Originally Posted by Dt125
Just out of interest, has anyone out there ever fitted a jet unit into a mk1 pacific? Or does anyone know how easy it is to do? I like the idea of having a jet instead of a leg but cant quite afford a mk2!
I looked into this in some detail because when I bought my boat it didnít have a leg and because I would have prefered a jet to a leg.
Looking at the various jets available I think that the Hamilton jet, although expensive, was definitely the best designed and strongest jet available so I based all my thinking on this.
To start with there is room in the P22 to fit a jet so there would be no need for major internal alterations. And things like lining up the prop shaft were all possible.
However, to fit a Hamilton you have to cut a hole I the bottom of the rib in the planing foot and this is where I started to run into installation design problems. By cutting a hole you are reducing the area of the planing foot and this has to be made up elsewhere or the boat will not plane in the same way as before. On the MK2 Pacificís the planing foot is longer and wider than on the MK1ís and there are also two small skegs on either side of the jet inlet to stop side slip. Doing this to a MK1 would take a lot of glass work and this is what finally put me off the idea.
Jets get a lot of criticism and in the case of the one James Wallrock had for sale it was probably justified, but you have to ask yourself why have the Navy started using them if they are as bad as some people think.
Incidentally I met the guy who bought James's rib he was trying to sell it for ages, anyone know if he still has it?