1956 Century Resorter

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.

1956 Century Resorter Wooden Boat
Custom gray interior on this Classic Mahogany Resorter will make it stand out from the pack.
1956 Century Resorter with 327 Barr Marine Engine
The 327 Chevrolet Engine pushes 300 hp and that’s plenty of punch in this classic ’18 runabout from Century.

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

1930 Chris Craft Triple Cockpit

You have to love some good wood, and this 1930 Chris Craft Triple Cockpit is just that. This vintage wooden boat is “Completely Restored and Better than New”. It’s Florida based wood that’s exceptionally photogenic and the book-matched Mahogany looks the part.

This Chris Craft features a No-Soak bottom which is always nice. A classic runabout with new gauges, new chrome, etc.  My favorite part of this boat up for sale however is that it has “modern power for reliability”, but the seller fails to mention a single additional detail on the engine. When I say “favorite” I mean “least appealing”.  I get that you might want someone to contact you for more information, but give me a reason. When I see zero details on something as important as the damn engine then I usually move along. I like boats, cars, trucks, hell even lawnmowers. Anything that burns gas peaks my interest. I beg you though, tell me what the hell I’m going to burn that fuel with. Sure you can figure it out from the pictures for the most part, but we all know how lazy people are.  JUST TELL US IN THE DETAILS. 

Regardless it’s still a fully restored 1930 Chris Craft. Most wooden boats I check out come in around the ’50s era, so something a little older is certainly cool. Trust me I don’t have $75,000 sitting around to “Buy It Now” but that doesn’t mean I can’t drool over the photos.

1930 Chris Craft Triple Cockpit Starboard
Got wood? The book-matched Mahogany on this 1930 Chris Craft restoration definitely looks the part
1930 Chris Craft Triple Cockpit Engine
Modern power for reliability…. WAIT, that’s it?!


2012 Gary Thurman Deck Over Airboat

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.

The 377 Chevrolet Engine on a 12 ft. aluminum boat has to haul ass. Who wouldn’t want to hammer that V8 airboat across some shallow water where other jet boats and speedboats just can’t go.

If I had $10k to play with I’d “Buy It Now” and play a few summer. Then hopefully flip it back down south for the same price or slightly more.

2012 Gary Thurman Deck Over Airboat Chevrolet Engine
This Chevy V8 sitting on a 12ft. aluminum airboat makes me wish I spoke cajun and was ripping through the Bayou chasing down crocodile poachers (if that’s a thing).
2012 Gary Thurman Airboat Rear Prop
Sporting a 70 inch prop plus trailer with new hubs and bearings, this Gary Thurman airboat package looking as turnkey as it gets.

RARE 1950 Hallcraft Runabout

This is a super rare 1950 Hallcraft Runabout Mahogany boat. It’s 19ft. long and includes the original Douglas Fir Wood Trailer, which is super cool.  I tried looking up a little more history on Hallcraft and didn’t come up with much.

It sounds like the Hallcraft Boat Company only produced a very small number of wooden boats before switching over to produce parts only. This 19 ft. runabout here may be just one of three ever produced of this model. If that’s the case then this wooden boat is even rarer than RARE. The Hallcraft has gone through a full restoration. The 125hp Chrysler Flathead six has been completely rebuilt. The pictures look great, and I just can’t get over how cool that trailer is.

I for one love me a well-kept Century Resorter from the same era, but mostly for the price point they can offer. There were a ton of Resorters produced as one of, if not the most popular boat for the average boater in the 1950s. If you’re looking to be graded by the judges on rarity and uniqueness as well as condition. Then this Hallcraft is something to consider over the more common Century’s. There are 41 people keeping an eye on this one and for good reason.

RARE 1950 Hallcraft Mahogany Runabout Wood Tandem Axle Trailer
The Douglas Fir Wood Trailer looks to be as well restored as the Hallcraft boat itself. Making this show-worthy on or off the water.
1950 19 ft. Hallcraft Mahogany Runabout Interior and Engine
The interior and upholstery look very well done and the rebuilt Chrysler flathead six has just 200 hrs on it since completed.


1979 Pioneer Jet Boat

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.

For more leisurely boaters who are in Uncle Chet’s camp from the movie Great Outdoors this might just be “too much boat.” In this case I side with Uncle Roman and respond accordingly as he would with “what the hell are you gonna do with a pontoon boat?!”


1979 Pioneer Jet Boat Interior
Everything about this Pioneer Jet Boat is clean. The bright white seats contrast nicely with the dark gray/silver flames on the hull.
454 Big Block Chevy Bored to 506ci and 700hp
This 454 BBC bored and stroked to 506ci producing 700hp deserves a kick ass name like “Suck My Wake!”


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?


1964 Chris Craft Cavalier Golden Arrow

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.

If you love vintage V8 inboards as much as you love GOOOOOOLD then this is definitely one to consider.

1964 Chris Craft Cavalier Golden Arrow Tandem Axle Trailer
Classic V8 inboard runabouts like this Cavalier Golden Arrow will have you outclassing your fellow boaters on any body of water.
1964 Chris Craft Cavalier Golden Arrow Interior
Well kept inside and out, the interior looks clean on this 1964 Chris Craft.

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.