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Old     (chris_schweda)      Join Date: Dec 2006       10-22-2007, 6:01 PM Reply   
I may buy an old boat to use for 1 season I found a '84 mastercraft boat is in good shape yet does not have any seats. it looks like someone either took good care of it or was going to restore it. I was planning on putting one of those ballast seats in the back and making new seats in the front. no big deal I ride behind my buddys 00 malibu vdrive yet I want to go everyday and he goes once a week. I will buy a sport nautique or a 210 in a year or so but was wanting to know how the old mastercrafts do for wakeboarding I tried a search and found nothing thanks for input is there a old boat buyers guide?
Old     (sinkoumn)      Join Date: Jan 2007       10-22-2007, 6:21 PM Reply   
What model?
Old     (chris_schweda)      Join Date: Dec 2006       10-22-2007, 6:28 PM Reply   
i do not know it was a 84 mastercraft closed bow
Old     (crack)      Join Date: Sep 2006       10-22-2007, 6:32 PM Reply   
If it's a good deal than just go for it, as long as it gets you on the water whocares, ya know. We've been riding a '67 Delta for a couple years now, and it ain't nothin great, but at least it's a boat that works.
Old     (chris_schweda)      Join Date: Dec 2006       10-22-2007, 6:48 PM Reply   
I can get for about 2500 I saw a old post with what old boats were good and I can not find it

(Message edited by chris_schweda on October 22, 2007)
Old     (jagger)      Join Date: Mar 2007       10-22-2007, 10:03 PM Reply   
Old boats are great to get you on the water, but maitnence is usually a little more intensive and arise more often.

It helps if you are handy
Old     (soundbox)      Join Date: Oct 2007       10-22-2007, 11:21 PM Reply   
I have found that in older boats that buying one in good mechanical condition is much better than buying one that looks nice. Any boat you have the chance to redo the seats and carpet in is a much better buy in most cases. You can get a better deal on a boat with torn and weathered seats because thats the first thing that people see and they walk away. Make sure its good everywhere else before you buy and have a winter project of buffing gel coat and redoing the upholstery or having it redone. IMO
Old     (soundbox)      Join Date: Oct 2007       10-22-2007, 11:22 PM Reply   
Oh.. And make sure you check for floor rot!!!!
Old     (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       10-23-2007, 7:30 AM Reply   
Mastercraft was the first the stop using wood. Not sure about '84
Old     (chaser)      Join Date: Sep 2006       10-23-2007, 7:56 AM Reply   
I have a friend who has an early to mid 80's stars and stripes closed bow direct drive. He has replaced the back seat with a large sac and has a couple sacs up under the bow. Makes a pretty nice wake.
Old     (coldlake)      Join Date: Oct 2006       10-23-2007, 8:37 AM Reply   
If you end up putting some time and money into restoration, you could come out well ahead on the deal if you find the right places to sell it when you are through, and can wait for the right buyer. Poke around at used prices, and see what they are selling for in varying degrees of restoration. There was a "perfect" 85 that sold for well over $11K on ebay a month or 2 back IIRC.
Old     (oldschoolmalibu)      Join Date: Aug 2007       10-23-2007, 11:03 AM Reply   
Check the stringers. Shake the motor with your hand and see if it gives, rev the motor with the motor cover up and watch it "torque" to see if the motor moves. If it does, the stringers are weak and rotting and there may be more work there than you want to deal with. Also check the ski pylon and check the bolts in the braces on that to see if they are rotten.
Old     (trace)      Join Date: Feb 2002       10-23-2007, 12:10 PM Reply   
I believe 1985 was the first year MC eliminated wood from their structural designs. They did continue to use wood up through at least 1992 for non-structural items like removable floor sections, coaming pads, etc.
Old     (chris_schweda)      Join Date: Dec 2006       10-24-2007, 5:57 PM Reply   
the main thing i am worried about is the wake I all ready have 2 boats none with a good wake


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