condition: good length overall (LOA): 16 make / manufacturer: Uniflite model name / number: Runabout / Ski Boat propulsion type: power
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**The last price adjustment of the season. If it doesn't sell I will put it back up in the spring**
This classic Uniflite was definitely a labor of love with the original idea of restoring it to pull behind our 42 Uni to desolation sound and other long trips. Life has gotten crazy busy and we can't see the long trips happening for a while. Rather than sit in our garage covered, I want someone else to enjoy it. The thing about this boat is you better be ready to talk with everyone about it. Whenever it's been in the water we cannot go to one dock without pretty much everyone asking questions and commenting on how cool it is!
I cannot guarantee this is a 1957 but it's either a 64' or 57'. Based on the low hull number of 1049, the original United Boat Builders emblem (relocated to the front seat step through) and some pretty trustworthy Uniflite historians, and my love for everything Uniflite, I would lean towards a 57'...buuuttt....a recent comment from a family member of the founder of Uniflite thinks it may be a 64' because making 1000+ hand made boats in the first year of operation may have been very challenging.
For the most, this boat was unmolested with a very, very good hull. Even the original walk through forward bench was still present. It came with original Ski Horse outboard and controls but those are long gone and replaced with something a little more reliable and easy to source parts. The top side was refinished in a 2 part poly with a very close vintage correct color. The original had very small metallic flecks.
The merc 2 stroke 50 is a great motor that gets up and goes. Top speed is usually around 25 kts. I say usually because this past weekend (August 16-18) we had it in the water and although it started perfect and ran prefect, top speed was 18kts. I have a strong feeling it just needs a new fuel filter which is easy to replace and cheap to buy. I did clean the carbs before I put it away this weekend but didn't test after that. New marine gas is always used. With that said, this boat can take up to a 75 if you want a little more excitement.
The Boat, Motor and Trailer
- 16' Uniflite Runabout Ski Boat made in Bellingham, WA
- New carpet
- New topside paint
- New stereo - Kenwood with Fusion speakers
- Reinforced transom. Not a perfect job by all means but it's solid
- New Zinc bottom paint
- New stainless hardware all around
- New aft bench seat. This boat did not originally come with a rear bench, but it should have!
- New vinyl seat cushions and added arm rest and forward seat step through cushion
- Newly painted interior hull walls
- New marine mahogany floor/stringer cover in aft storage area. 2 Screws and you can open if needed
- New forward port/starboard light
- New original hand operated windshield wiper
- 2 battery system. I starter motor, 1 deep cycle both hooked to grounded terminal and Perko switch.
- 1986 merc 2 stroke (no power tilt - never needed it as the trailer sits plenty high at rear for launching)
- Merc controls
- New water pump kit and impeller. 1 month old.
- Calkins trailer is included and is in good shape - single axle - painted, not galvanized. There are sp[ots of surface rust here and there but no rot, not even close. Bearings are good and greased up after every time in water. At some point the previous owner started painting the trailer but stopped at the pinstripe areas. I have some cans of the same paint use if you wish to complete.
- Blue canvas cover that is okay for bringing back and forth to lake/ocean and covering in the garage or outside.
- The controls, steering system, steering wheel and motor (of course) are not original to the boat. The steering wheel was painted white at some point before I bought it. It's okay and does the job..it's a 10 footer.
Things you could address:
- Right light on trailer just stopped working this weekend. I installed a new connector on my truck last week, not sure if that has anything to do with it. Ground is okay but this would be an easy fix.
- All lights on boat are not hooked to the electrical panel. Another easy fix but we saw no need at this time because it has been only used as a daytime weekend driver.
- Change fuel filter on motor. Easy to get to, easy to fix and cheap.
- Windshield looks to be original and this boat would look awesome with a bright new shiny one. I have the contact of the official Uniflite parts shop person that quoted around 500 US to replace. It is a bit cloudy but I use PlastX to clean it up, it does a fantastic job as you couldn't see out of it when I got the boat. It's definitely fine how it is and you do not need to replace.
- Rub rails are original and for originals they are pretty decent but have a lot of marking along various areas. Sure looks great from 10 feet.
- Gas gauge does not work on dash and switches are newly installed but have not been hooked up to anything.
All the hard work has been done to restore this beauty. It's turn key with only a few items to address if you wish. This is by far not a new boat and will not operate or feel like a new boat, this is an antique.
I have had this boat in salt and fresh water and have always washed it thoroughly and ran the engine for 15 mins with fresh water after being in the ocean. Even though this is garage kept, I do an engine flush with pink antifreeze before tucking away for the winter.
TRADE? I do like vintage fender strats.
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