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1986 Malibu Sportster


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I am looking for info on a project boat I picked up last fall. I think its called a Sportster but nothing confirms that. I really want to see photos of the original state. Any info would be great. Thanks

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1986. Likely a Malibu Skier. Search Google images for the pictures. If you can post a picture of your boat here, there are plenty of knowledgeable people who will tell you exactly what you have.


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The Sportster replaced the Tantrum I believe in '98 and ran to mid 2000's.

There was a Flightcraft Sportster in the early 90s but I don't believe they were as early as 86. Searching Flightcraft Sportster might help you find the information you are looking for though.

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If it's the one in the OP's avatar it looks like the 'other' Malibu (or division of, or whatever it was) that did the flat bottom V-drives.

Not sure where to get info on those, sorry.


I think you are referring of the California Skier.

If you make that avatar a little bigger it look s like drag boat though.

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I think you are referring of the California Skier.

If you make that avatar a little bigger it look s like drag boat though.

No, I meant Malibu.

Looks like it may be an I/O, not a v-drive.


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Yes Spam Happy. Looks just like that one. California Skier by Malibu. Mine is a 1986. How do I post more photos. I don't see an option.

Just as an FYI 'Spam Happy' is a rank based on post counts 'jk13' is the username.

Here is the link for posting images. I typically use photobucket because it gives you the embedded link for forum posting when you upload photos.

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I never did find much on mine. There are 5 or 6 others I can find pics of searching every combo possible.  I did look up my hull stamp and it was produced by current Malibu company and that's as far as I found.  I will finally be putting mine in the water this week after 2 year restoration. Cannot wait.  

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I worked for Malibu from 1986 til 1995. I was the plastic foreman. The initial Malibu models were a 18.6 bubble deck outboard and later 4 cyl and 6 cylinder stern drive. A 21.5 model of the bubble deck was built with a open bow named the sportster. It was a beautiful boat. V8 powered 

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