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Old 02-06-2013, 06:38 PM   #16
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Yep, you want be doing 45 in one but it does throw a beautiful smooth wake with enough grunt to not make you work. The only weird aspect of the keel when you are skiing is they turn flat without heeling. That took a little getting used to. That wake and the fact they are dirt cheap are the only reasons I pointed it out as an alternative. I wish I could still ski. That is really the only sport I miss now that I am half lame.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:51 PM   #17
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Ah, ski boat.

The two happiest times of my ski boat were when I bought it and when I sold it!
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:52 PM   #18
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My wife and I bought our Ski Nautique new in '91. It has been one of the most reliable and enjoyable 'toys' that we own. When we bought the boat the dealer took us for a test drive. He asked if we had ever ridden in a tournament ski boat before? No. He demonstrated how the boat could turn 180° within it's length at full speed. It pulls like a freight train and handles like sports car. It's not about speed as it tops-out in the mid 40's. I've re-propped it with an ACME that provides more hole-shot with a 1mph drop in top speed. I've pulled 4 adult men on singles from deep water, with the factory prop. My boat has a 5.8 (351) Ford-based motor. Rock solid dependaple for 21 years. No regrets.

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Old 02-06-2013, 10:03 PM   #19
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I'd also like to add that you don't have to be on a slalom course to enjoy a ski boat.

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Old 02-06-2013, 11:46 PM   #20
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I have a 95 Nautique, owned it since 96.
Has the Ford 5.8 Lightning efi engine in it. Rock solid performance. All Fiberglass, still brings a smile to my face when I drive it, or ski behind it, too.
Give the boys at Enzo's a call 604 270 6535. They probably have something coming in on trade, since the boat show starts tomorrow...

Can't beat an inboard for safety, reliability and performance. Unlike an I/O or an O/B, all the expensive stuff's inside the boat.

95-99 are good years.
Avoid the engines with holley projection (a carb with injectors). Exhaust is unbearable. Runs waaaay too rich!
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:58 AM   #21
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:38 AM   #22
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In May we have the Belgian F1, F2 & F3 waterski championship in front of my door. They have some interesting boats.

This is a nice one









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Old 02-08-2013, 03:36 PM   #23
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In May we have the Belgian F1, F2 & F3 waterski championship in front of my door. They have some interesting boats.
Those are the folks that are always getting injured and jacking up the insurance premiums in the states.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:37 PM   #24
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Yep, you want be doing 45 in one but it does throw a beautiful smooth wake with enough grunt to not make you work. The only weird aspect of the keel when you are skiing is they turn flat without heeling. That took a little getting used to. That wake and the fact they are dirt cheap are the only reasons I pointed it out as an alternative. I wish I could still ski. That is really the only sport I miss now that I am half lame.

Yikes 36 is fast enough!
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:32 PM   #25
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Update: This is what he has his eye on. Seems like a nice boat.

http://boise.craigslist.org/boa/3576602019.html
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:51 PM   #26
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grantsdad is that redinger lake? just a guess...............
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:51 PM   #27
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Update: This is what he has his eye on. Seems like a nice boat.

http://boise.craigslist.org/boa/3576602019.html
I've owned/serviced/used quite a few brands of tournament ski boats, and Centurions were always nice looking, but I found corners were cut in some of the worst places...
Check the stringers to make sure that they run all the way to the transom. Previous models from them always stopped short, and a lot of water got into the foam, rotted the wood floor, etc....

Get it checked out, make sure it's exactly what he wants. Test out a few "top" boats, and then compare it to the Centurion.

If it doesn't ride as nice as X, or turn as nice as X, or have a wake as nice as X, then start looking at something different!

Is there a Centurion dealer in Kelowna?

Just trying to make sure he doesn't get the wrong boat...
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:38 PM   #28
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grantsdad is that redinger lake? just a guess...............
Sorry to disappoint you, the pics were taken on Pine Flat Lake about 35 miles east of Fresno CA.
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