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Old 03-12-2007, 03:19 PM
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I had one with the 4.3 and it was very fun. It did about an indicated 55 and handled very light chop well. Any real chop or wakes can get airborne quickly. We used it alot for a year and decided to move up. It was a really neet little boat for the money. Enjoy.
Thanks for the reply. Which HP rating was the 4.3 that you were running 160, 190 or 225?
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Old 03-12-2007, 03:21 PM
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Just a Quick history: The Scarab Jet Sprint was Designed
and built as a 16ft at Team Scarab in SoCal with a NEW Hull
and Scarab Jet intake and pump mid86 to 87, I was involved and still own the 1st Boat.
We hauled 3 boats to wellcraft and they decided to build a
longer wider hull, 1st with jet pumps and later with outdrives.
My boat has a Merc 4.3 with a special intake and a B&M 164
Blower, I also have a Volvo 4.3 Vortex motor that I use to
cruise around.
We tested over a dozen different motors in my boat and did
drawbar tests on each, Ran Small blocks, Quad4s, Mazda,
even blocked off the transom and ran a outboard.
The only ones with a center unit was a Scarib inflatable that
was made as a Yacht tender, Yes there is also boats called
SCARIBs from Team Scarab.
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Very cool history Mike.

Do you have any pics?

I contemplated using a mercury 200hp that is in my garage with a hydraulic jack plate, but I would like to try an I/O for a change.

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is it carbed or injected? use "peelaway" to remove the bottom paint. you could try a stern jack from land and sea.
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Hey MrV8,

Thanks for the tip on peel away. I was going to soda blast it, but maybe that would be easier on the fiberglass.

I was planning on a 4.3 (4barrel) carb (225hp) 12 bolt intake Merc engine.

Decided to part out my two Mercury outboards instead of fixing them due to a lack of cash.
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I have a 96 Sprint. It has a 4.3L Vortec with an Edelbrock RPM Performer intake, Carter Carb, and a mild cam. I modified the exhaust so that it comes out above the swim platform. (very loud) It'll do about 65 on smooth water. It's a blast to take out.
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[QUOTE=Mike J;2054168]Just a Quick history: We tested over a dozen different motors in my boat and did
drawbar tests on each, Ran Small blocks, Quad4s, Mazda,
even blocked off the transom and ran a outboard....

Mike J,
How did the sprint handle with a small block in the boat? Did it fit under the cover and still could have a seat on each side? I have a 94 scarab sprint with a 3.0l 4 cyl. I'm thinking of going to a 4.3l v6, but was curious if a small block chevy would be too much for the hull, transom or outdrive to handle? Also, what all would I need for a conversion like this? I am new to I/O my other boats have been outboards... Thanks!!!
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From what I have learned, the 4.3L 220hp V6 is the perfect engine set up for the scarab sprint.

That is what I plan on installing in my rig this winter.

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Cool little boat. Looks like alot of fun. BTW is that an old Pan Am jet in the background? Haven't seen one of those in a while. Good luck on you project

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Yep that is Pan Am.

Been with them since 1999 since they were bought out of bankruptcy.

Thinking about selling the scarab sprint as I have a Cig 20 that needs a total restoration as well.

Anybody interested?
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I joined this forum specifically to get information on the scarab sprint because I wanted to buy one that just slipped through my fingers a little bit ago. I am still loking for one, as a possible project boat. I may be interested in your boat but you being in NH may make the transaction a bit difficult. If you are serious about selling let me know with a PM or somthing. Thanks
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