Category Archives: Fiberglass Boats

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!

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!

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.

1971 Sleek Craft Jet Boat

If you’re looking for speed on a budget this is your lucky day. Here’s a 1971 Sleek Craft Jet Boat for sale. Sounds like there was a buyer for this jet boat in line but payment fell through. Well their loss is potentially your gain! I dig the Sleek Craft’s yellow on white color scheme, it’s nice and bright on a sunny day and who goes boating when it’s not sunny anyway? A dual axle trailer will help you get to the lake. The speed boat also includes a bimini top if your passenger needs shade while your beached at the sand bar.

A 455 Oldsmobile engine powers the 19′ jet boat. The seller doesn’t mention top speeds, but with that much muscle on this size boat you know it’s gotta fly. It’s reported that the boat “runs perfectly and starts right up” which is a blatant positive. There is a significant list of parts that were replaced last July, all parts that do come up over time. This jet boat is not perfect however, there are blemishes to the gel coat and side rails. A previous seller clearly had some docking issues on more than one occasion. The seats need to be re-upholstered also. None of that is scaring me away though. With a selling price of just $3,200 you could have everything in mint condition easily with less than a $5,000 budget. So if you feel the need…. here’s your speed, and it’s not going to break the bank.

1971 Sleekcraft Jet Boat with 455 Oldsmobile Engine
Blub, blub, blub, blub, gurgle, gurgle, gurgle, gurgle…… VROOOOOOOOM!!!
1971 Sleekcraft Jet Boat on Trailer
If this was parked in my driveway on a Saturday morning I’d be smiling from ear to ear and I wouldn’t return from the lake until Sunday night…LATE.

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.

1992 Donzi 22 Classic Speed Boat

You want style, you want a classic and you want speed. Then you need to look into a used Donzi speed boat. Donzi Marine Inc. has been kicking out classic speed boats since they were founded in 1964. Even their newer models are rocking vintage style for days, and this 1992 Donzi 22 Classic Speed Boat is no different. What is different is the price tag. A model year 2018 Donzi 22 Classic is going to come in around $90k.  This 22 ft. speed boat here comes in with a “Buy it Now” price of $15k. While the length isn’t suitable to say Florida offshore cruising. It’s plenty capable for anything inland, including Great Lakes cruising.

A quick search on Nada Guides shows this price coming in a little high, but this speed boat is super clean. It appears to be a 100% turnkey boat so it’s all relative. Unless you want to do some wrenching of your own you’re going to have to pay up a little for vintage speed boat that’s ready to enjoy. The interior is immaculate with bright white throughout, perfect for bright hot summer days. Sporting a 454 Magnum engine you’ll turn heads a mile away with this classic Donzi.

1992 Donzi 22 Classic Speed Boat 454 Magnum Engine
Hook up, take it to the lake, launch and drive. This 454 Magnum looks thirsty for some action.
1992 Donzi 22 Classic Speed Boat Interior
You just can’t go wrong with that super clean bright white interior on any style 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.

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.