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Jet Boat, New Thrills Afloat With This

Jet Boat, New Thrills Afloat With This

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Published by Jim
This is a big project, but this classic plan will show you how to do it.
This is a big project, but this classic plan will show you how to do it.

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With no lower unit to worry about, you can take thisboat through the shallowest, snag-filled water
New thrillsafloat withthis jet boat
By ARTHUR MIKESELL
TURBO-JET POWER
has caught the fancy of outboard boaters for many reasons. They wantthe jet's shallow-draft capability, the strong ini-tial thrust for water-skiing, and the additionalsafety of a propellerless propulsion system.We found this interest so great that we com-missioned Bill Nielsen of the Cole-Nielsen firm,located in Coral Gables, Fla., to design the firstdo-it-yourself boat specifically designed for thisnew propulsion system.At the outset, we decided that this boat shouldbe both exciting and practical, fast and stable.This jet boat turned out to be an outstandingsuccess on all counts. Its 15-ft. 11-in. length and
Here is the first do-it-yourself boat ever designed for turbojetpropulsion. It will leap to a planein its own length, or quickly convertto a roomy fishing boat when thedeck is removed. It's great forshallow, snag-filled inlets, too.Most important, it's easy to build
Lift off the deck and you havea roomy fishing boat thatwill take you to thosehard-to-reach but snaggy inlets
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6-ft. 6-in. beam make it a roomy packet withgood load-carrying ability. Since a jet drive re-quires no lower unit, its use in this modifiedGarvey hull allows exceptionally shallow draftwith no worry about snags. It's a fast boat, too.With the two-stage jet unit driven by an Inter-ceptor 100-hp. engine (a marine conversion onthe compact Comet-Falcon block), the pilotmodel was able to top 35 mph and do it in shal-low, obstructed water where prop boats wouldhave to be conned at an idle.The exciting features of the boat go beyondthe jet drive. Lift off the removable portion of the deck and you have walk-around space aheadof the control stand, making the boat ideal forhunting or fishing. As for cost, the jet drive andmotor combination compare well with inboard-outdrive installations in the same power range.Before going on to the construction, one pointshould be made clear. Jet units are
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standard-ized. Each make requires a different shaped in-take cutout in the bottom of the boat, differenttransom cutouts and a different mounting block.The jet unit used in this hull, Fig. 4, is the two-stage 75-2 model built by Buehler Turbocraft of Indianapolis, Ind. Any details included here per-taining to the jet installation apply to this unitonly. If you are considering another make of  jet, check with the manufacturer
before
you startbuilding to find out necessary modifications.A word about materials might also be in order.All planking is 3/8-in. fir plywood, in the marinegrade AB or better. Because the panels requiredare unusually long, your dealer may not have1502 .
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