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.
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?
Wooh hoooh, witchy woman. See how fast she flies. That’s courtesy of the 455 Olds and the Edelbrock intake and carburetor on this 1978 Witchcraft. Wooh hoooh, witchy woman. She got the moon on her sides. The pale moon yellow is actually the most mellow color I’ve ever seen on a boat like this. It’s kind of cool to see an understated pain scheme on an overblown jet boat. But don’t be fooled, this 1978 Witchcraft is a restless spirit on an endless flight. And as strange as it may seem to ski behind this boat with those massive exhaust pipes in your face, that’s how the seller was using it. The deal even includes skis and ropes. It’s located in Sun Valley, Nevada, and it’s on eBay with a current bid of $520.
This 1979 Glastron Carlson CV-23 is so fast you can’t even get a clear picture of it. It’s moving fast even when it’s on a trailer in the driveway. That’s courtesy of the big block 460 Ford. But the real story here is the interior and the late 70s yellow and bronze color scheme. My Uncle Ron owned an old school supper club in northern Wisconsin called the Golden Shield when I was a little kid – you know, fish fry specials on Fridays, Prime Rib on Saturdays, chicken and ribs on Sundays, and everyone drinking Manhattans, old fashioneds and martinis. Anyway, the bar room looked exactly like this boat. I don’t know if that’s a reason to buy this Glastron Carlson CV-23, but the 460 Ford is a pretty good reason, and it is a cool boat. It looks a lot bigger than a 23-footer. It’s located in Olathe, Kansas, and you can Buy It Now for $14,500.
There’s been a run on Dukes of Hazard merchandise since South Carolina decided to at least stretch one foot out of the 1800s, but there haven’t been a lot of Challenger jet boats floating across the auction block. This 1977 Challenger is painted that familiar orange and carries a big 01 on the side, but the name has been shortened and the Confederate Flag has been left in the past, so you can drive it without fear of protests at the boat landing. The seller doesn’t say much about it, other than the fact that 454 Chevy in this 1977 Challenger has been stroked out to 496 cubic inches. Ole Roscoe ain’t catchin’ up with that. The General is currently stationed in Lubbock, Texas, with a current bid of $4,350.
This 1981 Zamco Jet Lark is the second Jet Lark we’ve featured, and it’s always just a real pleasure. This one is in great cosmetic condition, but the 40-horse Xenoah jet drive needs a little attention. It turns by hand, but the pull start is stuck, so that’s not ideal. It also has electric start, but there’s no battery. So really, who knows? It might run, it might not. Regardless, Jet Larks don’t come around every day, and this one looks nice. I mean, it doesn’t look nice compared to a Chris Craft or a Donzi, but for an odd little novelty, it looks really nice. And you know you’ll have fun in this Jet Lark. It’s located in McHenry, Illinois. Buy It Now for $1,600.
Awwww … thumbody loves me. In almost every picture he loves me. Luckily he left enough of the frame open to get a look at this 1976 Taylor SJ 460 King Cobra. It’s quite a boat, with quite a story. This boat was bought new by Budweiser and used as a promotional boat at races from 1976 to 1980. It was then bought by the second owner, who recently passed away. It’s been stored inside all its life, and the gel coat is very nice. The Ford 460 runs but it needs work. No further clarification is provided. Maybe the seller is under someone’s thumb. Anyway, this ’76 Taylor SJ is a cool boat with an interesting history. You can write the next chapter yourself if you head down to Gallatin, Tennesse, and pick it up. It’s on eBay with a current bid of $1,176.
Look at the overheard view of this 2011 Rivercraft Mc Race Boat. There’s barely room for the driver and rear-facing passenger to tuck themselves in front of the engine. This wooden racer is a cool looking boat, but I’m not sure about the listing. It’s an 83-word listing without a single punctuation mark. It says the engine is a Nissan RB 26-30, but the RB26 and RB30 are two different engines, and neither of them produce the 900 horsepower this boat reportedly delivers. But it has been modified. The seller also says it can do 100 mph while pulling two skiers. I don’t doubt it can, but I sure as hell wouldn’t want to be hanging onto that rope. Tommy Bartlett would probably like to see it though. You don’t need to slalom at 100 mph, but you should check out this 2011 Rivercraft Mc Race Boat. It’s listed on eBay with of Buy It Now price of $120,000.
This is a rare boat – a 1971 Sutphen Jet Boat with a 460 Ford big block delivering the horsepower. Sutphen is a custom boat builder that’s been around for a hundred years. These boats are hand-built. One at a time. They made about 300 of these 17-footers in New Jersey. This one isn’t in perfect condition, but it’s not bad. The motor has already been rebuilt and runs great, and this would be a perfect boat to restore. It’s a small boat with a huge motor and you bet your ass it’ll go fast. So don’t sleep on this Sutphen. It’s located in Lexington, Massachusetts, and you can Buy It Now for $4,800. That’s a Sutphen. For $4,800. Make it happen.
This Gene Racine SKV Place Diverter jet boat is powered by an Oldsmobile 455, which makes perfect sense considering it looks like someone took an Olds 4-4-2 and turned it into a ski boat, at least on the inside. I’m pretty sure Eunice, the little old lady who lived across the street when I was growing up, had a regular Cutlas with this exact paint scheme. Anyway, this Gene Racine SKV isn’t your average boat, and it’s not for little old ladies. It’s made to go fast. It’s in good condition, with a little crackling in the gel coat as you’d expect from a 40-year-old original boat, but the 455 has been rebuilt and runs smooth. Your Place Diverter is located in Yerington, Nevada, where boats aren’t necessary. Bring it home and make it feel loved. It’s on eBay with a current bid of $1,999.