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.

1956 Carver Captain

It doesn’t get much cleaner than this 1956 Carver Captain 15 ft. Runabout. I’ll be honest that I’ve been on a little bit of a kick with these smaller wooden classic boats lately. Could be the Wisconsin weather hinting at warming up or could just be chance. Either way this Carver Captain is a beauty. The woody has been owned and maintained by a single owner for he last 40 years. That certainly helps when the boat owner cares about the vessel the way this gentleman has.

The vintage mahogany boat is powered by a Mercury Mark 55 40HP Thunderbolt Four motor. Like the rest of the classic boat the motor looks superbly clean. The trailer is included and the seller is even throwing in a pair of vintage wooden waterskis. The skis aren’t going to make or break this deal by any means but they are a cool little add-on regardless. Everything on this classic woody is original. The Captain has been re-varnished and has a new coat of bottom paint. You are welcome to make an offer, but the seller also has a “Buy It Now” price of just $9,700. Given the pristine condition this 15 ft. runabout is in I think that’s very fair. Make yourself the Captain and consider purchasing this Carver Captain.

1956 Carver Captain Interior
Simple, clean and classy this 15 ft. Captain would provide loads of lake fun.
1956 Carver Captain Mercury Outboard
It really can’t get much cleaner than this Mercury Mark 55 outboard. You could eat your breakfast off that cowling while spotting skiers in the water.

 

1956 Aristocraft Torpedo

While doing a little research on this 1956 Aristocraft Torpedo I have to say I’ve grown rather fond of it. This Torpedo is a 14 ft., 4-person watercraft. This little wood boat appears to be in solid condition throughout and would be the perfect joy rider for a solo captain, a couple, or maybe a few of the grand kids. The seller states the only reason for the sale is to acquire something bigger and accommodate more grand kids of their own. A sunny day on a smaller body of water and this little Torpedo would be a blast. Plus, the price point isn’t going to give you a stress-related hernia every time you launch it.

The Aristocraft Boat Company has some cool history behind it too. Aristocraft is a family operated business that is still making these cool boats out of the same original jigs. Now located in Dawsonville, Georgia aren’t only using the same jigs but also glues and wood as well. Set up as somewhat of a museum type showroom. Aristocraft has a display version of every single boat model they have ever built. The company was originally founded as Atlanta Boat Works in 1946 shortly after WWII. In 1947 the company introduced the 12 ft. 2-person Typhoon along with the 13′ Torpedo. These are the two boat designs the company built it’s name on. They would later add the SeaFlash, Avalon and Matador among others.

This classic 14 ft. Torpedo for sale here is powered by a 1966 35HP Mercury outboard. The classic wood boat for sale comes with a galvanized trailer and storage cover.  As I mentioned above Aristocrat is still in fact producing these boats. The 14 ft. version brand new starts at $7,400 unfinished and goes to $14,500 for a finished model. This vintage1956 Torpedo is currently listed on Ebay for $8,800. Given that I found a few vintage Aristocrafts around the web that have sold for closer to $12k, I think this seller is offering a very fair price. They are also offering free test rides if you’re located in the New Jersey area!

1956 Aristocraft Torpedo Profile
Classic vintage lines on these little Torpedo runabouts. It’s sure to get some looks on a trailer at show or on the water cruising.
1956 Aristocraft Torpedo Overview
This Aristocraft doesn’t look 100% mint, but it’s very close and ready for use. I love it.

 

1942 USS New Jersey BB-62 Battleship Replica

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.

USS NEW Jersey Battleship Replica
Raid a sandbar, float party or your best friend’s pontoon. At the helm of this USS New Jersey Battleship replica you’ll rule the seven seas… or local lake.
Rated for two people, the battleship’s interior is loaded with GPS, cameras, generator and functional water cannons. Just in case war breaks out while you’re at sea.

 

1964 Chris Craft Super Sport

Last I week I came across a ’67 Super Sport in dire need of a life saving boat lover to bring her back to life. Well this 1964 Chris Craft Super Sport is the end result that ’67 should be shooting for.  This ’64 Super Sport is beautiful.  I found this exact same boat up for auction on BaT back in April of 2017. Some boaters may not care for automotive-like looks used by Chris Craft on these 20 ft. Super Sports, but I like them. I think it sets the Super Sport apart from wood boats of similar vintage.

This classic wood boat still carries an original bottom as well as the original 327F Chevrolet V8 engine. Anything else that has needed updating overtime has been taken care of. It’s a clean classic 20 ft. wood runabout. This ’64 Chris Craft may not be “perfect”, but it’s really really nice. The asking price at an even $17k is very fair from what I’m seeing in pictures. If you think it’s too high then you’re welcome to submit a bid on Ebay of course. If you’re looking to fulfill some classic wood desires without undertaking a full-on restoration then I wouldn’t wait too long.

1964 Chris Craft Super Sport Interior Overhead
Restored interior and vintage lines on this ’64 Chris Craft. This woody is ready for you and your captain’s hat to take control of the driver’s seat.
1964 Chris Craft Super Sport 327f Chevrolet V8 Engine
Original 327 Chevy V8 power…. would love to hear this big boy growl.

1984 Addictor 190 Deluxe Pair

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.

Throughout their production run, Addictor Boats were powered by Tohatsu outboard motors. One of these Addictor 190s is toting a 30hp outboard, the other an 18hp version. So one of the two  is going to have a little more getty-up. Both Deluxe versions here appear to be rated for 2-passengers.

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.

1984 Addictor 190 Deluxe Pair
Look closely ladies and gentleman, the badge reads “Deluxe”… WAY more fun the the “Standard” models.
1984 Tomatsu Outboard Motors
The factory cowlings are included. Play a trick on your friend by swapping the 30hp for the 18hp and leave them in your wake wondering WTH is going…

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.

1967 Chris Craft Super Sport

Well this one here’s a project that I think is worth the work it’s going to take, and it’s going to take some WORK. This classic woody is a 1967 Chris Craft Super Sport. It’s 20 ft. long and needs attention on every possible nook and cranny. The vintage runabout is toting a 431 Lincoln Engine. That V8 still has the decals claiming 275 hp back in it’s day. Once you get it going I’d imagine a nice throaty inboard growl.

There are just 205 actual hours on the boat. After clocking hour 205 I’m guessing that would be when the neglected woody was removed from any indoor storage area. Regardless, this Chris Craft needs a closer look. If the bones are there I would love to take a crack at the restoration.

I think the seller here gets it with an asking price of just $2,500 on Ebay right now. They aren’t going to give it away with rarity that a Super Sport of this vintage holds. The rarity of this Chris Craft is what is going to make the effort worth it for he who brings her back to life. If you’re the one that makes it happen, PLEASE document the process as we would love to see it.

1967 Chris Craft Super Sport Bow
Seller says he has the seats, but we can only imagine the condition they are in as the previous owner left the boat outside.
1967 Chris Craft Super Sport - 431 Lincoln Engine
Here’s that 431 Lincoln V8, someone out there has the skills to revive it.

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.