Finally bought a boat

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by BikePilot, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    If ducnut doesnt take the offer, I will. I'll be down for Christmas. :deal
    Currently shopping for a boat just like that. Silly COE marina restrictions dictate it's got to be an open bow, and under 28 feet. You got the three foot itis itch yet? :ear
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  2. OhBoy

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    Yup, me too. Finally bought a boat.
    A committee decision.
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  3. broncobowsher

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  4. chacha

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    Jet drive right? How does it handle slow speed?
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  5. broncobowsher

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    About the same as an Econoline at high speed
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  6. chacha

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    That's what I was guessing. One of these jet drive makers is suppose to have some docking mode that is more responsive. Brand escapes me now and I don't feel like looking it up.
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  7. tpirocz

    tpirocz i do what i want

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    this kills me. lived in tampa for 5 years...miss it greatly.
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  9. Andyinhilo

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    If you have twin jets like the Yamahas I see, that boat will be way more manueverable than any outboard or sterndrive. Once you come to understand the difference in operation, you can spin the boat in its own length and move straight sideways, or in any diagonal direction as well.

    The thing to remember with a jet is that when the drives are turning, regardless of thrust direction (forward, neutral or reverse), the bow will ALWAYS follow the helm input.

    With one in forward and one in reverse, you use the helm to counter the boats differential thrust, and presto, the boat will go straight sideways!

    Hamilton jet has a system that does all the control work with a joystick, but it isn't very hard once you learn.

    Here is an informative video for the Yamaha boats:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-hjX9V8oAQ
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  10. OhBoy

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    Pretty good after you get used to it. There are after market fins that give you steering when the power is off.
    In general no power...no steering. I don't have the confidence to spin it in a tight spot with other boats around, but I've seen it done.

    It has a No Wake Mode, basically three slow speeds.

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  11. BikePilot

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    I should be around, hit me up. Not sure about 3-foot itis but I did really like the look of this fountain 48' express cruiser at the boat show a couple of weeks ago...:deal Given your restrictions you'd be hard pressed to find a more substantial boat that qualifies than the first gen cobalt 272 (this hull is now considered a 28+ foot boat on the newer models b/c they got rid of the folding swim platform).

    Yamaha has some great looking jet boats. I thought about them but decided the I/O better suited my purposes mainly because it's hard to get a big, heavy, deep-v jetboat and the water here's way too rough for smaller ones. They are a total blast on calm water though!

    FWIW I had a chance to demo the new cobalts. Amazing how smooth, fast, and refined they are. The fiberglass and vinyl bits weren't much different from mine (I actually think mine looks slightly better), but the engine/steering is a very different feel nowdays. All very smooth, light effort controls that just tell the computer what you'd like to do.

    I hated the joystick control though b/c the software is just plain wacky. When you transition from forward to reverse it reverses the direction of control inputs. I'm sure a person could get used to it, but I found it extremely unnatural and easier to dock with old fashioned throttles and wheel.

    The new 302 with twin HO bigblocks and twin dual prop drives accelerates in an astounding manner. Lots of power (860 total I think) and lots of grip.
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  12. kfsinc

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    nice job!

    Always loved those old Turbocrafts!

    America's oldest jetboat - and it looks like they're bringing back the brand :clap :clap

    http://buehler-turbocraft.com/en/




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