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.
Yes, you read the title correctly. This is a 1942 USS New Jersey BB-62 Battleship Replica, that’s right – a Battleship Replica! Let’s set the stage appropriately…. I call you up and say “Hey friend, do you want to play battleship with me?” Normally that invite would not lead you to throwing on a swim suit, loading up on sun screen and packing a cooler. However, if I was the owner of this Battleship Replica then sunscreen, swimsuit, and a loaded cooler is exactly what that invitation would require. This is a replica of the 1942 USS New Jersey BB-62 Battleship and it’s legit. A one of a kind, 2 person, jet driven battleship. This miniature USS New Jersey not only includes a trailer but also a one of a kind water cannon!
A Quick US Naval History Lesson:
The real USS New Jersey BB-62 is an Iowa-class battleship. Also known as “Big J” or “Black Dragon”, it was the second ship of the US Navy named after The Garden State. During WWII, Big J shelled targets in Guam and Okinawa as well as provided cover to aircraft carriers conducting raids in the Marshall Islands. During the Korean War the USS New Jersey led raids up and down the North Korean coast. She was also the only US battleship providing gunfire support during the Vietnam War. The USS New Jersey was decommissioned in 1991. The well-honored battleship now serves as a museum ship in the Home Port Alliance located in Camden, New Jersey.
Back to the watercraft for sale:
The personal-sized battleship is powered by a 120 horsepower Sea Doo engine with jet drive. Two onboard water cannons are reportedly capable of shooting 60 ft. From that distance a takeover of your favorite sandbar or pontoon party should be more than feasible. A long range water balloon launcher would be a solid addition to the arsenal here. If your’e a Naval aficionado or simply a giant child with an open bank account then this USS New Jersey battleship replica is worth an extra look on Ebay.
What I see in this pair of 1984 Addictor 190 Deluxe mini speed boats for sale is FUN, FUN, FUN!. These Addictor speed boats were produced from 1983 to 1996 in California. The mini boats came in 1-, 2- or 3-person set ups and ran outboard motors. The Addictor Boats look part-jet ski, part-motor boat and I’m ALL IN. Jet skis are fun. A standard PWC offers nimble size and quick acceleration, but after a little while I’m usually over them. They are fun, but I’m more of a boat guy. Now if you were to combine the two… the possibilities of how you can have fun on the water are endless. These mini speed boats here look like they’d quench all sorts of aqua-loving appetites.
Are they a little dinged up? You bet! These mini speed boats were meant to bang around and catch some air. You’re addicted to water sports and driving an Addictor? Yeah, you let it all hang out. This is no classic show ready wooden boat, it’s a freaking jet-ski meets speed boat meets runabout. I can’t imagine not having a blast in these. Both Addictors are available for $8,000 on Ebay. The price is slightly high according to NADA guides. However there are three talking points that justify the asking price for me; they are the “Deluxe” trim, they are in running order, they include a functioning trailer. In reality, nobody has an addiction to water sports to save money, so I say go for it.
This is a super cool antique, a 1957 Cadillac Lido 16 ft. aluminum runabout. I for one, did not know that a Cadillac Marine and Boat Company ever existed. No, the marine version it is not tied to the Cadillac Motor Company. Sounds like there was a little bad blood between the two companies back in the day. The Cadillac Boat Company was taken to court by General Motors for use of the “Cadillac” name back in 1955. The boat company won the case and was awarded $41,000 from GM to cover legal fees and loss of reputation. Interesting to say the least.
The boat company hailed from Cadillac, MI, go figure. Looks like they made boats for roughly a decade from about 1955 into the mid-60’s. The base price in it’s vintage year of this ’57 Cadillac Lido, the company’s model 646, was $798 dollars. That MSRP is equal to roughly $7,200 in today’s market.
The Lido boat for sale here is in excellent condition. The current boat owner has never even run the 1958 Johnson Outboard Motor. The unique boat was strictly used as a show piece along with a classic Bel Air car of the same vintage. Now, I love boats because I love being on the water so there’s no chance I could be as gentle with this runabout. Show boat or not. I’d have to drive this aluminum classic. The price at $23k seems steep for an aluminum vessel, but then again, this one is super RARE. I wouldn’t want this to be the only boat I’m running, but it’s very cool addition to a collection if that’s what you’re looking for.
I could look at 50s era Century Resorters all day long. There are still a lot of these boats out there. They were arguably the most popular wooden runabout for the average boater back in the day. They remind me of a ’57 Chevy. Common at shows, some Resorters are in poor shape, some good and some great. Every once in a while there is one that I just fall in love with. The boat has to be a restoration, and I like when the owner has done something a little different to set it apart. This 1956 Century Resorter dubbed “Silver” is just that. This Century looks mint.
The Mahogany boat was restored in 2014, while the 300hp 327ci Chevrolet engine was done a year earlier in 2013. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen gray or silver interior in a Century of this vintage. The upholstery has to be a custom choice. Starting bid on this Resorter is $9,999 and the Buy it Now price is at $15k. Again, these ’50s Resorters are common in the classic boat world, so I don’t think it’s worth haggling from boat to boat on price. For the right boating enthusiast and the right boat, the price is right. For me, in this case, the classic woody’s price is be spot on.
If you were to ask me, “Why do you even want this 2012 Gary Thurman Deck Over Airboat?” I would respond to you with a line my two year old son hears on occasion, “Because Daddy said so.” I want an air boat and it’s just “because”.
Now if I actually had an airboat I’d need to be chasing someone through the Louisiana Bayou. A chase scene just seems fitting for me and an airboat. I’d drive the Gary Thurman Deck Over around corners and navigate the shallow waters like a Formula One driver.
Be the first person on your block to own a submarine. Yes, a submarine. But you won’t be patrolling the Persian Gulf in this sub. You might not even be able to maintain order in your backyard pool with this homemade submersible. All we really know is that it was a functioning submarine when it was built. Not even sure how old it is, but it’s probably 30 or 40 years, but it’s been sitting in the second owners yard as a “conversation piece” for the last 25 years. I can only imagine those conversations.
“Hey Bill, what the hell is this?”
“Oh, that’s my homemade submarine.”
“No shit, and you’re still alive?”
Anyway, regardless of condition and unknown origin, this is a pretty cool deal, and you can be sure no one else will have one. This one-man sub is located in Lancaster, California, and it’s listed on eBay with an opening bid of $200. Go Team Zissou.
Here’s a happy little boat. This clowned-sized attention getter is a 1989 Kawasaki Jet Mate. It actually seats three in a sort of fan boat configuration, and it looks decidedly like a motorized paddle boat with an extra seat upfront. I love the 6-inch-tall forward-facing windshield. And obviously the fact that it’s driven with a joy stick. I suppose that’s fitting for a boat that’s about as streamlined and aerodynamic as Pac-Man. It has a few minor issues, but it has a solid motor and is in good conditional overall. And it’s not like you’re going to be using your Kawasaki Jet Mate to tow a water ski pyramid in your local show. It’s more suited to pulling a small monkey in a red vest on little trick skis. Regardless, you’ll have fun with it. It’s located in Lindley, New York, and you can Buy It Now for $3,650.
I’ve flown on airplanes with less rivets than this 1956 Feather Craft Vega Bond. It was an all-aluminum boat of the future in the 50s, a comic book come to life. It’s still all-aluminum today, but the future has passed it by. And the seller isn’t into comic books so much as the beat culture. His stream of consciousness description of this Feather Craft captures the genre as well as Kerouac could have ever hoped: “boat is in great shape for the age has zero leaks runs and drives great could use a crab cleaning does not like to ideal real well but once your going runs fine has electric trim all lights work and its up to code with all the safety equipment these boats are pretty rare and hard to find well in michigan anyway.” Indeed. This 1956 Feather Craft Vega Bond is begging you to take it out on the open water and write your own adventure. The journey begins in Fremont, Michigan, where your Feather Craft Vega Bond is listed on eBay with a current bid $3,500.
This is a seller-proclaimed one-of-a-kind custom made Jeep Wrangler Ski Boat. I have no reason to doubt him. I’m almost without words for this wonderful piece of weirdness, so I’m going to let the seller take it from here: “This would look pretty slick even out of the water getting towed behind or at shows. Promotional company’s, water front businesses , dealerships, I can not even begin to tell you the amount of attention this rig attracts. I live on a very small lake and get chased around by boats taking photos, cars stopping etc. One of the best parts is that everyone ends up putting their photo on social media ” look what I saw.” It goes on, and there’s even a great comparison to Disney, but you’ll have to look at the listing for that gem. If you want something weird that turns heads, why not buy a fake jeep mounted on some sort of miniature boat hull? This Jeep Wrangler Ski Boat is located in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, and you can Buy It Now for $8,800.