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1997 Ski Nautique 176

Updated: May 23

PLEASE NOTE: This vessel is owned by a client, and it is NOT FOR SALE.

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A friend of mine brought in his cool little Ski Nautique 176 for a few specific updates. I love these rare little boats. The Ski Nautique 176 was only made for a few years, and they ski REALLY well.


This one is getting new decals, a dripless shaft seal, a new ignition switch, a GPS speedometer, some dash wiring work, a little engine tuning, and a few other things. Stay tuned as we freshen up this little beauty!



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Jeff Carroll
Jeff Carroll
a day ago

Today, we had our graphics experts recreate the SKI NAUTIQUE 176 hullside decals for this boat. They should be ready to install next week. In the mean time, we'll wet sand and buff the hull in preparation for the new graphics.


Here's an interesting fact. These graphics are not black-on-white. They are black-on clear, where the hull color shows through.


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Jeff Carroll
Jeff Carroll
5 days ago

Still waiting on the appropriate parts for the shaft and seal, but those parts will be here soon.


Yesterday, we finished up the dash work, and reinstalled it. Here are some shots of the new 8 AWG ground wire, and the bus bar before the cover was installed on it. We also made sure to quintuple-seal the pitot line so that no water leaks under the dash now that one of the speedometers is GPS.


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Jeff Carroll
Jeff Carroll
28 thg 5

We found an interesting issue while preparing to install the dripless shaft seal today. The existing shaft is extremely worn, to the point that resurfacing it will likely make the shaft too small to seal in the new dripless system. We've reached out to the owner to see if we can replace the shaft. If he decides against shaft replacement, we'll likely have to repack and reinstall the original stuffing box. Hopefully we'll get the green light to replace the shaft, but it is a big expense.


The picture doesn't really show the wear very well, but trust me, it is significant.


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Jeff Carroll
Jeff Carroll
28 thg 5

Today, we installed the new ignition switch. Nothing too major here, but here are the results. We stuck with the factory wiring since it appeared to be in decent condition.


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Jeff Carroll
Jeff Carroll
27 thg 5

This is kind of a long post, so you may need to click Show More at the bottom of this post to see it all.


Today, we cleaned up the ground wiring on the dash, and installed the GPS speedometer. As stated in earlier posts, the proper way to address ground issues on this era of Nautique dash is to install a ground bus bar, and wire that directly to the engine block. Here's the new ground bus bar, with individual wires running to each gauge. We always use adhesive shrink on all connections, and only use marine-grade wire.

Since the owner of this boat only asked for the grounds to be addressed, we did not rewire the rest of…


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