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1998 flightcraft question


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the dealer said that he has a 1998 flightcraft with a inboard i thought all flightcraft were outboards------i an going to see it on monday but i cant wait did they make a inboard flight craft?????

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The Flightcraft Sportster was built originally by Australian Flightcraft, just like the Flightcraft Barefooter. When Malibu purchased the company the Sportster and Barefooter carried on longer than any of the other models from the original lineup. The Flightcraft XLT was the inboard, narrow and low with an external rudder shaft that went down through the swim platform, with brackets bolted to outside of the transom. It was a phenomenally good handling boat. The "Barefooter" as it was later named was the Flightcraft XLOB. In 1994 the Flightcraft XLT was changed to a larger version, wider and longer, with full windshield and was renamed the "Sportster". (The XLOB was changed mid year at 1994.5 to the bigger and last model) This boat existed until 1998 I believe, after sales dropped off in favor of the Response. This was built with all available engines at the time. In 1999 Malibu brought back the "Sportster" name, but on the hull of the Tantrum.

I still think the Flightcraft Sportster was one of the sexiest boats on the water, albeit a touch cramped inside. Great Barefoot wake, Great Wakeboard wake, just needed the standard power of today, something in the 340-350 range. I always thought it'd be a great boat with an LS1.

Peter. :)

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i had a 99 sportster, is this flightcraft lower in the water than the sporty im worried that it's tooo low profile??

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the dealer said that he has a 1998 flightcraft with a inboard i thought all flightcraft were outboards------i an going to see it on monday but i cant wait did they make a inboard flight craft?????

Yes they did, i have one and love it,only draw back is occassional water over the bow you learn real fast the tricks to driveing, i also changed the stock engine to a 350 horse crate engine, the boat does 53 mph.with a 13.5 13.5 prop.the boat sits lower in the water than a outbourd and handles better.has nicer wakes for wakeboarding and sking ,i use the boat for barefoot and wakeboarding and surfing, inboard is safer if you have kids .

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