Price slashed! This pristine and beautiful boat spent most of its life near Tahoe City, CA at Agate Bay. The current owner found it while attending the famous Garwood's Concourse d' Elegance, purchasing it in 2013. The boat is entirely original except for: the seating, pads, and carpeting were redone in Haze White with a kit purchased from Century Boats (little doubt the original red upholstery got quite hot in the sun); the 385 horsepower 454 ci V8 was entirely rebuilt (925 hours ago); original teak swim platform was replaced with a new fiberglass one (original comes with it). All of the fiberglass, interior, full cover, Bimini top, trim, and hardware are in excellent condition, as is the 1994 Sport Boat Trailers 21' tandem trailer.
Century Boats is a 95-year-old Florida leading builder of racing and pleasure boats. In the 1950s, Century boats were used in two Hollywood films, and Century Boats grew to 343 authorized dealers nationwide. In the late 1960s, Century began creating fiberglass hulls for the first time. The 1970s brought an era of production innovation and efficiency, and Century Boats began to expand its parts, sales and marketing departments.
By the late 1960’s and early 1970’s the fiberglass boat business was growing quickly and the modern designs were beginning to take shape for both Century and Chris-Craft. The Muscle Car Era was peaking in terms of popularity and horsepower, and the boat builders were also focused on performance with the availability of big V-8 horsepower engines from the automotive manufacturers.
In 2011 Woody Boater did a Shoot Out article between two experts to determine the best “Big Gun” fiberglass runabout from the early 1970’s. Kind of like one of those Ford vs Chevy battles you hear about. This was a battle between the Century Arabian 19 and the Chris-Craft XK19, both with big American made V8’s. One of the experts said, "The Mighty Century Arabian is a man’s boat, and attracts women because of it’s 'Manliness'." A link to the full article is below.
Highly respected Hagerty Marine Valuations values a 1968 Arabian 19' from $15k-$47,500 (Hagerty link below). U.S. ads for fiberglass 19' Arabians range from under $10k to mid-$30k range and above. This boat is a desirable, useable, and appreciating asset. We offer this beauty for a very reasonable $15,900 OBO. The boat is registered through 12/31/21. It's in dry storage on huge Lake Don Pedro (160 miles of shoreline) between Jamestown and Groveland, CA ($145 monthly storage rent).
Century Arabian vs Chris Craft XK19 full article: https://www.woodyboater.com/blog/2016/11/19/classic-fiberglass-shootout-two-big-guns-from-the-70s-century-arabian-vs-chris-craft-xk-19/
Video of 1975 restored Century Arabian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=titC1QG24Nk
Hagerty Marine Valuation (1968 model latest valued): http://apps.hagerty.com/marinevaluation/index.html Hagerty Marine Valuation
Engine: Inboard "Big Block" 454 ci (7.4L) OHV V8 Crusader (Chevrolet), 385 hp (stock)
Colors: Burgundy hull, Haze White decks, Haze White vinyl upholstery
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