Tag Archives: Ski Boat

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 😉


1988 Supra Mariah Open Bow with Tower

Affordable wakeboard boat with plenty of options…

Here is a 1988 Supra Mariah Open Bow Ski Boat with tons of extras. This is a GREAT starter boat to get you out on the water wake boarding and/or skiing with friends and family. I’m usually against throwing wakeboard towers on older ski boats, but with that I’m talking late ’70s – early ’80s. I just don’t like messing with those old school lines, but when you get into the late 80s and early to mid-90s and can find a solid runner in good condition… have at ‘er, option the hell out of it.

If you can find one already set up then all the better. This ’88 Mariah checks off most of the boxes on my list for a Wakeboard starter: Monster Tower w/ Wakeboard Rack, 8 Wet Sounds Speakers (6 in boat and pair of cans on rack) w/ Subwoofer and Amp, Custom Cover, Bow Cover, Bimini Cover and Double Axle Trailer.

The open-bow gives you ample space for passengers (probably rated for 8 people) and the 454 engine will give you plenty of towing power for any water sports… a few fat sacks along the sides of the engine compartment with a  full crowd of passengers would provide plenty of wake for wake boarding or surfing. You just need to find room for the cooler.

The starting price of $13,100 is slightly above the NADA value, but NADA is not accounting for all the add-ons here. With 5 people watching the auction at the time of this writing you might be able to come in right around that price and that is totally fair to get your party on the water this summer.

Supra Mariah Interior with Tower and Rack
Open Bow Supra Mariah with clean interior, Monster Tower, Rack and Wet Sounds Speakers
Supra Mariah With Custom Cover
Custom Boat Cover on Open Bow Supra Mariah



1978 Hydrodyne Tournament Skier

I’ve rambled about my love for the true classic ski boats many times. Nautiques and Master Crafts are fabulous boats with function and style. Hydrodyne largely cut out the style part and built boats that served no function what-so-ever other then pulling skiers, and this 1978 Hydrodyne Tournament Skier is no exception. My local water ski show always had a Hydrodyne. It did all the heavy lifting. These boats would pull your house up if you could put skis under under. It has two seats and the biggest rearview mirror you’ll ever see in a boat. That’s about it. And if you’re serious about skiing – maybe you’ve always wanted to form your own pyramid on your local lake – those are the only features you need. This classic Hydrodyne Tournament Skier is located in Houston, Texas, and you can Buy It Now for $3,400.

Hydrodyne 1
Find some pretty girls and build a pyramid on your local lake. This 1978 Hydrodyne Tournament Skier was built for nothing more than pulling skiers.
Hydrodyne 2
Two seats and a giant rearview mirror are all the interior of this Hydrodyne needs to be a water ski workhorse.

1968 Correct Craft Ski Nautique

Old Correct Crafts are such smooth, clean purpose-built boats. They were made to pull water skiers, and this 1968 Ski Nautique will still do it quite well. No flash on the outside. No giant tower with wake boards hanging off it. No comic book graphics. No ballast system. It’s classic, understated, and built to ski. It was updated with a new interior a few years ago. The red carpet is a nice complement to the white hull and upholstery and all the fresh chrome. The original Chrysler 318 is running fine and this 1968 Correct Craft Ski Nautique is ready to go. It’s located in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, and you can Buy It Now for for only $7,500. But you’ll have to beat me to it.

1968 Ski Nautique 1
The interior on this 1968 Ski Nautique is as nice as most new boats. The whole boat is as nice as most new boats.
1968 Ski Nautique 2
This 1968 Correct Craft Ski Nautique is clean, simple, and ready for all the water skiing you can handle.

1972 Correct Craft Holman Moody Mustang

This 1972 Correct Craft  Mustang is a total restoration project, but if you’re into ski boats, this Mustang would be a damn cool boat to restore. The 17-footer has its original Ford Holman Moody 302 and Borg Warner Velvet Drive Transmission. The engine and transmission were working fine when when it was last used, but the boat has been left outside under a tarp, forgotten and neglected for far too long. It’s going to take some work, but that Holman Moody will roar when the work is done. The old Correct Crafts are getting more and more collectible, and this Mustang deserves to be restored to her original glory. It’s located in Johnson City, Tennessee, so rock me mama like a wagon wheel, and buy this Mustang. The opening bid is only $500.

Correct Craft Mustang 1
This 1972 Holman Moody-equipped Correct Craft Mustang is in need of a full restoration, but please keep the original color. You can name her Tangerine Dream. Or Creamsicle. Or Circus Peanut.
Correct Craft Mustang 2
It has a cool instrument panel and everything on this Correct Craft Mustang is original.