Oh man, what a fun evening.
For most of this season and part of last season the boat just didn't seem to perform like it should. My fooling around video showed some of the problems with cavitation on launch that's been getting worse as time went on. This afternoon after welding holes in BigTerps jet boat I really looked over my pump and found that the bellows for the drive shaft ceramic seal was stiff and the seal was not seating very stiffly. I know that's a common place to ingest air into the pump cavity. So, loosened the hose clamp and scootched bellows a bit tighter against the seal ring.
Kid passed on going fishing to go buy boots so I was solo on the river. The boat was alive with power and really loaded the pump instantly launching the boat out of the water like it used to before I added the pods. Before it would hesitate and cavitate launching slowly in a very flat attitude. Speedo showed mid 30's at 4k and a max of 45 which I hadn't seen in a while. So either the kid is overloading the hull or I had a problem...
I did get to fish a good bit, caught a 18" channel cat on my fire tiger rapala and a ton of oddball bass on it or my black jitterbug at dusk. As usual, the mayflies were out in force and without a bug catcher sitting up front I was forced to wear my sun glasses coming down river. I'm sure the bow is speckled because my glasses sure are.
So, since the enthusiasm is back I'm going to try and get another video up of it running and maybe the launch and recovery sequence.