Whoever dreamt this monster up was certainly a speed demon. This 1968 Wiley v-drive is powered by a 454 cubic inch big block motor and doesn’t make any mention of horsepower, but one can assume it’s adequate as the owner claims a top speed in excess of 80 MPH. It’s nice to see a boat like this set up with a prop vs. more common jet drive. The fiberglass appears nearly perfect as does the interior. With two forward facing seats and two rear, you can even bring friends. Make sure your insurance policy is up to date as arms, legs, fingers and toes will be inches away from the driveshaft and engine pulleys in the rear facing seats. Find it on eBay with a reserve in Pompano Beach, Florida with a $1,000 starting bid.
Said to be 1 of 25 and the only one still in existence, this Hacker Craft is certainly rare – though rare and desirable are two different things. Powered by a Gray Marine Fireball, this 131hp, 23-foot monster probably has trouble getting out of its own wake. The photos and description make this deep-hulled wooden timepiece out to be a nice cruiser. It should have a certain appeal that to the right buyer on the right body of water. Currently listed at $44,500 Buy It Now or make offer in Clayton, New York.
The coolest name for the ugliest Correct Craft – this 1970 Barracuda in Merideth, New Hampshire offers little in terms of description and seems to be a few thousand dollars overpriced at $7,500 with no reserve. It provides a good photo documentation but no mention of the drivetrain or overall condition of the fiberglass in the description. Nonetheless, if you’re after a Barracuda a $4,000 offer should be considered by the seller as fair.
This classic Whaler has well-documented photos and a very good description. Powered by a 115hp Mercury with a mismatched 90hp cowling this 17′ Boston Whaler should zip pretty good. The original mahogany interior looks to be in very nice condition. Find it here at $7,500 firm on Craig’s List in Minneapolis.
Another boat owner who doesn’t share much information, but judging by the photos this 1954 Chris-Craft Riviera looks to need nothing. Description states the wooden classic is powered by a KBL inline 6 cylinder with no mention of originality or rebuilding. If the quality of the rest of the boat is an example, the driveline should be solid as well. If I were closer to Orange, California I’d surely be bidding on this boat where it currently sits at $30,000 with the reserve not met.
This fiberglass 1959 Crosby Fish and Ski boat seems to be begging for a restoration. The engine, a classic Mercury 700 6-cylinder tower of power, is said to have compression and turn over. Hull is stated to be solid, so with a little elbow grease and an interior this would be a solid summer fiberglass cruiser. Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, bidding starts at only $399 with no reserve.
I would buy this boat just to make that Offenhauser flathead 8 into my coffee table. The manifold and heads are a work of art. The listing provides very few details other than it was manufactured in Indiana in 1948 and has had at least one hull cover up. Head to Waunakee, Wisconsin and pick this beauty up with an $11,900 buy it now or make offer.
This 1953 Chris-Craft could be a decent restoration candidate or starter boat for a first-time wooden buyer. In need of a little attention, the seller describes some problems that might need more TLC than noted. Looks to have the original flathead 6 cylinder Hercules engine that has a little “crankcase smoke” per the seller. Pictures show it on a trailer and this boat is currently at $9,300 with the reserve not met on eBay in Thomson, Georgia.
The Rascal is a 15.5-foot homebuilt runabout with sporty-sweet lines in need of a powerplant with just as much style as the hull. The Mercury 60 horsepower 2-stroke wouldn’t be missed if replaced with a reliable vintage powerplant of comparable horsepower. Can you say Mercury tower of power? With a plywood hull the boat claims to need little maintenance and is in near-perfect condition. This boat was featured on eBay over the past week where it failed to sell and was offered with a $24,500 Buy it Now in Guilford, Connecticut.