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Hey folks, been out of an AMSkier since I sold my '81 a number of years ago. Currently considering the purchase of another early 80's Skier 18. Boat has had quite a bit of work done to it the last few years. Had the foam removed, boat aired out, some epoxy coating on some of the stringers, etc.

Seller indicated some softness in the core material on the secondaries but indicated the mains are good. Engine cradle bolts all tight, etc...Seller also indicated some blistering on the hull, below waterline.

Did these old skiers have the same stringer issues as the other manufactures of this time period? I know the skiers we're built a bit better, and they were ahead of their time in manufacturing, but once rot starts...well....and it is a nearly 40 year old boat...

Hoping to get up to see it in the next couple weeks.

Thanks for you input.

Inboard Ski Boats For Sale / WTB: American Skier - Open Bow
« Last post by ultrarunner on February 13, 2020, 07:37:06 AM »
I'm looking for an open bow American Skier. Thanks, Mark
General American Skier Discussions / Re: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!
« Last post by kahunadon72 on January 07, 2020, 03:41:14 PM »
Happy New Year to Ron & everyone here.  Good to hear you are keeping the reds at bay, Ron  ;).  I don't post much, but sure reference the valuable info here on a regular basis - especially in the spring and fall (and am reminded of all the other stuff I still need to do).
Make it a great 2020!
General American Skier Discussions / Re: ignition coil issue
« Last post by our88advance on January 02, 2020, 07:13:58 PM »
it has been converted to electronic ignition. and the coil is an accell brand 12v.my cousin suggested that I move the coil away from the cylinder head at least a few inches but I haven't done that yet as we are past the prime season and i'm in the process of new vinyl while its stored for the winter.
General American Skier Discussions / Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!
« Last post by RonT on December 28, 2019, 10:37:13 AM »
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to Our Ski Boat Family!! 

We are not sure how long we can keep this forum going, this is an old software program that seems to be susceptible to spammers. I just cleared off 330 new member requests that have accumulated in 4 days, every one of them are spammers trying to get into our data base, most from Russia. But until they completely hack the site I will keep it open.

Ron T 
General American Skier Discussions / Re: ignition coil issue
« Last post by RonT on December 11, 2019, 08:46:49 AM »
Still running points or has this been converted to electronic ignition?? The electronic ignitions will use 12V coils & do bypass the resister. Is the new coil a 9 v or 12v ?
General American Skier Discussions / ignition coil issue
« Last post by our88advance on December 10, 2019, 07:08:38 PM »
ok so a few years ago I was having restart issues on my 88 model advance. I fought this most of the summer until I brushed my forearm against the coil while stuck on the lake, it was HOT!nice blister from that one. it seemed to be an original 9 volt coil with the resistor. I replaced it with an accell coil and bybassed the resistor to a switched 12 volt source.flash forward to next season and worked fine until it didn't. during trouble shooting I noticed the top of the coil was bulged and cracked around the coil wire.full disclosure this was after a long no wake speed crawl to get out of the launch area to the main water(my bride remembered something left in the car and we turnedback near the main water so we crawled it twice really,maybe 8-10 minute crawl) would really love to hear yalls thoughts on this
I probably should have gone aftermarket heads - but I found a set of vortec, and my machine shop did the valve jobs, and new springs and all to match my cam. All told it was 500. Probably would have been only another 250 or so for some budget aftermarket, but not this year.

Now I just need to get them on, and find an intake manifold. Vortec head bolts are same size as old school heads, right?

General American Skier Discussions / Re: New Member/New Owner general questions
« Last post by RonT on October 17, 2019, 08:41:51 AM »
Welcome aboard, your at the right place, this site is an extension of the OEM Factory and all of the contributors have been vetted and are reliable sources, and monitored for accuracy by American Skier.
For Parts we offer great pricing and service at : https://www.skiboatpartsonline.com/index.php
Here is the prop for basic skiing: https://skiboatpartsonline.com/Inboard-Ski-Boat-Parts/acme-props/acme-541-boat-propeller
There were more than 1 shaft length used in that model, call for directions on how to measure the shaft length
RonT  985-542-4336
General American Skier Discussions / New Member/New Owner general questions
« Last post by CJTHOMP on October 16, 2019, 07:02:20 PM »
Hey guys this past Sunday I bought my first ski boat, I started out on a Mastercraft prostar 190 and much later a beautiful x23(both friend of the families boats). Since I was a junior in high school I have tried to buy a prostar 205(always my dream boat considering I live in middle TN closest to the river but close enough to the lake I wanted something to easily take on both). However after buying my first house 2 months ago I needed a new toy(Iím 21 with no wife or kids) and  I found online a 1991 American Skier Legend(Iíll try and post pictures tomorrow). The boat has just shy of 1200 hours and is in overall good shape, needs some wax but there is no yellowing and minimal dings and scratches. The motor cranks right up and seems to be in good condition and taken care of as the bilge and water pump have been replaced as well as all the belts on the motor plus some other things I canít remember right now. I got the boat for $2500 after some haggling however the prop has broken off and the drive shaft and prop need to be replaced as there arenít any threads left on it. This is where my question begin, Iím needing to know what kind of shaft and prop I need to be looking into getting, size wise build material, etc. I would also like to know 3 blade vs. 4 blade props, whatís best? And what difference is it going to make for a mostly river boat. And also any tips for winterizing the boat would be fantastic! If you have any additional comments on things I should be weary of or look into please add them into it, I have wanted a boat for a long time and I feel like I have a decent one. Now I just want to do it right the first time. Thanks in advance!
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