‘Ol Skool Ski Boat Run – Renmark SA

Welcome to the 5th annual Bar-Cycle Originals Ol’ Skool Ski Boat Run.

17th & 18th February 2024

SA Ol’ Skool Ski Boat Social Club
Proudly Presents the
Bar-Cycle Originals SA Ol’ Skool Ski Boat Run
Renmark to Woolshed Brewery

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“Meet n Greet” Dinner Friday night @ 6:30 pm Paringa Hotel Bistro. 

Briefing at Arthur Shepard Memorial Park 9:45am Sat 17th Feb.

Boats leave the Renmark Riverfront Precinct 11am for Woolshed Brewery.

There will be a Show N Shine judged throughout the day and some fun 

classes including best themed or dressed up, Loudest boat etc.

We would love to see some locals register to come on the run or come 

down to the Renmark Riverfront to see all the boats leave.

Last Run prior to the floods in 2022 we had 72 Ol’ Skool Boats make the trip up to the Woolshed.

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Please follow our face book pages for all the info including registration & Itinerary (details below). We will be holding our giant raffle again and would love to see some locals catch up with us to get a ticket or if you would like to donate a prize please contact me. All proceeds from the raffle go direct to Kick Start for Kids, a charity supplying 60,000 breakfasts  & 10,000 lunches p/week to over 360 schools state-wide. 

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We currently have over 60 boats registered and have approx. 250 visitors come to town during the event some stay for the week hopefully spending in your community.

Most stay at the Big 4 Caravan Park where we base  ourselves for the week.

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We would love to get some locals come along on the run and the invitation is open to join us with your Pre 2000 Ski Boats ( sorry no Wake boats or  Jet skis).

Our Giant raffle has accommodation prizes, ski shop vouchers,

Hardware vouchers, merch packs etc.

13 prizes were given out and $1,000 raised in 2022 for the Renmark  Childrens Centre.

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If you would like to know more, donate to our raffle, or come along you 

can contact me on any of the below.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Darren Collins – 0488 091 963 – https://saolskoolskiboatsc.com/


Face Book

Australian Ol Skool Ski Boats – 

Sa ol skool ski boat social club – https://www.facebook.com/SAOSSBSC

Note you will have to join group of Australian Ol Skool Ski Boat FB Page. It is a Private group.

Links to ‘Ol Skool Ski Boat web-site & face-book page are listed below, there is also a link to the first Vic Chapter ‘Ol Skool Ski Boat run ‘The Eppalcock Extravaganza’ held March long weekend 2023 AND for those interested there is also a link to the Eppalock Gold Cup ‘Show n Shine’ hosted by the Victorian Speed Boat Club Jan 6th & 7th.


SA ‘Ol Skool Ski Boat Run 2024


2024 Eppalock GOLD CUP

Get ready for an extraordinary event as the Victorian Speed Boat Club gears up to host the highly anticipated annual Eppalock Gold Cup boat race on January 6th and 7th. This two-day event is a round of the Australian Power Boat Championship series and has been eagerly awaited by racing enthusiasts. The Eppalock Cup, a Perpetual Trophy with a rich history dating back to 1996, will be up for grabs at this year’s race meeting.

The event promises to be a thrilling spectacle featuring the best powerboat racing in Australia. Attendees will witness a range of racing boat classes, from the nimble 15Hp Junior boats to the powerful 2000 HP monsters capable of reaching incredible speeds of over 270Kmh. The GP Hydroplanes, known to be the fastest, loudest, and most exciting boats on the water, will also be racing in this event.

In addition to the heart-stopping races, the event will also feature a Classic car show, a Vintage boat display, and many fun activities for children. The Victorian Speed Boat Club, situated on the shores of Lake Eppalock, Speed Boat Road Derrinal, is the perfect venue for this high-octane event, which will kick off at 9.00 am on January 6th and 7th. Families and friends can expect to enjoy a fun-filled day of fast-charged racing action and exhibitions. Food and drinks will be available throughout the day, and children under 16 are permitted free admission.  Part of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the local CFA.

For more information, check out the attached promotional flyer, or feel free to contact Steve Scott at 0438356369.

Or email the promotions team, contact: paula@vsbc.org.au

Come Feel the Noise! – VSBC.Org.au

“Come Feel the Noise”

“Come Feel the Noise”

Jan 6th & 7th 2024

Hosted by the Victorian Speed Boat Club


Australia’s number ‘1’ classic Old School Ski Boat


Beautiful Classic in perfect condition for its age!  Nothing to spend – Well worth a look!

Taurus is an original ‘Classic Australian Ski Boat’ designed and built by David Gill – Gilflite Boats. It is a sky blue Javelin MKII ski boat with loads of features. It has a 308 V8 and custom built trailer. It has been carefully maintained and has loads of brand new features. It is reliable and stylish and in excellent condition for its age.


Contact (Seller) Pam on 0401 481 067

Boat Description

1975 Gilflite Javelin clinker MKII Ski Boat with loads of special features including:

  • One Owner – for 45 years
  • Newly reconditioned Holden 308 V8 motor – low engine hours (just run in)
  • 4 barrel holly carby, chrome rockers and water pipes
  • Carburettor serviced and rebuilt
  • New spark plugs
  • Heavy duty timing chain
  • New water pump
  • Upgraded valve springs to suit racing cam shaft
  • Brand new custom designed and built trailer with mechanical disc brakes –  includes adjustable rollers, winch and guide poles
  • Trailer spray painted with tupac
  • Mag wheels
  • New tyres
  • New floor including bearers/stringers – bearer and floors replaced by a shipwright.
  • Air vented floor
  • Sky blue with contrasting blue upholstered interior and carpet
  • Marine upholstery replaced
  • Marine carpet replaced
  • Boat cover
  • Boat rego till Sept’24
  • Trailer rego till August ‘24


  • Always garaged
  • Fresh water use only.

The classic sweet sound of the Holden 308

The GILFLITE Javelin 

the following information is supplied from original spec sheets & advertising  –  circa 1970’s


Australia’s newest and most advanced inboard ski boat (released: 1970)


With a Hull designed by David Gill, widely acknowledged as Australia’s foremost authority on high speed clinker design and an instantly appealing deck and cockpit from today’s most forward looking stylists, GILFLITE Boats now offer their 5 metre ‘Javelin’ for unmatched prestige, proven performance, superior handling and comfort that make it the ideal boat for family fun or competition racing, or for the enthusiast who likes to bare foot or fly a kite.


JAVELIN Mk II – Length: 5.3m Beam 2m. Bred from an unequaled background of race-winning and high performance hulls the GILFLITE JAVELIN Mk II offers all that could be desired in a distinctively styled, safe & superior handling ski boat. Thoroughly tested on the tough proving ground of the race circuit. (The Mk II released: circa 1973).

GILFLITE Esprit Bowrider For Sale (used)

The highly-animated Gilflite Esprit plays a ‘spiritoso’ out on the water. As its name suggests, this bowrider oozes sprightliness and lively intelligence.

VERSATILITY PLUS The Esprit’s outboard configuration also has the advantage of being suitable for fresh or saltwater. Its efficient hull handles chop well adding to the attractiveness as an open-water ski boat.

An excellent all-round ski boat both versatile and capable of handling anything the owner decides to throw at it. The nonconformist Gilflite Esprit might just precipitate an ‘esprit de corps’ among the ski boat fraternity.

The design of the GILFLITE Esprit …….

At 6.00m in length, 2.23m beam, with an 18° deadrise, the hull’s solid, yet stylish, design has had Australian Water Ski Association (AWSA) accreditation for trick, slalom and barefoot skiing.

The Esprit boasts a spacious layout with premium-grade interior finish.

At the helm, a fully height and travel adjustable driver’s bucket seat would allow anyone to drive the boat with unobstructed visibility and within full reach of the controls. The keyed ignition was easy to reach, with the hand throttle and trim adjustment located on the starboard side.

Identical to the comfortable driver’s seat, the passenger/observer seat is solid mounted with a 360° swivel, providing the option for the passenger to face forward if not observing a skier.

Both the driver and passenger are protected by a strong, rolled-top, tinted acrylic wraparound windscreen. A removable centre walk-through panel in the windscreen enabled access to the open bow.

The bow cockpit provides seating for up to three people, with the comfortable cushions lifting to reveal storage compartments beneath.


HIGH-PRESSURE POWER While inboard ski boats dominate the recreational and tournament skiing sectors, after a run in the Esprit even the most hard-core inboard devotee could be converted.

Quickly rising to the plane and at a reasonable wakeboarding speed of around 21mph (34 kmh), the Esprit puts out a decent wash with smooth ramps and a nice flat table in between. Added weight would no doubt create even steeper ramps for more experienced boarders.

Contrastingly, at ski speed of around 36mph (58 kmh), the boat’s wake is flat, proving itself as an all round performer.

The Esprit rises onto the plane quickly with the trim adjusted at almost any angle. Throwing the boat into corners at speed, the boat sits very flat – similar to an inboard – and shows no hint of cavitation.

Details of Esprit for sale – as advertised by owner

  • Model: 2000 Gilflite Esprit Bowrider – year of manufacture: 2000
  • Powered by: 200 Mariner 200HP (Cowl recently sprayed and new decals)
  • 5 blade Mercury propeller – amazing acceleration and pulling power from a still start
  • Full storm cover (Boat Cover)
  • New Quiksilver throttle control box and cables.
  • 2018 ‘Sales’ dual-axle trailer with new tyres. Cable brakes. 7-pin flat connector
  • New ‘genuine’ upholstery skins professionally fitted 7 years ago. Slight tear in rear seat stitching. Otherwise, the upholstery is in excellent condition
  • Windscreen replaced 5 years ago
  • Motor hours not known as hour meter was new 6 or 7 years ago
  • Blue ‘metal flake’ underside paint – glistens off the water surface
  • Gets used 4-6 times a year maximum
  • Regular servicing – Sydney Outboard Service
  • Rear under-seat bimini cover
  • New underfloor fuel tank 8 years ago
  • Rear eskies need new rivets for the hinges
  • Tacho is bouncing around a bit – possible loose wire?
  • Radio doesn’t work – but who needs those nowadays anyway
  • For the right buyer if in Vic, happy to drive somewhere halfway for exchange
  • Will need someone in Sydney to inspect / test drive if necessary
  • Owned since 2009. No skiers or boarders. Occasional tube riders only.
  • 60+ years old now, so a bit old to be roaring around in a speed boat
  • Want to keep it in the Gilflite family – so not advertised elsewhere (at this stage)

Price: $28,000.00 – negotiable with owner

For further information please contact the owner directly

  • Location: Loftus – (South of Sydney) 
  • Contact: Ross Perry
  • Tel: 0410 437 315

Photo Gallery


GILFLITE a style of Life !


(Advertised by owner updated Feb 24)

Swedish Ski Team

When the Swedish Ski Team came out to Australia to train during our summer (their winter), they skied/trained behind the GILFLITE Esprit. The Ski Team loved the performance of the Esprit so much that they bought the boat and took it back to Sweden with them.


Fully restored (complete re-build by TJM Fibreglass)

SPITFIRE – a name often connected by many with either fighter aircraft or spirited women: so it is with this boat.

A fast sports craft with spirit, looks and performance. A great barefoot boat. (extract from original GILFITE advertising at time of release)

Put yourself in the drivers seat of this ‘as new’ GILFLITE Spitfire

Completely re-built in 2022 by TJM Fibreglass (one of the best in the business), this GILFLITE Spitfire is nothing short of immaculate! The boat is literally brand new from port to starboard and bow to transom. The engine has been re-built and the trailer is negotiable in the price, (still in the process of completion). To purchase this boat brand new, one would have to consider spending upwards of $70,000.00. However, this as new GILFLITE Spitfire is for sale at half the price.

This GILFLITE is a show piece, ready to provide any water sports family with impressive handling, great performance, good looks, durability and excellent skiing/barefooting and family fun for decades to come.

Please Note: To restore an iconic Spitfire ‘old school ski boat’ like this, and bring it back to it’s former glory will cost well above the asking price of this immaculately finished Spitfire.

  • Complete rebuild / restoration in 2022 by TJM fibreglass repair
  • Custom colour & interior design and complete hull restoration to original GILFLITE Specs.
  • 350 chev re build December 2022
  • Re wire December 2022
  • New floors ,bearers , transom November 2022
  • Complete gelcoat re spray includes metal flake stripe , boat flipped in rotator and bottom even re gelcoated
  • New prop, shaft, rudder, skeg
  • New gunnel
  • New interior November 2022 – this boat has been completely re-trimmed with quality uv upholstery by quality marine upholsterer (also one of the best)! Custom designed & fitted.
  • New carpet – fully re carpeted with marine grade uv carpet
  • New engine cover
  • High pole with racks – custom fitted
  • Optimax battery
  • New Fusion stereo and quality speakers
  • Bimini top – sun protection (Bimini top & boat cover, custom fitted by marine cover experts)
  • New travel cover – full length heavy duty boat cover, custom fitted.
  • Original duel axel trailer has been sandblasted and needs a bit of welding and painting, can be negotiated in sale if needed (finished or as is).
  • PRICE: $35,000.00

For further information please contact sell – Trent

  • Contact: Trent Martin – tel: 0422 667 610
  • Location: Bayswater area (Victoria)

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These features coupled with this boats legendary flawless finish and faultless colour and trim combinations makes this Gilflite Spitfire, for the true water sportsman, THE boat to be seen in.

ORIGINAL SPECS – as released when first built


  • Released:             1982
  • Length Overall:  5m (16’8”) not including Boarding Platform
  • Beam Overall:     1.93m (6’4”)
  • Seating:                 6 ADULTS
  • Fuel Tank Capacity:
  • Centre mount engine

For further info on this iconic sports boat, check out the following link


Classic 'Ol Skool Ski Boat


With a Hull designed by David Gill, widely acknowledged as Australia’s foremost authority on high speed clinker design and an instantly appealing deck and cockpit from today’s most forward looking stylists, GILFLITE Boats now offer their 5 metre ‘Javelin’ for unmatched prestige, proven performance, superior handling and comfort that make it the ideal boat for family fun or competition racing, or for the enthusiast who likes to bare foot or fly a kite.

This GILFLITE Javelin has been in the family for 40 years and is now up for sale

Details of boat as follows;

GILFLITE Javelin Mk I (approx build date: 1974)

Condition: Very Good – original condition

Engine: 307 – dog clutch

Tandem Trailer

Price: $12,000

Please note: Not all gauges work

For further information please contact the owners direct

Call, Kylie on 0418101472 or Glen on 0411037427.

Further details to follow

For further info on the remarkable GILFLITE Javelin, check out the specs page on the GILFITE web site (link to specs page below).

GILFLITE Javelin by Appointment