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    Hello all.
    I will be purchasing a 16ft 1972 Schuster Tahiti with a 70's model 1350 mercury outboard. Figured i would jump on the hunt for more information about this particular model. Most of the info i can find about schuster is that they produced mostly jet boats. Curious as to the rarity of my particular find and if anyone knows what the specs are for the boat since the print on the data plate is mostly worn off.
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    You boat is actually a Schuster Lo Pro (Lo Pro had no windshield where the Tahiti did). If you check out Sidewider Boats there is a forum all about these little boats.

    Schuster and Sidewider had some deal about splashing each others decks and that was after Schuster Splashed a Glastron Hull he borrowed for a weekend or so the story goes.

    The boat is rated for up to a 150 but I have seen pic's of a few with a 200 merc hanging on the back.

    This is my 1971 Schuster Tahiti (Sidewinder named their boat an SS or Cobra)





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    Wow its been a while since i hopped on here to check the post i made. Thanks for the information. So im assuming that the Tahiti badges that are currently on the boat is something that the previous owner added? I know the paint is not factory because the owner i purchased it from told me he had it painted. the motor also just recently kicked the bucket and i am trying to decide weather i restore it or purchase a new mercury motor. Do you know what the extra weight would do to the stationary stance in the water?

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    Best bet for additional info is to check out Sidewinder-Boats ( note not trying to steer you away from here......Those guy only talk Sidewinder and clones for the most part)

    Karsten

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    Your boat is a 16' Tahiti. Karstens boat is also a 16'Tahiti. His model was called a Tahiti Torino, I believe. Yours was just a Tahiti ski boat which they made about a zillion of, and they sold that many also. Brand new, boat, motor and trailer they were $2500. Both were made by Dick Schuster. The Torino model was added a few years after the regular ski boat. They both used the same Tahiti emblem. The regular 16' Tahiti was way more popular than the Torino.

    The younger guys wanted the regular Tahiti and the older people went more for the Torino model.

    Sidewinders and about a dozen others copied the Tahiti. Some stretched it and some removed the cut off rear corners, but they were still the same basic boat. The Tahiti's were the company that started the low profile, no windshield outboard ski boat trend.

    They did not have Coast Guard ratings back then, but the largest outboard in the late 60s or early 70s would have been about 135HP. By today's ratings They would probably rate those boats about 115HP.

    The boat looks really nice and should be a lot of fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate21 View Post
    Your boat is a 16' Tahiti. Karstens boat is also a 16'Tahiti. His model was called a Tahiti Torino, I believe. Yours was just a Tahiti ski boat which they made about a zillion of, and they sold that many also. Brand new, boat, motor and trailer they were $2500. Both were made by Dick Schuster. The Torino model was added a few years after the regular ski boat. They both used the same Tahiti emblem. The regular 16' Tahiti was way more popular than the Torino.

    The younger guys wanted the regular Tahiti and the older people went more for the Torino model.

    Sidewinders and about a dozen others copied the Tahiti. Some stretched it and some removed the cut off rear corners, but they were still the same basic boat. The Tahiti's were the company that started the low profile, no windshield outboard ski boat trend.

    They did not have Coast Guard ratings back then, but the largest outboard in the late 60s or early 70s would have been about 135HP. By today's ratings They would probably rate those boats about 115HP.

    The boat looks really nice and should be a lot of fun!
    Checkmate21,

    Hey, thanks for the additional info and clarification. I have never ran across another Schuster Owner hence when I bought mine it was sold as a Tahiti I figured that was the Model.

    So Now I have a Schuster Tahiti Torino and what I thought was a Lo Pro is the Standard Tahiti

    Karsten

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    Thanks for the additional information. So ultimately the boat is not a much of a rare find as i thought. The boat was fun until the trigger went out. I bought and replaced the trigger only to take it down for timing to find something else wrong with it. I was told by the mechanic that it was the reeds that had broken. So today i started the tear-down process since i would like to keep the original motor and i am too proud to fork out the crazy amount for a newer motor haha. If anyone has any input on these motors i am all ears.

    BTW Karsten you are but a hop skip and a jump up the road from me. Just thought i would point that out.

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    Your boat looks great. I am sure you have spent a lot of time to get it so nice. The Evinrude on the back just completes the look. A very nice boat!

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    Your boat is a great find. Looks very nice. All those old Tahiti's are very rare. Most of them got water poisoning and were hauled to the dump. Remember they are 40+ years old. How many 40 year old cars do you see? They were never even in the water!

    Sorry to hear about your motor problems, but with a rebuild you will be good to go for another 40 years. Also, a new motor is $10 Grand! You can go on a lot of trips for the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate21 View Post
    Your boat looks great. I am sure you have spent a lot of time to get it so nice. The Evinrude on the back just completes the look. A very nice boat!
    Well hopefully this year I get the new interior installed along with the carpeting.



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    Yeah the cost is why i decided to go the rebuild route. Figured with all the money saved i can have the boat repainted correctly, and re upholstered. The seats are cracking on the tops and i would like to rebuild the wood frames of them to make them a bit more sturdy.

    Karsten how much did the seats run you for the upholstery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewGuy View Post
    Yeah the cost is why i decided to go the rebuild route. Figured with all the money saved i can have the boat repainted correctly, and re upholstered. The seats are cracking on the tops and i would like to rebuild the wood frames of them to make them a bit more sturdy.

    Karsten how much did the seats run you for the upholstery?
    I had the seat bases rebuilt as well as new seat bottoms (1 inch shorter so people don't step to far out and flip over). I also had a new rear panel made at the same time.

    Now as for the cost, new parts I forget but the upholstery was spendy...$1300.00, 5 months and 3 redo's and it still is not right. I am sure you can find someone to do the job right the 1st time for a lot less.

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    Continuing the Schuster Tread I have finished the redo on mine. New carpet, interior, fuel tank, back panel, repainted the original 1971 Evinrude Selectric 125, Pin striped to clean up the paint lines and a few other things.

















    Karsten

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    karsten love your pics and have seen them on like 3 different sites now !!
    hoping i can get mine papered correctly (to me) so I can work on it...
    I will have to use yours for inspiration.

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