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1972 Century Arabian

There is only about a day and a half left on the auction for this 1972 Century Arabian for sale. There are currently no bids on it so there’s a chance it goes back up for sale again. However there is a handful of people with eyes on this classic Century runabout. It wouldn’t surprise me to see someone nab this ’72 Arabian at the last second. I for one am a complete sucker for these old Century Arabians. My grandfather had one of these so this is the boat I grew up on. This is the boat that sparked my love of boating. I’ll never forget the growl of the stock Chrysler 440 V8. I’ll never forget the way my Uncle would stand that front end up while cruising for hours. I loved the wraparound seating, the same seating featured in this Century Arabian for sale. These Century Arabians can throw monster wakes when you want, no fat sacks needed just as the seller here accurately states.

Unlike my grandpa’s Arabian this seller has had some work done to that Chrysler 440. Those engines are rock solid to begin with, and from what I’m reading this one actually managed to get even tougher. The hull is not 100% perfect, but it’s close and any better than this and you wouldn’t want to drive it. This classic Century is perfectly usable as it is. I would happily take this over a $100k+ brand new boat all day long. I know you’ ll get more looks in this ride too. The starting bid here is $19,500 and I think that’s fair. I’ve seen Century Arabians of this vintage and in great condition sell for $20k-25k all day long. The “Buy It Now” price is at $23,950 which is slightly on the higher end, but just slightly. If you can get this classic Century boat in your garage anywhere between the starting bid and the “Buy It Now” price then you are winning in my book.

1972 Century Arabian with Chrylser 440 Engine
Throaty American muscle came standard issue in these classic Century Arabians and this one has been beefed up even more.
1972 Century Arabian Interior with Wraparound Seating
The wraparound seating lends itself perfectly to cruising ALL DAY LONG with friends.

 

1983 Mastercraft Stars and Stripes

Yes please, all day, everyday and thank you! I love me some Stars & Stripes on these old Mastercrafts. Everyone out there has their personal favorite boat for one reason or another, and this one is mine. This 1983 Mastercraft for sale now is beautiful! These mid-80s to early-90s Mastercraft boats have hands down the best slalom ski wake available on any boat I’ve ever been behind. At slalom speeds it’s just a round little bump that is easily absorbed. It’s also very easy to hold an edge through. These boats were meant to be used hard. You’ll rarely find a vintage Mastercraft that doesn’t have some sort of blemish to the hull or gel coat. Why? Because these classic tow boats are put to work! This seller claims there are some small cracks in the top of the bow near stars and stripes. You know what, I don’t care.  If you’re in the market for this boat you should be looking to use it, not show it on a trailer. Slalom ski, barefoot, teaching youth… just ski, period.

The Chrysler 440 Big Block is PLENTY of power on this boat. That’s a ton of horsepower on a 19 ft. ski boat. I’ve seen photos of these boats pulling 10+ skiers with no problem at all. This Mastercraft ski boat for sale boats new interior which is a huge plus. The interior on these boats is usually one of the items that needs some TLC at this point. Somewhere around 1983 Mastercraft made the change to fiberglass stringers in their ski boats. I’m not certain that it was in ’83, but it was definitely somewhere between 1983 and 1985. Mastercraft was about a decade of Correct Craft and other manufacturers in making this change. The change to fiberglass stringers prevents rot in these old classic boats and is a reason why you still see a lot more Mastercrafts around compared to other ski boats of this vintage. The current bid on this MC Stars & Stripes is $1,125. The bid has gone up $125 since I started writing this post. If you’re looking to cut out the fluff and just ski, then these Stars and Bars are what you need!

1983 Mastercraft Interior
The brand new interior on this classic Mastercraft checks one of your restoration tasks off the list and isn’t even reflecting in the current high bid.
1983 Mastercraft Chrysler 440 Big Block Power
Here’s a sneak peek at that Chrysler 440 Big Block. Getty up!

1958 Century Coronado

This is an absolutely exquisite 1958 Century Coronado 21 ft. classic runabout. It was restored by Al Fink, a former President of the Century Boat Club, and he didn’t miss a spec on this classic wood boat. Every single inch of this Century runabout restoration has been lovingly attended to. Pick the superlative yourself for this classic boat. Call it mint, cherry, a gem, prime, dime, magnifico, beauty, a pearl, etc. However you spin it this Coronado is beautiful.

Now that 330ci Chrysler V8 is going to pack some punch. The fact that the boat hasn’t seen water since the restoration was complete isn’t going to slow it down. Whether you’re just cruising or towing skiers that 330 is going to purr. Want to surf in style? This classic woody will throw a wake to be reckoned with indeed. If burning fuel isn’t your thing and you’re looking for classic show worth boat to tote around and spark conversation. Then there is no lack of blue ribbons in this Century Coronado’s future. While my budget restricts me to sorting through potential barn find budget buys, you may be in a different boat (no pun intended). The starting bid at $40k and a Buy It Now price of $45,000 are not out of line considering the masterful craftsmanship that went into remanufacturing this 1958 Century classic.

1958 Century Coronado
Baby got back…. and a damn clean back at that.
1958 Century Coronado Interior
Every inch of this Coronado restoration is pure beauty. Love the clean blue and white interior.

1968 Century Cheetah

If you’re looking for a vintage ski boat that you plan to actually use, then this 1968 Century Cheetah is the ski boat for you. Everything about this vintage ski boat looks solid.  It’s by no means a show quality boat, but if you are going to use the hell out of it then who cares. The Cheetah is packing a 318 Chrysler Mercruiser engine flexing 225 hp. That is plenty of power for all of your water sport needs. You can pull skiers and tubers all day with that muscle.

The wood accents on the front and rear could use a little sanding and fresh coat of stain. Brightening up those two spots, which are small, would really help that retro green color pop. I’m really digging that color by the way.  For under $7k you can and this reliable Century Cheetah. Then you can flaunt it’s vintage style all over your local body of water… captain.

1968 Century Cheetah Interior
You’ll rock 70s vintage style for days behind the wheel of this ’68 Century Cheetah.

1974 Chrysler Conqueror S-III Super Bee

The seller of this 1974 Chrysler Conqueror S-III Super Bee speedboat says he’s not a “boat guy”. Well sucks to be him. This vintage Chrysler boat rocks mid-70s americana style with a red, white and blue color scheme. With a vintage Chrysler 340 engine spinning the prop this 19 ft. powerboat will surely scoot. There are more positives to this Chrysler Conqueror and it deserves a good home.

Many items have been restored on this vintage Chrysler Super Bee. The trailer has a new powder coat, wiring and lights. The interior upholstery and windshield have been replace. Now, the seller might not be a “boat guy”, but they definitely know how to prep a project for the market. It appears to be the total speed boat package and ready to enjoy. All you need to complement this boat are stars and stripes bikini-clad passengers, the right pair of shades and a sand bar. For $15k this 1974 Chrysler could be yours. All you’d need is to fill up the gas tank, pack a cooler, and your Fourth of July celebration is planned. You’re welcome!

1974 Chrysler Conqueror SIII Super Bee Blue Flake
There’s just enough blue flake in the original 70s styling to make this vintage speed boat pop in the sunshine.
1974 Chrysler Conqueror SIII Super Bee 340ci Engine
The 340 ci Chrysler has been completely rebuilt and is plenty of power for you to conquer the lake.

1957 Glen-L Mist Miss

Glen-L Marine Designs has been providing home boat builders with plans and materials since 1953. Still rocking 60+ years later Glen-L now offers plans for building more than 300 different boats. Glen-L’s offerings range from wooden canoes and rowboats to fiberglass or steel houseboats and workboats. Glen-L has plans to fulfill your wildest boat building dreams. This 1957 Glen-L Mist Mist for sale is as classic a design as you could choose from them.

The 18 ft. Mist Miss is set up as a “gentleman’s runabout” with two seats in front. Without too much trouble I think you could rework the rear deck and drop on another row for two in if you wanted. This ’57 has been completely restored and is sporting new gauges, gas tank, chrome fixtures, etc. I usually prefer to see some wood grain on the hull for style, but the West Systems Epoxy and PPG paint used here is a practical choice for a home-built boat.. For power, mid-40’s Chrysler M7 Marine Flat 6 Engine is as bulletproof as it comes. Any Chrysler Flat 6 is easy to work on for even an amateur mechanic.

Previous build threads on Glen-L’s site report cost ranging from just shy of $15k to upwards of $25k for Mist Miss builds. If a home built boat is something you’ve thought of but you just don’t have the time, then this 1957 Mist Miss classic woody might be enough to quench your thirst.  At the $7,500 price point it’s a good starting point to say the least.

1957 Glen-L Mist Miss Classic with Chrysler Flat Six
As a friends of mine puts it, this Chrysler Flat Six is built “like a lego block”. It’s simple to work on and will last forever.
1957 Glen-L Mist Miss Classic Wood Boat Interior
Space is limited, but with new gauges, steering wheel and seats this Mist Miss looks comfy enough for cruising.

 

 

RARE 1950 Hallcraft Runabout

This is a super rare 1950 Hallcraft Runabout Mahogany boat. It’s 19ft. long and includes the original Douglas Fir Wood Trailer, which is super cool.  I tried looking up a little more history on Hallcraft and didn’t come up with much.

It sounds like the Hallcraft Boat Company only produced a very small number of wooden boats before switching over to produce parts only. This 19 ft. runabout here may be just one of three ever produced of this model. If that’s the case then this wooden boat is even rarer than RARE. The Hallcraft has gone through a full restoration. The 125hp Chrysler Flathead six has been completely rebuilt. The pictures look great, and I just can’t get over how cool that trailer is.

I for one love me a well-kept Century Resorter from the same era, but mostly for the price point they can offer. There were a ton of Resorters produced as one of, if not the most popular boat for the average boater in the 1950s. If you’re looking to be graded by the judges on rarity and uniqueness as well as condition. Then this Hallcraft is something to consider over the more common Century’s. There are 41 people keeping an eye on this one and for good reason.

RARE 1950 Hallcraft Mahogany Runabout Wood Tandem Axle Trailer
The Douglas Fir Wood Trailer looks to be as well restored as the Hallcraft boat itself. Making this show-worthy on or off the water.
1950 19 ft. Hallcraft Mahogany Runabout Interior and Engine
The interior and upholstery look very well done and the rebuilt Chrysler flathead six has just 200 hrs on it since completed.

 

1964 Hallett Barron V-Drive

Feast your eyes on this motherfucker – 1964 Hallett Barron v-drive. So, so, cool. Where do I start?

Let’s begin with the monkey pod plywood hull. Now I’ve never heard of monkey pod before, let alone know it’s a rare rain forest wood. To me a monkey pod sounds like a crazy place an ape stores its valuables. Alas, to see it on this boat is magnificent, the grain is striking and a perfect match for any type of wooden racer.

Moving beyond the monkey pod, take a look at that massive Chrysler 440 V8 wedge motor. No specs on horsepower, but who cares, it’s just fun to look at – braided lines, vintage Mickey Thompson aluminum finned valve covers, double carbs poking up with intakes that resemble knight helmets who use the giant headers as jousting sticks.

The tuck and rolled glitter red over white interior is an absolute perfect match to the rest of this Hallett’s style. I would actually get some sort of creepy pleasure pain out of burning my ass on the red seats in the scorching sun.

Top this whole package off with a matching pearlescent white tandem axle trailer with white walls and all I can do is try to figure out how to lift this entire boat through the picture window into my living room for permanent display. This Hallett Barron can be yours with some aggressive bidding on eBay where it’s currently creeping up on $26,000 (reserve not met) in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Hallett Barron 440 Chrysler Wedge V8
What’s that you say Mr. Chrysler V8 Wedge 440? Ahh yes, don’t fuck with you. Understood, sir.
Hallett Barron Monkey Wood
Feast your eyes on the grain of monkey pod. It’s a wood, apparently. Yeah, who knew.
Hallett Barron V-Drive
Even the trailer is flipping cool on this rig. Pearlescent paint, white walls and moon caps.
Hallett Barron V-Drive Stern
The Casale v-drive tries to harness the power from the Chrysler 440. Check out those headers the size of small cannons.

1958 Century Coronado Hardtop

I can’t be sure why this Century model is named the Coronado. Perhaps after the affluent Coronado Island in southern California where the sliding hardtop was necessary because the sun never stops shining? Gather your friends after a grueling polo match, pile into your classic Coronado with a 9-year-old bottle of your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon. The 354 Hemi powers you around the bay while you sip the grape nectar and comment on how 2002 was a much better year for Cabs. This Century is ready to roll with a new(ish) 5200 bottom. The red and white vinyl interior looks true to original form and will pamper your ass like your  favorite thoroughbred saddle. Jump on your Gulfstream and jet over to Clinton, South Carolina and pick this 21′ Century Coronado hardtop up on eBay where it’s currently at $24,900 Buy it Now.

1958 Century Coronado sliding hardtop
If the top comes down, the price goes up. In this case, If it has a top at all, the price goes up.
1958 Century Coronado Sliding Hardtop
I’m a big fan of these old Century Coronados. The hardtops work well for keeping those pesky paparazzi photographers from ruining your afternoon.
1958 Century Coronado Interior
A little spilled red wine in here? No problem, matches the red and white Century interior.

1929 Chris-Craft Cadet Triple Cockpit

Restored in 2000 this 22′ Chris-Craft Cadet looks nice, but very utilitarian compared to the beautiful barrel back design that would come a decade later. Powered by a 100hp Chrysler marine motor, this boat is claimed to have all its original hardware and instrumentation. It’s currently offered for sale on eBay in Lake George, New York for $21,000 with the reserve not met.

1929 Chris-Craft Cadet Triple Cockpit
Not too shabby for just a few years short of its 100th birthday.
1929 Chris-Craft Cade Triple Cockpit Interior
The owner calls this a “triple cockpit” though I’m not entirely sure that’s an accurate description of this boat’s layout.