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Old 30 July 2016, 20:16   #21
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The boat moves very well. I love it (aside from docking when it steers like holding a garden hose on full three feet from the end and hoping to direct the water) I haven't had it any weather to speak of yet but it rides very nicely. The leg costs 3 k or so. It might be worth it in the meantime Not sure yet.
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Old 31 July 2016, 19:31   #22
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How much fuel could you buy with 3 grand. Seems to me unless you are going real long distances stick with what you have?

Or sell the whole engine and buy something that works for exactly what you wanna do.

Depends if it's easier to sell a whole engine or just the jet leg?
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Old 31 July 2016, 20:49   #23
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About 1100 nautical miles worth I think. And therefore, I think the answer is wait till I can buy the right engine. But what is the right engine? 4 stroke or 2? Honda? Merc? Evinrude? I want to have the best fuel economy possible at 20 nauts or so.
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Why does the leg cost 3k? Surely a used gearbox could be found for way less than that? If you buy used you could possibly sell your own lower unit for similar money (or maybe even more) I'd imagine the jet lower unit is a rare bird and there may be someone who has to have one who will pay good money for it
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Old 01 August 2016, 10:36   #25
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Actually yeah not sure what year your engine is but quick eBay search seems you can find them for under a grand.
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Actually yeah not sure what year your engine is but quick eBay search seems you can find them for under a grand.
Somehow I had imagined they would be difficult to find used. Shows my lack of imagination. My engine is a 2005 jet80. What keywords did you use in your search?
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Old 01 August 2016, 11:53   #27
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Amazing. There are so many lower leg units. Hahah of course there are. This is getting good. Noemi just need to determine which one I need and whether there will be enough length in the regular lower unit ornifninwill need to have a spacer ( I have heard that might be necessary) The engine is 2005 2 stroke 115 hp head. Also. If the boat is rated for a max 80 hp motor and my OB (which is currently 80) will be 115 after the conversion, will I have made my rib unsafe?
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Old 01 August 2016, 12:34   #28
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I say stick with the rating of the boat. I have read that there are insurance issues if you have an over powered boat. A good few threads along those lines.

Sell the jet outboard and buy a new out board suited for your particular boat.

The jet will probably be worth more and you might be able to get a newer outboard or make a few bucks.

But I am still learning so I am sure there are wiser people out there.
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Right. Insurance. Of course.
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I'd check with someone that knows their jet outboards, but I'd be surprised if swapping the legs alone gets you 80-115hp. Personally I think your jet o/B is a rare beast that will be wanted by someone with a specialist need, so sell it complete.
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