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    BJP Prize Ski Build - Holy Grail Squarenose - Jet Blast 2020 Wisconsin Dells Freeride

    Sorry if this sounds like a broken record, but here we go again, Jet Blast 2020 (in the Wisconsin Dells) will be our 9th annual major freeride in a row, so it's time to build another ski to award as a prize in our charity fundraiser that supports the CWCAC (central Wisconsin community action council) Food Pantry & Outreach Organization in the Wisconsin Dells.

    For the record, we have now exceeded the $30,000 mark for our total donations raised for the CWCAC. This silly freeride has gone on longer and FAR bigger than I had ever anticipated, and it's all due to our amazingly loyal sponsors and attendees. Yeah, I may be the ringleader of this circus, who also likes to build some skis, but all my energy and enthusiasm comes from those around me. This is a 100% group effort that no single person could create on their own.

    Quick refresher of the skis we have awarded so far:
    2012 = Kawi 650SX
    2013 = Kawi 300SX
    2014 = Yami 650 Super Jet
    2015 = Yami 701 Super Jet
    2016 = Yami 701 62t Waveblaster
    2017 = took a year off and Jet-Lift loaded us up with about $3,500 worth of Grand Prizes
    2018 = Kawi/Yami JS701 Sleepersaki (1986 JS300 with 61x 701 motor and Kawi 750 140mm pump)
    2019 = Yami 650 Wavejammer conversion


    It's no secret that I've been a Squarenose enthusiast forever. Been riding them since they were introduced, I used to race Open Vintage on my SNs, and then you have my 2 favorite rec skis, the original Sleeperjet (built in 2010) and Sleeperjet 2.0 (built 3 years later) = both are original graphic turd-looking 1990s with more than a few mods .

    I also have a few SNs that nobody has really ever seen, as I never find time to ride them anymore and don't bring them to freerides.

    So, I bought this 1995 Squarenose - what many consider the Holy Grail of Squares - a few years ago, a couple states away, but never found time to go get it. Then finally last fall, the seller delivered it to me as a favor. I bought it knowing it has a "no spark" issue, but it's really clean and still has all the upper deck and handlepole OEM graphics intact, so duh, buying it was a no brainer.

    Then it sat in my storage garage.

    It sat next to my 1994 Squarenose, that I bought 3 years ago and haven't even registered or ridden.

    Then I started thinking.

    Then Jet Blast 2019 happened (just a few weeks ago), and it was by far one of our best freerides - certainly the best one since the first 2. The attendance was awesome, and the response to the 650 Jammer was awesome - way better than I expected. So as I'm driving home from JB19, it hit me, this 95 SN is going to sit, unridden and unloved, for years and years, unless I do something with it now...so I decided to donate it and make it our JB20 fundraiser ski.

    I'll start by posting a few pictures of how it looked upon arrival to me.

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    Re: BJP Prize Ski Build - Holy Grail Squarenose - Jet Blast 2020 Wisconsin Dells Free

    More to the story.
    Upon delivery, I found a crack in the tray that needs attention, and some side stress cracks, but it's all good, because our resident BJP fiberglass man and jet plane repairman, Joe B, has generously volunteered to repair the tray and reinforce the sides. He's done work on several of our other fundraiser skis in the past, and all of his work has held up perfectly.

    So this past Friday night, my fellow BJP and pal, Kevin M, and I stripped her down completely. The plan here is for Joe to do his work, then Kev and I will reassemble her using all my tricks and improvements that I've created and learned over the years. This Holy Grail SN is going to be 100% sorted and ready to be enjoyed by the lucky winner for years and years to come.

    Here are the post-tear-down pictures:

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    Re: BJP Prize Ski Build - Holy Grail Squarenose - Jet Blast 2020 Wisconsin Dells Free

    What's the plan?
    Gather donated parts and perform a meticulous reassembly before this summer is over.
    Ride it a bit to prove reliability.
    Give it away at JB20 in May of 2020.
    Simple.

    As you can see, the Holy Grail SN is all stock except for the swirl impeller. Many BJPs will be donating parts, but if you have anything you'd like to add, please let me know.

    Stuff we need or would like to have.
    Handlepole bushings
    Wider bars, throttle, grips
    Tubbies (Blowsion Destroyers would be epic )
    Pole spring
    Beef-It kit
    Turf and padding
    Bilge pump/bracket/fitting
    Intake grate
    Ride plate
    Any motor mods...


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    Re: BJP Prize Ski Build - Holy Grail Squarenose - Jet Blast 2020 Wisconsin Dells Free

    Forgot to mention:

    Jet Blast (and what was formerly known as the Wisconsin Dells Freeride), since 2012, has always been held, and probably WILL always be held, on the weekend immediately AFTER Memorial Day.

    The reason for this is pretty simple = It's a normally slow weekend for camping otherwise (because everyone camps Memorial Weekend anyhow, and during the Jet Blast weekend the kids are still in school - so it gives us a chance to basically take over an entire campground AND get a decent discount.) Ask anyone who attended Jet Blast 2019, the discounts I negotiated for our group were even better than I expected. This is truly an awesome week/weekend of fun you can have on the cheap. Bring a group, and you can get your cost down to $15-30 per person per night and even get a rental unit with A/C.

    But anyhow, the official dates for Jet Blast 2020 will be Tuesday May 26th through Sunday May 31st.


    Yes, we are starting on the Tuesday immediately after Memorial Day, primarily because we've got a lot of people who like to show up early and ride all week. If you know the upper Dells riding area, you know why = there is about 23 miles of riding area between the 2 dams to explore, so it really takes a few days to see and experience all of it.

    Now, if you can't get there on Tuesday, don't worry. The majority of attendees show up on Thurday and Friday, and some even roll in Saturday morning. All the official festivities and sponsor announcements - and the awarding of this Holy Grail Squarenose - will happen after 6pm Saturday at the Pavilion, so that's the only strict time set for much of anything. The rest of your time is spent however you choose to spend it. Lots of family stuff to do at Holiday Shores Resort and in the Dells as well, and everyone staying at Holiday Shores gets free passes to Chula Vista Resort and Waterpark next door too, so there's that...


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    Re: BJP Prize Ski Build - Holy Grail Squarenose - Jet Blast 2020 Wisconsin Dells Free

    You're out riding today, and I'm working .
    1995 Fundraiser Squarenose progress.
    So I knew the ski had a cracked tray when I inspected it upon delivery. Upon disassembly I could see that it suffered from what most of the 95s I have come across suffer from = leaky bond flange. It also had some crappy repairs of the bond flange area and sidewall cracks. That's where Joe Bohaczek, our resident BJP hull repair guy, comes in. If you need hull/fiberglass work, he is your man, period. The pictures are in a screwed up order here, but you can see how he cut out the tray crack (it was V shaped) and grafted in a piece of crazy stong yet light honeycomb material used in aviation. He also completely sealed and strengthened the bond flanges, while also properly repairing the cracks. This hull is now crazy strong and ready for the Blowsion Destroyer Tubbies that have been shipped and will be here shortly.

    Oh, I'm also going to paint the inside of this hull with Bilge-Kote once the tubbies are installed.

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    Re: BJP Prize Ski Build - Holy Grail Squarenose - Jet Blast 2020 Wisconsin Dells Free



    WHEN IN DOUBT, GAS IT!

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    Re: BJP Prize Ski Build - Holy Grail Squarenose - Jet Blast 2020 Wisconsin Dells Free

    JB20 1995 Fundraiser Squarenose progress AND a tip.
    I've been disgusted many times when disassembling "cobbled-by-others" skis to find how they didn't seem to consider padding things like gas tanks and water boxes. The stock glued-in padding always comes loose eventually. I've seen holes rubbed clear through hulls and water boxes, and gas tanks damaged due to glued-in padding that went bye-bye, and then the ski owner didn't address it.

    So, like 20+ years ago, I made this Super Jet template out of some rubberized fabric that I use to make one-piece underpadding for gas tanks and water boxes. Just choose a good padding material to use and go. Currently making some pads out of anti-fatique floor mats, and one will wind up in the JB20 fundraiser squarenose. This pad will never come loose and go bye-bye .

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    Re: BJP Prize Ski Build - Holy Grail Squarenose - Jet Blast 2020 Wisconsin Dells Free

    Huge thanks to Blowsion for donating a set of their Destroyer Tubbies for this build!!

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    Last edited by fox river pwc; 07-17-2019 at 10:56 PM.


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    Re: BJP Prize Ski Build - Holy Grail Squarenose - Jet Blast 2020 Wisconsin Dells Free

    Here are just some of the additional aftermarket parts going on this fundraiser holy grail Squarenose, thanks to one of our most generous BJPs, Jason O aka Blasterdude. Yep, he donated all this and more!

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    Re: BJP Prize Ski Build - Holy Grail Squarenose - Jet Blast 2020 Wisconsin Dells Free

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    More parts donated by Jason O. Yep, this ski is gonna have a cheater pipe. I just need the headpipe and mid pipe, and it looks like BJP George K is donating those.

    Gonna be one nicely set up Squarenose.


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