Ski Craft Boats

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Dan Long

United States

#1 Nov 27, 2008
Does anyone have any information on the ski craft boats made in lafayette? I own a 1965 17'
chris

United States

#2 Feb 1, 2009
hay dan call me i have
chris

United States

#3 Feb 1, 2009
dan i have one
MICHAEL

Oakley, CA

#4 Feb 19, 2009
Dan Long wrote:
Does anyone have any information on the ski craft boats made in lafayette? I own a 1965 17'
My brother has a 1963. And I had a 1965 that I had bought for the eng/trans/trailer. Ended up cutting the boat up and putting it out with the gargage each week.

I have heard that the boats were built were the Hungry Hunter currently is off of Pleasant Hill Rd. I do not know who built them. Dan Arena built a similar boat plus many others in Martinez. He or his son would probably know some of the history. Another source of info might be Jack Keaton. Jack built a similar boat in Sacramento.
There is a website www.keatonboat.com were you may be able to get word to Jack.
2/19/09
moutnabout@sbcglobal.net
Dave

Holt, CA

#5 Jul 24, 2009
I have a 1965 Ski Craft picked up cheap off craiglist and it was cheap for a reason. There was rot in the floor and the engine hadn't fired in forever. We have repaired the floor, made stringers stronger, customized it and rebuilt the 327 chevy with 1965 aluminum DP intake. With custom trailer, we will be selling soon. Watch Craigslist. This boat has nothing to do with Keaton. They are rare boats.
Speed

Brentwood, CA

#6 Jul 27, 2009
I have A 16 or 17 footer! 64? 65? cant find out anything about 'em. got it for free from my company last year. the motor was rebuilt in 78 and still hasn't been run!

I'm anxious to know anything about it.
Dave A

Hickman, CA

#9 Apr 9, 2010
I just picked up a Ski-Craft boat for $150, engine hasn't ran in forever, the boat itself is in pretty good shape. I can't find anything on the internet about these boats, what the heck did I buy? Any help would be cool. I would like to see some pictures of the same boat. Thanks
Paul M

United States

#10 Oct 30, 2010
I have a 63 Skicraft 16 footer. I'm also unable to find any info on it. It has a mid engine Cruisader "flywheel forward" 283 small block. I would like to restore it and could use any info available. I know it was made in Lafayette, but that's about it. Thanks
darcyl

Surrey, Canada

#11 Nov 23, 2010
I have a mid to late 60's 17' ski-craft with a flyweel forward crusader small block chevy setup, here in Canada. I bought it from a guy that drug it home from the Sacramento area about 10 years ago. All I know is he told me it was built in Lafeyette Ca.? Any history info would sure be interesting.
Steve

Tracy, CA

#12 Feb 25, 2011
I have a 1964 it's a 16 footer with 327 direct drive I completely rebuilt the drive train and re did the gelcoat and painted the topside, still got to finish the inside so it looks better .. I can show som pic's some time soon
Charles

Fresno, CA

#13 May 5, 2011
I have a 63 with a 283 in it. Its a nice little boat that rides well. I have had other boats and this one gets the most looks. They are not very fast and the hull drags a lot in the water but its great for put putting around. I plan on butting a larger, higher pitch prop and seeing what i can get out of it, but I must say it is a very smooth ride. Displacement is out of control on it though. I have a set of Lenco trim tabs ready to go on, additionally the original mercury steering box and cable were garbage and before I even put it on the water I replaced it with a cheap Teleflex unit.
Speed

Martinez, CA

#14 May 11, 2011
Steve wrote:
I have a 1964 it's a 16 footer with 327 direct drive I completely rebuilt the drive train and re did the gelcoat and painted the topside, still got to finish the inside so it looks better .. I can show som pic's some time soon
I'd be very interested to see how you did.. as I am looking to restore(possibly modify) the one I have and the boat Is very close to yours (Byron)
Speed

Martinez, CA

#15 May 11, 2011
Hopefully I can get some pics of my unrestored boat soon.... supposedly it was a showboat in the beginning of its life.... since it does have worn(very worn) metalflake on it... can anyone else snap some pictures to compare?... and where did everyone get theirs from?
Lloyd

Visalia, CA

#16 May 28, 2011
Looking for a Ski Craft. Did they come with windshields?
travis

Edmonds, WA

#17 Jun 3, 2011
Steve wrote:
I have a 1964 it's a 16 footer with 327 direct drive I completely rebuilt the drive train and re did the gelcoat and painted the topside, still got to finish the inside so it looks better .. I can show som pic's some time soon
Hi. I just purchased a 1962 Ski Craft 17' boat with the 283ci V8. It has a strip of painted wood down each side of the hull...for stability maybe? Not sure if these are original or added by someone. Id love to see pictures of other Ski Craft boats to compare to mine. Thanks! choppaluvntrav@yahoo.com
Eric

United States

#18 Jun 4, 2011
Here is a 1962, 17' Ski-Craft.
Eric

United States

#19 Jun 4, 2011
Hey Travis,
I know where a '62 , 17 footer is near you!
Cory

Rancho Mirage, CA

#20 Jun 6, 2011
I have a 1962 17' ski craft it is a project but all there. I would like to sell it was going to restore but dont have the time. You can e-mail me at socal1971@yahoo.com boat is in southern california.
steve

Tracy, CA

#21 Sep 13, 2011
sorry its been a while since i have checked this form i have some pic's of my boat before and after still haven't completed the interior yet ran out of money but boat still looks good i will try to post some pic's on here if i can or send some links.
steve

Tracy, CA

#22 Sep 13, 2011
Lloyd wrote:
Looking for a Ski Craft. Did they come with windshields?
mine has a 2 piece glass windshield and i think that's the best part of the boat

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