Ah, the memories. We also had these types of ski boats growing up. Our first ski behind a star sided Master Craft got us hooked! What power and small wake.
We purchased a Ski Supreme, then another, then three different Supra's. The Supra was my favorite, great lines and quality construction. Zero wood in the boat. In fact, one of the legends of Chris Craft and wooden boats (one of the founders of the Chris Craft Antique Club, and strong supporter of ACBS) Charlie Cross consulted with Supra to ensure that the boat was top quality and not rot.
These boats came with Ford engines; however, my father worked for GM, so he had them put Chevy engines in. For those of you who know, Chevy has the starter mounted low, which allowed water to get into it and ruin it. The Ford mounted it higher. We went through starters every year, on every boat. On the last one, my dad left the Ford engine in, and it was trouble free
We pulled up 18 skiers with the Ski Supreme one summer. It was not easy to do, and we cooked the engine doing it, but it was done! The engine ran afterwards, just not as well...
Those were the days, skiing all day, every day. I would even come home from work at lunch, put on a dry suit over my nice work cloths, and go ski.
My 1948 22 ft CC Sportsman skies very well also. The pull is the same, the wake is the same, even the ski pole is from a Master Craft. But the view of the Mahogany transom is priceless!!!