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Updated: 11/19/2016 (3 years ago)
Originally Posted: 11/16/2016
Total Views: 2,699
Owner: Mark Collins
Location: Curtice, OH
Phone: 9

Model: 1999 Ski Nautique
Length: 19.6
Engine: PCM Python 502
HP: 430
Hours: 295

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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.
Mark Collins
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