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Old 07-16-2014, 10:43 AM
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74 Mastercraft

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.
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:54 AM
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Why not buy a boat that does not have wood stringers?
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:05 AM
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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. 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.
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Old 07-21-2014, 03:25 PM
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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.
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:43 PM
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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.
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:45 PM
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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.
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:48 PM
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What year was the first year of stingers made of fiberglass?
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:07 PM
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What year was the first year of stingers made of fiberglass?
83 1/2. Boats made after August I believe.
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:49 AM
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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...
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:30 PM
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. 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 , huh?) Porpoised at 37+ MPH. Another MC quality machine....

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