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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!

1969 Correct Craft Wildcat

There are so many things right about vintage ski boats . This 1969 Correct Craft Wildcat for sale is a beautiful sample of one. Recently restored with new strings and floor. These old school ski boats are so much simpler then their newer brethren. Don’t get me wrong, if I had $100k to blow I’d be shopping around the marinas and drooling over the newbies. However facts are facts, I don’t have that kind of expendable cash to subsidize my boating hobby. I also wouldn’t be able to fix one of the new ski boats on my own. With all of their computer sensors and gadgets, one of the new ones breaks down and it’s going to the dealer. I’m not claiming to be any sort of mechanical wizard or anything, but if this ’69 breaks down there’s a 50/50 shot I could get ‘er going and at least limp it to shore. There are no on board computers, no sensors, and no gadgets.

Like all classic boats these Wildcats were build to do a job and do it well. In this case that’s pulling skiers. A Quicksilver 350 Chevrolet does the heavy lifting on this Correct Craft. The white on white interior over the navy blue gel coat is as nautically clean a combo you could find. There are some cracks visible in the lower gel coat which I imagine could be repaired with a little know-how and elbow grease. At $12,500 you’re paying up a little more than you would for an early-mid ’80s ski boat which would also do the job for you. However with this you’re getting  a more classic feel with the 1969 Wildcat. I say go for it.

1969 Correct Craft Wildcat Rear Quarter
Classic, clean and a whole lot of getty up. This Correct Craft Wildcat will get the job done.
1969 Correct Craft Wildcat Interior
Restored just 2 years ago this is a very clean Correct Craft Wildcat.

 

 

1988 Mastercraft Tristar 190

This 1988 Mastercraft Tristar 190 is a solid buy all damn day, period. It would be an EXCELLENT starter boat for just about anyone. Especially if you are planning to ski your heart out and want a top of the line tow machine.

When well taken care of these championship ski boats will last forever. This Tristar here is in excellent condition AND has a brand new interior. As summer is rapidly approaching, you can secure your spot on the fun parade with Mastercraft ski boat for under $7,000. That’s an excellent price from what I can tell in the boat’s listing on Ebay.

This 1988 Tristar comes with a trailer (including spare tire), bimini top, AND custom cover. All of these items all appear to be in excellent summer-ready condition for your boating pleasure. I honestly cannot find a single negative thing to say about this Mastercraft. Consider it an early Easter gift from  me. If you’re looking for budget buy on a championship ski boat that you can go out an enjoy, look no further. THIS is your boat.

1988 Mastercraft Tristar 190 5.8L Indmar Ford 351W Engine
This Indmar/Ford 351 engine was dropped into this specific Mastercraft Tristar back in 1988 to do one thing…. PULL! So stop screwing around and HIT IT already!
1988 Mastercraft Tristar 190 Interior
Brand new interior installed that seller claims cost him $3,500. This is a real beauty of a Mastercraft boat.

1956 Carver Captain

It doesn’t get much cleaner than this 1956 Carver Captain 15 ft. Runabout. I’ll be honest that I’ve been on a little bit of a kick with these smaller wooden classic boats lately. Could be the Wisconsin weather hinting at warming up or could just be chance. Either way this Carver Captain is a beauty. The woody has been owned and maintained by a single owner for he last 40 years. That certainly helps when the boat owner cares about the vessel the way this gentleman has.

The vintage mahogany boat is powered by a Mercury Mark 55 40HP Thunderbolt Four motor. Like the rest of the classic boat the motor looks superbly clean. The trailer is included and the seller is even throwing in a pair of vintage wooden waterskis. The skis aren’t going to make or break this deal by any means but they are a cool little add-on regardless. Everything on this classic woody is original. The Captain has been re-varnished and has a new coat of bottom paint. You are welcome to make an offer, but the seller also has a “Buy It Now” price of just $9,700. Given the pristine condition this 15 ft. runabout is in I think that’s very fair. Make yourself the Captain and consider purchasing this Carver Captain.

1956 Carver Captain Interior
Simple, clean and classy this 15 ft. Captain would provide loads of lake fun.
1956 Carver Captain Mercury Outboard
It really can’t get much cleaner than this Mercury Mark 55 outboard. You could eat your breakfast off that cowling while spotting skiers in the water.

 

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.

2016 MasterCraft NXT20

“I want money, lots and lots of money. I want it high in the sky…”, and if I had that much money I’d be legitimately shopping for a ski boat instead of just drooling over them like I am today. This used 2016 MasterCraft NXT20 caught my attention this morning, along with a couple other modern wakeboard boats. I like this color combo and the price point of this NXT more than the others I found so I started here.

Even if you have the money to spend on something new, there’s no reason to at least consider a used ski boat. This NXT20 is not MasterCraft’s biggest boat in their product line. This MC boat is 20 feet long and rated for 11 passengers. The length makes it a little more trailer friendly behind your tow vehicle if you’re not living on the water. Plus, the NXT only has 190 hours on the 5.7L ILMOR engine, so it’s very gently used. I’d still call this MC wake monster new.

You’re sacrificing room for 3-4 passengers and at just under $60k saving about $20k on this endless fun machine. To me it’s a no brainer if I had the money to spend.

2016 MasterCraft NXT20
Going with a NXT20 over the NXT22 will provide more maneuverability on the trailer. I just love this color combo.
MasterCraft NXT20 Interior
“Like new” interior and still room for 11 passengers. What’s not to like?

1973 Sidewinder Skit Boat

This isn’t about the boat, this is about your online dating profile in the end. Stay with me. Talk about a serious pile of %&$#. No, not you and your profile, this boat. One look at this 1973 Sidewinder Ski Boat and….. never mind don’t look. This boat is garbage.  $100 worth of garbage which is kind of a lot for garbage. Seller points out that this offer “does not include motor. Boat hull and trailer only.” Geez, thanks for the heads up.

Ok, no more bashing. Lets take a different approach to this. Now, help me if I don’t understand this whole online dating thing, but this boat is only $100. Are your profile views down? Want more invites sent to your Tinder account? If you have $100 to spare, buy this 1973 ski boat. Post on your dating profile that you own a boat and watch your Tinder views skyrocket. Just don’t ever go pick up this Sidewinder. Let some other sucker pay $100 for it and go pick it up. Now the seller made double the money, you two are probably BFFs. You have all kinds of dates lined up. It’s a win win.

1973 Sidewinder Ski Boat
Buy this boat, be a boat owner, boost your online dating profile views. Just don’t pick up the boat.
1973 Sidewinder Ski Boat Interior
One word…… YUCK

2005 Correct Craft Ski Nautique 196

When you’re talking a 2005 Correct Craft Ski Nautique 196, you’re talking one damn fine ski boat. It’s simple and classic and nothing can beat a Nautique’s pulling ability and nimble handling. These 20 ft. Correct Crafts are like driving a fine sports car on the water. The Nautique’s acceleration and turning ability are simply breathtaking for the driver.

There’s not too much to dance around when it comes to these championship ski boats. There’s a 330hp Excaliber PCM engine for muscle. The Nautique has Perfect Pass installed with GPS cruise control system. This makes it easy for anyone to hold the right speed when pulling a skier, you can even save multiple users in them. Pick the right skier’s name, jump in the water, hit it and you’re off. It’s a beautiful thing. This Nautique is a skier’s dream!

This Correct Craft boat will pull skiers for decades to come in the shape that it’s still in. The Buy it Now price seems a little high for the year, but with the low hours this one is toting I think it’s totally fair.

2005 Ski Nautique 196 Interior
This is a die hard skier’s dream. The 196 has room for your spotter, driver and the 330hp PCM Excalibur engine. What else do you need?
2005 Correct Craft Ski Nautique 196
It’s almost as if this Ski Nautique is begging for someone to jump in the water behind it… who’s next? who’s next?

 

1988 COLE Performance Super Hawk Speedboat

One movie quote to sum up this 1988 COLE Performance Super Hawk – “I feel the need, the need for SPEED!” That’s right, from the 1986 hit movie Top Gun. The Tom Cruise fighter pilot classic and this COLE Performance Speedboat were released just two years apart so I’m feeling period correct with the correlation. This Super Hawk looks downright FAST! I want to jump in the drivers seat and burn through one of the 30+ gallon fuel tanks at full speed. Come back to the dock for the patented Maverick/Goose high-five low-five action with whomever is co-piloting for me that day. Then jump back in the driver’s seat and dispose of that second  tank through the 454 Magnum Mercruiser this Super Hawk is packing.

The current bid seems more than reasonable at $14,500. Even the Buy It Now Price for the Super Hawk is fair at $16,500. It’s a turnkey ’88 COLE Performance Speedboat that’s  ready to fly. We covered the 454 Magnum Mercruiser but didn’t mention the Bravo Outdrive, custom stereo, VDO gauges, custom lights, and there’s much more. Seller describes it as a Speedboat/Sport/Ski Boat that does 70-80 mph… if it’s me I’m leaving the skis at home, pumping “Danger Zone” through the sound system and only backing off the throttle to fuel up. If Top Gun had been a screenplay about high performance speedboats, this is the boat Maverick would driving.

1988 COLE Performance Super Hawk Tandem Trailer
This Super Hawk features heavy duty marine grade non-fade vinyl interior, new carpet, tandem axle trailer, and classic ’80s go-fast styling for days.
454 Mercruiser Magnum Bravo One Engine
The 454 Mercruiser Magnum Engine will fulfill all of your speedboat desires in this ’88 Speed Hawk from COLE Performance.

 

2006 Mastercraft X30

This low hour, well kept 2006 Mastercraft X30 will provide a lucky buyer endless fun on the water. I can’t think of a better buy then this X30 for a young family with some disposable income. Of course anyone would love a brand new Super Air Nautique G25 or a Mastercraft X46. BUT most people don’t have a disposable $150,000 sitting around. For a 1/5th of that price you can get an X30, a killer wakeboard boat. A 2006 Mastercraft has everything one of those brand new behemoth bad boys has and without the retirement fund erasing price tag. In a couple of years I’ll be looking to upgrade our 2000 Maristar 230 VRS to something like this X30. The wake tower, speakers, and size all pack a few more fun factors for the kids.

You get a plenty capable MCX 350 Vortex HO engine. The open bow and wrap around seating of the X30’s can handle 16 passengers! Plenty of room for your kids, their friends and if you are friends with their parents well then hell bring them along too. This Mastercraft is going on 12 years old which is not old by boating standards, and has less than 350 hours on it. My wife and I put almost 200 hours on a boat in a summer just cruising around on the weekends.

I thought $30k seemed low for a Mastercraft this size and upon further review was correct. NADA puts these X30s a little higher than that for fair market value. So the starting bid is fair. Still six days left on the auction, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. If I had found this Mastercraft two years from now I wouldn’t of told you about it. I’d be on my way to Texas to pick it up!

2006 Mastercraft X30 Interior and Tower
Clean X30 Interior with new carpet, tower, rack, and speakers. Open bow and wrap around seating for 16 people.
Mastercraft Extreme MCX 350 Vortec H.O.
MCX 350 Vortex H.O. has more than ample pull for all of your watersport needs – wakeboard, wake surf, waterski, tube – and yes that’s with a full boat too!
2006 Mastercraft X30 Rear Deck and Tower
When you wipe out behind this MC X30 you’ll still hear the tunes jammin’ even if it takes them while to circle back for you. Regardless, best to choose a reliable spotter 😉