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    Posted: August-18-2007 at 1:33am
Hi Guys,

I can't remember how I first stumbled across this site, but it is great to see so many people interested in inboard ski boats like me! I have used the search function a few times to try and answer some questions about my own boat ('73 Century Resorter w/Chrysler 340 and 1:1 Velvet Drive). I bought it in pretty rough shape and it still needs a fair amount of work to be fully functioning. I must tell you, that in the Century boat world I feel like a bit of an outcast as the Century club focuses on wood boats and there is no online forum that I have found. I think the wood boat guys much prefer to do all their socializing at boat shows and it looks like they have a ball. I'm afraid my boat isn't near ready to make an appearance at any show. So I just wanted to introduce myself and say hi. I will be posting a very newbie question on the troubleshooting forum and I didn't want anyone to wonder why this Century guy was invading! As Century quit making inboards in the early 90's (really it slowed way down in the 80's) I will definately look for a Correct Craft when I get something modern.
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Welcome. Would like to see a picture of your Century. An engine's an engine. Some of the guys here have 340s in their boats. Marshall Morgan's Mustang comes to mind. BKH
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Thanks for the welcome bkhallpass. I appreciate the openess with which everyone is treated on this board. I'm glad to hear there are some other 340s out there as they seem to be pretty scarce. I will post a picture as soon as I figure out how to save as a smaller file size. I just tried to upload, but my file size was only 10 times too big!
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20th Century, welcome to the 21st Century!

Glad to have you aboard. I always liked the lines of the Century and we look forward to hearing some of the story of your boat.

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20th Century,

You have found the greatest bunch of inboard owners you will ever find.

Use the search often, you should find most questions have been raised and answered. If it has, some of the guys will refer you to a previous post, if not you will see a bunch of knowledgeable guys working the problem out. I'm the first to admit most of this is new to me, so the help provided has been invaluable.

Don't get me wrong, it is not all sunshine. People will disagree and call each other out. However, we all benefit from the differences of opinion expressed here.

Welcome to our little secret spot.

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20th, Welcome to the group. A 73 Resorter is one of the true fiberglass classics. We can help you restore it better than the Century Boat Club!! We are ready when you are.


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mt very first boat was a century, it was a v-drive boat, that was in 1986 or so. I wish i still had it, it was odd looking and stuck out in the crowd...I was a little embarrassed at the time to take it to the lake because of its looks, now it would blend in.
you'll get alot of good info here, its an inboard and thats all that matters
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My brother has a 1980 Resorter, beautiful boat. Nice cruising boat and it's pretty fast. You will definately find all the help you need around here.
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20th Century
Welcome aboard.
I have a soft spot for the early 70's Century. I did most of my early footing behind two on the lake I grew up on. I learned beach sliders, but back then it was in jean shorts with a life jacket and we would start 30' on shore. The boats were identical brown ones. I"m not sure of the exact year, but what I do remember is the funky throttle.
Like it was said before, you have found a great group of classic boat owners. Most own CC's but there are quite a few with other makes.
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Century? Isn't that a Buick?.... Just Kiddin'
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Thanks for the hearty welcome. Yep my boat has the funky throttle. I found out it is a throttle that is/was commonly used in small airplanes and is called a Vernier throttle. I guess Century used it because of the ability to dial in or dial out the speed in very small increments. It takes a little getting used to as "throttling back" is actually accomplished by pushing the throttle in and vice versa. Forward and reverse is a lever on the steering column. Sometimes a third hand would be nice during docking.
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Had the same throttle on our Trojan inboard. BKH
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Trojan? Isn't that a.......never mind.
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hasbeen, thats a Trojan in and out...board
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Ok I shrank a couple pictures of my boat. >>>>>>>>>Warning - May not be suitable for all boat lovers. The following images depict graphic scenes of boat cruelty. . .<<<<<<<<<

This is how the boat looked when I first saw it:



The graphics and name are now gone (wife didn't appreciate the name. I said it screams class.

Hull has been improved more since this picture. Interior is also new, but I don't have a current state picture yet. I should next week.

No matter how much anyone begs, the trailer is not for sale!
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What a awesome trailer...gotta love those rims!

Really 20th, we here are just glad to see boats like this get rescued.

Welcome and hope you enjoy it here.

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Originally posted by eric lavine eric lavine wrote:

mt very first boat was a century, it was a v-drive boat, that was in 1986 or so. I wish i still had it, it was odd looking and stuck out in the crowd...I was a little embarrassed at the time to take it to the lake because of its looks, now it would blend in.
you'll get alot of good info here, its an inboard and thats all that matters


Your boat might be here, there is one on the lake.
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it looked just like that one but had it was solid maroon
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Jim, I can't make out the boat name that your wife didn't like. What is it? Yes, I have seen quite a few names on the backs of boats that I've often wondered what the owner was thinking about! Some on wood boats as well! I'm not a prude but there is a time and place for everything and some came right out of the mens locker room.

I also feel that if the boat isn't at least 35' long or not made from wood, then the boat shouldn'd have a name on it!


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Originally posted by 8122pbrainard 8122pbrainard wrote:


I also feel that if the boat isn't at least 35' long or not made from wood, then the boat shouldn'd have a name on it!


Gee, I guess by your criteria Pete, the Miss Budweiser would be just some red boat. BKH
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Originally posted by 8122pbrainard 8122pbrainard wrote:


I also feel that if the boat isn't at least 35' long or not made from wood, then the boat shouldn'd have a name on it!


Gee, I guess by your criteria Pete, the Miss Budweiser would be just some red boat. BKH


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Originally posted by eric lavine eric lavine wrote:

it looked just like that one but had it was solid maroon


Its here, ill have to get a pic.
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That's a Resorter 16.    They didn't make a whole lot of those. Nice boat. Just don't ride sitting up on the top of the seat.
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I knew what you were saying Pete. Just giving you some grief BKH
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Peter,
Boats name was "Honeyhunt". I guess the wife had a point.

Riley,
You are dead on about it being a Resorter 16. The fiberglass crossmember behind the front seat gives it away. I have to admit that riding on top of the seat is my favorite spot, but if it gets too rough I slide down on the bench. Incidentally, it is the only Resorter 16 I have ever seen or read about with the 340. It could possibly be a re-power but the serial number on the engine is correct for 1973.

Eric,
Yours must have been an Arabian. Did it have exhaust above the water line?
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Thats a nice looking boat . Welcome to the sight .We welcome all kinds of makes and models . Mostly inboards , but there are others . Where are you located ?
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I dig the old Centurys myself.
I almost bought a fiberglass Coronado hardtop. Funky as hell and huge. Had a 440 in it. Still looking out for one of those.
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I learned how to ski behind a century about 15 years ago. It was low to the water, was not a V drive, I think it had a 340 in it. It was probably 16-17 ft long. It had a ski pole behind the engine, closed bow, and lights on the platform to tell the skier when the engine was in gear. The biggest problem was it did not have a tracking fin on it.

Anybody know what it was? I have never seen one other than this one.

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ps- ryan, this one was before leahys '86 sn they had.
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20th Cent, I like riding up there too. I had a friend that a new 73 Resorter 16 with a 340 Chrysler. It's a much different hull than the Resorter 18, and can roll if you hit a wake the wrong way. This guy's boat had about 50 hours on it back in 1973 when he and a buddy that were racing another boat hit the wake the wrong way and got thrown out of the boat. The new Resorter 16 went about 5 miles across the lake full speed and hit a cement block retaining wall.



Next year he had a new 1974 Resorter 16 that had a 360 in it. They were both nice boats, same color as yours.

My brother's 1980 Resorter is a real attention getter. There's not many of them around that are in good condition.

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BehindProp,
I wonder if it was a ski fury. I have never seen one in person, but it was a 16 footer and did have the larger (340 vs. 318) engine due to its ski designation. It didn't have a traditional windshield, it was short, heavily tinted plastic and tilted outward. Just a shot.

P/allen,
I am in Indy, but the boat is in NW Indiana about 20 miles from Lafayette. There is only one other Century that I know of on the lake I frequent. There is a white American Skier that is in an open sided boat house that I have never seen out on the lake. There is also a '68 Barracuda with a 318 on the lake. After that the interesting boats are pretty scarce. Most of the newer ski boats are MC, Malibu and Tige. I'm not sure why there aren't more Nautiques. Oh, there is one sport Nautique. Nice.

Raindog,
Coronados can be found pretty easily, but good ones are pricey. They are huge with 3 rows of seats.

Riley,
That story of the driverless boat just hurts.

I love 'em all!
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