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since i sold my Grom, i needed another toy and i found this:

 

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I got a 12' flat bottom jon boat, that has been modified and powered by a kawasaki js550 2-stroke jetski motor and jet pump.

It has stick steering with a squeeze grip throttle. it will run about 20mph upriver and 25mph down river. once on plane, it will run in inches of water. if you watch the videos you can see the water go from green to orange brown looking and you can see the individual rocks.

 

 

 

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Looks like a great setup!

I have been thinking of something like this for a long time.

What's the beam of your boat?

What horsepower at a minimum do you think it woul take to get on plane(two on board) with an outboard Jet?

Was that the Meramac?

The so called jig boats ? are wider and get on plane better(less power) but also are more money and harder to find.

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Looks like a great setup!

I have been thinking of something like this for a long time.

What's the beam of your boat?

What horsepower at a minimum do you think it woul take to get on plane(two on board) with an outboard Jet?

Was that the Meramac?

The so called jig boats ? are wider and get on plane better(less power) but also are more money and harder to find.

Thanks, whoever built this one was pretty smart and built a well thought out boat for what it is.

The boat itself is a 1985 Landau model 1247fp. At its widest point i measured 44.5" at the top.

the early stock js550's were prob only putting out about 35 hp, my motor actually has a smaller 440 aluminum cylinder block and head, but that is another story and is prob putting out less than 35 hp.

 

For an outboard jet, you lose a certain % of hp to the nature of the jet pump. so a 25hp outboard motor with a jet pump instead of a propeller, is actually 18 hp or a 25/18 as you might see referred to as.

also 60/40hp motors are common. you dont necessarily need a huge motor to get on plane, but a bigger motor will get you up faster and with more weight on board.

i think you are right wider is better or easier to get on plane with.

 

yes that was on the Meramec, going upriver from allenton toward pacific palisades.

hwy ff that you always take out of eureka to bixby, is beyond those trees on the left side of the first video

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AWESOME !~

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Congrats!

 

But the best two days of my life... The day I bought a boat and the day I sold it... Just my opinion.

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Congrats!

 

But the best two days of my life... The day I bought a boat and the day I sold it... Just my opinion.

I haven't lernet that lesson-despite plenty of evidence !

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I haven't lernet that lesson-despite plenty of evidence !

i got this thing dirt cheap

i have done nothing but work on this boat since ive had it. then i bought a lot of 3 jetskis of the same yearpost-236-0-11310900-1480453627_thumb.jpgpost-236-0-48863900-1480453689_thumb.jpg as back up parts supply. that has already come in handy as i have a pump housing crack to pieces on my. i just swapped the whole unit out from one of the spare skis and i am back up and running. i picked up an extra 5mph going upriver.

a 25% power increase was very noticable. this thing flies now and gets on plane almost right away :)

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Sometimes I buy a new motorcycle but most everything else I buy (cars etc) are in the dirt cheap catagory !

 

In that catagory ; spare parts are a good thing.

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here is another video from yesterday. she was flying, i hit 28.6mph at one point going down river.

 

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Yup that's fast(almost a little scary) But I know you know the river well!

 

Don't forget to slow down sometimes and catch a few fish.

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Yup that's fast(almost a little scary) But I know you know the river well!

 

Don't forget to slow down sometimes and catch a few fish.

it is fast enough to satisfy my need to "twist a throttle". more exciting on smaller narrower, shallower waters, just like twisties on a bike.

 

no one ever believes me when i say i dont ever fish. i just enjoy being out on the river.

 

all of those sections of river are about 5-10 mins from the house, so i know them very well, but the river is always changing. i always put in and then go upriver and then come back down. just in case i breakdown and have to troll or paddle back to the boatramp :)

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