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  • Writer's pictureJeff Carroll

1999 Ski Nautique PYTHON

This 1999 Ski Nautique with the super-rare PYTHON 8.2L 430 HP engine option is a welcome addition to our fleet. This boat has every single available option from the factory except the burlwood steering wheel and dash panels. It is the most fully-loaded Ski Nautique I have ever seen, and it is all original with the exception of the stereo equipment that the previous owner added.


This boat was owned by the same gentleman from the time it was new until very recently. A client of ours ended up buying it from him, and that client ended up selling it to us without ever titling or registering it, meaning that we are the second owners according to the records.


The exterior of this boat is in very nice condition. The only things that need to be addressed are the pinstripes (the top and bottom stripes are two different colors, which is not correct), and the swim platform has had varnish on it at some point, so we will need to give it a light sanding and oil it properly. The interior vinyl is a little dingy, so we will attempt to clean it, but we may end up replacing it. The carpet is also stained, so we will attempt to clean that too, but may end up replacing it as well. Other small things like the glove box hinges and engine box mounts also will be addressed. We may also throw a new steering cable in at some point.


Overall this is a beautiful boat that runs perfectly and is a blast to drive!



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Jeff Carroll
Jeff Carroll
Apr 30

Further testing today...



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Jeff Carroll
Jeff Carroll
Apr 29

Until testing is complete, this boat will be living in the boathouse.




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Jeff Carroll
Jeff Carroll
Apr 28

I took it out for a test run yesterday, then topped the fuel off and ran it some more today. What a fun boat!! I think I'll keep it at my house for a little while and just make sure it is working perfectly. That testing may take a few weeks or so..... A new boat lift is being installed in my boathouse tomorrow, so this boat will be moving into that spot in a couple of days. For now, it is on my FloatLift.




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Jeff Carroll
Jeff Carroll
Apr 28

The Python 502 engine is immaculate! It is by far the nicest, most original Python I have seen in a long time, and I doubt there are ANY others left in this state of original perfection. I can't find a single thing out of place on this Python! It also has the optional chrome pulleys, which was an option from PCM in 1999. This 25-year-old engine has a grand total of 165 hours on the clock, and runs perfectly!




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