1986 southern skier

possumandbeanpossumandbean Posts: 7 Baller
I guess I found my unicorn. I grew up skiing behind glastron tri hulls, in my twenties I had the pleasure of skiing behind nautiques with a natique pilot. I always remembered seeing a southern skier and thinking it was beautiful. Well, fast forward through the motorcycles, race cars, and other hobbies and here I am. I found a southern skier that needs love. I live about two miles away from a ramp on lake Whitney in central Texas. My plans are to get it up and running, then restore it as I go. I am sure I will be trolling this forum for information and welcome any information anyone is willing to give. I know the boat was made in Kingwood Texas, other than that I can't find any information on her.
Well, that's about it as far as introductions go. Howdy howdy


  • possumandbeanpossumandbean Posts: 7 Baller

  • dbutcherdbutcher Posts: 560 Crazy Baller
    Reminds me of the 90's era Ski Supreme.
  • RINLERINLE Posts: 63 Baller
    What power plant under the hood?
  • StickmanStickman Posts: 36 Baller
    Yes, Looks very similar to the 89' Supreme I used to have.
  • possumandbeanpossumandbean Posts: 7 Baller
    351 Ford with a 71c velvet drive. The clutches took a dump the first day I had her on the water. I knew it was going to need some love, just didn't expect it to be on day one. I have been a mechanic pretty much all my life, so, I am researching removal, rebuild and installation. I plan on getting her as perfect mechanically as possible, waxed up, the wood cleaned up, and then getting her on the water as often as possible. I want to ski behind her and often as possible. As beautiful as they were when I was a kid, they don't belong in the weeds.
  • RINLERINLE Posts: 63 Baller
    PCM marinization? correctcraftfan has all the manuals, including one fir the tranny. Mastercraft Team Talk has a great thread on rebuilding the velvet drive.
  • possumandbeanpossumandbean Posts: 7 Baller
    You are awesome
  • DWDW Posts: 2,525 Mega Baller
    @possumandbean : There is an excellent 71C rebuild thread on the MC Team Talk forum. A step by step tranny rebuild w/ pictures as noted.
  • possumandbeanpossumandbean Posts: 7 Baller
    Yes, it looks to be all PCM parts. Like I stated earlier, it shows to be built under the southern skier name by a company out of Kingwood, Tx. I will get more pictures up when I can. I'm sure you all understand, I remember seeing one when I was a kid. When I saw her I could not let her waste away.
  • possumandbeanpossumandbean Posts: 7 Baller
    edited May 2018

  • thompjsthompjs Posts: 541 Solid Baller
    Carlos of Palmer Power in Houston had them built in Mexico a partially rigged in Houston.
    You should be able to get any parts through Palmer for PCM

    Not sure if Carlos is still there.
  • JetsetrJetsetr Posts: 497 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited June 2020
    @Stephen911 Great story...puts some humanization to this site that’s full of OCD peeps fretting about fin settings and other things vs actually having fun skiing (not that being OCD about skiing is bad, especially if you do it for a living) and especially if you frequent this site. Lots of people to help you out.

    I think the older boats have so much more character...I guess I’m defective that way-I ski for fun, the challenge and physical conditioning.
  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 1,292 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Jetsetr I’ll second all that.
  • cougfancougfan Posts: 369 Crazy Baller
    @Jetsetr my thoughts exactly
  • MDB1056MDB1056 Posts: 1,048 Crazy Baller
    +1 @Jetsetr.
  • RednucleusRednucleus Posts: 842 Mega Baller
    Wonder if @possumandbean ever finished this project?
  • MDB1056MDB1056 Posts: 1,048 Crazy Baller
    No updates since 2018?? Wow..... Nice looking boat. Lose the tower. Who made it?
  • possumandbeanpossumandbean Posts: 7 Baller
    Well, the boat and I are still above ground. Life is what happens to our plans.
    Sooooo, she sat under a cover and still does. I picked up another transmission and am in the process of checking the fitment, going to rebuild the original. With the way the market is right now I may get a whole different running boat 350/velvet drive in a 90s model of which I forget the make of right now and get our Southern Skier up as well. I'll try to get pictures up. Carpet, new upholstery, ECT......
  • GaryJanzigGaryJanzig Posts: 202 Baller
    A friend of mine bought a 1984 American Skier. The engine was in perfect shape, the upholstery was like new, and the hull was like new. The floor and the stringers had rotted out. He rebuilt the stringers and the floor and put in new carpeting. He also installed Perfect Pass Stargazer. It was a kick ass boat. It had a great trick wake, and slalomed good too wakes were great. There was some spray at 32 off and shorter, but not bad. It had 240 HP but since the boat was under 19 feet it was like a rocket coming out of the hole. One of my favorite boats to drive.
  • MinelickskierMinelickskier Posts: 82 Baller
    The windshield and shape look identical to a ski supreme minus the teak. Makes me wonder if there is a connection to the big offshoot of mastercraft in the 80’s in east Tennessee...namely supra and ski supreme...Rob Shirley, Bill Fowler, etc.
  • @possumandbean - do you have any info on the history of Southern Skier Boats? I found one for sale and I’m just trying to find a little info on their history and this forum thread is literally the only thing referencing them that google can find.
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