1998 Ski Nautique FS $5000 in NY (Not April fools but needs work)

VermontSkierVermontSkier Posts: 58 Baller
Found on Facebook market place and was posted today. Owner said via PM that he bought it last summer and previous owner said it was winterized but he found two freeze plugs popped out. Needs interior. I wish I had the mechanical skills and resources to make this a great ski boat again!

https://facebook.com/marketplace/item/1321109255058505/?ref=search&referral_code=marketplace_search&referral_story_type=post&tracking=browse_serp%3Ae55947e1-82d5-4a5d-a924-9ce2f7f254ca

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  • MastercrafterMastercrafter Posts: 388 Crazy Baller
    Dang, great ZO reowper candidate. Wish it wasn't 10 hours away.
    VermontSkier
  • jpwhitjpwhit Posts: 221 Solid Baller
    Thanks for the pointer to the boat for sale. It took a while for me to make it to NY to pick it up, but it's at it's new home now.




    If anyone recognizes the "The Guarino Bambino", I'd love to know more about the history of the boat. It was originally purchased in NJ, then spent a good part of it's life at a YMCA camp in NY. Now it's starting the next chapter of it's life in NC.

    vtjcReallyGottaSkiMISkier
  • GaryJanzigGaryJanzig Posts: 197 Baller
    Skiboatpartsonline.com has some nice replacement gauges.
  • GaryJanzigGaryJanzig Posts: 197 Baller
    Anyone have any experience with Marine Power brand replacement engines? A PCM ZZ5 would be great in this boat.
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,463 Mega Baller
    edited May 17
    After seeing the name on the stern and the history, I keep envisioning the original owner saying: "Nice jet ski you got there. Be a shame if something were to happen to it."
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
    Kimbymon
  • VermontSkierVermontSkier Posts: 58 Baller
    @jpwhit So cool! Glad this went to a baller. What are your plans with it? Does it run or are you going to re-power? Cheers
  • jpwhitjpwhit Posts: 221 Solid Baller
    @MISkier yeah, your reaction is similar to mine after seeing the name on the back. I was a little afraid to dig too deeply through the boat in fear of what may turn up.
    MISkier
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,463 Mega Baller
    @jpwhit, yeah, if that boat had a trunk, I would certainly have been leery of opening it.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
    DaveD
  • VermontSkierVermontSkier Posts: 58 Baller
    @jpwhit that is awesome, I hope you will keep us posted. It certainly deserves a thread on BoS! When I saw it I had dreams of restoring and repowering but as a 30 year old working full time and trying to ski as much as I can in my free time, I didn’t think it was feasible. Have fun!
    Wish
  • gcam4gcam4 Posts: 107 Baller
    @jpwhit be sure to check out planetnautique and look at Jeff's restoration of his 98 from a few years back. He is based out of NC as well as myself. I'm pretty jealous of that find! Same colors as our 95 in the exact condition I would want in as well.
  • jpwhitjpwhit Posts: 221 Solid Baller
    edited May 18


    The interior is in really rough shape. But I guess I could follow the previous repair attempt of white duct tape.

    Thanks @gcam4, I'll check that out. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to restore it to originality or do a restomod. I'm leaning towards modernizing everything. Glass cockpit for example.
  • AndreAndre Posts: 1,818 Mega Baller
    edited May 18
    Repower for ZO or just new 5.7 ?
    I vote for restomod!

    Have a good and fun retirement!
    My ski finish in 16.95 ...but my ass is out of tolerance!
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 6,112 Mega Baller
    Glass panel…pilot? I don’t think u can get a set of Garmin flat screens in there!
    With upholstery n carpet u will have a good start.
    New steering cable and do the rudder packing that is key to butter steering.
    Never liked all those fuses on the dash in my buddies ‘97. My 2000 had keypads which were nice but the digital speedos and hour meters were fails. I’d go a circa 2000 dash with touch pads and drop in some faria gauges and then have @thager show u a pic of his ZO install on his ‘03
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • jpwhitjpwhit Posts: 221 Solid Baller
    No question that it'll have zero off. In terms of engine, I'm leaning toward something rather unconventional. By glass panel, I mean I may put in an HV700 display similar to used in most current boats such as my 2019 ProStar.
    AndreGloersen
  • MastercrafterMastercrafter Posts: 388 Crazy Baller
    If you happen to want an Ilmor 5.7 I have one available. However, glass panel would best be paired with 6.2 or 7.4, IMO.
  • WishWish Posts: 8,546 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Mastercrafter how would that all work in a 98 SN?? Seems like that’d be square peg in a round hole.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • skimtbskimtb Posts: 549 Crazy Baller
    edited May 18
    Assuming the restoration includes the exterior, if there were to be a vote, my vote would be to tape over a rectangle area with “the guarino bambino” and leave that as is.
    Nice clean shiny gel everywhere else and leave that in the back. Just because…. You could always remove it later, but it’s almost too good to get rid of, in a weird way.
    Agree we need a Resto thread. Especially if you go restomod on it.
  • ESPNSkierESPNSkier Posts: 203 Baller
    Looks like a great project boat for sure!

    @Mastercrafter can you PM me with info about that Ilmor 5.7 you have available? Thanks!
  • thagerthager Posts: 5,566 Mega Baller
    edited May 21
    @6balls
    Finally found this pic of my ZO/Faria Chesapeake install.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
    6balls
  • jpwhitjpwhit Posts: 221 Solid Baller
    @6balls and @thager thanks for the input on the dash options. Mine does have the fuse panel there on the dash and I agree that's a terrible use of valuable real estate.
    thager
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 6,112 Mega Baller
    Cup holder ZO that rocks
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • gcam4gcam4 Posts: 107 Baller
    @jpwhit Jeff did a very nice restomod on his 98 with seadeck, etc. Nothing fancy with the engine, but he has a lot of good info.
    If it becomes to big of a headache, let me know and I'll come take it off your hands! Quick 2.5hr drive for me!
  • JayproJaypro Posts: 411 Crazy Baller
    @gcam4 , I was thinking the same thing!
  • jpwhitjpwhit Posts: 221 Solid Baller
    @gcam4 yeah I read Jeff's thread a couple of days ago. He did an impressive restoration and lots of good info in that thread.

    If I get fed up with the restoration I'll let you guys know :wink:
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 6,112 Mega Baller
    If all u did for starters was buff the exterior, redo upholstery n replace carpet with sea-deck—how serviceable wud she be at that point? Trailer looks ok. Anything further on motor does she run?
    Might be good first steps, then get into dash, re-power. U know this the wake is going to be stellar.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • jpwhitjpwhit Posts: 221 Solid Baller
    Nice looking boat @Jaypro
  • jpwhitjpwhit Posts: 221 Solid Baller
    @6balls the motor is damaged from improper winterization. I'm not planning to invest any time or money into the existing motor.
    6balls
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