I was told that a Four Winns VP instructed staff to build the jet drive, but once the corporate owners (OMC) stopped in and saw that Four Winns was using their competitor's (American Turbine) jet drive, they told them to shut the project down. There were only about 100 made in 1995.
Great info. I had never heard the story before, however, for some reason that is exactly what I sort of thought may have happened.
It is sort of interesting that by 1996 OMC was essentially out of the sterndrive business since they were divesting all that over to Volvo Penta. I guess OMC kept the little 2 stroke jet drive used in the Fling until 2000 when they went under.
Get some pictures of your boat posted so we can see how it is all put together.
'04-Four Winns 180 Freedom 150 HP Evinrude
'74-Winner 280 Vacation Express T-302 Mercruiser V-Drives
'81-4Winns 180 Marquise Cuddy 165 HP Mercruiser I6