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1976 Glaspar Charger

There is only one day left on this 1976 Glaspar Charger currently up for auction, so get on it! There are 13 bids in already and 37 people watching this classic Glaspar. That adds up to some nice action in the last hour or so. The post expires at 2:42 p.m. central time tomorrow. I am setting a reminder for 2:40 to catch the last 42 minutes of fury on this boat. The current high bid is in at just $560 and the reserve is not yet met.

The seller didn’t bother to include many details of course, but what’s not to  love. We can see it’s a Mercury outboard providing the power and the seller does state that “motor runs.” That’s good enough info for me on a boat that’s under $1,000 right now.  I do wish they had bothered to take pics of this Glaspar Charger in the day time. It does appear to have a nice color scheme, I think.

Long story short, if you’re on the same boat budget as I am this is your pick of the day. It’s got cup holders, the motor runs, and it’s under a grand. Check this 1976 Glaspar Charger out now before the auction is up.

1976 Glaspar Charger Interior
Not one, not two or three, but four cup holders! With a current high bid of $560 that comes out to $140 per beverage slot. In the boating world, that my friends is what we call a steal!
Mercury Outboard Motor
“Motor runs”…. good enough for me!

1962 Elgin Wood Boat

This 1962 Elgin Wood Boat has peaked my interest this afternoon. It’s 14 feet long, built from Mahogany and has a unique walkthrough floor plan. Ok ok, I’ll be honest with you, any boat that I can find for $5,000 or less peaks my interest. This 1962 Elgin is right at that mark with an opening bid of $5,000 and the boat has been completely restored. Although I’m usually partial to the throatiness of a classic inboard set up, I think this Elgin woody might do the trick.  It’s in mint condition and for that price you’re getting a boat that’s both pleasure and show ready.

Now don’t get me wrong, that 1958 Elgin 35 HP Skipper outboard will do the job for bouncing around smaller bodies of water. You’re not pulling any skiers, and I’m not telling you to launch on one of the Great Lakes for a pleasure cruise either. A small chain of lakes would be ideal for this classic walkthrough wood boat. It has a little more than a week left on the auction with no action yet. If it’s me I’m keeping an eye on it for a few more days before making my move. If the bidding stays anywhere near that starting bid and you’re looking for a conversation piece with a little joy riding built in then this is a boat to consider.

1962 Elgin Outboard Motor
This is a budget friendly classic mahogany Elgin woody with Elgin outboard and a full restoration completed.
1962 Elgin Walkthrough Wood Boat
The walkthrough floor plan is a unique feature for this vintage boat.

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!

1965 Century Raven

Here’s a 1965 Century Raven for sale in great condition with classic style and some cool history as well. This classic woody has spent most of it’s life in New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee. The wooden Century was actually one of the boats used in  the 1981 Academy Award winning movie, “On Golden Pond”. The Raven was reportedly featured as the postal boat the USPS used to deliver mail around the lake. If you’re familiar with the movie, which I am not, this classic boat carries a cool history to it.

Back to the watercraft for sale, there are reportedly extremely low hours on the original 235 V8 engine from Gray Marine. Among other modern upgrades this classic Century Raven features a 45 gallon fuel tank, new batteries, fuel pumps, and more.

There are 30 people watching this boat right now on Ebay. That should tell you something on right there. 30 people watching, 3 days left, and no current offers on this boat. What does this tell me?  Well it tells me that there are bunch of people hanging tight and waiting for someone else to set the market and make their move. The Buy It Now price is fair at $13,500 for a boat in very good condition of this vintage. So if “On Golden Pond” is your all-time favorite movie then don’t wait, make your move. If you just love 1965 Century Raven’s then I recommend keeping an eye on this one and get ready to pounce.

1965 Century Raven Gray Marine 235 V8 Engine
Would love to hear the rumble of this original 235 V8 from Gray Marine.
1965 Century Raven Interior
My favorite part of this 1965 Century Raven is that steering wheel… captain’s hat required!

1967 Donzi Sweet 16

And just like that here’s the cure for your Monday blues. “Sweet” is an understatement for this all original 1967 Donzi Sweet 16 with numbers matching 289 engine. It’s up for auction with NO RESERVE. This 16 ft. classic, all-original,  Donzi speedboat isn’t just surviving, it is thriving! This vintage Donzi speed boat is 50 years old and has hardly been touched. Spending it’s 5 decades of boating pleasure in freshwater has definitely helped it’s longevity. Sure there’s a little fade in the decals and chrome but it is minimal. Beyond the slight fade you can’t claim it’s anything less than classic boating perfection.

I can just imagine kicking back in that wrap around cockpit passenger seating. Wait, hold on, no I can’t imagine that. In my boating dream of the day I’m in the driver seat, as usual, but you are more than welcome to kick back in that passenger lounge. “Kicking back” would be at your own risk in this little speed boat however, at least at the speed I’m planning on driving. That 289 engine is a high performance beast with Holley 4 barrel carburetor. The small block will rip this 16 footer through the water. When not ripping through the wake I can imagine the “gurgle gurgle gurgle” of the 289 as it begs to be unleashed.

Did I mention the numbers match?! How about it’s all original?!What about it’s a 1967 Sweet 16 Donzi  currently being offered at NO RESERVE?! There are already more than 21 bids on it. With a current bid of $4,050 and 6 days left on the block there is no chance it sells near that price. However for the right buyer it’s worth plenty more than double that.

1967 Donzi Sweet 16 Interior
The wrap around passenger seating of the cockpit is clean and classic Donzi styling at it’s best.
1967 Donzi Sweet 16 with numbers matching 289 Engine
Oh how I wish I had my hand on the throttle of this numbers matching 289 power house.

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.

 

 

1974 Windcraft Hurricane

That’s how it always happens… you’re ready to pack it in for the day and there it is, BAM! You walk right smack into a hovercraft! This 1974 Windcraft Hurricane Hovercraft has me excited. OK, let me make that comment more accurate… all hovercrafts get me excited. I have no idea what it is that excites me about hovercrafts. I’ve never even been on one. The hovercraft infatuation I have most likely comes from growing up in the ’80s and thinking that some day, just some day we might all be floating around on hovercrafts. Ahhhh, the 80s…  those were the days.

Side conversation on hovercraft usage….  If you are taking the hovercraft out do you say, “Hey Honey I’m going out hovering!” Maybe, “Don’t mind me I’m just hovering!” Hovering doesn’t have the best ring to it… any suggestions for us?

Ok, back to the hovercraft at hand. Dating pre-80’s this 1974 Windcraft has an interesting set up. The 484cc Chaparral snowmobile engine sits in the front of the hovercraft while the rider sits up on it like a jet ski or motorcycle. Much different set up than you’d normally find on a vintage hovercraft. It looks to be in OK shape given it’s DOB, but you can expect some work needed. The Hurricane does come with a new trailer which appears to be a basic utility trailer. The trailer is a win-win as you could use it for other purposes when not piling on the fun parade with your personal hovercraft. I can’t say I’m super current on my hovercraft pricing knowledge, but $2400 seems fair for any machine that sets you up for as much fun as hovercraft could.

1974 Windcraft Hurricane Hovercraft
What is the “Hovercraft du Jour”?… Well sir that would be the “Hovercraft of the day”… Mmmmm, sounds great, I’ll have that!

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.

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.