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Jason



Joined: 25 Mar 2007
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Location: Peace River

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:45 pm    Post subject: Hi everybody! I've got some questions... Reply with quote

Hi everybody. Lots of great info on this site. I'm looking for a boat this spring, and I think i've narrowed it down to a sportjet. I'm new to jet boats, but i'd like to learn as much as I can before I pull the trigger on one this spring.

I'll be running around the Peace area, but also want to use it for the occasional ski/ wakeboard trip on the lake. I'd like to be able to fit four of five people.

Should I buy a 15, or a 16X? Should I look for a good used one, or buy new?

Does anyone have any good used ones for sale?

Sorry for all the questions. Hope to learn a lot from this awesome site.

Thanks
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MISSBHAVEN



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My advice is to test drive both a 16-17 sport jet and a 19 ft Sport with a ZZ4, or at least go for a ride in each, better yet go for a ride in as many boats as you can before you buy.
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AR



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Location: Iowa, USA

PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you don't want'a be disappointed, show up with your slalom ski and rope for the Demo ride . . . Wink

And 3 or 4 friends for a little extra weight . . . Crying or Very sad

You'll be look'in for something with a BBC in it ! Razz

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reeder



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Location: Grande Prairie, AB, Canada

PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jason, I was in the same boat as you (so to speak) and ended up buying an 21 ft. Eagle E6 Sabre with a stock 350 chev. If you want to ski, a sportjet is not the way to go. Last summer I tried skiing behind a Lynx with a 240 sportjet just to see how it would work and it took me about 100 yards or more to get up (that's no joke) and I'm only about 170 lbs. Pulling a tube wasn't the best either, but did work O.K. This is why I didn't go with a sportjet although they are amazing for the rivers. If you're planning on putting 5 people in a boat you'll need bigger than a 15 or 16ft. I could be out to lunch with my set-up up too because I haven't tried it yet (might need BBC power) Cool but will find out this summer. Good luck hunting!
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AR



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Location: Iowa, USA

PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's no substitute for a BBC if you want a good Ski Boat that will haul your gear and friends !

You need a Jet to get to the glass smooth water and an adjustable up and down nozzle to control the roost.

Been there, do'in that. Laughing

Then you'll need a ballast tank for bigger wakes, for bigger air. Cool

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depending how much lake / river boating you'll be doing, it's alot like driving a street bike on the trials and a dirt bike on the road.
I feel that a 19' sport with a ZZ4 or ZZ383 is the best boat going for a dual purpose boat. It will run the lake (on good days), but is at home on all but the skinniest rivers (very skinny). A 16' Sportjet type boat is not big enough to haul 4 people and have fun at the same time. Some will argue that point, but they are best with 2 people and a little river under it. Also, that 2 stroke will drive most nutz on a long trip in one those boats (again debatable). Nothing like a V-8.

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Mike R



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't need a pig block to ski. But a 15 to 17' boat with 5 people would be rather cozy, too cozy for me. the smaller boats with a sbc are great for tubeing and decent for skiing.

AR, what boat do you have that you need a pig block to pull skiers?
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AR



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just take your friends and ski and try it before you buy it ! Confused
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finally conviced her



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AR is right if you have a chance test drive everything you can.

My 16' ZZ4 powered boat will pull who ever I put behind it but theres only room for three adults in it. I don't know why but it doesn't seem to be as nice a boat to drive on the lake as it is in skinny water. A more seasoned jet boater may be able to tell you why.

Bald Man is also right. Listening to a sport jet all day would drive me postal.
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Arthur
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the ol' 383 knocking someone off with ease.......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLi032etzmQ
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Terry Meachem



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 2:08 pm    Post subject: some choices Reply with quote

The 17X Sport with a 250 Opti Max should have the power to do what you want. The 19 Sport with a 5.7 BFI would have more power but also heavier if you are thinking of running some skinny water. I tried to reply to your e-mail but it would not go through.
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Jason



Joined: 25 Mar 2007
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Location: Peace River

PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the help guys!

Obviously, since i'm VERY new to this, there won't be any skinny water runnin for the first year or so. I'd like something decent on fuel, but I guess if a sportjet is loaded down, it's probably as much of a pig as anything. Not too interested in a big block, never liked them. If anything, i'm on the fence with either small block power in something slightly bigger, or a sportjet. Is there a big price difference between the two setups? I haven't priced anything out yet.

What kind of mileage difference is there between the two?

Thanks again guys, for helping a clueless guy out. Very Happy
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Bald Man
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

V-8,,,,, Only.
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reeder



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with the bald one. Generally a bigger boat with a V8 will cost you more but may be worth it in the end if you want to do lakes as well as rivers. Considering that these boats hold their value extremely well, there really is no risk in purchasing the bigger boat with more engine as long as your budget will allow it.
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Jason



Joined: 25 Mar 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

reeder wrote:
I agree with the bald one. Generally a bigger boat with a V8 will cost you more but may be worth it in the end if you want to do lakes as well as rivers. Considering that these boats hold their value extremely well, there really is no risk in purchasing the bigger boat with more engine as long as your budget will allow it.


Kinda what I was thinking too. They're definitely not a sled, that's for sure...
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