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2000 Seadoo Challenger 2000 won't plane out

Discussion in 'Sea-Doo Jet Boats' started by Ripley2017, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. Ripley2017

    Ripley2017 New Member

    Messages:
    3
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0
    Boat Make:
    SeaDoo
    Year:
    2000
    Boat Model:
    Challenger
    Boat Length:
    20
    I am a new boat owner of a 2000 SeaDoo Challenger 2000. Has ran perfect. My boss drove it in shallow weeded area and of course the grade got clogged. We barely made it back to the dock. When on the trailer I cleaned it out and looked completely clean. Took it back out and started and sounded fine. When I accelerate, it sounds like it is full power but will not plane out. Couldn't find anyone in Orlando that works on them but finally a marina/mechanic took it. He has had it for three weeks and told me Tuesday it was a faulty trigger and would be ready Wednesday afternoon. He said it was a coincidence and had nothing to do with the weeds/grate. He did not call me so I am figuring it wasn't the trigger. Any suggestions or anyone know a mechanic in my area?
     
  2. biffdotorg

    biffdotorg Jet Boat Addict

    Messages:
    659
    Location:
    Dilworth, MN
    Ratings:
    +451 / 7
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2011
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24
    That dude needs to pull a trigger, but there is none on your SeaDoo.

    I am assuming you have a Merc powered Challenger 2000? The Merc SportJet engine is a monster at eating weeds. But cavitation is easy to see and clear. Quick question, when you took it out after cleaning, you said it would come up to RPM? Did it sound like an over rev? Or normal RPM? You may still have things lodged in there. You should be able to see from the intake side and from the nozzle side.

    First thing to check on these is if the reverse bucket cable is still in tact. When he said trigger, he may have meant that stick. Merc SportJets are dual stick in that one is throttle and one is the reverse bucket. If the reverse bucket stays in neutral when you move the stick to forward, it would rev up but not give you thrust. That would be a cable broken or detached. But it also has a lock out mechanism that will not let you throttle up while in neutral, so it would have to be a cable. The stick would move to F or R, and unlock the throttle stick. (not a trigger, but who knows what that yahoo was referring to) If he ordered a cable, it would take a while to get.

    The second thing to check is if you have all the tines on your weed grate. SportJets used a spring loaded grate, that was supposed to help clear weeds. Most of us replaced them with a fixed grate. But if a tine broke off, it could have gone through the pump, and that would have dinged up the impeller and pump sleeve. If so, this would cause horrible cavitation and what you are experiencing with no acceleration.

    Get back to that dealer and find out what he meant by a trigger, then go out and look at your boat and take some photos of the pump. We can go from there. These are not hard to troubleshoot if your engine is running fine.

    The biggest issue, is if you didn't jump overboard to clear the weeds, and limped it back to shore, you could have very well overheated your engine. And that burn down could have caused serious issues. But to that point, you would have not gotten it up to RPM when you went back out. So that is not my concern.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Ripley2017

    Ripley2017 New Member

    Messages:
    3
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0
    Boat Make:
    SeaDoo
    Year:
    2000
    Boat Model:
    Challenger
    Boat Length:
    20
    sorry it has been so long since I updated this. He finally finished. I was very surprised. He said it was operating only on 2 cylinders. I took it out to the lake and it planed out quick and has so much more power. I think it was operating on 2 cylinders since I got it and I just didn't know it. Anyway, it runs like brand new and a lot faster.
     
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