hello everyone. i just stumbled on this site and i think it's just what i need. i just bought a 1989 14 ft. quicksilver yesterday. i don't know anything about ribs except the very, very basics so no laughing at my ridiculous questions
so basically i needed a very seaworthy boat to keep on my mom's dock on the columbia river in oregon. it is a very large river and get's large chop. very dangerous river for boaters. so i found a guy selling this boat for very cheap. it needs work. 2 flat tubes (i believe just punctures), and a broken impeller in the jet pump. i can get the pump fixed for around $500.
my question is...should i keep the 85hp inboard/jet setup? or should i put an outboard on instead? i get the feeling when running correctly, this thing really moves. are jets a decent setup?
also i can't find any information on what type of tube setup this is. the local inflatable boat store salesman says he's never even seen one like it. it has a canvas like cover over an almost clear rubber tubing. ( sorry, i know i'm using the wrong terminology
so did i make a big mistake? i traded him an old honda 4stroke motor for it ($600 us dollar value) straight across. seemed like a good deal.
thanks in advance. i look forward to learning alot about these boats from this site. oh, here's some pics.