View Full Version : What Did YOU Learn to Ski Behind?

10-07-2004, 11:44 PM
Mastercrafting's topic (other boats) gave me an idea:

Can you remember/describe the first boat you [waterskied / wakeboarded / kneeboarded / whatevered] behind?

Bonus points if you can come up with a pic...

I learned behind my dad's 14' wooden 4-seater with a 22hp Scott-Atwater. I don't even know if cameras existed back then :D , but I'm going to look through old albums the next time I visit my folks...

Also successfully skied behind a small aluminum boat with a 12hp ELTO.

More bonus points if you can remember what ELTO stood for...

10-08-2004, 02:48 AM
1959 Glasspar with a 75 HP Evinrude (Biggest OB you could get back then) Used a pair of "White Bear" combo skiis from Minnesota.

10-08-2004, 06:25 AM
1986 CC Barefoot Nautique 2001 w/ 454. about yanked my shoulers out of the sockets. got up on the 2nd try though.

learned to slalom behind a 1991 Carevelle 1900 w 305carbed motor

10-08-2004, 08:04 AM
1984 Rinker with a 60hp. Still have it today, but now it has a 75hp!

10-08-2004, 08:12 AM
I learned to ski behind my dad's 1959 14 ft. Aluminum Sea King with a 25 HP Sea King outboard.
Sea King was Montgomery Wards store brand back then.

10-08-2004, 08:14 AM
1975 FLETCHER ARROWFLYTE 90hp,then.18ft phantom 235hp evinrude (flying machine).MC barefoot200,,,now X9.......WHAT NEXT?????

10-08-2004, 08:31 AM
1976 ABC American Boat Company Double Eagle 351 ford powered OMC stern drive. Loved that boat but one pull behind a MC and it was replaced with prostar within two weeks.

10-08-2004, 08:38 AM
A cable! My little sister and I learned to ski and kneeboard at Ski Rixen in Florida. I still have my 'ID' card someplace. We moved away over 20 years ago so I am not sure exactly what year it was.

10-08-2004, 08:46 AM
16ft. Elodcraft w/ a 50hp. Johnson. I learned to pop off the bank behind that old thing.

10-08-2004, 08:49 AM
1974 Chrysler 105HP Outboard

gene dobies
10-08-2004, 09:32 AM
1962 MFG with a 40 horse Johnson, after a few years we went on to a Johnson Reveler trihull I/O 155 HP. Pair of wooden combination skis and a towbar my father made from work. No pics.

10-08-2004, 09:44 AM
1978 VIP tri-hull with a 85 Evinrude.

Zach S
10-08-2004, 10:08 AM
14 ft. Starcraft with a 35 hp Montgomery ward.

east tx skier
10-08-2004, 10:29 AM
I learned to ski behind a deck boat built by the Deck Boat company of Gatesville, TX. I have pictures of the boat and me skiing behind it. It was a center console I/O. I'll have to find them one of these days and post.

10-08-2004, 11:02 AM
'71 Glastron w/ 115 Johnson Outboard

10-08-2004, 11:10 AM
81 dynatrack 150 merc outboard

10-08-2004, 11:13 AM
1950? 15 foot Starcraft (Aluminum) with a 55hp Johnson OB. 6 gallon gas tank.

Parents still have the boat.

10-08-2004, 11:24 AM
I learned behind my dadís 1980 Fletcher 16í 75hp evinrude.

:toast: :toast:

10-08-2004, 11:55 AM
1975 16' Starcraft with 85hp Mercury outboard

10-08-2004, 12:08 PM
My Dad's 1959 Chestnut wooden speed boat with 1959 Mercury 28hp OB. Boat and motor lasted till my Dad passed away 10 years ago, he was the last person to drive it!!

10-08-2004, 01:37 PM
I was spoiled from the beginning....1974 Nautique

10-08-2004, 02:59 PM
1974 Starcraft Americam. 140HP IO. I think it was one of the first IOs. Still have it in a barn. It's in amazing shape.

10-11-2004, 11:14 AM
Combo: 1985 Glasport 175 I/O with a 305 cu.in. Chevy engine and Mercruiser Alpha 1 outdrive

Slalom: 1986-87(?) Dixie 299 Super Skier inboard with a 351 cu.in. engine. It belonged to a friend of mine who bought it after I bought his previous I/O (the Glasport), and was an absolutely beautiful boat (for its time). I'll try to post a picture of it if I can find one.

10-11-2004, 01:46 PM
1972 yellow Top Tenner bassboat-65hp Johnson outboard. 36mph with one or 4 in the boat. I learned to foot at age 24 behind this banana!

10-11-2004, 01:53 PM
Before I learned to ski, we took a friend's bass fishing boat out to the local lake. We didn't have a ski rope so we cut off a portion of an old shovel handle, drilled holes in each end, and tied a nylon rope to it. Pretty crude, but in a lot of ways those days were more fun because we were really excited when we got to go to the lake. Too often now we tend to take it for granted.

10-11-2004, 02:57 PM
'69 Cheetah.

Catalog picture. Don't you love the green color!

10-11-2004, 03:09 PM
Late 70's, early 80's Century Arabian I/O. This belonged to my Dad's high school buddy who raced it. It had a blown 350 that mostly ran on high octane aircraft fuel up at Tahoe. It would do about 70 mph. Not bad for a 19' deep-V at 6200 feet. Needless to say it had plenty of power to pop my scrawny 10 year body out of the water.

tall_ andy
10-11-2004, 05:16 PM
1977 Invader Executive Tri-hull with an 85hp Evinrude, and the Dick Pope Jr's. It finally died in 2000, the summer after I replaced the rotten floor. Then a few years later I got my first real boat My 88' MC 190!!!!!!

10-12-2004, 11:11 AM
:steering: I started Skiing behind my 18' ZinnCraft Wooden Inboard with a 413 Chrysler Marine and Red and White pleated and rolled upholestry. Turned a 13x15 RH prop. Sold it and got a new 21' '68 Century Arabian V-Drive, blue and white upholestry, had a 428 Ford with 2 4 barrels,ran on Reg. gas and had two 20 Gallon tanks,went thru 40 Gallons in a morning skiing. Gas was .30 cents back then!
WOO HOO :woohoo: and I could ski all the way down the San Jacinto River until we reached the Gulf of Mexico and the Port of Houston.

10-12-2004, 12:06 PM
Zip-sled and 2-skiis, 197x tri-hull with a 90hp Merc.
Slalom- 1984 Galaxy 120 hp I/O (top speed was 26)

and we here thankful we had that! :D

10-12-2004, 02:37 PM
1973 Springbock....12 foot aluminum boat with a 9.8 Mercury outboard (never more than 10 pulls to start)

10-12-2004, 02:54 PM
60's alumacraft with a 15 horse Johnson SeaHorse (the old burgundy and white ones...you remember) of the same vintage. Then it was the 67 Larson (dad still owns it) with an 80 Johnson Super SeaHorse. Come to think of it, that Larson still has all the original vinyl. It is in PERFECT shape, even the top is the softest vinyl I have ever seen. Why can't they make vinyl like that anymore...

10-12-2004, 07:11 PM
Learned behind a 14ft 70's lund with a 9 1/2 johnson on a pair of old combos from the rafters of the boathouse. (I can still ski behind and even slalom but i have to drop) We quickly upgraded to a 20 of the same year as the boat. Then we made the best upgrade of all... the Mastercraft.

10-14-2004, 12:44 PM
Second boat I skied behind. 84 American Skier
Parents still own it. Looks and runs like new

10-14-2004, 01:33 PM
My grandparents 1972 Starcraft with a 50hp Mercury. I think my Uncle still has it today.

Vern Swieringa
10-15-2004, 11:13 PM
I learned to ski on Gull Lake near Battle Creek, MI. I could not get up behind my brother's boat. So I convinced about ten kids to pull me in the swimming area. I swam out to the end of the swim area and they pulled me to shore. Believe it or not they could pull fast enough to get me out of the water. And that is how I learned to ski :dance:

10-25-2004, 08:18 PM
I learned at age 8 behind a 1965? Starcraft with a 40hp evinrude.

My son just learned this year at age 11 behind our 30ft Formula with twin 502's, total horsepower 830 :eek:
I didn't even feel him back there :D
(Nice BIG WAKE for boarding)

He's got bigger ones than I did at that age ;)

10-25-2004, 09:46 PM
I learned behind my parents 1968 Carver. They bought new
and still have it. It has a 200hp 289 ford Interceptor.

10-26-2004, 04:42 PM
Found this picture of the boat I learned to ski behind (1969 Century Cheetah). September of '83. Indian Lake, MI: That's me and my Dad out for the last voyage. Great memories.

10-26-2004, 04:44 PM
Found this picture of the boat I learned to ski behind (1969 Century Cheetah). September of '83. Indian Lake, MI: That's me and my Dad out for the last voyage. Great memories.


10-26-2004, 10:05 PM
It was a red and white Starcraft runabout with a 25hp Scott outboard.......

04-04-2005, 01:54 AM
The next door neighbor's 12 foot open aluminum fishing boat with a 15hp moter on it. and about a 15 foot rope so my dad could yell at me up close and personal. Once I could get up, we moved to my dad's '58 wooden trojan. The moter depended mostly on his mood. It would go 35mph, top, but it could do it with 10 skiers on the back.

04-04-2005, 02:11 AM
1982 Ski Nautique. My parents still have it. I used to take that boat out until I upgraded to the MC

04-04-2005, 06:07 AM
1974 Crestliner Tri-hull 85hp evenrude ob. Obrian Denim combo skies, still have them today, both my kids learned on them .

T Scott
04-04-2005, 08:28 AM
1980 Glastron with a 140 Evinrude.

Ron Grover
04-04-2005, 09:11 AM
1963 14' Starcraft with a 50hp Mercury. 12 years old.

Got up the first time and really wasn't interested after that for another year. Didn't find it challenging or fun then, that all changed when I popped up on a slalom. Havent' stopped since. 49 years old now.

Sure will be a change in a few years when my kids answer this type of question they will say 1981 Mastercraft Stars and Stripes. They don't have any idea what it is lie to drag coming up on an underpowered boat.

04-04-2005, 09:16 AM
1st time.........82 / 83 Nautique. Pulled up on combos.

Learned to Slalom............1978 Viking Deck boat...........135HP 4 cyl. Re-propped to pull my fat a** out of the water............ :D Seemed like I was dropping a ski forever............... :mad:

04-04-2005, 09:51 AM
1973 Westwind. (turned into checkmate later that year) 15' boat with a 150 mariner. Yeah you do the math. 15' 150hp :eek: Learned to do everything behind that boat. Just a whole lot more fun in the MC

Not the actuall pic but it is very close. Pretty wild huh. My uncle and I both had this boat. We both upgraded to a MC

04-04-2005, 10:22 AM
... anybody remember what 'ELTO' stood for? (no fair searching the 'net);)

04-04-2005, 10:34 AM
89 Bayliner, no idea the hp but it moved pretty good and i got up first try :dance:

04-04-2005, 11:16 AM
1968 16' Starcraft w/ a 115 Johnson Outboard

04-04-2005, 11:36 AM
Not sure of the year; probably a 1973 model. It was a mustard yellow Caravelle tri-hull (15 ft) with a 100 hp Johnson. I was a little kid, and that OB scared the heck out of me the way it would "spit" water at me. This of course was in the days of wooden handles with ski ropes tied to the boat tie down rings (bottom of transom).

04-04-2005, 12:03 PM
80 Ski Nautiqe in Green Coves Spring Fla (uncles house).

04-04-2005, 12:04 PM
MariStar 240 with 454....open bow. That is a big DD..it is to bad that MC doesn't make a DD this big anymore. I think alot of X30 owners would go back to a DD if this 24 ft was available.

04-04-2005, 12:49 PM
1958 crestliner with a 1962 70Hp Merc. Three of my buddies and I bought it for $400 beans back in high school. Lots of stories came out that thing.

Just to give you an idea of what kind of shape it was in....we named it "Who Cares?"

04-04-2005, 03:05 PM
1976 webbcraft with a ford 302. My dad still swears they are the caddilac of boats. Unfortunately for him they went under in 1998. Oh well we sure did have fun. He still uses this boat.

Nova Scotia Skier
04-04-2005, 04:43 PM
14ft Peterborough with 50hp Merc...Upgraded to 16ft Stingray with 75hp mariner. That boat worked ok. didn't track too well though, and not hard to pull down. Pulled out good...slalom ski both feet in. It also did 45mph with the same prop. 49mph with 21 pitch prop.
Then got the Mastercraft.......I love it!!!! It may be old, but it's great. :D
Id there still extra points for pictures? :rolleyes:

04-04-2005, 05:12 PM
A 20ft 1977 Trisonic(true tri-hull) with a Mercrusier 250 I/O. White hull with brown stripes and a brown interior. It weighed 5800lbs on the trailer! Don't ask me why I remember that, I just do.

betsy&david Harrison
04-04-2005, 08:24 PM
A Spyder on Lake Nacimiento...husband had to stay on the beach..driving me crazy with TMI! Now I ski better than he does!

04-04-2005, 08:42 PM
Behind my fathers 1965 Century. It has the AMC/GM upper 327c.i fireball V8 with 238 hp. Neat boat but has the worst bow rise I have ever seen.

Michael Epp
04-04-2005, 08:46 PM
Behind my dad's 1962 Glasspar Seafair Phaton with a 100 h.p. merc;

04-04-2005, 08:55 PM
I learned on a 1984 VIP SeaSquirt with a 60HP Johnson :D


04-04-2005, 09:27 PM
Ya know, 20 years from now our kids are going to be on this thread saying that they learned behind dads old MasterCraft:headbang:

04-04-2005, 09:32 PM
MarkP, mail out :love: ;) !!!!!

04-04-2005, 09:47 PM
a rope tied to my older brothers neck...haha jk i learned behine a boat....MC boat.....i dont no what kind sry

04-04-2005, 10:31 PM
learned to ski behind a 1969 westwind 16' with a 60hp Johnson Sea Horse outboard....my grandfather bought it brand new in 1970....my parents still have it and use it on regular basis everything on that boat is all orginal.....right down to the interior......a real classic.

04-04-2005, 11:59 PM
78 16' bass boat with 90hp merc, pulled 2 skiers with no problem

My daughters learned behind a 4 wheeler in my cousins pond, saved a bunch of time and I think they were less intimidated.