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2000 Super Air Nautique with Python Engine

This very rare 2000 Nautique Super Sport / Super Air Nautique is currently under restoration at our facility. This vessel enjoyed a long life in Orlando, Florida before we acquired it, and it actually lived right down the street from Nautique's Chief Designer. The vessel is in decent shape, but we will be doing a full restoration to be sure that everything on this rare boat is up to our standards.


What makes this boat so rare? Well, it is one of very few boats that came from the factory with the 430 HP 8.2L 502ci PCM PYTHON engine. This engine is an absolute beast, and was by far the most powerful engine available at the time. There are only a handful of Python boats out there. I can't wait to get this restoration completed and take this thing out on the water!


Here's the starting point. Don't worry - that aftermarket tower is going into the trash can and a factory-correct New Dimension tower will go in its place. Follow along below as we restore this rare vessel! Sort the comments below by OLDEST to see a chronological timeline of the work we have completed so far.


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Jeff Carroll
Jeff Carroll
10 de mai.

We reassembled the windshield for this boat today. I love the look of a freshly powder coated windshield. It adds so much to the boat. This time we went with gloss black since the tower on this boat is gloss black. Normally we do flat black, but gloss looks good too.


We hand-washed the rubber inserts that hold the glass. These are no longer available, so we reuse the originals whenever possible. The ones for this boat were in good shape, and a good washing had them looking great.


Here's the finished porduct:


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Jeff Carroll
Jeff Carroll
04 de mai.

The metal parts are back from the powder coat shop. Now we can reassemble the windshield and get ready to remount it.


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Jeff Carroll
Jeff Carroll
24 de abr.

While we wait for the upholstery work to be done on this boat, we decided to go ahead and do a compression test on the engine. I'm happy to say that it looks really good!



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Jeff Carroll
Jeff Carroll
01 de mar.

Today, the driver's seat slides were replaced with brand new units. The originals were in rough shape, but the new ones will make the seat slide flawlessly.



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Jeff Carroll
Jeff Carroll
01 de mar.

We just replaced all of the gauges on the dash for this boat. The original speedometer and tachometer had been replaced at some point in the past, but those replacements were looking tired, and didn't match the rest of the gauges. We opted to replace EVERYTHING, using our tried and true methods. The new gauges all match, the speedometer uses GPS technology for accuracy, and the wiring has all been verified, with the old blade terminals replaced with ring terminals for a more secure fit, with heat-shrink for added longevity. These new gauges look great and will last for a LONG time!



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