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  • 1979 Wellcraft 165 Airslot???

    Hello

    This is my wellcraft that I picked up at the beginning of the summer. A guy's wife was making him sell it so I got a really good deal on it. It has a 1995 Nissan 40HP OB. It is sitting on a calkins trailer.

    When I purchased it I was informed that there was no ID plate on the boat as the boat was reconditioned a few years back. He knew the year the hull was made but no information on the model. The hull and transom are in great condition. The boat did have a VIN that the enviromental police had assigned to the last owner though so I did not have any way verify its model.

    I finally found the models available during that year (in my class) airslot and sport. I have searched around and checked pictures and I think its an airslot.

    I have since added a bimini top and working on installing a stereo. Looking into get a set of smart tabs for the back also, if I did that I would have to relocate a couple sensors.

    Anyways here it is.

    thanks for reading







    cant see in these pictures but on the other side of the boat is the wellcraft symbol
    16' 1978 Wellcraft 165 Airslot
    1995 Nissan NS40D


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    Re: 1979 Wellcraft 165 Airslot???

    Hey, Nice boat, I had 3 of them, 1-16' with a 135hp Johnson outboard, 1-18.5' With 165hp 6cyl Mercruiser, and 1- 18.5' with a 188hp V8 Mercruiser, they are strong heavy boats.

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    • #3
      Re: 1979 Wellcraft 165 Airslot???

      thanks. Any idea on what the max HP motor would be. I want to repower in the next couple seasons. Thinking 75-90 but if I found a deal would want to know if it can handle more.
      16' 1978 Wellcraft 165 Airslot
      1995 Nissan NS40D

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      • #4
        Re: 1979 Wellcraft 165 Airslot???

        Mine was a 1972 -16' Wellcraft Airslot, Max HP rating was 125hp,,, But I had a 115hp Evinrude on it, didn't phase it! I found a good deal on a 135hp Johnson, and put that on it, and sold my 115. That boat was like a tank, it had no issues handling either motor. By the way, I never had trouble getting up on plane with either motor, by about 1/3rd throttle. These boats are like a "Powersled". The newer ones were rated a bit less, up to 1978 they were rated for 120hp! according to the brochures here, Enjoy: http://www.hsmarine.com/WellCraftAirslots/index.htm

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        • #5
          Re: 1979 Wellcraft 165 Airslot???

          check out this site:

          http://www.wellcraftv20.com/gallery/history

          it has all the old brocheures for wellcrafts that will help you find out what it is and also they tell what the max hp for an outboard is on each model

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