Category Archives: Boatpourri

Personal Submarine

Be the first person on your block to own a submarine. Yes, a submarine. But you won’t be patrolling the Persian Gulf in this sub. You might not even be able to maintain order in your backyard pool with this homemade submersible. All we really know is that it was a functioning submarine when it was built. Not even sure how old it is, but it’s probably 30 or 40 years, but it’s been sitting in the second owners yard as a “conversation piece” for the last 25 years. I can only imagine those conversations.

“Hey Bill, what the hell is this?”
“Oh, that’s my homemade submarine.”
“No shit, and you’re still alive?”

Anyway, regardless of condition and unknown origin, this is a pretty cool deal, and you can be sure no one else will have one. This one-man sub is located in Lancaster, California, and it’s listed on eBay with an opening bid of $200. Go Team Zissou.

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It sort of looks like the builder of this homemade submarine started out with a Volkswagon Thing and just started pruning it down from there, but it’s definitely an eye-catching design.
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It’s hard to accurately rate the condition of the interior on this submarine because we don’t have a lot of other homemade submarines to compare against. It needs some work, but come on, it’s a submarine.

1989 Kawasaki Jet Mate

Here’s a happy little boat. This clowned-sized attention getter is a 1989 Kawasaki Jet Mate. It actually seats three in a sort of fan boat configuration, and it looks decidedly like a motorized paddle boat with an extra seat upfront. I love the 6-inch-tall forward-facing windshield. And obviously the fact that it’s driven with a joy stick. I suppose that’s fitting for a boat that’s about as streamlined and aerodynamic as Pac-Man. It has a few minor issues, but it has a solid motor and is in good conditional overall. And it’s not like you’re going to be using your Kawasaki Jet Mate to tow a water ski pyramid in your local show. It’s more suited to pulling a small monkey in a red vest on little trick skis. Regardless, you’ll have fun with it. It’s located in Lindley, New York, and you can Buy It Now for $3,650.

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You gotta love a boat that’s controlled by the same mechanism with which you battled Donkey Kong.
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This 1989 Kawasaki Jet Mate looks like it took its boxy style cues from a 1967 Evinrude Bobcat snowmobile. Very Nice.

1956 Feather Craft Vega Bond

I’ve flown on airplanes with less rivets than this 1956 Feather Craft Vega Bond. It was an all-aluminum boat of the future in the 50s, a comic book come to life. It’s still all-aluminum today, but the future has passed it by. And the seller isn’t into comic books so much as the beat culture. His stream of consciousness description of this Feather Craft captures the genre as well as Kerouac could have ever hoped: “boat is in great shape for the age has zero leaks runs and drives great could use a crab cleaning does not like to ideal real well but once your going runs fine has electric trim all lights work and its up to code with all the safety equipment these boats are pretty rare and hard to find well in michigan anyway.” Indeed. This 1956 Feather Craft Vega Bond is begging you to take it out on the open water and write your own adventure. The journey begins in Fremont, Michigan, where your Feather Craft Vega Bond is listed on eBay with a current bid $3,500.

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This 1956 Feather Craft Vega Bond is an all-aluminum vision of the future, from the past.
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You’ll own the water when you climb into the plush aluminum interior on this Feather Craft Vega Bond. Buy the ticket. Take the ride.

Jeep Wrangler Ski Boat

This is a seller-proclaimed one-of-a-kind custom made Jeep Wrangler Ski Boat. I have no reason to doubt him. I’m almost without words for this wonderful piece of weirdness, so I’m going to let the seller take it from here: “This would look pretty slick even out of the water getting towed behind or at shows. Promotional company’s, water front businesses , dealerships,  I can not even begin to tell you the amount of attention this rig attracts. I live on a very small lake and get chased around by boats taking  photos, cars stopping etc. One of the best parts is that everyone ends up putting their photo on social media ” look what I saw.” It goes on, and there’s even a great comparison to Disney, but you’ll have to look at the listing for that gem. If you want something weird that turns heads, why not buy a fake jeep mounted on some sort of miniature boat hull? This Jeep Wrangler Ski Boat is located in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, and you can Buy It Now for $8,800.

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Sweet boat. Is that a two-door? Why yes, and it has 4-wheel drive, but you have to jump in the water and manually lock the hubs.
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Put some utility in your boating with this custom made Jeep Wrangler Ski Boat. Or maybe … just put some comedy in your life with this Jeep Wrangler Ski Boat.

1940 Chris Craft Cracker Barrel

Sure it’s up on blocks, but this 1940 Chris Craft Cracker Barrel is a barrel back classic. Try saying that five times fast. This boat has a few minor issues, but it’s still a great find. The seller say’s it’s in “almost excellent” condition, which I like. Chris Craft only made four or five dozen of these 17-foot triple-cockpit runabouts in the years leading up to US entry into World War II, so they don’t come around every day. It was restored in 2007 and the original 6-cylinder Chris Craft engine has been rebuilt. This isn’t a big project or restoration boat, it just needs a little love. This Cracker Barrel is located over in good ole Cedar, Minnesoata, just north a Coon Rapids. You can Buy It Now for $74,900, and then stop by the Cracker Barrel restaurant offa 35W there and get yourself a good breakfast on your way to pick up your Cracker Barrel. The locals’ll get a real chuckle outta that little story.

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Enjoy three luxurious rows of seating in this 17-foot Chris Craft Cracker Barrel Runabout.
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This rare 1940 Chris Craft Cracker Barrel was restored 8 years ago and is reported in “almost excellent” condition.


Gene Racine SKV Place Diverter jet boat

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.

Sink your teeth into this Gene Racine SKV Place Diverter jet boat. It’s a big bowl of old school speed.
It’s powered by an Oldsmobile 455, but this Gene Racine SKV has the interior of an Olds 4-4-2.



1958 Aluma Craft Flying D aluminum runabout

This classic 1958 Aluma Craft Flying D aluminum runabout is so clean and simple there isn’t much to say. The shiny aluminum hull is well designed and in great condition. The red and white vinyl seats are in great shape, too. It comes with a 15-horse Nissan four stroke outboard with low hours, but the part of you that loves the idea of a owning this American classic should hate being powered by a Nissan. It’s located in Waupaca, Wisconsin, and frankly any good Wisconsinite should know better than to put a modern Nissan outboard on a boat like this. Buy It Now for $3,500, sell the Nissan to someone from Illinois, and put a vintage Mercury or Evinrude on the back of this Aluma Craft.

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This 1958 Aluma Craft Flying D aluminum runabout is 50s all the way. It’s the American Dream hammered out in shiny aluminum.
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The steering wheel and the seat cushions are about the only things on this 1958 Aluma Craft that aren’t aluminum.

1957 AeroCraft Runabout

These old all-aluminum runabouts are pretty cool. They all have that post-war rocket ship sort of look to them. This 1957 AeroCraft was actually built by an aircraft company, and it’s been completely rebuilt with all vintage parts. It’s clean and free of dents. It doesn’t come with a motor, but aside from that, this 14-foot AeroCraft is ready to blast across your lake of choice.  It’s located in Hudson, Massachusetts, and it’s on eBay with a current bid of $2,750.

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This 1957 AeroCraft runabout has space age styling, but it’s current propulsion system is more 19th century.
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Nothing but shiny aluminum on the inside of this 1957 AeroCraft.

1968 Tamco Aqualark Sea Lark

This 1968 Tamco Aqualark Sea Lark has never touched the water. That’s probably the only reason it’s never killed anyone. The owner says he’s been researching this tour de force of Canadian engineering for aboot 20 years and still hasn’t come up with much info on it. Tamco may have wanted it that way. You sit on top of this jet ski predecessor with a seat and footwell setup that seems guaranteed to send that odd lever sticking out of the center of the steering wheel straight through your chest the first time you make a mistake. But I bet it’s a blast right up until that point. If relative safety isn’t your thing, this”boot” could be. It’s in Spring Grove, Illinois, and it’s on eBay with an opening bid of $7,500.

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This pretty little death machine is a 1968 Tamco Sea Lark. It’s never even been in the water.
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The “interior” of this 1968 Tamco Sea Lark is a fine example of the Golden Era of Canadian design.

Welded Aluminum Catamaran

It’s 2019. Martial law has been declared across the Great Lakes States. Warring factions from Minnesota and Ohio are cutting off smoked fish and maple syrup trade routes, and terrorizing pleasure boaters on Lake Michigan and the big lake they call Gitche Gumee. You and your small band of rebels must protect your seaside enclave and the virtues of its innocent women. Enter the catamaran of doom, a 38-foot all-aluminum vessel of intimidation. You’ll need to put an engine in it before you start dispensing vigilante justice, but you’re resourceful, and your womenfolk are depending on you. The seller doesn’t name the boat’s maker, but based on its imposing figure and stealthy lines, it appears to be either a Lockheed or Northrop Grumman. It’s located on deep within the lawless zone in Ironwood, Michigan. The seller has it on CraigsList for $13,000. That’s a small price for the survival of your people.


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This welded aluminum catamaran will serve you well in battle. Buy it, and rule the high seas.
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I know what you’re thinking: “What the hell is that?” It’s a 38-foot aluminum catamaran, and it’s your future.