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68 cavalier 17 ski boat

Post by 1968cavalier » Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:23 pm

Hey everyone just joined the membership. Awesome readings so far. I acquired my first chris craft this year. It's a 1968 Chris craft cavalier 17ft ski boat. 106 were made from 67-68 according to my research. I'm having a hard time finding information on this year. It appears they are very rare. I've yet to find another one online. Wandering if any of you have any information, pictures, or general ideas on this particular model. Thanks

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Re: 68 cavalier 17 ski boat

Post by quitchabitchin » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:38 am

Welcome aboard....is your boat Red or Blue? 1968 was the last wooden ski boat. I have the '69 model, which is fiberglass. I know where a red '68 is sitting in a field in Ohio waiting to be saved. Post some pics.
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Post by 1968cavalier » Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:23 pm

Thank you!!! Mine is red! I see some traces of blue and the bottom is bronze so I'm thinking possibly it was originally blue. They made 106 and mine is number 96. I can't seem to find any one online that has another 68. They must be pretty rare. I'm going to try to post some pictures up. I'm also going to send the 40 bucks to the mariners museum and get the hull card to confirm everything.

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Post by 1968cavalier » Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:29 pm

Here are some pictures of my love. I've been using it weekly up until last week and I decided to take the fiberglass off. Someone had fiberglassed the whole top of the boat at one time and I couldn't stand it. Also replacing some plywood on the front deck that was rotting due to the glass holding moisture in. Let me know what you think. Thanks guys!
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Re: 68 cavalier 17 ski boat

Post by ballardMike » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:09 pm

Very nice. Would be a great companion boat for our 33' cruiser! :)
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Re: 68 cavalier 17 ski boat

Post by jfrprops » Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:34 pm

yes indeed, that looks very nice...good job. now GO BOATING!

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Re: 68 cavalier 17 ski boat

Post by 1968cavalier » Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:45 pm

Been working hard the last few days getting this baby back to its original wood. Got the dash down to its mahogany and stripped the entire transom this evening to wood. It's looking great. More pictures to come.

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Re: 68 cavalier 17 ski boat

Post by Tom Gruenauer » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:23 am

Welcome, Looks Great, glad to see your boat. I picked up a 1966 18Ft Cavalier Custom Ski Boat. Mine is one of 40 built that year. I found only one in the ACBS directory and I know of a second. In 66 you could get an 16 Ft or an 18'. Not much info out there on these boats. The info I have is for 66, I'm sure some stuff is the same. Send me a PM or ask here.

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Re: 68 cavalier 17 ski boat

Post by 68 cavalier » Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:55 pm

Hi fellow 68 cavalier captain,, your in luck !! Ive had my 68 since may 1977. My hull number is vva-17-0064c. Engine number 840836. I sent the 40$ to the mariner museum,, you get the basic info, and i got a copy of the origional delivery and purchaser. they have more info you can buy, owners manual and drawing's. I havent had chris in the water in some year's. Im just starting to re-fit her. She's the turquoise/ blue color and about 98% origional. Need's work though. Let's get in touch,,ask me anything,even if you want to do a 180 degree turn at 30 mile's an hr. mike,,,68 cavalier

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