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Old    Rex Lex (rexlex01)      Join Date: Mar 2010       06-14-2013, 5:52 AM Reply   
Must be a very reliable motor. Perhaps a black scorpion or gt-40? No skiing.
Old    William Burell (williamburell)      Join Date: Sep 2011       06-14-2013, 6:06 AM Reply   
I'd look at a MC 205

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...ad.php?t=53120
Old    Rex Lex (rexlex01)      Join Date: Mar 2010       06-14-2013, 6:11 AM Reply   
No indmars
Old    RB (boardman74)      Join Date: Jul 2012       06-14-2013, 6:41 AM Reply   
So you need to be under 15K, boat has to have a GT-40 PCM or Black Scorpion Merc. Your pretty limited at that point. I'd say your best bet is looking for a open bow version of what you have now. Your pretty much limiting yourself to Nautique. The black scorpion was an option in just about any boat that used mecruiser and their aren't very many out there.
Old    William Burell (williamburell)      Join Date: Sep 2011       06-14-2013, 6:43 AM Reply   
Any particular reason for that? I've had an indmar and a merc and more small crap has gone wrong on the merc. My indmar was easier to change impellers on the fly etc. The merc's eat iac's, plugs, caps are crap, etc.

Not trying to change your mind just curious as to why.

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So you need to be under 15K, boat has to have a GT-40 PCM or Black Scorpion Merc. Your pretty limited at that point. I'd say your best bet is looking for a open bow version of what you have now. Your pretty much limiting yourself to Nautique. The black scorpion was an option in just about any boat that used mecruiser and their aren't very many out there.
Yea kind of my thoughts. Pretty much saying.......I want a nautique

Last edited by williamburell; 06-14-2013 at 6:50 AM.
Old    Justin Harrelson (skiboarder)      Join Date: Oct 2006       06-14-2013, 7:11 AM Reply   
97 sport Natique or 98 Wakesetter would be darn close to $15K. Both have awesome wakes and have those engines.
Old    Chris (maxx_wake)      Join Date: Sep 2003       06-14-2013, 7:28 AM Reply   
Supra SunSport may be a good option. I sold my 97 at the end of last year for 13k. It had a GT40 with all of the critical upgrades like ballast system and perfectpass. For a direct drive they have tons of room for ballast and people and put out a pretty good wake.
Old    RB (boardman74)      Join Date: Jul 2012       06-14-2013, 7:42 AM Reply   
When did Malibu go to Indmar? I know they did use mercruiser at a point but I believe a 98 would have an indmar. Only ones I saw was a few years back when we were looking at older boats. I remember seeing a few early to mid 90's echelons with mercs. But they were all the mags and MPI's. Never saw one with a Black Scorpion.

I'm with William. I have owned 2 merc inboards and while one was OK, the other was he!!. Went thru 3 water pumps a season and ran when it wanted to. I wouldn't back away from a clean boat with a merc., but I sure wouldn't be searching one out either.
Old    BLAIR BARHAM (jonblarc7)      Join Date: Jul 2006       06-14-2013, 8:01 AM Reply   
Its going to be hard for $15

Here's the best price I could find one for but its a-little over your budget at $59

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MASTERCRAFT-...item2c6f33e1a6



LOL
Old    RB (boardman74)      Join Date: Jul 2012       06-14-2013, 8:15 AM Reply   
^^^LOL, that won't work. Either has a Indmar or Illmor. GT-40 or Black Scorpion ONLY!!!!!
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       06-14-2013, 8:23 AM Reply   
We were asking $16k for our 1995 Super Sport Nautique - tower, ballast, audio, prop, new interior, dual axle trailer and it had a GT-40 engine.

...ended up selling it to my brother for less than asking, but just and FYI on prices out there.
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       06-14-2013, 8:31 AM Reply   
If you can find a Hydrodyne Grand sport it is a solid open bow boat that throws a good wakeboard wake and should have the GT40.
Old    William Burell (williamburell)      Join Date: Sep 2011       06-14-2013, 8:42 AM Reply   
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I'm with William. I have owned 2 merc inboards and while one was OK, the other was he!!. Went thru 3 water pumps a season and ran when it wanted to. I wouldn't back away from a clean boat with a merc., but I sure wouldn't be searching one out either.
c'mon man you just cursed me! Haven't changed out the pump. I will say that the impeller is a pita to change on the water compared to what I was used to. The mercs have a few problem areas that can be fixed easily with avoiding their parts. Again I have had ZERO large issues just nickel and dime crap. The starter was huge pita problem but put a larger well built unit in after the 3rd one in a season and haven't had a prob since (knock on wood)
Old     (MrPeepers)      Join Date: Aug 2011       06-14-2013, 10:35 AM Reply   
You can find a '97-'00 Malibu V-drive in that price range. Great wakes.
Old    RB (boardman74)      Join Date: Jul 2012       06-14-2013, 11:48 AM Reply   
He said no Indmar motors though!!
Old    Rex Lex (rexlex01)      Join Date: Mar 2010       06-14-2013, 12:37 PM Reply   
Ok I might let up on motor specific.
Just been looking too much at cost effective rides thread.
Keep your eyes out.
Can someone tell me what the big 3 are?
Old    RB (boardman74)      Join Date: Jul 2012       06-14-2013, 2:31 PM Reply   
Thats a joke right?? You trying to get the chest thumpers riled up???
Old     (MrPeepers)      Join Date: Aug 2011       06-14-2013, 2:57 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by boardman74 View Post
He said no Indmar motors though!!
Well, that's just dumb.
Old    Mike (zimme)      Join Date: Feb 2013       06-18-2013, 10:26 AM Reply   
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Originally Posted by rexlex01 View Post
Ok I might let up on motor specific.
Just been looking too much at cost effective rides thread.
Keep your eyes out.
Can someone tell me what the big 3 are?
Big 3 would be -
MasterCraft
Malibu
Nautique

Here's a good budget boat. Lots of extras too:
http://mastercraft-boats-for-sale.net/?page_id=6&id=245
Old     (newwhit)      Join Date: Mar 2007       06-18-2013, 11:05 AM Reply   
^^^ i had never been to mastercraft-boats-for-sale.net before. but isn't that a nautique in the webpage's main header?

good deal on that VRS, though...
Old    Mike (zimme)      Join Date: Feb 2013       06-18-2013, 11:46 AM Reply   
Considering the boat is at Boulder Boats, I'd imagine they bought multiple URL's that all point to one main site (which happens to have the Nautique in the banner).

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