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TRBenj
07-19-2012, 11:32 AM
Has anyone ever seen another early 70's Mastercraft with these bucket seats?

From this '72: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/boa/3144408027.html

thatsmrmastercraft
07-19-2012, 12:34 PM
Not me.

nascar
07-19-2012, 03:42 PM
looks like someone has replaced the seats with " car seats " to me .

gid
07-19-2012, 03:49 PM
The dash looks off too. I have a 72' and that is not close to mine - the speedo set up looks to be late 70's. Perhaps the dash area has been pieced together?

east tx skier
07-19-2012, 04:55 PM
Here are some pictures of a 1970 MC.

Link to thread (http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=43129)

DemolitionMan
07-19-2012, 05:12 PM
I have never seen that before.

Jim@BAWS
07-19-2012, 06:05 PM
Has anyone ever seen another early 70's Mastercraft with these bucket seats?

From this '72: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/boa/3144408027.html

Besides the original one at the factory..the oldest one I have ever owned was a 73

This is a find for someone! I hope someone picks it up. Those side graphics do look original

Jim@BAWS

Jim@BAWS
07-19-2012, 06:09 PM
This should not be buried...someone get it!!!

http://www.mastercraft.com/market/showproduct.php?product=4322&cat=5

TRBenj
07-19-2012, 06:39 PM
Doug, the link you posted points back to this thread... I'd be curious to see the pictures.

FYI, those seats are the same exact ones used in Correct Crafts in the early 70's. It was my understanding that CC made them in house. My initial thought was that someone swapped some CC seats into this early MC... but if there were other MC's out there with the same seats, then that would lead me to believe that either MC was buying the seats from CC, or a 3rd party was producing them and selling them to both companies. Just curious what the story was.

Seats from my '71 Correct Craft Skier:

Jerseydave
07-19-2012, 08:20 PM
This should not be buried...someone get it!!!

http://www.mastercraft.com/market/showproduct.php?product=4322&cat=5

Nice boat. Jim, a few years back I sent this guy a PM about selling it but he wasn't ready to sell.
And I'm not in the market for one anymore since getting my '93.

That's a great buy for someone.

east tx skier
07-19-2012, 09:15 PM
Doug, the link you posted points back to this thread... I'd be curious to see the pictures.


Tim, I fixed the link. Here it is again.

Link (http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=43129)

phickman
07-19-2012, 10:40 PM
Tim, I fixed the link. Here it is again.

Link (http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=43129)

Very nice to see another one of these unearthed. They are still around. I have the 1970 boat and a 1972 sold and titled in 1973. If this was not on the west coast. I would add this to the stable. The graphics appear proper for a pre stars and stripes boat. That is the exact font that is shown on the old b/w flyer below. I am going to have them reproduced to look the flyer on the 1970 boat.

Look closely at the b/w photo..the seats might be the same it may just be turned around. Wouldn't it be something if it was the same boat....It is a shame this is a photocopy from back then...surely somebody has some real photos from back in the day to scan.

phickman
07-19-2012, 11:09 PM
Another pic from Robby's Ski School back in the day. Probably 1968 or 1969 $5885 in 1968 or 1969.
$5,885 of 1968 dollars would be worth: $38,717.11 in 2012

Hard to tell about the seats in the pic.

phickman
07-19-2012, 11:15 PM
A friend of mine Richie Willett is a Mastercraft vendor for powder coated parts in Kingston, TN. It is close to Maryville. He knows a gentleman who started with Rob Shirley back in the day and help lay up the first 80 or so boats. The first boats until 1973 or so where built in FL according to him. Then they came to TN after a skiing accident at the school. The first boats supposedly had a variety of engines that were used partially due to what was available and what worked best. My 1972 has a 350 Chevrolet and the 1970 has a 340 Chrylser. I have seen some other boats with 302 Fords and some Holman Moody set ups.

gid
07-20-2012, 09:16 AM
A friend of mine Richie Willett is a Mastercraft vendor for powder coated parts in Kingston, TN. It is close to Maryville. He knows a gentleman who started with Rob Shirley back in the day and help lay up the first 80 or so boats. The first boats until 1973 or so where built in FL according to him. Then they came to TN after a skiing accident at the school. The first boats supposedly had a variety of engines that were used partially due to what was available and what worked best. My 1972 has a 350 Chevrolet and the 1970 has a 340 Chrylser. I have seen some other boats with 302 Fords and some Holman Moody set ups.

Mine has the 302 Holman Moody.

72Blue
07-20-2012, 11:36 AM
So does mine. It' been a great engine!

TRBenj
07-23-2012, 10:09 AM
That ad from Robby's Ski School shows an early MC with a Correct Craft motorbox, and possibly pylon... but the seats look to be generic.

None of these other early MC's have those buckets, so I'll assume that this particular boat had gotten some extra CC parts added by a previous owner. While it would have been neat if another potential source for these buckets had been discovered, I guess its just as well that theyre rare.

I got the chance to speak with Art Cozier this past winter, who has worked for Correct Craft for decades. He was involved with Rob Shirley's ski school in the 60's, back when they were using the 1st gen Ski Nautiques. He was intimately familiar with how the first MC was born- very interesting stuff.

phickman
07-23-2012, 04:34 PM
Tim,

Please share the story. It would be cool to hear it.

thatsmrmastercraft
07-23-2012, 04:37 PM
Tim,

Please share the story. It would be cool to hear it.

That would be great to hear.:popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

TRBenj
07-23-2012, 05:01 PM
I think the story has been recounted here, but apparently Art came back from travel to find the engine from one of the ski school's Ski Nautiques hanging from a tree, with Rob and the boat nowhere to be found. He tracked him down at a local boat builder, where he had cut the hull right down the middle and was in the process of modifying it. Art couldnt recall exactly what it was about the boat's performance that Rob didnt like.

This is why the 1st MC looks so much like the 1st generation (1961-1969) Ski Nautique. Obviously the deck is a little different... but the hull, other than the incorporation of the wooden spray rails, sure looks pretty similar to me.

MC on left, SN on right.

phickman
07-23-2012, 05:50 PM
Excellent post with pics Tim. Thanks. Any other thoughts / photos are welcome.

phickman
09-09-2012, 02:45 AM
Tim...This boat appears to have those CC seats in it as well based on the side contour....just the passenger seat is turned around facing the rear.