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ethomps
07-16-2014, 10:43 AM
Have a chance to pick-up this boat 'locally'. Owner is finally ready to sell.

3rd owner, all original except

cleats
swim platform
back bar
trailer
engine (gave up in 95, replaced 351W block, all marine equip, etc on it original)
upgraded brass prop

Boat is solid, structure and fiberglass are nice, original gel coat & color scheme, etc.

Have been looking for an 83-85 S&S,
Seriously considering it since it's a classic.
Would be used by family for skiing.

What do you think is current $ / market value?

Thanks everyone.

TxsRiverRat
07-16-2014, 10:54 AM
Why not buy a boat that does not have wood stringers?

thatsmrmastercraft
07-16-2014, 11:05 AM
Buyers for a boat like this fall into two categories: those who want an inexpensive ski boat and those who appreciate it for it's collectors value as this is only the 5th year of production. Rat doesn't fall into either of these groups. :rolleyes: As the boat isn't all original, it's collectors worth is considerably less than it could be and probably comes into line with it's value as an inexpensive ski boat. $3K-$4K is probably a realistic price range if everything is completely functional.......less if there are issues.

ShamrockIV
07-21-2014, 03:25 PM
what are they askin???

that is my question. i would pay 3 or 4k but i love the old boats.

if i looked it over and it was what i thought it should be.

mzimme
07-21-2014, 05:43 PM
I think you'd be happier waiting it out for the 83-85 that you have your heart set on. Don't deal with wood if you don't have to.

h2oskifreak
07-21-2014, 05:45 PM
I just sold a 75, so this is a pretty informed opinion. Niche buyer for sure. Buyer that wants to redo wont pay more for the condition that this boat is in, as they want to start over. True value without better pictures is closer to 4, than 3K, but I would be surprised if it goes over 4K, especially since we are on the downhill side of the 4th of July. My 2 cents.

jgraham37128
07-21-2014, 05:48 PM
What year was the first year of stingers made of fiberglass?

mzimme
07-21-2014, 06:07 PM
What year was the first year of stingers made of fiberglass?

83 1/2. Boats made after August I believe.

Theomedic
07-22-2014, 07:49 AM
I had a 1978 I sold this spring. I recommend waiting and buying something newer. There was a big difference from my '78 to my friends '83. This may not be the case in all older boats, but my '78 had a porpoise issue as well as another boat on our lake that was a '76. Just something to consider, wood stringers, and floors not to mention finding parts if you need to replace anything and want to keep it original is harder. Wait for the boat you want, don't get something that you will want to upgrade soon. just my opinion...

Cloaked
07-22-2014, 04:30 PM
. but my '78 had a porpoise issue as well as another boat on our lake that was a '76..Can vouch for a 79 model I had, new right out of the mold (some mold :rolleyes:, huh?) Porpoised at 37+ MPH. Another MC quality machine....

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ethomps
07-23-2014, 05:02 PM
Thanks everyone for the replies.
I did pass on this boat and picked up an 85' Skier!

It is still available if anyone is interested :)

Eric

tommurtha
07-23-2014, 05:23 PM
I just sold a 77 with a rebuilt velvet drive for $2850. 1500 hours , owned since 1980. Replace floor needed interior if you were fussy, windshield had a few short cracks for over 5 years. This was the last 77 made, I never had a porpoising issue.

supturb89
07-23-2014, 05:33 PM
Good call in my opinion...congrats on the new boat! Pics or it didn't happen. :)

aquaman
07-23-2014, 06:12 PM
Agree, the smart move.


Now let's see her? :)

Wolf
07-24-2014, 01:26 PM
I just sold a 77 with a rebuilt velvet drive for $2850. 1500 hours , owned since 1980. Replace floor needed interior if you were fussy, windshield had a few short cracks for over 5 years. This was the last 77 made, I never had a porpoising issue.

I just bought a 77 with a rebuilt velvet drive for $2850. 1500 hours , .....

Haven't had it in the water yet...tried but as it turned out the battery is dead, and won't take a charge :) Maybe tonight...