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    Picking the right boat - Limited to a Beam of 83 inches or less!

    Hi,

    I am new to the forum and am starting to poke around at jet boat projects, really prefer something with a Chevy motor and as I am limited by an 84 inch wide culvert that connects our small pond with a big lake, I need to find a boat that has a beam of 83 inches or less.

    I also am limited by water depth later in the year so an I/O style jet drive would be best, really cant use an inboard of any type.

    I appreciate any info on makes and models, be great to find something in the 16 foot range.

    Regards, Tim

    Lynn MA

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    Re: Picking the right boat - Limited to a Beam of 83 inches or less!

    There lots of different types of JetBoat hulls out there! Browse through some of the readers rides. It may give you an Idea of whats out there. Most Jet Boats, only draft 4 or 5 inches of water while under way. with such a narrow passage to the lake, you may want to look into the aluminum hull style jet boats
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    Re: Picking the right boat - Limited to a Beam of 83 inches or less!

    I have researched some jet boats and seems a lot of the 16 footers are in the right range...

    I am wondering what a 16 foot Tahiti measures at its beam..

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    Re: Picking the right boat - Limited to a Beam of 83 inches or less!

    Quote Originally Posted by BOSTONCAMARO View Post
    I have researched some jet boats and seems a lot of the 16 footers are in the right range...

    I am wondering what a 16 foot Tahiti measures at its beam..
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    thats great david, will check it out now, I have been using ABOS Marine Blue Book but doesnt have a lot of the earlier boat specs

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    Re: Picking the right boat - Limited to a Beam of 83 inches or less!

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ID:	5893My 1979 18' Sleek Craft is 79" at her widest...Heres a pic of her Berkeley 12 JE drive with Jet O Vater.
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    Re: Picking the right boat - Limited to a Beam of 83 inches or less!

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    Can't wait to see that on the water Jason!!!
    ****Disclaimer - I'm far from being an expert so you may want a second opinion!****

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    Attachment 5894This would get-r-done!

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    Whacha plan for boat'n? This will be an important item as there are definitely specific setups (combo's) that are better suited for specific types of boating.

    For example: If your looking to play in "skinny water" and are likely to pump gravel and bounce off rocks to get to your favorite fishing hole. Think Aluminum hull, Hamilton, and or something like what T8er posted. If your just looking to go fast(ish) and are not likely to spend much time stump jumping and you keep your "fish bait" in your short's , then something more along the lines of what the Advocate posted will likely Git-er-done. If your plan is to pull tubes, skier/boarder, maybe fish and just need something to squeeze though the ditch - I'd look for a day cruiser style. You can get chebv powa in any of the afore mentioned toys.
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