Keaton Boats

Reference Page and Links

Reference Manual:
  • Hardin Marine Engine Owners Manual. This covers both the Ford 460 and Chevy 454 used in the Keaton boats. The 460 used is the H320.  Thanks to Paul Jacobson for sharing this.
  • Keaton Wiring Diagram - 460 Ford - This is from Joey McKinney and is how his 18J was wired direct from Keaton. The only change is the addition of the electronic ignition.
  • Boat Wiring Harness - Universal wiring harness diagram for standard 20' boat. Thanks to Paul for sharing this
  • Hadco Hubs Wheel Bearing and seal info.  For those of you with earlier Keaton trailers that came with the Hadco hubs here is the wheel bearing and seals that will work with these hubs:
    Timken Set #16 LM12749 cone and LM12711 cup
    Timken Set #17 L68149 cone and L68111 cup

    The seal is a Napa 17750. This seal is not quite as tall as the original but works fine.

    Also, behind the hub is another tin race with an '"O" ring. When you slide the hub back on the seal would slip over this tin piece. Again, although mine were ok I did find that the local trailer place near me in Modesto did have them
  • Also, Dentoni's in Stockton and Sacramento carry parts.
Print Artcles
  • Sacramento Bee Article on Jack Keaton - This is from the June 9, 1983 Sacramento Bee Arden-Carmichael Edition - Very Interesting!!  Thanks to 18-J owner Dimitri for providing this article.
  • 1996 brochure from Keaton Boats This brochure is from after Keaton Boats was sold. Shows both the 18J Open and Closed Bow. Thanks to Kevin Taggart for providing this!
  •  Here is a picture of the Classic Keaton Shirt worn by Al Hopkinson at one of the local boat shows attended by Jack and Al back in the late 60's.
  •  Here are pictures of the blackboard that Jack maintained between 1973 and 1992 showing the buyer and Hull ID numbers of the boats he made and sold
    Picture 1  and Picture 2
  • FiberGlassics - The finest classic fiberglass boating enthusiasts website. Lots of good information on this site
General Repair, Fiberglass, Engine and Jet Pump repair and Parts:
  • Classic-Craft  8509 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento, CA  916-383-2150
    This is where Keaton's were made and where they still do repairs, fuel tank replacements, etc.  They also are a premier fiberglass, gelcoat, wooden boat repair and restoration facility.
    Check out their new website
  • Heritage Manufacturing 8507 Folsom Blvd Sacramento, CA 916-383-2183
    This is where Jack Keaton has parts and does repairs on Berkeley jets
    No website
  • American Turbine -  Source of information, documentation,  parts, etc including Berkeley jet drives.
  • Glenwood Marine - lots of marine parts - some of which were used on the Keatons.
  • A&T Performance Marine - If you need engine work on your Keaton. 9068 Elkmont Dr #B Elk Grove, CA  916-686-8646  No website
  • GT Boats - Boat Service - Locally owned shop in Fairfield, CA that provided excellent boat service especially on jets.
  • California Trailer works (formally DHM) - Custom trailer building, repair, parts, etc. Located in Sacramento 916-688-7767
  • Stringfield's Auto Electric - has assisted a couple of folks with Keaton electrical issues.  Located in Rancho Cordova  916-362-2478
  • Commercial Speedometer Service. Inc. - has Stewart-Warner gauges and sending units which were used in Keaton boats. Located in West Sacramento 
  • Thomas Marine Propeller - They specialize in PRECISION REPAIR TUNING SALES and SPECIFICATION of Marine Propellers. Located in Rancho Cordova.  (916) 852-8548
  •  MBWrap - Dean Berand - one of our Keaton owners does boat shrink wrapping. His number is 916-995-5645
Windshield Resources:
  • Bell Plastics - If you have a windshield that needs to be replaced these guys might be able to help. Have done at least one Tournament boat with good results.  They are located in Hayward, CA.
  • Oceandynamics - Another source for windshields. Located in Florida
  • Stellar Plastics - advertises that they can reproduce your windshield. Located in Michigan
  • Taylormade Group - Makes aftermarket marine products, windshields, etc. Located in NY