Our family lived on a lake for a good while, so we're familiar with boats and have already partially restored a stunning orange 1972 Correct Craft Skier that we sold. My dad, brother and I found a 1981 Ski Supreme Seville for sale for $1,000. The Craigslist ad said it had a 302 engine with 351 heads (just like the '72 Skier), only 200 hours on the new engine, 600 total on the boat.The catch was the stringers were bad. We figured the hull, trailer, and engine were worth over $1,000 easily and were more than willing to replace everything else on the boat. The ad had no pictures so we assumed the worst (faded gel coat, bad stringers, rotten floor, torn seats, etc.), but we were thankfully wrong.
The boat is cream with red lettering and red upholstery. The gel coat is in near mint condition, the drivers and front passenger seat have one tear each in them, and the floor was new in 2006, the carpet is clean, the teak is all accounted for, and the trailer is in good shape. We were amazed that the owner was selling for such a low price on such a beautiful boat.
We're about to dive into the project tomorrow. The plan is to replace the stringers, maybe the floor depending on the condition, reupholster the torn seats, replace the exhaust while we're down there, install a stereo, wheel out the boat, and replace the old 80's decal with a modern looking one that reads "Ski Supreme". Tomorrow I believe we'll just be tearing up the floor and starting to get the engine free. I'll post some pictures before we get started and during the process. Any advice is greatly appreciated, especially with the stringers as we've never replaced any. Does anyone know where I can find Ski Supreme decals online? I'm really looking forward to this restore!