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Title: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Kakapo76 on June 30, 2020, 18:11:34 PM
Hi Folks, Looking to pick up an old fiberglass hull for a resto project- because I need millions of unfinished projects!

Anyway, I want a light-ish fiberglass hull- something that is going to be a classic if not already a classic but is super capable in regards to wet rock boating. I would currently favor the J44 Invader as I love the look, but really want a boat that is the best of an era- so whaddya reckon? Let me know what gets your vote?

Criteria:

It must be an NZ design.
Must be a production model- no one-off specials
Prefer a lighter hull (no J53's need apply)
Must be able to boat a leaky tap flow think wet rocks and hot summers.
Prefer it to also be lake friendly- can the kids thrash a biscuit with it?

Also- if you have a hull preference, what engine/unit combo is the best fit?

 Its time to get tribal folks- let's see the team colors on display  cou
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: kbel on June 30, 2020, 18:53:19 PM
Here,s a video of some shallow water boating in my one owner Jet 44 Invader on the lower Waimakariri
Running a Ford V6 Engine coupled to a hamilton 770 3 stage jet unit.The boat was one of the last out of the mould built by the late Bruce Binnie at Jet Services Ltd in Sockburn. B))T
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsjRVOWW2dE&t=392s
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Kakapo76 on June 30, 2020, 19:33:15 PM
I actually found your clips already  B))T b> b> b> brilliant stuff- post some more!
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: belmont on June 30, 2020, 20:00:27 PM
Jet 20 is my vote.  Fun boat to drive, goess anywhere.. and there is one in trade me in bits..
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Gravelrash T on July 01, 2020, 19:30:07 PM
If you want to lake boat as well as river then J32 would be the go with V6 and 2 stage 👍
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Warwick Marflitt on July 01, 2020, 21:12:09 PM

Jet20 with plastic bottom.
https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/boats-marine/motorboats/auction-2671908760.htm?rsqid=294da77b7fe345a48b4ab23d0dcf51ea-004
Looks to be sold I hope that you're its new owner

http://www.jbnz.co.nz/yabbse/index.php?topic=20413.msg148560#msg148560
Plastic bottom J20
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Kakapo76 on July 01, 2020, 21:31:32 PM
nope not me- if it is sold? Looks a great wee boat but it's very similar in size to my current alloy boat- I need it a wee bit bigger to chuck the kids in the back. I like the look of a jet 32. I also have a line on a j44 mk1
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Ed Wicken on July 03, 2020, 09:27:30 AM
Jet44 Invader would fit your criteria pretty well and a stylish design to boot. My one in this pic has P76, Colorado 2 stage goes great and has travelled over many wet stone and skinny water runs, this pic is at Rockburn Chasm which was skinny to get to from the Dart River on the day.
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Kakapo76 on July 03, 2020, 11:19:31 AM
Hi Ed,

I have a line on a j44 mk 1 hull- looks like that might be the go. Was thinking of a falcon 4.1 and a colorado 2 stage- would that work?
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on July 03, 2020, 13:46:25 PM
Jet44 yes, but how about the "Gemini" made for the waimak and not quite as willing to swap ends as a 44??
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Ed Wicken on July 03, 2020, 17:03:48 PM
Jet44 yes, but how about the "Gemini" made for the waimak and not quite as willing to swap ends as a 44??
44s only swap ends once or twice in the hands of the inexperienced, all good after that  b> b>
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Ed Wicken on July 03, 2020, 17:09:30 PM
Hi Ed,

I have a line on a j44 mk 1 hull- looks like that might be the go. Was thinking of a falcon 4.1 and a colorado 2 stage- would that work?
yep that would work, you would then need back to back seats as the 4.1 is too long to have 5 forward facing seats, personal preference either way. Hard to beat the sound of a P76 thou *-)
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Kakapo76 on July 03, 2020, 18:04:24 PM
I would love to come to look at your 44 at some point if you have a free Saturday arvo?
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: kbel on July 03, 2020, 20:57:06 PM
A later video of my Invader in action on the lower Waimakariri.
One of the passengers who had been on a business trip from Spain asked me "what depth of water does your jet boat need?"   B))T
Please scroll back to the start for the full clip.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h4974LzPzY&t=164s
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Ed Wicken on July 03, 2020, 21:35:33 PM
You are welcome to come have a look, pm me and we can organize a suitable time
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Kakapo76 on July 03, 2020, 22:08:51 PM
Thanks, Ed, will do once the weather picks up a bit!
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Kakapo76 on July 03, 2020, 22:09:59 PM
A later video of my Invader in action on the lower Waimakariri.
One of the passengers who had been on a business trip from Spain asked me "what depth of water does your jet boat need?"   B))T
Please scroll back to the start for the full clip.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h4974LzPzY&t=164s

Looks like you were having a lot of fun playing the wee channels- what unit/engine combo are you running?
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Allen M on July 04, 2020, 10:40:29 AM
Have you considered a Fireball hull.
Just happen to have a spare one complete with a 752 pump, belly tank and sitting on a good trailer .
Bought it  to half bury it in my front garden as a landscape feature but I?ve decided it?s too good for that fate.
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Kakapo76 on July 04, 2020, 21:16:10 PM
Hi Alan, Maybe pm or call me with some details/ price, etc- I am in CHCH and it appears you are in Tauranga so might be a logistical challenge but I am open to all offers.
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Ed Wicken on July 05, 2020, 18:11:36 PM
If the jet44 Mk1 hull doesn't work out I have a  Jet44 Mk1 hull/deck/Screen available here in Prebbleton if you are interested, needs a crack repaired in front of intake but very sound all the rest of it. This was a boat we used for over 20 years and have owned since 1988 and is currently  a stripped out hull. It had a Colorado 2C unit and Essex V6 when we were running it
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Vaughan Ingram on July 05, 2020, 19:24:56 PM
Wow! Pauline will be smiling! Are you making room for some new additions??
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Kakapo76 on July 11, 2020, 23:40:20 PM
So I got a hull- Mk 1 j44, British racing green and years of white touch-up/ fence paint... Its got a Jet 32 windscreen- going to bin that for a proper 44 screen. It's not too bad condition if anyone is interested in it send me a message.

The plan so far is a 2 stage colorado and an AU falcon motor converted to carbs. Currently negotiating with my wife   00.t (Steve you owe me BTW  l-l ) as t the budget (there is none so it's going to have to be funded off the books so to speak).

Anyway- I am excited and will post the refurb as and when it happens. I still need to finish the Westlander repower first.
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: bobcat78 on July 13, 2020, 18:44:07 PM
Hi Kakapo76 keen on the J32 screen if you still have it cheers Marcus
Title: Re: Best Old Skool Fiberglass Hull for Skinny Water
Post by: Kakapo76 on July 13, 2020, 19:35:06 PM
Hi Marcus, Currently promised to another forum member- to be fair I had another look today and there's a chunk missing and a decent crack so its pretty ordinary. I spoke to Plastic Fab in CHCH today and a new acrylic screen custom made is $350 so it's not really worth much - if it's not gone at the weekend I will get in touch with some photos.