We all know how awesome the Corvette is in any generation. The vehicle is a fantastic sports car and it’s an American icon. What you might not know is that there was a Corvette boat that was directly related to the car.
Malibu Boats started making a limited-edition Corvette boat in 1997, according to The Drive. Doug Tabbutt owns one and he recently sat down with VINwiki to chat about his boat. Spoiler alert: it’s not a very good boat.
Tabbutt learned that the original Corvette boat was a headache when it came to reliability, so he looked for a second-generation Corvette boat to purchase. The second Gen was based on the 2008 Corvette. Malibu Boats only made 50 of these boats. The boats used an LS motor (the same as in the Z06 Corvette), and had all of the Corvette seats and other components and designs.
Tabbutt said that the design of the boat was not all that great. The trailer used Z06 wheels and tires which are not rated for trailer use and actually exploded during shipment of the boat. The engine in the boat is extremely hard to work on. All of the seats face forwards so you can’t view people who are skiing or tubing behind the boat. It was also extremely hard to find any parts for the boat.
Not to mention the fact that the only storage space was in the front of the boat, but you have to climb over the windshield to get to it. Also, when you do that, you usually knock the side windows (which go up and down and are powered) off their track. Then, once you get up there, you’ll find a large stereo system in the storage area, which cannot get wet.
Needless to say, there are a myriad of issues with the Corvette boat. It’s kind of hilarious to us that the Corvette cars are so well thought out and the Corvette boats aren’t. Anyway, you can check out the full conversation with Tabbutt via the video below.