1975 Kona 18' Jet Drive Ski Boat ? No Way! (I didn't have a pic so I used my son's friend's boat) (Gold Dust)
Last updated May 7, 2007
Bought the boat new in 1975 from Crook's Boats in Castro Valley, California. It had a yellow hull with gold metalflake trim and a simulated wood grain deck...a very striking looking boat!
Dark brown leather bucket seats up front and two side facing seats in the rear.
The boat was powered by a 455 CI Olds with Thru-Transom exhaust (I had little ones and couldn't risk the Over-Transom Headers and the burn quotient :)
I towed this boat and its single axle trailer behind my 396 Chevelle. Although very hard on the clutch with the Muncie 4-speed (towing up and down boat ramps), I remedied that little problem by tossing the Muncie for a 400 TH with a quick shift kit and a Hurst slap shifter. If the boat was not totally secured to the trailer, the car would yank the trailer right out from under the boat when it would shift from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd...
The boat was divorce casualty in 1981 but I at least got to keep my Chevelle.
I don't have any photos of the Gold Dust boat at the moment but here's one that you can enjoy.
It's a boat owned by my son Sean's friend, Dale Rayzor. It's a Skater 30 Flat Deck catamaran Prototype and capable of 150+mph. In fact, the recall on the Auto Meter Pro-Comp Marine GPS speedometer showed 153 mph! And that was at 6200 RPM and the motors are good for 7000 RPM...room for more? I think so!
It runs two 780hp Sterling engines with Arneson ASD-7 surface drives. It is made entirely of epoxy resin and carbon fiber.
The SKATER 30 PROTOTYPE was featured on the cover of Hot Boat Magazine a few months back and was written up in the January 2006 issue of Powerboat Magazine.
One very cool boat!
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