Friday, March 9, 2018

Latest things going on at Dyna-Ski Boats

It has been an interesting time with everything going on around here and at the boat shop.  The boat shop is completely moved to the 50,000 square foot building.  Of course stuff was found in the move and other stuff is lost temporarily in the new expanse!  Parts storage area has been reworked a couple times so that is why stuff is lost and found!  More people are being added to the staff.  People have been let go, quit, stopped showing up, taken a position and not even shown up . . . . . . lots of workforce growing pains.  Lots of training going on.  The workforce is now mainly women.  Seems they are more attentive to fine details and train easier I am told.  New equipment being installed, lots of new equipment.  New spray booths, a clean area, upholstery area, new furnaces and stuff you'd never even imagine or want to pay for. All the repair work, molds, trailers, etc. are all inside.  I don't think they have a sign on the building which is still near Iola, WI. 

Now the bad. I fell down attempting a quad axle figure skating jump and broke my right leg near the hip. Messed up my right knee too.  I guess I should not have been watching the Olympics?  Actually I fell on the icy sidewalk at my house but that true story is not very interesting.  I had surgery and spent 2 weeks in the hospital.  As you know they don't like to keep you in the hospital so you know this is not good.  I am now home recovering for a long time unfortunately.  Visits a couple times a week by a nurse, OT and PT.  I cannot drive and have to use a walker to walk.  It sucks to be me is putting it nicely. Recovery is 2 to 4 months.  

Outboard motors:   

Mercury has eliminated some models including the 150 Optimax two stroke.  The 150 four stroke they introduced a couple years ago is still available. They have introduced a new light (481 lbs.) V-6 four stroke 209 cubic inch motor.    

This model is available in 175, 200 & 225 horsepower and also replaced the inline 4 cylinder Verado models.  The still make the supercharged 6 cylinder inline Verado motors. Shipping is reportedly in April.  We are building a 20' Open Bow that will be getting the new V-6 (200 HP) and I am very anxious to run this boatDigital Throttle and Smart Tow will be on this package which is similar to "Perfect Pass" speed control. 

All Yamaha V-6 motors are not available until April of 2019.

Evinrude is still making the V-6 E-Tec 135 HO and 150 but they no longer have all the parts to make it digital shift and throttle available from them.  The mechanical controls are decent but it is hard to convince people once they use the digital controls on anything.  The small block G2 is bigger and heavier than the older E-Tec motors it is supposed to replace.  Smaller boats which these motors go on tend to be weight and load sensitive so manufacturers are not liking the heavier, taller, weight further back motors.

WARNING: If you send Dyna-Ski an email and your return address is a G-Mail account there can be a problem.  Check your spam folders please. The problem is not on our end as nothing has changed and some g-mail addresses work just fine.  We are trying to come up with a new approach to fix a new email problem again.  The good old post office looks good some days to old school people like me.

That about covers the new, the bad and the problems as of today.   

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Happy Holidays!

As 2017 comes to an end I want to wish everyone 
Happy Holidays!  

We've been busy and continue to be busy this winter.  Boat Builder John (BBJ) has been moved into the 50,000 square foot building from the 4,800 square foot building for over a year.  He moved from the west side of Iola to the east side of Iola, WI.  Lots of remodeling has been going on and will likely continue for a couple years. Employees have been added and more will be added as the work load increases greatly.  The building was formerly a magazine publishing company so lots of changes needed to be made.

BBJ and crew are building Dyna-Ski Boats, Recon Fishing Boats and a line of Air Boats for a company that relocated to the US from Canada.  In addition to this they still do interiors, covers and repairs with a little storage as the building is a little bigger than we need currently.

New Dyna-Ski 17.6 & 20' Boats are being built this winter. Some of these boats are getting the latest motor offerings from Evinrude and Mercury.  Customers are ordering Evinrude G2 and Mercury Verado Engines.

 We are working on bringing back the 17.6 XB Closed Bow that Hydrodyne built in the late 1980's and early 1990's.  It will likely be offered as a plain simple water ski boat with few options. Call or email me if you are interested in knowing more.  Email is and phone is 715-854-7501.

There is still time to order a new Dyna-Ski and get it this summer as of today but keep in mind orders keep rolling in.  Boat Builder John is very busy so please don't call him and ask questions.  They will just tell you to call Pete.  What are you waiting for?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Don't try this at home!

There is a water ski show team that is very well known.  They are in a tourist heavy area of Wisconsin.  Their boat was recently used in an ad on the back cover of USA Water Ski Magazine which claims 15,000 members.

Dyna-Ski Boats and the engine manufacturers don't suggest you try this at home or anywhere else. 

It is amazing given how they treat the 20' Closed Bow Dyna-Ski twin motored boat 
how long it has lasted. A recreational user of a Dyna-Ski Boat should get a life time of trouble free  boat use with reasonable care given the practices some of our water ski show team owners have.
Below is the most interesting picture I have of the boat.

People send me pictures of this boat more often than any other Dyna-Ski Boat that we have sold over the years.  Again don't try this anywhere at anytime.  Rumor is that the driver has fallen out in the past. Lucky no one drown I think.  Motors have not fared as well I hear.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

How to purchase a Dyna-Ski Boat plus Standard Equipment & Options Links

 The design of blogs do not allow a person to easily go thru them so here are links to how to purchase and equip your new Dyna-Ski Boat which I am getting lots of interest in right now.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Face Book and Social Media

I don't really use Facebook.  I have Face Book.  Sorry but since I don't use Face Book I don't friend anyone, even my wife.  I really don't have the time for social media other than the Dyna-Ski website, this blog, emails and phone calls (remember those?).  I also work in the Television Sports business.

Dyna-Ski is on Face Book.  My high school aged son John runs the Dyna-Ski Face Book. 

A water ski friend Jim has set up another Face Book. It is Dyna-Ski Enthusiasts.

Dyna-Ski has a UTube channel and son John Pfankuch has a UTube channel.  John takes care of the UTube stuff.

So there you have it.  Enjoy the new Face Book presence and don't forget about the others. Join them all even if you don't own a Dyna-Ski Boat.

Orders for Dyna-Ski Boats continue to come in along with orders for Recon Fishing Boats.  Please do not contact Recon Boats directly if you are interested in Dyna-Ski.  Boat Builder John does not have enough time either and requests for Dyna-Ski overload him more than he is already.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Dyna-Ski Open Bow Videos

We now have a video for 20' Open Bow Boats:  

Along with a video for the 17.6 Open Bow Dyna-Ski Boats:

Enjoy the new and old videos.

For more information:
 Phone 715-854-7501

Sunday, August 20, 2017

20' Open Bow seat of the pants use.

We shot a new Dyna-Ski video the other day.  My water ski friends Micki and Jon brought their 20' Open Bow with an Evinrude 200 HO over for the day along with their kids and a few extras.  My 16 year old son was also a big part of the whole production.  I had made a list of the shots I wanted for the new video.  My day job is in the television business.  I edited video for about 30 years.  Now I work on live sporting events to pay the bills. But that is another long story. Yes I am "old".  My then 15 year old son did the 17.6 video that has been online for about a year with very little input from dad.

The weather man gave us a nice warm day but it was fairly windy so it is a real world look at how Dyna-Ski boats perform and are used by owners, their kids, friends, my neighbor, my son and me.  I learned first hand what it is like to water ski with a bunch of kids that also like to ride in the boat.  It was somewhat of a real eye opener and a great experience.  I learned a lot.  The three color Dyna-Ski is a 2012 model they purchased new so they are on their fifth summer with it.  It sits on a boat lift at Jon's mother's house.  Their boat is cleaner than they come from the factory!  Jon said it was a little dirty.  I laughed, my boat is filthy then!  Maybe we need to hire Jon and the kids to clean our boats?  It has snap on covers and sits covered on a boat lift with a canopy just like my boat does.  The trailer sits in the garage. Jon is an engineer and Micki owns a graphics company.  The Dyna-Ski 20' Open Bow has a three color interior.  It has a 200 HO with ICON digital shift and throttle. It is very smooth. The boat has a radio which Jon installed.  This 20' Open Bow has the sun deck with huge storage space.  I asked mother Micki various questions about their typical use of the boat.

Micki assured that they use the storage space and said it is perfect size wise.  I often thought it was to large.  She said "no"!  They keep the boat on a 120 acre lake and cannot ski without going out a ways from the dock.  We ski right off the end of our dock.  So they take skis in and out a lot.  I asked about the interior seating and was told it is "great".  The kids love to ride in the front and driver Jon ran it numerous time across the large fairly rough lake I live on wide open which is into the low 50's on the GPS speedometer with up to three kids in the bow seats. The prop is a 17" four blade prop.  Their oldest (girl) is 12 or 14?  Lake Noquebay (2410 acres) was fairly rough so we went across the lake to ski sometimes and shoot video where it was calmer but had more boat traffic.  The drone video was all shot near my house where it was much rougher than we usually ski on.  Jon said the water was a typical day skiing on Kelly Lake but with less boat traffic.  I guess that I am spoiled?

The 20' Open Bow video will be edited and appear on Utube as soon as it is near perfect. 

It is obvious that Micki, Jon and their kids love their 20' Open Bow Dyna-Ski. Here are some pictures of how his dash is set up with digital gauges and a radio.  Jon like me prefers an analog gas gauge which is the one furthest to the right. The radio is a "cheap" one he bought on line. It worked well with no visible antenna.

I need to learn how to program the gauges to get this display.
Jon has removed the other 3" gauge and installed the radio in its place.
The speakers which were installed at the boat shop
As I said the boat is super clean! 

Jon will be happy to give you a demo 
if you come to his mother's place in Wisconsin and fit into their busy schedule.
 Just email me at and I'll put you in touch.