How Many Hours are Too Many On A Used Inboard Boat?

When it comes to used Inboard boats (like MasterCraft, Supra, Or Moomba) after price, the second most common questions is, "How Many Hours are Too Many On A Used Inboard Boat?"  Most people are surprised at the answer to that question.

Buyers are probably much more comfortable answering the question, "how many miles are too many on a used vehicle?"  The final answer of this question will vary with experience and budget as will the ultimate answer to the same question on a boat.  We all have more automotive experience to draw our opinions from so lets start there.

It is safe to say most people will feel that a used vehicle with 60,000 miles has a lot of life left in it.  It is very common for vehicles to go double and triple that distance.  How about a 1000 hours on a boat?  Most people we talk to think that 1000 hour boat is something to be avoided.

What we need to do is find a common link from the auto to the marine world and the easiest way to do this is by using oil change intervals.  A 60,000 mile vehicle having its oil changed every 3,000 miles will have had 20 oil changes.

Most marine engine manufacturers recommend an oil change every 50 hours.  Our 1000 hour boat serviced every 50 hours would have had the same 20 oil changes.  Similar levels of wear can be assumed in this example.

Some newer vehicles have an engine hour meter.  Here is a picture of the hour meter on one of our shop vehicles.


Notice that this truck 26,132 miles which virtually everyone will agree is not "Too Many" but has 793.6 hours which is a number many boat buyers would seek to avoid!

It is not bad to have less hours but given the choice between a used higher boat in amazing condition with a strong service record and a lower hour boat with questionable service history and/or condition issues, we would recommend the higher boat every time.

Boat owners have drastically varied use patterns.  If you are like many users that put 50-75 hours per summer it will be virtually impossible to "wear out" a boat unless it is not cared for properly.

We purchased boats from MasterCraft that had been used at Cypress Gardens in Florida that had over 7000 hours on the original engine and they were still pulling ski shows every day!

The intention of this article its to help educate people to not rule out some good used boat options before they do a bit of research.  Engine hours on a boat are not as bad as many buyers assume!

Fall 2018 Test Drive Event

Join us at 6Smith in Wayzata Saturday September 30th from 10am to 4pm to check out new boats from MasterCraft, Supra, and Moomba.  Give us a call with questions @ 763-533-9666.

Come experience Gen2, the new 2018 Dual Screen Dash, and MasterCraft DockStar.  You can also see all of the new features in a 2018 Moomba Pro! 

If you are looking to drive a specific boat please call in advance.  See you at 6Smith!

New Minnetonka Location!

New Midwest Water Sports Location @ 17717 Hwy 7 in Minnetonka.  Opening Spring of 2018.

New Midwest Water Sports Location @ 17717 Hwy 7 in Minnetonka.  Opening Spring of 2018.

We have outgrown our Victoria location and are making a move closer to Lake Minnetonka for the Spring of 2018.  Our new location will be located at 17717 Hwy 7 in Minnetonka, will have almost 12,000 square feet, and will have the same great selection of boats and water sports gear that customers of our Crystal location have come to expect.  Plan to see 12- 14 boats on display indoor year round.  With all of that room, also expect the world class selection of water skis, wakeboards, wake surf boards, wet suits, and life jackets that our Crystal location is famous for as well. 

Get ready for a heck of a grand opening party.  Construction starts this fall so stay tuned for more details! 

Supra Boats Pro Wakesurf Tour

The Supra Boats Pro Wakesurf Tour is back in 2016 with more stops and a new format, announced Rick Tinker, president of Skier’s Choice. Developed and conceived in 2015, the 2016 surf series is expanding to four stops, up one from 2015, allowing riders to show off their skills to the wake world at more locales. The Supra Boats Pro Wakesurf Tour will visit cities in the United States including Texas, North Carolina, Washington and Indiana.

Sharing venues and dates with the Pro Wakeboard Tour, the 2016 Supra Boats Pro Wakesurf Tour will take place at the following locations:

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX – May 7, 2016
Mooresville, NC – June 18, 2016, at Stumpy Creek, Lake Norman
Monroe, WA – July 9, 2016, at Lake Tye
Indianapolis, IN – August 6, 2016, at Precedent Office Park

The new “pick your best ride” format surf and skim events into one discipline. Riders will have the option to compete using a surf or skim board to throw down their best run.
“The CWSA is pleased to participate with Supra Boats in this new and innovative format for Competitive Wake Surfing,” said Scott Culp, head of the CWSA. “The opportunity to challenge the riders in head-to-head competition of both surf and skim style riders will be exciting to watch. This format could be a “back to the future” glimpse into the evolution of Competitive Wake Surfing.”

The official towboat for the 2016 tour will be the all-new Supra SA550 because of its clean, consistent and massive wakes. The Supra Boats’ wakes push pros to new levels while preserving strict handling and a balanced ride for the driver and judges in the boat. The 2016 Supra Boats are powered with the high-torque ROUSH charged 6.2L Ford Raptor Engine by Indmar.
Stay tuned for information in the near future on the rules, format, purse, athletes and more! For details, visit