Manufactured in Downey, California, these Regatta Custom Family Ski Boats didn’t see a lot of distribution outside of the west coast. This one – obviously modified – is also in Rochester, Minnesota. Seller claims it’s only one of four known to exist, although a sales slick for this boat advertises “The second refreshing change in 11 years!” So clearly they were manufactured for over a decade, and a couple of changes every dozen years was enough to keep things fresh. The highlight of this boat is definitely the red Mercury Kiekhaefer outboard motor, which is unfortunately not included in the sale. The nicely restored boat is listed here on Craig’s List though, anxiously awaiting your choice of power plant for only $2,000.
This little gem showed up in a Rochester, Minnesota fiberglass graveyard. The seller claims it’s a 15 on a 10 scale of rare – a fifty percent rare scale exceedance. I will say a quick search of the interweb brings up zero mentions, photos, or anything related to this brand/model of boat or similar. The seller calls it a Bear Cat tunnel hull but my hunch is the Bear “Cat” name comes from the word catamaran, which also describes the hull. It’s nothing so cool you absolutely have to have it, but with a proper restore I think it could be a fun towable. It appears largely intact and comes fitted with twin Johnson 40hp outboard motors. Find it on Craig’s List in Rochester for $2,500.
This Chris-Craft Sportsman U22 is in need of total restoration. Seller claims it’s mostly intact with the exception of the motor housing and the front seat frame. It comes with a 283 small block engine in running condition. The seller does a nice job of presenting the boat’s condition though a variety of photos. If you’re looking for a project this boat is offered at $3,000 with no reserve in Middle River, Maryland.
Probably the holy grail of Chris-Crafts this Cobra is hull number 007 of the 21′ variety. With right around only 100 examples ever produced, this boat is as rare as any – including the famous barrel backs of the late 1930s and early 40s. The original 354 Chrysler Hemi had some period modifications done to it, and although not true to stock I don’t think they should hurt the value. These boats consistently sell in the $100K+ range and this should be no exception. It’s offered on Hemmings in Camas, Washington at $159,500.
One of my favorite Chris-Craft models, the Continental has unique style, fins, wood, and power. This one is need of a total restoration but the seller has already rebuilt the 455 Olds power plant and has freshly-upholstered seats that go with the sale. Those are probably the easiest and least expensive parts to this restoration though, as all the wood needs to be refinished. Find it on Craig’s List in Novato, California at the not-so-affordable asking price of $14,250.
This old 19′ direct drive is powered by a Ford 312 Interceptor with dual carburetors, or at least will have to take this seller’s word for it, no photos of the engine. The boat itself is an interesting design typical of the late 1950s. The owner claims it needs some “floor work” – whatever that means. It’s currently listed on eBay in San Jose, California with one bid at $500 and the reserve not met.
This 1966 Correct Craft American Skier looks to have the original Ford inline 6 cylinder. Seller notes it to be 120hp and in perfect running condition. I prefer the older Correct Craft ski boats with the solid color hulls, but this boat shouldn’t last long in good mechanical and cosmetic condition on Craig’s List in Lansing, Michigan for only $1,400.
This Chrysler is far better looking than any K-car. Chrysler dabbled in the marine industry from the mid 1960s until the mid 1980s. The boats had smooth lines but the motors were mostly known to be unreliable. This original example is very clean, but at the $8,900 Buy it Now price on eBay I don’t think this one will be leaving its Plymouth, Michigan home anytime soon.
It’s a double-Switzer Friday – this one is a 1962 Switzer-Craft Shooting Star 14’6″ fiberglass racer in need of a total restoration. This would be a boat rescue done for nothing more than love, as this one is pretty far gone. Interior is original but not even salvageable. The boat itself appears decent on top, but the bottom shows long cracks, holes, and a lot of fiberglass damage. The very optimistic Celina, Ohio seller has it on eBay with a starting bid of $3,500, reserve not met. Perhaps this one should just be free to a good home?
This little 10’6″ Switzer-Craft Baby Bullet vintage racer hasn’t been registered since 1976 according to the hull stickers. Although the owner claims it hasn’t seen the water since 1965. Stored indoors on a homemade trailer, both the boat and vintage Evinrude outboard motor appear to be in excellent original condition. Find it in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Craig’s List for $4,000.