I have been looking for a ski boat in my budget for about a year now. It started when I started working as the Water Ski Director at a summer camp. After skiing behind Mastercrafts all summer there was no way I could go back to my Dad's big wake throwing deck boat. My budget was small but I had plenty of time to wait for the perfect boat.
I finally found a boat in my budget. It is a 1985 Sylvan Ski-Tastic. The boat needs some work and is not a collector boat. I met with the owner and took it out for a test drive. It has two big problems, one is a major vibration and the other is a lack of top end power. Apparently the vibration was started after the owner hit a stump. I am taking an educated guess that the lack of power is a carb issue. Here are a few photos of the boat.
drivers seat is not original and sits too high
gelcoat and teak platform are dull
trailer jack is not sturdy and unsafe
stereo is old and speakers don't work
no glove box or cup holders
carpet is dirty and doesn't match
bow vents are bent
speedometers don't work
horn doesn't work
I will keep posting with each part of the boat that I fix.