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Ski Nautique 196 2005 what to check?

ErikBerghillerErikBerghiller Posts: 69 Baller
This Friday i was at a shop looking at a Ski Nautique 196 2005 with a Excalibur 330 engine that is for sale. Overall good condition, one owner boat (club) with just over 1000 hours on it, good maintainance log. I just wonder if there is anything to be extra cautious about, any weak links on the 2005 that I have to check before placing a bid?



  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 566 Crazy Baller
    edited February 2017
    The 196/206 is a solid boat. I don't recall any significant model-specific issues from my ownership time. Like any inboard, get a mechanic to check it out and water test and pay close attention to and listen to and feel for any vibrations.
  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 940 Crazy Baller
    Once again a great question for @Jody_Seal. Get a computer report if you can to see how it was ran, 1000 hours is high, but if taken care of it will last you a long time. That trailer...... looks like a '80's trailer so might want to have everything checked on it. Or spend the $3K and have one made.
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,142 Mega Baller
    edited February 2017
    We have a 2007 with similar hours. Rock solid boat. The only thing we have replaced are the transom seat pads. Dried and cracked. Also replaced the black sano pad on transom, gunwhales, and glove box, with Seadek. Much easier on the knees! If compression in the cylinders is close to one another, buy it and enjoy!
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 941 Mega Baller
    That is definitely not the right trailer and you better believe a RamLin is going to put you back 4500.00+shipping minimum.
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,259 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    That trailer looks like something grandpa would weld together in the garage
    Scott Calderwood
  • Pocomoke_SkierPocomoke_Skier Posts: 6 Baller
    edited February 2017
    At least without the cage style prop guard you won't have to listen to the sound of scraping metal every time you pull into a gas station (or cross any small curb/change in grade).
  • Kdinger838Kdinger838 Posts: 57 Baller
    Trailers are 3k at COST any dealer will be charging you 4500 and up for a new one. Hours never scared me, as long as maintained. we see several with almost 2000 hours. A lot of of late night cruising etc. check the strut bearing, packing on rudder and driveshaft. How has it been winterized? All the freeze plugs original? Are there rust trails on the manifold from leaking risers? Could take it to a scale to see if the in floor foam is soaked. Is the steering cable original? It's nearing its life span at that age. Can't think of much else at this point. Looks like a sharp boat! Good luck and test drive it!
  • skiinxsskiinxs Posts: 555 Crazy Baller
    Take a look at the paint on the engine to see if it is discolored from ever being overheated. Other than that should be a solid boat. 1,000 hours on a twelve year old boat is low, and shows steady, continuous use, which in my opinion is much better than a boat used once or twice a years and just setting the rest of the time. The trailer does look a little odd to me as well. +1 on getting a Diacom report run. This will tell you how it was used and if there are any trouble codes.
  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 239 Baller
    This is a good list to start with:
  • ErikBerghillerErikBerghiller Posts: 69 Baller
    Thank you for all tips, yes according to the owner the trailer is from a older nautique.
    @vtjc: Great guide!
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,259 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Looking at the pic again, it needs a different trailer, if you plan on doing any sort of towing. There's a lot of hull hanging off the back of that little thing. I'm guessing it's from a 2001 (model not year), which was under 19' long.
    Scott Calderwood
  • 34mph34mph Posts: 185 Baller
    I have a 2005 196 limited with 600 hrs with the ram trailer I'm selling if your into it . PM me
  • ErikBerghillerErikBerghiller Posts: 69 Baller
    edited February 2017
    @34mph:Thanks but i think I start with trying to put it on my Challenger trailer and see if it fits better, its longer and its possible to adjust the angle on the beds. Have not decided if I should buy it or not yet... just checked in on the Challenger at my neighbours and i really love that boat! :) Its hard to get that feeling about this new one...maybe it is to new for me, some how boats from the -80s have more soul... <3 Sure they lean, consume lots of fuel and you have to maintain the crap out of them to keep them running but still...

  • supersonicussupersonicus Posts: 134 Baller
    On thing that you will want to change out is the lanyard kill switch. I bought a 2005 a couple years ago and it would shut down all of a sudden and take a while to fire back up. Through help from the BOS community I learned this model year had problems with these switches deteriorating over time. Switched it out (very inexpensive and easy to do) and the boat has not hiccuped since.
  • RLoganRLogan Posts: 29 Baller
    Depending on how much trailering you'll be doing, that $3000 or so would be better spent on a ZO conversion. I know Jody Seal has done a number of them,
  • skiinxsskiinxs Posts: 555 Crazy Baller
    congratulations! Whoever is driving has a really blank stare:)
    A_BpumpinpeteKeith Menard
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,142 Mega Baller
    Congratulations! How is the tongue weight on the trailer with boat loaded?
  • JmoskiJmoski Posts: 295 Baller
    Sweet ride - I have a 2006 196 and love it.

    Ditto on other comments regarding getting a new trailer.

    Consider it cheap insurance to protect your new baby - especially if the existing trailer doesn't have brakes.

    When I bought my 2006 in 2010 it didn't have a trailer so I bought a new single axle performance trailer w/disc brakes and diamond plate side steps for $3500.

    You might be able find a used trailer for less, but make sure it was designed specifically for your boat.

  • Kdinger838Kdinger838 Posts: 57 Baller
    Regarding the kill switch you CAN by pass it for free if you are in a pinch. 3500 for the trailer is a good deal for a brand new one. Our yard trailer for direct drives is a 96 Malibu trailer for a response. And it fits any tsc1-3 hull on it quite nice, if you buy used just test fit it.The brakes really depend on what you pull with. But you can replace them yourself pretty cheap. Nice looking boat, enjoy it !!
  • ErikBerghillerErikBerghiller Posts: 69 Baller
    Thanks! I am super excited to take it out as soon as the ice is gone! The only trailering i will be doing is twice a year, a trip for about 2 miles so i dont think i will spend that much on a new trailer.
  • EdmundEdmund Posts: 134 Baller
    Congratulations. I am starting to look around to upgrade from my 1998 SNOB. You have a nice 2005.
  • NHSkier01NHSkier01 Posts: 8 New Baller
    Really nice looking 196! You're going to love that boat, amazing ski wake, handle like they are on rails.
  • ErikBerghillerErikBerghiller Posts: 69 Baller
    @NHSkier01 Thanks! Yes hopefully the weather will be ok tomorrow so we can try to ski behind it aswell. Looking forward to it! :)
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