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A little love for the 'other brands'

Keith_MenardKeith_Menard Posts: 725 Mega Baller
I was window shopping on Ski It Again last night and came across this Gekko:

I have an older GTO that I love, but certainly have a wandering eye for the Mastercrafts...but man...100 hours with a 6.2 in THAT hull? Must be an absolute rocketship...and under 30k.

What are some of your favorite 'other brand' (not big 3) boats and why?


  • Ski_DadSki_Dad Posts: 480 Baller
    wow I can't imagine the power that thing has - wow. and that wake looks really good.

  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 1,123 Mega Baller
    "No thanks" on the other brands, particularly in the late 80's/early 90's. To me it's always been "Big 3" and "OMG".
  • JetsetrJetsetr Posts: 488 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Some people can’t see the forest because of all the trees....
  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 1,292 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited February 2020
    Judging by most on this site I would think any Correct Craft other than a 196 was crap.

    American Skier: Sexiest damn boat made in the day other than a SN. Good build quality.

    Ski Supreme: looked real good. Never skied one but I know they skied well. Ever restring one? My God you gotta pull the deck!

    Modern day: Centurion Carbon Pro. I lost a lot of respect for them to can it.
  • 75Tique75Tique Posts: 175 Crazy Baller
    edited February 2020
    Had an 89 supra, 96 to 2008. When looking, I really wanted a Nautique (2001 was my price range) because I liked the more vintage, no-nonsense boxy look, but they were a little pricier. I ended up really liking the supra. The low swooped bow was kind of sexy, the overall style of the boat was way ahead of same vintage 2001s, since after 8 years, the 2001 style was getting a little stale, and the wake was better than a 2001(except for kind of a big rooster tail at 22) Fit and finish was right up there, too.

    A favorite "other brand" was the pre malibu flightcraft. Also cool, sleek, low slung and sexy. Post malibu flightcraft only ruled out of this discussion because it was then one of the big 3.

    Another low slung eye catcher was the early moomba, except for the goofy windshield. A guy around me still has one and I've been behind it. Respectable pull.
    “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.”
  • LoopSkiLoopSki Posts: 851 Mega Baller
    ski brendella and mb sports!
  • WishWish Posts: 8,335 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited February 2020
    Supra. They were so ahead of everyone with performance and looks with the Ts6m Comp in the 80s. Even WSM touted it as one the the best used slalom boats to look for. It's to bad they didn't hang in there with DD. Their last go at a hull was on par if not better then the big 3 (blasphemy I know). The Gekko pictured is also interesting and a descendant of Supra design. They track better then anything, look fast, go fast, and look cool. If they could have sorted out the wake to make it soft (plenty small) it would have been a centender at a much cheaper price point.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,543 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited February 2020
    I could never get over the Gekko name and graphics, with lizards all over the boat. It sounds weak and shallow, but I'm just being honest. It just cheapened the image to me.

    Supras were cool!
    Scott Calderwood
  • LOTWLOTW Posts: 236 Baller
    Ya, those early SUPRAS are cool! We had a GEKKO at our disposal years ago and from what I remember, it skied fine. I really liked the looks of it too. I had an '85 Nautique, it was ok but lots of problems from sitting, not the boats fault. I also had a '98 BOOMERANG, I loved that thing! I'd buy another for the right price. These days it's mid to late '90's SN unless I go to a ski school, being behind a '19 SN at RINI'S is pretty cool!
  • Keith_MenardKeith_Menard Posts: 725 Mega Baller
    @swc5150 I have a 2002 GTO as I said...the graphics on mine are much more subdued. I never understood the issue people had with the Gekko wake, I found it to be no issue......and then I tried 22 off. @ALPJr will tell me it's all in my head, but in truth it's all in my talent. He takes such a great angle through wakes he could use a wakeboard boat and not feel it :)

    I am curious if anything changed in 2015 from my 02 to soften it up...6.2 zero off for under 30...MAN! I will also say Mark Overby is one of the best people I have ever worked with in any field. He would answer any question I had even though I bought it used and he no longer owned the company. I hope he is doing well.
  • MDB1056MDB1056 Posts: 746 Crazy Baller
    Hydrodyne Comp
  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 287 Solid Baller
    I agree the Supra’s were ahead of their time, looked great and held up well.

    While they wouldn’t win any fit and finish awards the Infinity’s foreshadowed some of the treads we are seeing of larger and wider boats. Aside from the ’22 off wake they are fun to ski behind.

    @LOTW I also had a 98 Boomerang it was a hoot.
  • LoopSkiLoopSki Posts: 851 Mega Baller
    i friggin hated my svfara sv one. it was built well and looked great but sucked at eveything else. i practically gave it away. my ankles hurt just thinking about it.

  • thagerthager Posts: 5,310 Mega Baller
    @LoopSki A lot of new innovation back then though from Infinity!
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  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,543 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @LoopSki I think I mentioned it before, but my buddy owns your old SV. It actually got caught in a fast running river and was near totaled. It has a pretty weird paint job on it now.
    Scott Calderwood
  • LoopSkiLoopSki Posts: 851 Mega Baller
    @swc5150 i remember someone on here knew who bought it. your buddy got a smoking deal even with the crappy wake. its too bad , it was such a cool boat and svfara took the infinity and made it so much better in build quality. the maim problem i had was how much it rolled in a turn. specifically around turn islands on a ski lake. open water non isssue. it also tracked weird with thr prop and rudder in the middle.
  • skier2788skier2788 Posts: 804 Crazy Baller
    Loved the 86 American skier Advance I grew up skiing behind.
    Travis Torley
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,763 Mega Baller
    I have always wanted to drive a Gekko but they are nonexistent in this area.
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,558 Mega Baller
    edited February 2020
    @Keith Menard your boat’s wake is butter.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,788 Mega Baller
    edited February 2020
    That Gekko would be a ton of fun. Not selling my TSC1 for it though. Agree the original Flightcraft inboard was a hot little boat, too. Very fun to drive, very low to the water.
    Both boats above pretty easy to bury the nose in a wake...and that's not even some surfer dude's wake.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • Keith_MenardKeith_Menard Posts: 725 Mega Baller
    @6balls One of my very few complaints on the gekko is how easy it is to bury the nose, and thats even on private water! Not sure if the GTR is any different than the GTO in that aspect.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,782 Mega Baller
    That was the same with Aztecs back in the back. For a few months of one summer we had access to an Aztec Coyote which was almost a submarine if you weren't careful. Boat from the late 90s with the engine from the 80s and a windshield that was more like a wave deflector.
  • Timr71Timr71 Posts: 55 Baller
    My 1993 Ski Centurion Falcon is a stringer up restore job. I had a lot of help from my family and it was a fun project. We enjoy it a lot still. But, like @Keith Menard mentioned above, it's easy to bury the nose on this boat too. It has the sloped nose, much like a Ski Brendella.
  • aspskiaspski Posts: 227 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I'm a sucker for the mid 2000's Tige 20i's. A buddy has one and the slalom wakes were some of the best I have ever skied on.
  • 2Valve2Valve Posts: 404 Crazy Baller
    edited February 2020
    @aspski totally agree. We had a 20i on our lake a few years ago and it was gorgeous. I'm a sucker for "off brands" with high levels of quality and engineering. :)
  • Keith_MenardKeith_Menard Posts: 725 Mega Baller
    @aspski Yup...a friend of mine has one and I would ski behind that before same age Malibus.
  • PatMPatM Posts: 814 Crazy Baller
    I had a 1995 Tige SLM2000. It had a great wake, tracked well and the spray was good also I recall. The problem was it was under powered. It burned in a fire and got a 99 SN bubble butt after and never looked back.
  • sodbuster88sodbuster88 Posts: 138 Baller
    ‘73 Glastron V-178 w/150 Evinrude...old school fun!
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