“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 $20k on this endless fun machine. To me it’s a no brainer if I had the money to spend.
This isn’t about the boat, this is about your online dating profile in the end. Stay with me. Talk about a serious pile of %&$#. 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.
The only thing missing from this 1979 Pioneer Jet Boat are the letters spelling “SUCK MY WAKE!” on the side of it. “Hey kids, what do you say we go into town tomorrow and Uncle Roman will blow some coin on a kick ass drag boat?!” This 19ft. speedboat is powered by a pro built Gen. IV 454 Big Block Chevy bored and stroked to 506ci. The Chevy engine is producing 700hp that will push this Pioneer to 90mph. Fast is an understatement with this Pioneer and I can’t believe it’s a ’79. It looks brand spanking new!
The 1979 Pioneer Jet Boat appears to have all the bells and whistles if a speedboat is what you are looking for. To top it off there are just 25 hours on the entire package; boat engine, trailer, etc.. Seller says there is a video of the Jet Boat “hauling ass”, worth a view if your are truly interested in setting the water on fire with this rocket.
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.
This 1964 Chris Craft Cavalier Golden Arrow is a rare wooden runabout in excellent condition. I usually like to see through to the wood grain on classic wooden V8 runabouts. However, this vintage Chris Craft has me feeling like Goldmember from Austin Powers… “I LOVE GOOOOOOOLD!”
These 19ft. Cavalier Golden Arrows are rare with only 64 of them ever made. This vintage runabout has a wooden hull and vinyl top (where you see the gold color). The well kept Chris Craft also features a tandem axle trailer and full cover. With a rebuilt Chevy 350 V8 pushing the water it’s sure to have that classic inboard V8 rumble that I love.
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.
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!
One of a kind 1985 Hydrostream Vegas XT with a 225 Yamaha VMAX, ummm – YES PLEASE?! I didn’t need a sip of coffee here this morning after coming across this fast little bastard just an hour into the auction. This 225 VMAX powered ’85 Hydrostream kicked my ass right into gear! CLEAN custom speedboat with great color, custom cowling graphics to match, slick trailer with custom aluminum wheels, mint interior w/ room for 4 passengers, JL Audio bluetooth stereo, 2 stainless props (one for cruising, one for thrills) and the list goes on. Green LED Lighting, while I’m usually not a fan, bring it on in this case! It’s a Hydrostream Vegas, the neon lighting fits it perfect, and remember what happens in Vegas… I love everything about it other than it’s not mine.
NADA reports an average retail on these ’85 Hydrostreams around $2,450 and suggests a list price around $6,600. Opening bid on this one is $100 of course with nothing on the books yet. It deserves to go for up around that list price, wouldn’t be surprised if it creeps higher with that. Who knows, it’s early on but no ones watching it yet. With no reason for selling reported it could be urgent, maybe you can swoop under the radar and snag it for a steal. Oh wait, there’s one person watching now…. THIS GUY!!!
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.
Because like Derek Zoolander’s trademarked pose, when done right you just can’t look away from professional restoration like this. I for one have never seen a Chris Craft Silver Arrow before. For good reason as this one is hull #31 of just 92 of them ever made and comes from a 50+ year private collection. A quick search on our site here shows this same boat for sale back in 2015 for about the same price, assuming it’s the same seller of the private collection and all. The Silver Arrows were one of Chris Craft’s first attempts at producing a fiberglass and wood combination runabout. #31 here went through a 3 year full on restoration which stripped/prepped/refinished the Philippine Mahogany and rebuilt the 312ci, 195 hp Ford Interceptor Engine. This auction includes the trailer and a new custom Sunbrella mooring cover as well. The Buy It Now price on Ebay appears hefty at first but with plenty of time left on this auction it’s worth keeping your eye on as rare as it is. Buy it, strike a pose and you’ll be the talk of the lake.