard on the F/S. That I can handle. Now I just need to figure out where I'm gonna park 'em both!
hahaha

Peace
D

Oh, I vote for a new Jet Section, as I REALLY enjoy reading all the posts, and looking at the detailed pics. Nice work, Jet Guys!
Don't believe the hype.

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Post by chappo1970 » Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:24 pm

How many votes do we need to get to settle this?
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Post by steve crawford » Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:15 pm

I don't know how many votes we need but if all the viewers of this post would have voted might help.

Any one know who sets the format up for this forum?
Where does the moderater come into this situation Dave Grason.

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Post by chappo1970 » Wed Sep 05, 2007 3:50 pm

I say those fence sitters have too at least count for one vote in the positive, so by my calculation 416 Yeses need to be filed. COME ON GIVE US THE TOPIC HEADING!!
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Post by leakcheck » Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:43 pm

David...YOU HAVE THE POWER !!!

Steve

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Post by steve crawford » Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:15 pm

WHO IS THE......... WEB-MASTER ..........OF THIS FORUM?????????????

DAVE.......KNOWS....


MABY WE CAN GET DAVE TO PUT A 1200 YAHAMA JET DRIVE IN HIS ZIP.



THAT WOULD BE WILD

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Post by chappo1970 » Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:12 pm

DAVE THE I's HAVE IT.
COME ON PUT A 1200 IN THAT ZIP.... REST ASSURED IT WILL LIVE UP TO ITS NAME!!! :twisted:

STEVE YOU HOLD HIM DOWN I WILL GO GET THE JUMPER LEADS AND A SPARE BATTERY. WE WILL FIND THIS SO CALLED WEB MASTER LOL
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Post by Rich Coey » Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:21 pm

Look under Odds and Ends - Jet Ski Power. It's been there all afternoon.
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