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    PWCToday Newbie pcfry's Avatar
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    Why does my WetJet look so different?

    Just bought a 1985 WetJet. But it doesn't look like any I've ever seen (part of the reason I bought it). It has a vastly different hood than anything I can find on here or Google - a bit Mach 5 - ish.

    Anyone know anything about it? I think it has the 432 Cuyuna engine (which has no spark at the moment). I read somewhere you can direct drop a 701 into these things?

    Any conversation about this craft would be cool! Thanks!


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    Re: Why does my WetJet look so different?

    classic hood scoop...

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    Re: Why does my WetJet look so different?

    That thing looks almost as cool as a fazer! I like that hood!
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    Re: Why does my WetJet look so different?

    wow man, definitely a head turner!
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    Re: Why does my WetJet look so different?

    Found this info kinda long but you might want to print this off and save it..here is link first to some back ground to what you own
    http://www.motorcycleproject.com/mot...xt/phenom.html

    Below is more info from another site..



    When you think of MasterCraft, what comes to mind? Precision boats capable of pulling world-class slalom water-skiers through tournament courses? Yes. Near-perfect ski wake characteristics? Yes. Quality, purpose-built boats? Yes. Red metal-flake and star graphics? Yes. Personal watercraft? No.
    Well, thinking about MasterCraft from now on will involve thoughts of personal watercraft. The company purchased WetJet and set about transforming the products into competitive machines and marketing them head-to-head against the likes of Yamaha, Kawasaki, Polaris and Sea-Doo. The aim was to offer the same quality and performance found in MasterCraft ski boats. It is an ambitious plan, but if the initial offering is indicative of what we will see in the future, get ready for some serious excitement.
    An entry-level model


    WetJet, which was created by the Webb family of Minnesota, made its debut in 1985. The first WetJet had obvious snowmobile styling roots and a solid, American-made, two-stroke Brute engine. The WetJet was built during the off-season downtime at Ed Webb's Koronis Parts, a snowmobile parts manufacturing and distribution business. Tooling for the Brute engine originated from the Koronis operation, then a mixed-flow pump was developed, which ultimately resulted in the water vehicle.
    MasterCraft's first effort, the WetJet Duo 200, features a new hull powered by a modified Brute 432cc two-stroke engine. It is an entry-level model, according to the company, but I must say that entry-level has a whole new meaning these days.
    Just a few years ago, first-time, sit-down machines were capable of low-30-mph top speeds and would spin with little more encouragement than glancing left or right. This entry-level WetJet 200 hits more than 40 mph at the top end and provides enough challenge to keep a rider busy for quite some time.
    The machine is also stable, forgiving and plenty of fun in all respects. It is marketed to novice riders because the performance personal watercraft machines are capable of doing well over 50 mph. Additionally, the learning curve on a WetJet is very quick, thanks to a solid, stable hull. Reboarding from deep water requires little more effort than that of getting out of a swimming pool.
    Specifications
    To build the WetJet, MasterCraft utilizes many of the same building techniques employed on its ski boats. It is completely made of hand-laid fiberglass. The engine sits on aluminum mounts that are bonded to the hull. The Duo 200 consists of three basic pieces: hull, deck and foam-filled inner liner. The molds are obviously first-rate, considering the deep luster and straight lines of the product.
    The fit and finish are also quite good and the WetJet is free of squeaks and rattles.
    Powering the Duo 200 is the 432cc Brute twin churning out 50 horsepower. This engine is fed by a single Mikuni carburetor and oil injection.


    The WetJet Duo ran fine and strong in the mid-range and upper-rpm range, but it was a bit sluggish at first. The Duo is spirited and is easily tossed about without much sliding or spinning. Because of its deep-''V'' hull configuration, the boat is controllable in tight turns. The hull is also a winner in rough water, providing a great ride. I preferred a standup posture in wind-blown chop to keep water out of my face.
    Comfort
    From a comfort standpoint, the Duo 200 is a winner. It has a wide seat and the controls and handlebars are positioned well. The WetJet is about the same size as other popular personal watercraft machines and it weighs 375 pounds. The Duo has full-length pads in the foot wells for good traction, conveniently placed grab handles at the back of the seat, and good access to the engine compartment by simply removing the seat and lifting out the storage tray.
    WetJet is committing to the personal watercraft business in a big way. The Duo 200 is just the first step in the hot arena with several more models to follow.
    I've admired MasterCraft's commitment to the tournament ski boat business. Though it is curious that MasterCraft would enter the personal watercraft arena, my first glimpse of its initial offering is a positive and promising one. I'm sure it will dedicate the same kind of attention to this venture as it has to vessels for serious skiers.
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    Re: Why does my WetJet look so different?

    Wierd, but cool looking.
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    Re: Why does my WetJet look so different?

    Starting to work on it a little. There are some really cool features, and some annoying ones. Like the hood is completely filled with foam (I am guessing for flotation if the craft is upside down?) and sealed with more fiberglass - which makes it fairly heavy. I'm thinking about cutting it all out, but we'll see. The gas tank is under the seat and is only 3 gals. I have a left over 750 SS tank that I might try to fit under the hood. This should lighten the back end making it more buoyant in the rear (passenger area).

    I've also got a little bit of (non-structural) fiberglass work to do on the tail end. Still have to figure out why I have no spark. The wiring on this thing is WEIRD!
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    Re: Why does my WetJet look so different?

    looks like the hood of of a 40 ford coupe with a 69 boss scoop. love it !

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    Re: Why does my WetJet look so different?

    Quote Originally Posted by F2504x4 View Post
    Found this info kinda long but you might want to print this off and save it..here is link first to some back ground to what you own
    http://www.motorcycleproject.com/mot...xt/phenom.html

    Below is more info from another site..
    .
    Yeah, I saw those sites, but they don't really talk about this first year model much, and I still haven't seen any pictures of any other WetJet that looks like this one. I find it awesome that - so far - this looks like a great one off that should really distinguish itself from others on the water.

    Since it looks Mach 5-ish, I'm thinking about going with a Mach 5 theme as I start to work on it.
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    Re: Why does my WetJet look so different?

    A 701 will not fit without alot of modding and it has a brute pump which is not good at all. That thing in current state will do 25 MPH tops.

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