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For Sale – the Ultimate Bare Bones Slalom Tug

Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,855 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
edited August 2018 in Stuff For Sale
1997 Nautique – repowered in 2012 with 5.7 PCM Excaliber and Zero off

Upgraded to Single puck Zero Off and Rev S software summer of 2018

The obvious question up front: Why am I selling this boat? Both of my kids trick at a respectably high level and the trick wake is significantly smaller than the newer boats. This makes learning the advanced flips and ski lines more difficult, and more importantly they are practicing in different conditions than competing, so its another variable that could be controlled but is not. That’s the reason. If I only cared about slalom, I would be keeping this boat until I needed a walker to get to the dock.

I did have an unfortunate incident of bad timing. I decided mid summer that it was finally time to bite the bullet and get a newer boat. A few weeks ago, I discovered that there was a crack in the transmission cooler that was allowing water to mix with the transmission fluid. By the time I discovered this, the damage was done. So I am in the process of installing a brand new transmission.

More details:
- Purchased from original owner in 1998 with 160 hrs
- Repowered in 2012 at 1750 hours with new 5.7 Excaliber
- Current hours on hull 3370 (1600 hours on new engine)
- New steering cable spring 2018
- New muffler summer 2018
- Records available for all regular maintenance
- Overall mechanical condition is excellent
- Overall cosmetic condition is very good
- Back seat removed and put in storage in 1998. Still looks like new.
- Always kept under cover in summer and covered in a barn in winter

More pics will be posted after I finish detailing and shining it.

PM me for serious inquiries.

SIA Slalom Tug

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  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,313 Mega Baller
    I have a 97 repowered by Jody with zero off engine, and it's one of the best slalom pulls you'll ever get....from beginner through 41 off.
  • AndreAndre Posts: 1,542 Mega Baller
    Wow! 1600 hrs since 2012!
    That's a lot of skiing! Love the colors!
  • dnewtondnewton Posts: 98 Baller
    I totally wish I would of bought something like this instead of my 14’ prostar. Would of saved some serious pennies for retirement.
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,855 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    With my wife and I slaloming and 2 kids 3 eventing we've done about 250 hrs/year the last few years. Many of the hours have been for lower speed slalom as the kids were coming up, and alot of trick time. A "typical" trick set for my daughter is about 30 minutes, sometimes longer and sometimes twice a day.

    For women and kids at 22 and 28 off, the wake on this boat is significantly smaller than the newer boats. (my wife is not happy about the switch). From the skier's end of the rope, the pull simply doesn't get any better.
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,855 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Bump. Its springtime!
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
  • mfjaegersrmfjaegersr Posts: 221 Crazy Baller
    Love. That. Color scheme.

    Good luck with the sale!
  • WaterSkier12WaterSkier12 Posts: 269 Baller
    Nice boat, good luck selling it.
    See your RV in the background, are you taking it to Nat’s?
    If so, where do you camp?
    Thanks in advance, Brian
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 3,160 Mega Baller
    I am really surprised this boat has not sold.
    Truly a boat that will facilitate as a great practice boat with out spending on a $40 plus machine.
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.

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