This is our third Correct Craft in 35 years. The first one which we only had for 0ne year was a red and white 1968 Mustang. After deciding we liked the inboard type of power and handling, we bought a grey hull and silver interior year old 1981 SN. After wearing out the 351W in 25 years and 1500 hours of nearly trouble free use, I rebuilt the engine and had the transmission rebuilt as long as it was out. I also added some power adders that made the 81 a 50 mph hull.That was 6-7 years ago.
Over the last couple years we discussed upgrading to something newer. Not knowing what we wanted, except that it would be a Correct Craft, we occasionally checked ads and other sources. Then one day I came across this 1999 196 SN with the Python option. It was at a CC dealer about 100 miles from our lake property. After a phone call to the dealer to verify they still had it, it was road trip time. What really interested me was that it only had 295 hours on it and I liked the color combination. Unfortunately it wasn't taken care of as well as I was expecting it to have been nor how I would have kept it. I could see that a little TLC would make a huge difference. I was a little hesitant of the Python option mostly because of the few that were built and possible parts issues and I'm not one to go to the radical side. But after a test drive we were both sold. My wife's only comment when the Python was punched was "holy crap."
My nephew bought my 1981 so its still in the family. Interestingly, I taught well over 100 folks to ski with the 81. Three of the regular skiers are the only boat owners of the 100 and they all own Correct Crafts today.