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Barrelback jet boat

On August 1, 2018, in Glen-L Styles, by Greg

A lot has been been said whether it would be possible to run a jet in a Barrelback hull so I thought I would give it a try. Now right or wrong the result was pretty good and the boat is a lot of fun. I asked a navel architect friend of mine for a little advice and with a very small bottom change the jet works well. I fitted an old Hamilton two stage jet from the early eighties coupled to a ford 302 salvaged from a mustang which we rebuilt in the shop. The Barrelback already sits low in the water towards the back so the pump really had no problem with priming or sucking air.

Editor’s note: Greg has previously built a beautiful Barrelback with the standard inboard as designed and his photos are in our Gallery.


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2 Responses to Barrelback jet boat

  1. Jim Isbell says:

    I wanted to do this about ten years ago but new jets are expensive and used ones are trash.

    • Greg Walters says:

      Hi Jim,agreed!. I was lucky enough to get my hands on two identical Hamilton jets that were in great condition. The older ones are a lot easier to fabricate spares for and repair.

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