This 1962 Aristocraft Funliner is a seafoam dream. This boat is al original and it’s in excellent condition. The 1961 Mercury 800 outboard has been completely gone through by professional mechanic and fires on the first try every time. Everything has been inspected and checked over, and it’s ready for regular use. More than anything, this boat has style. The tail fins. The hardtop. That cool curved windshield. And that tall white Mercury delivering the power and providing aesthetic compliment to the design and color of this 1962 Aristocraft Funliner. It’s located in St. Petersburg, Florida, and it’s listed on eBay with a starting bid of $5,000.
Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna sell ya this Tahiti, you want it, oh you know you’ll feel good in a new jet boat. You”ve spent too many long summer days with that song playing in your head, but now this 1979 Tahiti bubble deck jet boat is available and ready for you to sail off to your own private Kokomo. The boat is in very good original condition. There are just a few scratches and some slight stress cracking in the original gelcoat. Overall the seller rates it a strong 8. The interior is in excellent condition, and the boat has newer rigging including all cables and steering. Most importantly, the 427 Chevy big block that powers this Tahiti bubble deck runs flawlessly. It’s located in Kirkland, Washington, and it’s listed on eBay with a current bid of only $1,000.
There’s something really cool about owning an original, but this 1990 Elite Craft Rivera has all the style of any vintage Chris Craft, and it’s a lot newer. If you want a boat for everyday use, it’s also nicer. I love the hull design, with convex sides at the bow rolling over to the top at the stern. It gives this Elite Craft a great profile in the water. Oh, and it’s not wood. This is a 20-foot fiberglass boat with a GM 350 Ram Jet fuel injected engine with less than 20 hours on it. It’s a throwback, but this 1990 Elite Craft Rivera is packing plenty of modern comfort and performance. It’s located in Salisbury, North Carolina, and you can Buy It Now for $32,500.
Here’s an interesting little 16-foot fiberglass runabout. It’s a 1960 Glasscraft with a 60-horse Flying Scott motor. The boat isn’t kitschy or heavily stylized like a lot of 50s and 60s fiberglass boats, but it still has some vintage style. The boat is clean, the chrome is shiny and the motor runs well. The original sparkly upholstery has some wear (obviously) but it’s still in good condition. The original manuals are even included. You could dress it up a little or take it out on the water as is. This 1960 Glasscraft is located in Gurnee, Illinois, and you can Buy It Now for $3,499.
I’ve rambled about my love for the true classic ski boats many times. Nautiques and Master Crafts are fabulous boats with function and style. Hydrodyne largely cut out the style part and built boats that served no function what-so-ever other then pulling skiers, and this 1978 Hydrodyne Tournament Skier is no exception. My local water ski show always had a Hydrodyne. It did all the heavy lifting. These boats would pull your house up if you could put skis under under. It has two seats and the biggest rearview mirror you’ll ever see in a boat. That’s about it. And if you’re serious about skiing – maybe you’ve always wanted to form your own pyramid on your local lake – those are the only features you need. This classic Hydrodyne Tournament Skier is located in Houston, Texas, and you can Buy It Now for $3,400.
One fish, two fish, Red Fish Shark. It’s a 1962 Red Fish Shark. This Shark looks a lot like the 1958 Glastron Seaflite we posted a few days ago, with the fins and a similar side profile, but the Red Fish has a much better bow lines. The bow and the deep blue/black color give the boat its menacing – in a kitschy sort of way – shark vibe. The boat underwent a home restoration a few years ago and is clean inside and out. The Mercury 500 might needs a tune-up, but this is a nice complete boat that epitomizes its era. This 1962 Red Fish Shark is located in Chariton, Iowa, where the corn grows tall. Buy It Now for $3,800.
This huil looks like something from Star Wars. The listing for this 1987 Talon 21 includes my favorite boat-buying cautionary note ever: Buyer will need knowledge of aircraft turbines and hydraulics to safely complete and operate this boat. This hull was custom made at the Talon factory in 1987 and was purpose-built for the turbine motor. This was an experimental project. The goal was to make a turbine driven boat driveable at all speeds. (especially low speeds). The turbine is an Allison 250 C18 from a bell helicopter. It starts like a jet engine and runs like a powerboat. The boat has been in storage since 1999 and it may take some work to get it running. But that’s no problem, because you’re an airplane mechanic, right? This 1987 Talon 21 is located in St. Petersburg, Florida, and it’s listed on eBay with an opening bid of $10,000.
The ’57 Bel Air has nothing on this 1958 Glastron Seaflite. It has fins for days. This thing is 17 feet of 50s cool, and it’s rare. Only 350 of these Seaflites were ever made. It needs some restoration work, but the seller doesn’t really say anything about the conditions of the boat. One this is for sure, it’s not going anywhere until you put a motor on it. It’s set up for an outboard, so you’ll have to find a nice old Mercury to mount out back once you get it all set up. This 1958 Glastron Seaflite will be a cool boat when it’s done, that’s for damn sure. It’s located in Whittier, California, and you can Buy It Now for $2,250.
There aren’t too many Dixie ski boats around anymore. I’ve never even seen one. And this 1968 Dixie is a special Holman Moody edition. Not many of those around at all. It’s also the brownest ski boat you’ll ever see. Inside and out. It’s like a big wave of chocolate frosting coming at you. This 17-foot boat is all original with only 825 hours on the Holman Moody Ford 302. And the seller says it sounds great. The whole boat looks pretty clean, if you can deal with the overwhelming brown. This 1968 Dixie Holman Moody ski boat is located in Greer, South Carolina, and you can Buy It Now for $18,500.
How fantastic is this 1995 Craig Craft Porsche jet boat? The seller doesn’t provide anywhere near enough detail, but I think the pictures really speak for themselves. I’m not even sure if it’s factory made or some sort of strange – though well done – garage project, but it’s strange and wonderful. As much as the hull looks like a car, the interior is even more auto-like, right down to the center console and cup holders. This 1995 Craig Craft Porsche jet boat is located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and it’s listed on eBay with a current bid of $7,500. Where else are you going to get a Porsche for that price?