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mzimme
03-23-2012, 04:35 PM
What's up fellas... I've been lurking here for a while now as I've been searching for a new to me boat lately. Well, this week I basically stole a 1983 Powerslot SS from a guy that had owned it for the past 25 years (I feel that I got a great deal anyway). He originally bought it from the original owner, and believe it or not I still have the titles for both the trailer and boat that originally came with the boat. Pretty cool. I also received the original owners manual in a hard binder, some service letters from mastercraft, an extra holley carb rebuild kit, prop puller, barefoot boom, a pair of skis, and the trailer. I picked all of this up for a mere $4,000. This guy really took care of his boat too. it only has 768 hours on it, and the outside is nearly pristine with the exception of slight oxidation on a portion of the hull. Fortunately, that will buff out easily. Other than that, I just need to recover the rear seat cushion, and she'll be ready to roll.

I felt really good about the purchase. The previous owner drained all the water from the boat every winter and kept it stored in a heated garage. He fogged the carbs every winter as well, and when I bought it he fired it up for me. Only took him about 10 minutes to get that thing purring again after being in winterized mode for two years.

Anyway, I don't have any pictures of it yet... I want to get it all cleaned up this weekend and I'll snap some shots, but its the red flake stripes with a creamish base color. Very retro, classy and cool. I'm hoping to learn barefoot skiing by the end of the season, but I also enjoy wakeboarding (the little that I've done). I'm aware this is a ski boat, and not a wakeboard boat, but since I'm not doing inverted tricks anyway, I don't need that wake.

I do plan to get an extended pylon for it, as I really don't want to put a tower on a boat like this that's in such great shape, and I also plan to put a stereo into it. Not sure what kind of lunatics go out on the water all day with no tunes, but we'll change that ;)


One question about the stereo I had was this: I plan to put a dual battery setup in it, and read soemwhere that this alternator is only a 30amp alternator. That does not seem sufficient enough to power the stereo that I will eventually put into it. Any recommendations on finding something with a higher amperage rating that's a factory fit and still reasonably priced? I'll have a sub in this boat, probably 4 speakers, and I'll have a couple speakers attached to the extended pylon. Most likely I'll be running two amplifiers for this, so I'll need some extra juice on the charging side of things I'd imagine.


Anyway, I'm happy to be here. Already read through a bunch of threads on here and everyone seems to be incredibly helpful, so I look forward to sharing future stories and learning a whole lot! I'll get some pictures up when I have them, I know that's everybody's favorite part. :cool:



Edit: Pictures - still need to polish and buff the thing tomorrow to get rid of that oxidation.


http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/zimstang/IMG_3003.jpg

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1redTA
03-23-2012, 04:57 PM
I purchased a 105 amp for my 81, mine was a one wire though
http://www.amazon.com/Delco-Marine-Alternator-Mercruiser-3-Wire/dp/B003Q7V2DS
added another battery, an amp and 4 speakers using my iPhone for tunes

I want to add some speakers to the fly high pole too

pmkkdx
03-23-2012, 05:05 PM
sounds like you got quite a good deal on it!!! I sold my '83 SS mid summer of '09 with ~700 hours for $7500. Welcome aboard Team Talk and hurry up and get some pictures posted :rolleyes:

Lumbergh
03-23-2012, 05:48 PM
http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr66/Lumbergh556/jamiegum50.jpg

barefoot
03-23-2012, 09:08 PM
Good find! I can't say I picked up my '83 for the price you did, but it certainly puts a smile on my face anytime I get in it. That's a great deal! Keep it in the shape you bought it in...it'll run for a long time.

barefoot
03-23-2012, 09:16 PM
Do you know if its an early 83 and has wood stringers? Take a look at your engine mounts. If there are two notches on each side, you've got wood. If not, your engine compartment will be a big square and you'll know they're fiberglass. In mid 83 they did the conversion.

Even if they are wood, they should be pretty solid with the condition you bought it in.

03geetee
03-24-2012, 09:36 AM
Post pics NOW!

JTR

mzimme
03-24-2012, 09:43 AM
Do you know if its an early 83 and has wood stringers? Take a look at your engine mounts. If there are two notches on each side, you've got wood. If not, your engine compartment will be a big square and you'll know they're fiberglass. In mid 83 they did the conversion.

Even if they are wood, they should be pretty solid with the condition you bought it in.

Not sure on the wood. It has wood seat bottoms, which makes me think it does have wood stringers. I'll take pics of the motor area and you guys can tell me. Here's to hoping its all glass....

Cloaked
03-24-2012, 10:21 AM
You got a good boat. I was working logistics to come see the boat and it didn't work for me being so far away (if it's the same boat). I was looking at a rust and sand color (noted as other colors too). That is a rare color scheme (or at least I have seen only two others of that color scheme). I owned one of the two I have seen. You have a good boat. The 83 will have wood-glassed stringers and there should be no real concerns of replacement. From the pictures he sent me, I can see the glassed wood where the engine mounts. Hours are good. I talked to the guy several times and was ready to buy it but I am 10 hours away and it just didn't work for me at the time. Glad you picked it up. I thnk the guy's name was Vince Cunningham...

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MASTIQUE
03-24-2012, 10:52 AM
Are the pics up yet???

LittleFuss
03-24-2012, 12:48 PM
what lumbergh said

mzimme
03-24-2012, 08:34 PM
Pics are uploading now. I'll update the first post.

Cloaked
03-24-2012, 08:54 PM
Nice machne. Not the colors I thought it was fron the cell phone pics he sent but it's the same boat. Good deal at $4K. That will clean up very nicely...

Lumbergh
03-25-2012, 12:54 AM
Nice looking boat. Love the older 80s SS.

PS - Nice looking neighborhood too.

AZX9
03-25-2012, 11:51 AM
Yeah, a nice neiboughood like that should have a new boat sitting out front.

mzimme
03-25-2012, 04:03 PM
Yeah, a nice neiboughood like that should have a new boat sitting out front.

You don't get wealthy spending all your money ;)

I don't need a new boat yet. I don't have a wife, no kids, etc. I'm just fine with something older to get me on the water for now.

AZX9
03-26-2012, 12:45 AM
A crappy day on the water beats a good day at work. Although my last crappy day resulted in a 4300 dollar hull repair that still isn't done. Time out before that my impeller went out and ruined Labor Day weekend. I love boating!

orbeamlb
03-26-2012, 10:20 PM
Great find at a great price. Nice boat.

DemolitionMan
03-26-2012, 10:25 PM
Congrats Nice SS!

orbeamlb
03-26-2012, 10:40 PM
I just purchased a Fly High X-Pole for my 88 PS 200. Tried it out this weekend and it works well.

mzimme
03-26-2012, 11:13 PM
I did a full detail on it over the weekend. She shined up really nice! The stripes are more of an orange flake... Looks pretty cool. Gonna call around and get quotes to get the interior redone. Hopefully I can stay right around $1000 bucks for that, then she'll be ready for the water!

thatsmrmastercraft
03-27-2012, 10:32 AM
Not nearly enough pictures here:noface:

Cloaked
03-27-2012, 07:47 PM
I did a full detail on it over the weekend. She shined up really nice! The stripes are more of an orange flake... Looks pretty cool. Gonna call around and get quotes to get the interior redone. Hopefully I can stay right around $1000 bucks for that, then she'll be ready for the water!Here's what I owned, and as I stated previously, this is a rare color scheme (to me). Maybe this is what you have, maybe not... the hull ID is / was MBCEU619M82IPD.

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mzimme
03-27-2012, 08:03 PM
Mine definitely looks to be those colors Cloaked. A nice sparkly burnt orange color in the sun with a creamish/sand base color. Nice old boat! I just checked my hull ID... it's not your old boat! haha

Do you have any idea of the vinyl color? Any sort of code or anything? I'm looking to have my interior replaced, and I'd love to keep the original color.

mzimme
03-27-2012, 08:04 PM
Not nearly enough pictures here:noface:

Yeah I know... this is what happens when its stored 20 minutes away :(

Soon enough, there will be more pictures!

Cloaked
03-27-2012, 08:39 PM
Mine definitely looks to be those colors Cloaked. A nice sparkly burnt orange color in the sun with a creamish/sand base color. Nice old boat! I just checked my hull ID... it's not your old boat! haha

Do you have any idea of the vinyl color? Any sort of code or anything? I'm looking to have my interior replaced, and I'd love to keep the original color.
I do not have a lead on the interior. I bought the boat in 83 as a tournament promo boat with 90 hours on it and the guy referred it as a sand and rust color.

Original interior is hard to find so don't get all wrapped around the prop about it. Find some quality skins and be done with it.

Nice boat indeed. I am partial...

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03geetee
03-28-2012, 08:19 PM
Gorgeous!!!

You are correct the color of the gel is sand and the metal flake is rust. I have a sand with red flake and the interior is also a sand color. Just take a sample to your guy and you will see how different your color is then true white. Mine looks white some times but the color is identicle to the gel, I wanted it like the original color.

JTR

JTR

orbeamlb
03-28-2012, 09:09 PM
Here's what I owned, and as I stated previously, this is a rare color scheme (to me). Maybe this is what you have, maybe not... the hull ID is / was MBCEU619M82IPD.

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Great looking boat, my brother has a "78 Glastron Carlson CVX-16 in the same colors. It would fit in well here in Austin being Burnt Orange.

SunCoast 83
03-29-2012, 09:00 PM
Great boat. Welcome aboard