Correct CraftGenuine Correct Craft, 100% Nautique. That was the goal when we created the 2009 Ski Nautique 196 Edition. The purpose was to pay homage to the classic ski boat of the past while adding in all the performance and options found in a 2009 Nautique.

The boat’s creation was the collective efforts of Ken Reynolds of Adirondack Marine, Dave Hendricks of Correct Craft Customer Care and myself, the owner/operator of (Note: the development of this boat was not funded by Correct Craft, Inc.)

As a tribute to the early 70’s, the Ski Nautique Edition is one solid color, Crush Orange, for both the hull and deck. It also has a 70’s era white ‘racing stripe’ on the deck and matching ‘boot stripe’ on each side. The interior is all Silver Cloud except for Vapor Blue piping accent and the embroidered logo on the seat backs.

The ‘Orange Crush’, as it has been nicknamed, is powered by a PCM 6.0L Catanium 409 (that’s 409 hp with twin catalytic converters). The boat also features ZeroOff speed control and the patented Hydro-Gate. This boat is really something to see, drive and ski behind.


The community provided input into the boat’s graphical design and the entire build was documented on the site for all to follow. The boat was unveiled at the 2008 Northeast Reunion which took place in Lake George, NY in September 2008.

This truly unique boat now lives in North Carolina and is owned by Reid Pinkham. Thanks to Mr. Pinkham, the Ski Nautique Edition will be making the trip to Green Lake, WI July 17-19 for the 2009 Midwest Reunion.

To view the 113 photo slideshow of this boat’s creation and unveiling, visit

Ralph Meloon Sr.