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shepherd
09-01-2005, 02:38 PM
I guess that for most of us, our first boat wasn't a Mastercraft.

Mine was an old, dented up, 18' (I think) aluminum runabout. It had a 40 hp Johnson outboard with carb problems that I borrowed from my father. I had to replace all the plywood in the floor and covered it with indoor/outdoor carpet. We used lawn chairs for seats.

We've come a long way baby :)

So everyone, what was your first boat (even if it was/is a Mastercraft)? Pics would be nice of course or at least a good detailed description.

River Rat
09-01-2005, 02:44 PM
First Boat that I owned as an adult was a old thrihull runabout that had a 70hp Evenrude with 3 cylinders but only ran on 2. It had no windshield so you could prop your feet up on the dash while you drove it. Man we HAVE come a long way. :smile:

jraben8
09-01-2005, 02:47 PM
The first boat that I had titled in my name was an '87 MC Prostar. I grew up behind a '80 Ski Supreme which was at that time essentially a MC in different clothes. At least that what we wanted to believe.

Leroy
09-01-2005, 02:58 PM
First boat is the one I have now, 2001, 230VRS Maristar, bought new in 2001. Wish I would have bought a used boat 15 years ago!

jrhollow
09-01-2005, 03:05 PM
First boat I bought a used 2003 X2. I grew up skiing/riding behind my fathers I/O and I use to give him a hard time that he didn't buy a MC. He always said if you want an inboard you can buy it yourself......so I did.

Datdude
09-01-2005, 03:09 PM
I guess I am fortunate that my first boat (my own) is my current 1999 Mastercraft Sportstar closed bow. The problem is I can only go up from here and that might get expensive-oh well ;)

OhioProstar
09-01-2005, 03:15 PM
I learned to ski on a 18'6" VIP tri-hull with a 85 Evinrude.

I bought a 1988 SN2001 right out of college about 8 years ago and now have had my MCPS190 for three seasons now.

rodltg2
09-01-2005, 03:24 PM
my first boat 1991 ski brendella spectrum. this boat did me right . had it in college so there were many good times with this boat. many! 3 spring breaks lake havasu. im surprised it made back in one piece. sorry for the bad pic but its a pic of a pic.

rodltg2
09-01-2005, 03:25 PM
oops ist not an mc, is it ok in this case? if not tmc you know what to do.

X2M
09-01-2005, 03:26 PM
The first boat with my name on the title was an '88 MC PS190 with 1200+ hours.

:)

jraben8
09-01-2005, 03:28 PM
I guess I am fortunate that my first boat (my own) is my current 1999 Mastercraft Sportstar closed bow. The problem is I can only go up from here and that might get expensive-oh well ;)

That's part of the reason I started with an '87. I didn't have to feel as bad if it got dinged up until the wife got used to using it. Now that I have a '99 OB SportStar, I'm in the same boat that you are - pun intended.

jwchapman
09-01-2005, 03:29 PM
Aftre college I bought a 17' Cobia deep-V hull with a Johnson 85hp outboard. I lived in Boynton Beach, Florida and would take it out into the ocean for diving and I put a pylon on it for skiing. Sometimes we would do both in the same day!

We even used it to ski a course - that was alway an adventure. Finally I sold it and bought a ski boat - but the Cobia was a great first boat.

ski_patrol_72
09-01-2005, 03:35 PM
First boat, a 88 Campion hard top. Good for fishing, ok in the big lakes, but sucked to ski behind. Couldnt barefoot, tried that, wasnt pretty.

RickDV
09-01-2005, 03:38 PM
I guess that for most of us, our first boat wasn't a Mastercraft.

Mine was an old, dented up, 18' (I think) aluminum runabout. It had a 40 hp Johnson outboard with carb problems that I borrowed from my father. I had to replace all the plywood in the floor and covered it with indoor/outdoor carpet. We used lawn chairs for seats.

We've come a long way baby :)

So everyone, what was your first boat (even if it was/is a Mastercraft)? Pics would be nice of course or at least a good detailed description.

This is almost exactly my same story. It was an 18' Starcraft with a very tired old 50hp Johnson. My dad had just replaced the lawn chairs with regular seats, but there was still interior work to be done.

After 2 years I upgraded to a 70hp Johnson. I gotta tell ya that a 70hp outboard on an 18' aluminum boat has an incredible hole-shot.

Guess what? I still have that boat. It sat idle for a couple of seasons. My son and I brought it out of mothballs a couple of weeks ago and had it out on the water. While it ain't pretty, it still has a great hole-shot.

My son learned to ski behind that boat and had countless fishing trips with grandpa. Just stepping into the boat and smelling the mix of gas and oil and old boat smells brings back a ton of memories!

ski_king
09-01-2005, 03:44 PM
I took over my dad's Glastron 69 V-153 with a 100 Johnson.
With the right prop it would do about 52. I reproped it to a max of 42 and was able to do deep water barefoot starts.

pilot02
09-01-2005, 04:28 PM
First boat was my dad's 1979 Galaxy Bow Rider with a Mercruiser 470 (170hp). Boat was good for all around use and definitely saw more than it's share of time on the water... ie. fishing in the Rigolet's or Lake Pontchartrain in the morning and skiing in the afternoon. Currently have a 1989 Tristar 190 which should serve me well for the next couple years though I've thought about upgrading to either a Prostar 205 or Sportstar Open bow.

jmyers
09-01-2005, 04:33 PM
It was, Oh I mean it is a "1982" Ski Nautique 2001. I waited to buy a boat until I could get a comp boat, and then I waited a little longer until I could get better comp boat, my MC!! :D :woohoo: :headbang:

VTJC
09-01-2005, 04:40 PM
14 foot aluminum Starcraft. Over the years added a center console and went from 15 to 20 then 30hp. Great wake for skiing when I was young! Jamie

ktn_cmu
09-01-2005, 04:47 PM
1979 Glastron CVX 16 Great first boat!

6ballsisall
09-01-2005, 05:04 PM
First boat with my name on the title was our 86' MC Skier 19. On my 2nd boat now

AirJunky
09-01-2005, 05:11 PM
1980 SeaRay 170 bowrider with a 3.0 liter 4 cyl. in it. I installed a Waylon tripod extended pylon on it in about 1995.

Mag_Red
09-01-2005, 05:27 PM
First boat was a 1984 Wellcraft 180 with a 150 HP Evinrude outboard. Ran about 55 MPH. Next boat was a a 1987 22' Searay Pachanga with a 454 big block. Did a little bit of work to the motor and would run about 75 MPH. Wasn't a Baja back then that could touch it! :D

maristarman
09-01-2005, 05:27 PM
oops ist not an mc, is it ok in this case? if not tmc you know what to do.


C'mon Rod.

You had the moral highground after TMC's big silly post.

Don't blow it by lowering yourself.

If TMC flamed you on a "memories" thread with a 15 year old picture I think you'd have to get in line to rip off a sarcastic post.

Why can't we all just get along?

richardsoncd
09-01-2005, 05:34 PM
The first boat I owned was the 79 Stars and Stripes I just bought in August, I did have a 1996 Monterey 190 SCR for less than a year...but the bank owned that one, not me...The MC is all my own.

bigmac
09-01-2005, 05:54 PM
The first boat I owned was the 79 Stars and Stripes I just bought in August, I did have a 1996 Monterey 190 SCR for less than a year...but the bank owned that one, not me...The MC is all my own.

Bayliner Capri 1500. It was a great boat.

BRAZOS 205
09-01-2005, 06:08 PM
I grew up on a 1983 Glastron HPV-165 w/ 115hp Evinrude. I learned to deep water slalom behind that boat. I inherited the boat from my grandfather, but by that time it needed a new transom, I sold it to a guy down the street for $200. I felt bad for selling it, but it had not run in 3 years. The title was in my name just long enough to transfer it to the new owner. It had two different colored interiors due to an awesome upolstry job I did with some extra carpet laying around the house. That Evinrude ran strong thou. My 1997 Prostar 205 w/ LT1 that I have now is the first boat I payed for and own myself w/ my silent partner (the bank).

parks_jr_55
09-01-2005, 06:27 PM
For our family it was a 1995 25' Seaswirl Cuddy Cabin.

This was back in 96 when we lived in Puerto Rico. I was 8 when we got it.

This is not the boat. Just similar.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y163/vw_wr/001.jpg

gisaacson
09-01-2005, 09:51 PM
First boat was an 85 Stars and Stripes

Danimal
09-01-2005, 10:02 PM
First boat I had that was my own was a 1976 Tri-Hull with a Chrysler 75hp. hehe That thing smoked sooo bad that one time my wife and I were putzin' around the lake and a guy pulled up next to me and asked if I needed a tow. Eeeesh was that embarrasing. We sold it last year and got the MC TriStar 190 this year. Best investment I have ever made!!

redmike
09-02-2005, 03:14 AM
first boat was a 77 21' tahiti super daycruiser jet with a 460. fun at the time, but not like my prostar!!

whitedog
09-02-2005, 07:36 AM
First boat in my name was a 14' 1948 Oconto runabout. Lapstrak wooden hull with a 100 hp evenrude from the early 70's. No pictures handy but think of criscraft outboards fron that era and you get the Idea. Then had a 19' Bayliner of late 70's vintage, and a Fourwinns 180 Horizon before buying the comp boat last fall.

skisix@38
09-02-2005, 09:48 AM
First boat I owned, 1994 MC prostar 190 with powerslot. Pictured in the MC calender thread. Put 985 hrs on her by starting at 34mph and 15 off and had to sell her when I opened off the dock at 28-32 off at 34/36mph and just got shorter from there. What an awesome boat, except the spray. That's the best, most well behaved boat for anyone that's not getting into 32'. I upgraded my girlfriend to wife in that boat.

André
09-02-2005, 09:53 AM
15' Sunray SS,a copy of Glastron Carlson as seen in the James bond movie.With a Merc 85 hp. ,it had a great slalom wake,or lack of but the tracking was...scary!
Sold it for more than i paid for!

east tx skier
09-02-2005, 10:57 AM
Here's mine. 1992 Ski Deck by Deckboat. Had it about a year before I went MC. Had fun on it, but the wake left a lot to be desired by comparison.

Flatwaterfooter
09-02-2005, 11:28 AM
667 Correct Craft Skylark. Sounded like an airplane could here us coming from a mile away.

Flatwaterfooter
09-02-2005, 11:28 AM
Thats 66 not 667 sorry little typo

Ric
09-02-2005, 11:41 AM
My first boat to buy on my own was a 90 supra comp. Great wakes, fair tracking.
skiid this boat alot in college when it belonged to a buddy and then bought it from him when he just had to have a new supra.

LloydP
09-02-2005, 12:07 PM
First real boat a 1977 16' Sidewinder with a 1965 100hp Merc. Cool looking boat, but I wouldn't go back to it!

Ron Grover
09-02-2005, 12:13 PM
My first boat was a 1971 16.5' Larson Tri-hull with an 85 hp Mercury outboard. I bought it in 1977.

I learned to ski when I was 12 behind my dad's 1964 14.5' Starcraft with a 50 hp Mercury.

BIGBADBLUE
09-02-2005, 01:10 PM
First boat was a 1988 Four Winds 190 Horizon. It had a 190HP 4 cylinder I/O that was marinized my mercury. Nice boat but when you hit the wake you went 5 feet in the air. Oh on other little isue was that it took about 5 minutes to pull out of a deep water start to 32MPH. But it was fun and you learned a lo about what "not to do" with your first boat.

peason
09-02-2005, 01:20 PM
1984 Ski Nautique 2001 - bought it in 1992 with 300 hours on it. Found it on a carlot - orginal owner traded it in on a Corvette. Car Dealer just wanted to sell it - got a great deal and sold it in 2003 to buy my brand new 2002 MasterCraft 209. Sold the Nautique for $1200 more than I bought it. Needed more room for the family.

captkidd
09-02-2005, 03:38 PM
First boat was a GlasPort 175 with a 305 cu.in. Mercruiser I/O. Not a bad boat for the price; it had a full canvas snap-on top with zip-up side windows, so it could be used on rainy days (except the windshield would fog up so badly you couldn't see). We added an aluminum Edelbrock intake manifold and a 4-bbl carb for power, and one of those removable ski pylons for skiing.

In some ways I miss those days. I didn't have to be particular about the boat, I could beach it or tie it up almost anywhere, and I didn't freak out everytime someone bumped into it or it bumped into a dock. With all that said, I still think it really helps to have owned or at least spent a lot of time in an I/O or Outboard to really appreciate how much better the comp boats are.

MasterMason
09-02-2005, 06:31 PM
First boat in my name was a 14' 1954 Rockholt. Old wooden boat that my brother glassed the bottom and sides of over the wood. 35hp johnson that replaced the 54 mercury that seized. Stearing is done by a pully system that you have to check every once in a while as the cables jump from the pully. My sister still has it.

It usually gets more looks than a new ski boat because it is very unusual.

Ric
12-09-2005, 05:54 PM
My first boat to buy on my own was a 90 supra comp. Great wakes, fair tracking.
skiid this boat alot in college when it belonged to a buddy and then bought it from him when he just had to have a new supra.
Found the pics

Ric
12-09-2005, 06:01 PM
Found the pics
I like RED . . .

AirJunky
12-09-2005, 06:14 PM
My first was a 10' wooden sailboat I bought when I was about 10 yrs old for $300. I had a main & a jib & got to movin pretty good with a little breeze. Later I had a Hobie Cat.
Then an 18' SeaRay that I installed a tripod extended pylon into in like 1995.
Then bought the MC in 1999.

M-Funf
12-09-2005, 06:27 PM
1967 Tahiti, 110hp Merc...the original owners are friends of the family. We went with them to the showroom when they bought it in '67. In '72 or '73, they bought a new 18' Kona jet with a 454, and we bought this:

It was originally a Turquoise metalflake with silver metalflake trim :cool:

I had the boat until two years ago...

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid191/p52c2499976b7b6e0e893015f7f658aea/f1ce78b6.jpg

baedriver
12-09-2005, 06:36 PM
My parents bought a new 91 supra impulse I loved that boat, then when I was able to afford one I bought a a 97 ski nautique closed bow (had the boat for two weeks) then I made the move to a new 197 that i will get in late JAN. (so glad I made the switch). Ric nice supra I still se my parents old impulse running around on the lake lots of good memories with a good boat.

redmike
12-09-2005, 08:21 PM
m-fun, nice old tahiti, buddy still skies one, newer 115 nerc with trim....he thinks it is fun to trim up with me behind the boat....some friend! anyway..nice well kept boat!

M-Funf
12-09-2005, 08:34 PM
m-fun, nice old tahiti, buddy still skies one, newer 115 nerc with trim....he thinks it is fun to trim up with me behind the boat....some friend! anyway..nice well kept boat!

Thanks! I ski'd that boat from the time I was about 5 until the time I sold it. I added a pylon to pull better. It didn't have much ooomph for pulling up the heavy guys, but had plenty of speed for barefoot. The top speed was about 56 with a two blade prop and the engine trimmed up. The only problem at that speed was "chine walk" :eek:

I recently sold the boat to my cousin, and he still uses it up at a lake in the eastern part of WA state.

stevo137
12-09-2005, 09:38 PM
88' Tristar. MC painted the grab rails, pilon, and vents with a liquid paint that had bad adhesion so I had the rails and pilon blasted. Then I sanded the vents and powder coated all of them with a high gloss black polyester powder. Great results.
Boat ran great. Sorry, it's a pic phone pic.

stevo137
12-09-2005, 09:41 PM
Exterior was in good shape too.

6ballsisall
12-10-2005, 12:58 AM
First boat with my name on the title was an 86' MC Skier 19. 2nd boat is in my sig.

erkoehler
12-10-2005, 02:35 AM
:woohoo: My first boat was/is 1995 MC PS 190

MarkP
12-10-2005, 09:20 AM
:woohoo: My first boat was/is 1995 MC PS 190
This thread is a great excuse to show off that boat erk... How about a shot??

mitch
12-10-2005, 10:49 AM
1988 19' Regal Cuddy. Bought it at the boatshow. She was a beauty. Sold it when I found out the wife was preggers was twins. Moved to a 77 Glastron when they were 5, then to an 89 Tristar and then to a 2K 205. Once I went to an IB that's it!!

erkoehler
12-10-2005, 10:50 AM
This thread is a great excuse to show off that boat erk... How about a shot??



ok, ok I'll post one when I get home from work.

MarkP
12-10-2005, 10:53 AM
ok, ok I'll post one when I get home from work.
Thank You.. Now your getting the hang of this..

I wish I had a shot of my first boat. I do have a photo of my second boat..

Lance
12-10-2005, 06:44 PM
My first (and current) boat is an 87 MC Prostar 190 that I bought in 1989 with a friend when we were in the Navy. We had many good times on that boat. It doesn't get much use now that I have small kids but I am thinking about next year (when my daughter is 5) it will start to get a lot more use.

My parents had a 14' Sea Ray with 50 outboard. We lived at the lake in the summer next door to our cousins and skiied anytime the weather permitted. After 20 years with that boat my mom looked back wishing the thing had an hour meter on it as she did >95% of the driving and would spend upwards of 4 hours a day in that thing. Objectively it wasn't much of a boat but in terms of defining a childhood that would probably be the #1 material thing in our family and provided more good times than my current two boats combined.

My older brother's first boat was a Glastron Carlson CVX-16 with 115 merc. That is when we finally learned to barefoot. Compared to the Sea Ray it was unbelievable but nothing compared to the MC.

My brother and I now both have MCs (his is an '89 I believe and you will see him around here occasionally with the screen name Bongo).

The boat we use now most frequently is our pontoon. Not very exciting but with young kids it is perfect. As much as I love it I can't wait for it to be the boat that doesn't get much use. My wife and I finally bought a second home at the lake (not on the waterfront but close enough) so we are hoping to spend a lot more time down there with family and friends.

No pictures but most of you know what an 87MC looks like (it is gray with blue interior).

Great thread.

Lance

canadianskier
12-11-2005, 03:59 PM
I first started skiing in the early `90s behind my brother inlaws 1976 16' grew with a 70hp merc. got so hook on skiing I bought my own 1977 glastron 6passenger 140hp. Sold it to buy a house, plus two new kids. Now I can`t wait until spring to try out my `92 ps190

vegashomeexpert
12-11-2005, 04:28 PM
My first boat was a '98 sea ray 175 br. Seated 8, Mercruiser 3.0LX 135hp motor. Never had a problem. It was always the boat that would be on the water playing all day while the bigger boats sat on the beach. Now it is sitting on the side of the house in serious envy of the X30 that it is sitting next to! Anybody want to buy a Sea Ray? Will sell it cheap to a good home. Very obedient, starts on demand, loves to play all day long, very well groomed.... :D

meggsy1221@aol.com
12-12-2005, 10:49 AM
hi all our first boat was a 18 ft grew inboard 470 mercruiser 170 h.p.big old deep vee hull,pretty fair wakeboard boat,but a brutal wake for skiing i can't tell you the number of times i got launched from the back of that boat.i also got very good at making it run on the lake when it would quit runing it had a nasty habit of vapor locking at the most inconvient of times.our family grew up with that boat we rescued it from a police auction.lots of great memories,but she was getting pretty long in the tooth.i told my wife i had found a prostar 205 on the internet that looked like it had been well taken care of,i dragged her out of bed early one saturday morning to drive 3 hours to look at this boat,it wasn't love at first sight but close we went for a lake test and then we we're convinced we had found our next boat.we picked it up the next weekend,and fell in love very quickly took the boat on vacation where my son & nephew burned up alot of gas.but the smiles on everyone's faces made it all good. happy holidays can't wait to get her back in the water

tommcat
12-12-2005, 06:08 PM
my first is my current boat. 97 PS205,LT1 with a slot. not a bad start

Kevin 89MC
12-14-2005, 03:28 PM
My first (and only) is detailed in my sig, it's truly been an awesome boat. Hopefully I can upgrade in a few years (maybe a 197 for the better wake & bow space for the kids)
This is the bet pic that is small enough (gotta learn to adjust some of the others!)

Cloaked
12-14-2005, 04:31 PM
my first is my current boat. 97 PS205,LT1 with a slot. not a bad startPic......?

erkoehler
12-14-2005, 05:17 PM
My first (and only) is detailed in my sig, it's truly been an awesome boat. Hopefully I can upgrade in a few years (maybe a 197 for the better wake & bow space for the kids)
This is the bet pic that is small enough (gotta learn to adjust some of the others!)


She hasn't had to use that paddle has she?

lakes Rick
12-15-2005, 12:59 PM
My first boat was a 1973 16' Glastron Carlson outboard.. Purchased it from the original owner in 89....

Just watch " Live and Let Die" ( James Bond movie) and it was just like the outboard boat of the two Robert Moore drove in the "bayou" boat chase scene....

I miss that boat.. Much simpler times out boating, less cause for damage concern, I paid $3000 for it, and just a lot less boat ot worry about...

Mag, didn't you have something like this??????

BrianM
12-15-2005, 01:52 PM
My first boat was my '88 Prostar. My dad always had 16ft ish outboard runabouts growing up. Lots of fun times on those two boats.

The new owner of my '88 called me a couple of days ago to ask a couple of questions and thank me for taking such good care of it. It was his first boat and he sounded happy to have it. Almost made me tear up. I hope he takes good care of the boat as it deserves the best. Told him to sign on here and introduce himself.

tommcat
12-15-2005, 01:55 PM
Pic......?
workin on it, it's in storage right now and my tower comes in tomorrow. so i hope to have some pics soon

Kevin 89MC
12-15-2005, 03:14 PM
She hasn't had to use that paddle has she?
No, but I have. And my sister too. Hers was running out of gas on the way to take the boat out Sunday night at a cabin. She got home pretty late! Mine was a few times dealing with a hot start issue that turned out (so far) to be fixed by a new battery. We'll see next summer! I do use it at a few shallow launches where I've nicked the propa few times. If only someone would invent trim/tilt for a direct drive! :D
Kevin

bcampbe7
12-15-2005, 03:18 PM
First boat is our current boat, 1996 MC PS190 :toast:

detonate69
12-16-2005, 04:41 PM
First boat I every paid for wasn't a boat. It was a waverunner. After about 2 years I got tired of that though. Sold it and moved up to our current boat.
First:
'03 - Yamaha GP1300R Waverunner
Current:
'99 - Prostar 205DD w/ tower

I'm only 24 though and will probably go threw a few more boats before I'm done!

east tx skier
12-16-2005, 05:37 PM
My first boat was my '88 Prostar. My dad always had 16ft ish outboard runabouts growing up. Lots of fun times on those two boats.

The new owner of my '88 called me a couple of days ago to ask a couple of questions and thank me for taking such good care of it. It was his first boat and he sounded happy to have it. Almost made me tear up. I hope he takes good care of the boat as it deserves the best. Told him to sign on here and introduce himself.

It must be nice to have the new owner appreciate you for taking good care of the boat. If I ever sell mine, that's going to be the hardest part for me.