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Ski Nautique NWZ (1994)

vicvic Posts: 46 Baller
Has any body have ski time behind this type of boat. I am skiing at 15 off and 26 MPH.
Hopefully I will get better and get to 22 off and 30mph.
I believe the boat produces a good wake at 34 mph.
I can get an affordable one in Canada not many choices up here.
Mastercraft of that age are not available unless I go to US which means double the advertised price for me.


  • ski6jonesski6jones Posts: 1,012 Mega Baller
    I had an Open Bow that year, just sold it. It was a great boat for me. Took me from 15 to 32 off @34. All fiberglass. Mine was carbureted. I think TBI came out 95 and beyond. Not sure how the wakes are at very slow speeds.
    Carl Addington, Lakes of Katy, Texas
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,343 Mega Baller
    edited July 2019
    @Simpson has just resurrected a 93 I found flooded halfway off its trailer. He put a PCM GT40 out of a 97 (I think) in it and that thing is a horse! Nice wake 22-32 @34. Haven’t gone deeper or slower. If it’s a reasonable price, it’s a great boat. It’s not a TSC wake, but it’s still very good.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,917 Mega Baller
    Good boats, friend has a 91 and they do ski very well.

    Just make sure it runs well and see if anyone has done you the favor of conversion from the protec ignition system
  • BlueSkiBlueSki Posts: 707 Crazy Baller
    Used to have a 95, great boat. The guy that bought it still sends me pics every year, she still looks like new. I skied that boat as well as the 97-99 hulls that are so highly regarded. The newer wakes are fantastic, but I doubt that you will be disappointed.
  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 728 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I'm on a 97 SN with the TSC1 hull. I typically run the course at 15 off and 28-34 mph. The first time I skied a NWZ hull, i was very suprised at how hard it was. I was just out free-skiing, so I shortened the rope considerably - I think to 28 or 32 off and it was a good bit better. To be fair, my boat usually only has 1-3 people in it and that NWZ that day had probably 5 or 6 people in it, so it certainly wasn't a perfect comparison. I would like to try it again some day with fewer people in it to see what it is like back to back with mine.

    My advice would certainly be that it may be a great boat, but ski it before you buy it to just make sure.
  • TELTEL Posts: 318 Crazy Baller
    My neighbor has 91 CB he is selling great boat on Ski-it-Again in great shape very clean. Nice wakes I skied 15-32 off easy with out ZO or PP. I know he will make a great deal to move it.
  • BlueSkiBlueSki Posts: 707 Crazy Baller
    @escmanaze is correct, but I had forgotten, the wakes on the NWZ are firmer than the bubble butts.
  • vicvic Posts: 46 Baller
    Bracemaker comment on the ignition system is great but I can upgrade ignition and or carb to ford spec EFI system and build custom computer to run it.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,917 Mega Baller
    @BlueSki - comparing the NWZ to the 94 prostar 190 I've always felt like the NWZ lay a crisp low wake, the Prostar lays a single rounder wake.

    They're both pretty great to ski however I have a tough tough time driving the NWZ - not to offend the SN crowd but the backwards prop rotation plus the shifters on the SN have a lot of travel and the boat just loves taking waves over the bow.

  • DeanoskiDeanoski Posts: 862 Crazy Baller
    I have a 1990 sn with z box great wakes -15-38

    Take the back seat out and add 40-60 lbs in the bow Put a 4 blade prop on her

    You can’t go wrong

  • vicvic Posts: 46 Baller
    I now have new problem found 1995 supra ts6w comp. for sale at 48500 and have to compare that to the 1994 ski Nautique $9500 if both boats are similar shape WHICH WOULD BE BETTER
  • vicvic Posts: 46 Baller
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,343 Mega Baller
    I can’t say for the Supra but the SN has no wood in the hull (stringers nor floor). If the Supra has wood, I’d go SN. Wood is not necessarily bad, but at the ages your looking, I’d steer away.
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 1,983 Mega Baller
    94 SN is simply a great ski boat.
  • vicvic Posts: 46 Baller
    Neither boat has wood the nautique has pro boss 5.8 liter carb. 285 hp and Supra has fuel injected 5.8l (pro boss??)
  • DeanoskiDeanoski Posts: 862 Crazy Baller
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  • foxriveratfoxriverat Posts: 536 Crazy Baller
    I had a 96 supra ts6m 22 off at 30 32 mph had a very large hump. Tried everything to tame it. Ended up selling it and getting 2000 Response LX
    2000 Malibu Response LX 2019 65 HO Syndicate Omni Vapor Bindings
  • GarGar Posts: 311 Baller
    94 Nautiques with the throttle body Holley system were prone to have vapor lock issues at least the one I owned did especially on hot days.
  • Tkl127Tkl127 Posts: 37 Baller
    What is your budget for your next ski boat?
  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 1,107 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    26 is a bit slow, any boat will have a wall at the speed. Are you skiing course? If so I’d speed it up to 28-30 and free ski for a bit.

    A lot of NWZ haters out there. I have a 1993 NWZ that I’m selling. I love the boat and it’s my preferred boat to ski behind, [email protected] 93+ were composite. TBI showed up in 94. In 2019, any boat 02 and older I would choose carb any day over efi. The TBI and the Protec Ignition is a quick and easy swap in the morning, nothing to shy away from. At 9500$ Canuck money is take the SN.
  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,932 Infinite Pandas
    I had one of those Nautiques for a while. Great boat! Got it with 1000 hours of salt water time (SDSU boat). We skied it hard and it lived in the water. Held up nicely. Went back to UCSD and more salt time.

    College kids are mostly slaloming at your speed. No one ever complained about the wakes. You and your ski buddies will love the boat.

    Eventually the engine died on the boat. Hours, salt and abuse killed it. They sold the boat to someone who dropped a new engine in it. Easy fix. Carburetors were cheap, available and relatively reliable. New engines are magic and an old carbureted engine will never be as good as a brand new version but you will have no problem with the engine. Especially with your mechanical skills. Probably not worth the ZO new engine conversion unless you find a deal on the replacement engine (like my old American Skier).

    I don't have any time behind a Supra. They had a good reputation in the day but were too expensive to get much market penetration.

    Enjoy your new boat!

  • vicvic Posts: 46 Baller
    I am going to look at the Ski nautique asap with serious consideration to buy.
    Thanks to all for the info it was very help full. I will let everyone know how things turn out.
  • foxriveratfoxriverat Posts: 536 Crazy Baller
    @vic ski behind boat at speed and line length you use, Too many people don`t and then complain when it`t too late. Expensive and frustrating mistake.
    2000 Malibu Response LX 2019 65 HO Syndicate Omni Vapor Bindings
  • vicvic Posts: 46 Baller
    checked out the 1994 ski nautique. Owner changed ignition to distributor and it is carbureted. Ran will steering bit stiff. Skied it at 28 and 30 great for me. Working out some issues with registration. May or may not workout.
  • vicvic Posts: 46 Baller
    On the 6th of August going to Vancouver Canada check out 1996 MB Sport Boss LS200 with PCM GT40 EFI engine. Looks not to bad and is a good price.
  • DeanoskiDeanoski Posts: 862 Crazy Baller
    edited July 2019
    Mb Has a big bump at -22 if I remember right
  • vicvic Posts: 46 Baller
    Bought a 1998 ski centurion falcon has small wake at 28 MPH and no Wake at 34 MPH . Have had several great skis behind it already. Like to thank all for their input and advise. I helped me get a good boat.
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,343 Mega Baller
    @vic if you don’t post a picture of it, it didn’t happen! I want to see your boat. Centurion always built beautiful boats
  • CentCent Posts: 174 Baller
    Enjoy. Falcons had a nice wake.
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