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outboard boat options?

HortonHorton Posts: 31,032 Administrator
okay it's bizarre but the other night I had a dream that I walked into a boat dealer and there was the most beautiful outboard ProStar hanging from the roof like you'd see a model airplane hanging from the roof of a hobby shop. so yes I do actually dream about water skiing and ProStars :-)

Here on BallOfSpray most of the conversation is about hardcore tournament boats made by the three big manufacturers. For non-tournament skiing in saltwater what are the other options?

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  • BrennanKMNBrennanKMN Posts: 548 Crazy Baller
    Dyna-Ski is the first that comes to mind. Unless used boats are an option, then that opens up some more doors.
  • MuskokaKyMuskokaKy Posts: 457 Crazy Baller
    edited December 2019
    @BrennanKMN as of last year you were right.

    But J-Craft made a come back last year at the Toronto Boat Show ( 4 weeks away now) and sold out. Almost no real style change but some minor improvements from what i was told. They look amazing and as most of us know; are super fun to drive and be behind.

    Also; It's not a prostar but MC does offer a outboard option on the NXT 20 i believe; or atleast they did/. A gentleman on our lake has one ( i think its 2017)

  • mmskiboatmmskiboat Posts: 155 Baller
    edited December 2019
    A little off topic but when we did a test drive of the boat we ended up buying in the fall this was parked at one of the docks. Not it the best shape but looks to be doing the job.




    MuskokaKy
  • MuskokaKyMuskokaKy Posts: 457 Crazy Baller
    @mmskiboat what exactly is that? like a 1990 MC Barefoot 200? i like it!
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,543 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @MuskokaKy That's a BF 200, yes.
    Scott Calderwood
    MuskokaKy
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 1,123 Mega Baller
    There's a family on my lake up north that has this boat 17'6" Dyna Ski OB. They ski the snot out of it, the thing is always running and pulling slalom free-skiers. I've always admired how flat the boat drives and corners, zero bow rise ever. The boat attitude really stands out as just totally flat and composed, you can tell from a mile away that it's something different. Wake looks great, too.
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,767 Mega Baller
    I grew up skiing almost exclusively behind outboards until about 2001. Since then I don't think I've been behind anything except a Malibu, MC, or CC. Would really like to ski behind an outboard again to see how it'd feel.
    boats are like girlfriends you love them however there is another one around the corner - bananaron, July 21, 2020
  • Dacon62Dacon62 Posts: 836 Crazy Baller
    Sanger Outboard is an awesome ski and barefoot boat wakewise.
    ssv1761982
  • LoopSkiLoopSki Posts: 851 Mega Baller
    rumor has it that there will be a 2020 Flight craft outboard. we shall see
  • RAWSkiRAWSki Posts: 880 Mega Baller
    Didn't Flightcraft get acquired by Malibu in the early 2000s?
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,558 Mega Baller
    edited December 2019
    There has been a couple ballers posting about the new Glastron GT180 OB. Imo the Flightcraft OB is hard to beat.
  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,268 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited December 2019
    FWIW, Back in the day I skied behind a bunch of Barefoot 200s. They always gave a decent pull.
  • DangerBoyDangerBoy Posts: 425 Crazy Baller
    I love my Glastron 180 GT with a 150 HO Evinrude eTec. I's not a dedicated ski boat but it's a great runabout and really nice to ski behind. Glastron's SST hull design is great.
    I can take anything apart
    phntmski
  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 943 Mega Baller
    We skied behind a Barefoot Sanger with an outboard many moons ago in a college tourney. I thought it was good boat to ski behind for slalom and jump. IIRC, some of the driver's bitched about the stiff outboard throttle and tracking compared to an inboard but that's the boat I'd get for those 2 events if the requirement was an outboard.
  • skibrainskibrain Posts: 233 Solid Baller
    edited December 2019
    The Glastron 180 (I share a yr 2000 with my BIL) is a passable compromise, and better than a fleet of i/o’s but not as good as some of the older flat bottom ski boats.

    Back 15 yrs ago when I was hot to buy an outboard, while I never skied behind them for comparison (Flighcraft, MC, Sanger, Centurion) the research and consensus seemed to be the early ‘87-90 MC Prostar 200 had the best slalom wake of all these outboard ski boats. Flat, no-deadrise hull was the key. Ton of floor space without the doghouse. The 91 and later Barefoot 200 had a narrow little V in the hull (and giant trunk for gear behind the back seat.) crisper wake for BF. A little faster, but not quite as good for slalom.

    Some day a Baller in northern Wisconsin will connect with Dynaski for a demo and let us know how they ski.
  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,268 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    The new relaunched JCraft at the Toronto Boat Show last year
    andjules
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,788 Mega Baller
    In the used market the Flightcraft (later Malibu), the Sanger, the Centurions (Barefoot Warrior and Falcon Barefoot), the MC Barefoot 200 all did well as very versatile family/ski boats.
    The Warrior has a tight interior so less practical. Both the Centurions have wood so they need to have been well cared for to consider. Sanger has wood stringers. The Centurions tracked the best but wake not quite as good as the Flighty, which in turn was not quite as good as the Sanger. I never skied a 200.
    All are fast/fun to drive and for rec slalom do great, even ok to dabble in the balls I've run into 35 off at 36 on one...my guess is she was a bit of a handful on the helm but the old man was good! They barefoot great, they have TONS of interior space. They DON'T like trick/wakeboard speed. It's hard to get them to decide if they want to plane or sink back in the hole so lots of throttle management unless you have a big crew to weight the boat down then she settles in.
    Very practical boats for the non high-end buoy skier...and back in the early 90's I would say the better slalom wake from 15-28 off than the inboards. Smaller wake for kids learning, too.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
    Jordan
  • mmskiboatmmskiboat Posts: 155 Baller
    I just updated the my post above to make the images clickable to high rez photos. There was a guy who posted his Sanger Outboard that was blue and gorgeous in another thread.
  • 75Tique75Tique Posts: 175 Crazy Baller
    A nice older flighty with a 200 Evinrude joined us at our CCf event this past October. That thing was a rocket.

    “So, how was your weekend?”
    “Well, let me see…sun burn, stiff neck, screwed up back, assorted aches and pains….yup, my weekend was great, thanks for asking.”
    RAWSki6ballsJordanMuskokaKy
  • RAWSkiRAWSki Posts: 880 Mega Baller
    In the early 90's Centurion made both the Warrior Barefoot and offered a Falcon Barefoot outboard model that was supposed to appeal to skiers as well. I heard it had great wakes but the platforms were tiny and tracking wasn't great.
    MuskokaKyJordan
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,788 Mega Baller
    @RAWSki I owned one from '91(new) until 2019, now my nephew owns it. It tracked great by outboard standards. Platforms are small but that's true for most of the outboards. Pylon mount sucks we modded ours well. Barefoot wake/speed not quite as good as flighty or sanger. We pulled six, 200 lb footers at 40 with a Yamaha 225 EFI V-max.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
    RAWSkibananaron
  • LoopSkiLoopSki Posts: 851 Mega Baller
    Centurion also made a vdrive falcon in the early 90's.
  • andjulesandjules Posts: 847 Mega Baller
    +1 on the J Craft, a refresh of the 70s/80s flat-bottomed, low-wake, no-spray outboard that dominated the Canadian market.
    Jordan
  • skibrainskibrain Posts: 233 Solid Baller
    I love the low-freeboard style of the Sanger. Really pretty boat.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,788 Mega Baller
    edited December 2019


    @Brewski love that boat! The Sangers rock, the wake doesn't look natural when you are back there it's so flat. They bank in the corners a little more than the Centurions which corner REALLY flat and with high G's given the big tracking fins. The v-up front helps a little in rough water by comparison for the Sanger, which also tracks nice. We did find that a really good slalom skier would lift the nose just a little with each pull through the wakes. The Flighty would rock a little left to right with the same skier (til he broke the dealers rope---yeah my brother). Falcon Barefoot did neither of those things.

    All are cool boats...and that Falcon turned heads everywhere I went. One day getting gas a guy on a Harley ran square into the building while looking at my boat. My nephew has people coming up to him all the time on the river checking it out in Wisconsin.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
    WishVONMANBrewski
  • alancalanc Posts: 16 New Baller
    skied behind one of these yesterday nice boats and go real fast.have a carbon fibre hull think they also make race boats.https://www.forceboats.com/listing/force-f18-social-outboard/
    6balls
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,543 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @6balls Where in WI does your nephew boat? Someone had the same/similar Falcon out on the Chippewa River in Eau Claire last summer.
    Scott Calderwood
  • VONMANVONMAN Posts: 252 Crazy Baller
    Still rocken my 1992 BareFoot Warrior Carbon hull. With 2015 Mec 200 Pro Max outboard and Perfect Pass Stargazer speed control. For more info check it out here. https://forum.ballofspray.com/discussion/comment/306410#Comment_306410
    Ernie Schlager

    A Good One Ball Gives You Six
    alanc
  • bananaronbananaron Posts: 508 Crazy Baller
    @VONMAN Great looking boat.Do you want to sell it??
    Ron Engblom Brainerd lakes,minnesota
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