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.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Refueling your boat the easy way?

I have owned boats since 1987.  Yes I am old.  I started skiing and hauling gas in the early 1970's for boats kept on the lake.  Ouch.  If you can buy gas on your lake it is usually pricey.  If you cannot you have been hauling gas since you bought the boat because taking the boat out of the lake to refuel it is not fun and takes time.  If your boat is not kept on the lake this blog post is not as useful although we fuel lots of the off road things this way.  I always suggest that you use gas that contains NO ETHANOL in all your off road motors.  I also use the red Stabil in all this gas.  I buy a lot of off road gas.  I buy Stabil by the gallon.  I have many plastic gas cans.  I have a pair of 24 gallon gas docks. Gas Docks use gravity also. Gas cans and this siphon method is the best for boats.

Putting gas into the boat or other off road things with gas cans without spilling has always been a challenge not to mention the strain on a persons back and arms until now.  I usually use the coaster wagon to haul the 6 gallon gas cans to the boat as the wagon fits easily on the dock and holds 3 gas cans. Less carrying heavy gas cans.

I use a fairly cheap siphon 
I bought at a hardware store to transfer the gas! 

The siphon process is started by shaking or moving the end that goes in the can up and down.  No sucking on the hose!  The clear plastic tube allows you to see the gas flowing.  If you tilt the gas can just right and adjust the siphon hose correctly you can get every drop of gas.   No spills as long as you hold the siphon end up when you are finished and the other end of the hose is in the gas tank filler neck! 

 I watch all the gas siphon out of the gas can because if the hose comes out of the gas tank filler end the gas will still flow.  Gravity does not stop working until the gas can is empty or the suction process is broken.

The simple siphon

The end that goes in the gas can

What are you waiting for?  
Go buy an under $10 back and spill saver!
I found them in the marine area and also in the lawn mower section.  You can always ask!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Used one season motors and more.

I have access to outboard motors often used for one season or less as well as new motors.  Occasionally there are some used two season motors also.  The motors I resell are a great bargain.  They normally have the balance of the new motor warranty, some even have full warranty.  Motor warranties are as long as 10 years in some cases. The shortest ones are 3 years although I could be wrong on this length.

 Dyna-Ski 20' Open Bow with 225 HO Evinrude

We make our money on boats and not motors or trailers.  Dyna-Ski Boats purchases motors and trailers as an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) which is below dealer costs.  Some "used" motors are off my personal and demo boats.  I don't always sell my demo boats as the time to build demo boats is limited due to the number of boats we are starting to build.  We are building boats year round now.  It has sped up some aspects of the business but with a longer line it now takes longer to get your ordered Dyna-Ski Boat.

 Dyna-Ski 17.6 Open Bow with 150 Evinrude

In addition to Dyna-Ski Boats the boat shop also builds Recon Fishing Boats.  Like Dyna-Ski Boats Recon Fishing Boats are pretty much all made to order although Recon uses a dealer network to sell their boats.  Dyna-Ski prefers to sell our custom made to order boats directly as it saves the customer money.  Buyers also get exactly what they want not what some dealer has in stock.  It does take longer.  Sorry.  Dealers normally are happy to service any boat as service, accessories and storage are the best profit centers for a dealer.  You should take your Evinrude motor to an Evinrude Dealer and Mercury Motor to a Mercury Dealer, etc. to get warranty service which I hope is obvious? You would not take your Ford to a Chevy dealer for specific warranty repairs would you?

The motors I help ski teams sell are only from ski teams with Dyna-Ski boats and ones that I know very well.

 Three of the Must Skis 20' Closed Bow Dyna-Ski Boats

Used one and two season motors usually work very well as the "bugs" have normally been found and fixed during the first year.  The old saying is "if it does not break in the first year it isn't going to" seems to hold true.  Motor break in time seems to be a thing of the past although oil consumption does go down some after using the motor around 10 hours or so and sometimes the motor picks up a few RPM's on the top end after this time period I have observed.  Fuel efficiency and reduced oil consumption by the new outboard motors still amazes me compared to older boat motors.  A couple of my friends have 1980's and 1990's vintage outboard motors and while they still run good they buy a lot of gasoline.

 A dangerous and rare 5 level pyramid preformed by the Beaverland Must Skis

You can still order a Dyna-Ski Boat with a new outboard motor and some buyers still do as the supply and choices of used motors are limited and often these motors sell quickly.  Before I started up Dyna-Ski Boats I used to re-power my personal Hydrodyne 17.6 ski boat every 3 or 4 years.  I would buy a used one season ski team motor in the fall and sell my used 150 in the spring.  The motor warranty was only one year back then but I always had decent luck doing this.  I benefited from the latest improvements and it cost me about $500 per year I figured. Now I re-power the family ski boat every year or two because I own Dyna-Ski Boats so I can.  We normally have several water ski boats here to choose from but I sold my demo.  It went to Malaysia and the replacement will be built when they catch up from building new boats.  The new Evinrude G2 150 sits in the crate on the floor of my storage building.  So there may be an Evinrude G2 150 with no hours available come fall.  I personally prefer Evinrudes and part of the reason is the terms they offer Dyna-Ski for using them and putting them on our blog and website.

Contact Dyna-Ski Boats at
or leave a message at 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Dyna-Ski Standard Equipment & Options

People ask for prices often in the first email or two.  I tell them it is not an easy answer so I give a typical price and range. There really is no upper limit.  So to try and make this process easier for all of us I put together this information.  As our boat business grows and the market changes there seem to be new options every week.  When in doubt ask.  There are no dumb questions.  With custom made to order boats the sky is really the limit as well as your pocket book.  The cost of some options depends upon other things on the boat which is hard to easily explain so I don't include prices because they vary so much and suppliers increase them often.  Ordering a Dyna-Ski Boat usually takes around 40 emails by the time we are done.  Once we have a solid base of your desires we can start coming up with a firm price and then when we nail down what you want the price will be firm unless you change your mind while the boat is being built.  Customers do this sometimes. People have waited up to four years to purchase a Dyna-Ski boat from when they decided on all the options and then they are surprised when the price is much higher.  Everything we build goes up every year.  No supplier ever goes down in cost to us.  With interest rates being fairly low, buying the boat sooner (and paying reasonable interest rates) rather than later will save you more money than the increases in prices from year to year.  I hope this statement makes sense. Plus you start enjoying the boat sooner rather than later.
Interior space & people capacity:
The 17.6 Open Bow has the same passenger seating area as the 20’ Open Bow but it lacks the massive storage space of the 20’ Open Bow and passenger space of the 20’ Barefooter Open Bow. The 17.6 Open Bow is US Coast Guard rated for 5 people. Both 20' Open Bows are US Coast Guard rated for 7 people.
Standard Equipment:
Dyna-Ski 17.6 Open Bow has a two color hull, the two color interior, drivers bucket seat, passenger bench or bucket seat, standard rear bench seat, boarding platform with ladder, Teleflex tilt Hydraulic steering*, Recessed Control, 3" GPS Speedometer and 3” Tachometer, 2" fuel, trim, water pressure and voltmeter, High Efficiency cables, motor wiring, oil tank with one gallon of oil, $25.00 of gasoline, battery, 4 bladed stainless steel prop also includes mounting the motor and water testing if possible on a new black custom welded Phoenix bunk trailer with full length center bunks, bow stops, vertical side guides, four bunks and swing tongue.
 *The hydraulic steering can be changed for non feedback steering which is less expensive if a non V-6 engine is put on a 17.6 Open Bow.  
Dyna-Ski 20' Open Bow has a two color hull, the two color interior, drivers bucket seat, passenger bench or bucket seat, standard rear bench seat, boarding platform with ladder, Teleflex tilt Hydraulic steering, Recessed Control, 3" GPS Speedometer and 3” Tachometer, 2" fuel, trim, water pressure and voltmeter gauges, High Efficiency cables, motor wiring, oil tank with one gallon of oil, $25.00 of gasoline, battery, 4 bladed stainless steel prop also includes mounting the motor and water testing if possible on a new black custom welded Phoenix bunk trailer with full length center bunks, bow stops, vertical side guides, four bunks, swing tongue and surge brakes. 
Dyna-Ski 20' Open Bow Barefooter has a two color hull, the two color interior, drivers bucket seat, passenger bench or bucket seat, standard rear bench seat, boarding platform with ladder, Teleflex tilt Hydraulic steering, Recessed Control, 3" GPS Speedometer and 3” Tachometer, 2" fuel, trim, water pressure and voltmemter gauges, High Efficiency cables, motor wiring, oil tank with one gallon of oil, $25.00 of gasoline, battery, 4 bladed stainless steel prop also includes mounting the motor and water testing if possible on a new black custom welded Phoenix bunk trailer with full length center bunks, bow stops, vertical side guides, four bunks, swing tongue and surge brakes.
The Barefooter does not have a sun deck so there is more interior space than the 20’ Dyna-Ski Open Bow.
Engine capacity:
17.6 Open Bow is US Coast Guard rated for a maximum of a 150 HP engine.  We rate the 20' Open Bow models for a 250 HP engine. Maximum horsepower engines will push the boats faster than you need to barefoot water ski. Dyna-Ski Boats are not go fast boats they are water ski boats with tracking fins for stability. 

Engines:  Evinrude E-Tech and Mercury Optimax are both two cycle (stroke) engines and cost about the same in the end.  I suggest you purchase the brand of motor you can easily get serviced locally.  The motor is really the only piece of the boat that should ever need service. We do not have much call for other brands of engines (I assume) because of the additional cost.
Engine options:
Evinrude G2 Engines
Mercury Four Stroke Verado Engines
Power Assist for the hydraulic steering.  Often added to multiple engine Dyna-Ski Boats.
Evinrude G2 engines come standard with electronic controls. Power assist hydraulic steering is available on the G2 engine.
I-CONN Digital Controls & Engine Monitoring for V-6 Evinrude Motors (Digital Throttle & Shift)
SmartCraft Digital Controls & Engine Monitoring (Digital Throttle & Shift) for Mercury 175 and larger Verado Motors. This option can be ordered and is very similar to a Perfect Pass system they claim.
Dyna-Ski Boats hulls are usually white with an accent stripe.  The deck is usually white.  The top color choice is a red stripe although blue and black are gaining market share.  An all white Dyna-Ski boat costs a little less than one with a colored stripe. A solid color other than white costs more money. Boats that are mainly white seem to not show their age or be dated by the color.  Boats that are colors other than white tend to be dated by the color chosen.  Our graphics supplier can do boat wraps but wraps tend to only hold up for a couple years.
Single color hull
Two Color hull (standard is white with a colored stripe)
Three Color hull
Metallic Colors
Additional Boarding Platform
Ladder for additional Boarding Platform
Single Color Interior
Two Color Interior (standard)
Three Color Interior
Wrap Around Rear Seating  (a straight rear bench seat is standard)        
Covers & Tops:
Snap On Bow Cover        
Snap On Cock Pit Cover  
Mooring Cover
Bimini Tops                
Other water ski accessories:
KW Motor Guard                                      
KW Trick Release                              
Barefoot International V-Drive Boom                                         
Barefoot Boom Extension  (one or two of these are excellent for Dyna-Ski Boats with the rear mounted pylon)
Barefoot Boom Height Adjuster (makes possible quick adjustments of the height of the barefoot boom)
KW Extended Pylon (replaces the stock Dyna-Ski Pylon)                                   
Barefoot International w2923 Tower     
Barefoot International  w2906 Board Racks
Sound Equipment:
We can do AM/FM radios, power amps and such but I always suggest that you do them yourself or have a local shop do them.  Sound equipment is the biggest source of problems in boats so having a local supplier is best I feel.  There are locations for speakers and we can run wires if you like.
If you live on a lake and only use your trailer for off season storage the bow stops and vertical side guides can be eliminated but the savings are slight.
Tandem Trailer for a 20' Open Bow painted black with brakes on one axle with bow stops and vertical side guides.  Tandem trailers are harder to push around the driveway and in the garage.
Galvanized trailers are available for salt water use.
We put the 17.6 Open Bow on a 2800 lbs capacity trailer*. The 17.6 Open Bow boats seem to be fine on a 2000 lbs capacity lift.  The 20' Open Bows get a 3000 lbs capacity trailer with brakes.  A 2500 lbs capacity lift works decent for the single motored 20' boats.  It is better to have to excess lift or trailer capacity than to be undersized.  *A 2800 lbs capacity trailer is the weight capacity on the trailer with the length we need for the 17.6 model. A trailer with less weight capacity is shorter, to short.  There is little if any additional cost for the excess trailer capacity.   
You can email Dyna-Ski at or 
call 715-854-7501 to purchase your last boat.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

How to purchase a Dyna-Ski Boat Revised

 Dyna-Ski 17.6 Open Bow with a three color interior

It seemed obvious to me that if you want to buy a Dyna-Ski Boat the best way to do it is email or call Dyna-Ski Boats at any time. 
Email: or call 715-854-7501.  
 I have learned that people are not used to contacting the manufacturer directly and actually talking, emailing or texting with the person that owns the company about what they are interested in.  Dyna-Ski owners are all over the world so you can get a Dyna-Ski Boat if you want one. 
Every Dyna-Ski boat is custom made for the owner. 
 I seldom have a new boat on hand as the owners want them right away although I try to build a demo or two every year.  Often times the demo gets sold before it hits the water as a demo. 

Dyna-Ski 20' Open Bow with a single color wrap around interior

20' Open Bow Barefooter with a three color hull

  I have learned that it is better to look thru the information on this blog first, get some ball park pricing and then decide how you want your Dyna-Ski built. The blog has answers to questions and information that people have asked me about over the years and continue to ask every year.  The most expensive options are wrap around seating and digital shift and throttle which are both popular.  I wish that it had a better way to index the information other than by the date the posts are written. Sorry.

20' Open Bow with my son in tow on a ski board several years ago

Some shoppers inquire about used Dyna-Ski or left over boats.  There are not any left overs or non currents as dealers and manufacturers often call them.  It is not common for owners to sell their Dyna-Ski or even their old Hydrodynes.  Keep in mind that Hydrodynes were last built in the early 1990's.  Often the boats are given to the kids or sold to a neighbor and seldom does anyone inform Dyna-Ski that their boat is for sale.  If a used Dyna-Ski is available they tend to command top dollar and sell quickly during the boating season. We build Dyna-Ski water ski boats, Recon fishing boats, skiffs and air boats at the boat shop in Iola, WI. We are building more and more every year.  It is hard to guarantee exactly when a boat will be finished because we are a small company as boat builders go and most suppliers are not good.  Boats are built in the order that is determined by when the deposit arrives.  We do our best to keep the stuff we need to build boats in stock and we now have a much larger facility so hopefully things will improve.  Suppliers have grown awful over the past 3 to 5 years and they don't seem to care.

2015 Dyna-Ski 17.6 Open Bow headed to the owners boat house

The best way to get it rolling is to contact me (Pete) at or call 715-854-7501 and leave a message.   I reply typically within a day often the same day so if you have not gotten an email check your spam folder.  I am not glued to my phone (yet).  It is OK to send multiple emails or call multiple times. Remember that email is not 100% and voice mail isn't either plus there is the human element (me) so there is a chance I didn't get your message or I misplaced it.  I talk to many people in a week about the same things (Dyna-Ski Boats).  I prefer email as this provides a paper trail but even email isn't perfect.  I often return calls from my cell phone which I also text from.  If I get a call on my cell phone I answer it unless I cannot talk in which case I will call you back when I have time to talk.  715-854-7501 is not a cell phone so don't waste your time texting this number.

Dyna-Ski Boats builds some very unique products.  Our boats are built strong and we use the same materials and techniques to build every Dyna-Ski Boat. There isn't as much material (weight) in the Open Bow boats as there is required in the 20' Closed Bow model unless you want to order your boat this way.
 20' Dyna-Ski Closed Bow with 3-300 hp Evinrude Motors
72 person Pyramid it pulled 
 32 Barefooters behind Badgerland's Triple 300 G2 motors with Jason Hook driving
The fastest way to send money to Dyna-Ski is to overnight a personal check using the post office.  Wire Transfers take your bank and mine time to process them plus the banks charge more than the post office.  I like to help keep the Post Office in business. You should not require a signature because no one is usually in the home office when the mail person comes and my mail box is 500' from the house which means it does not work out well.  Often times the mail person will put the overnight envelope in my door.  Given the rural location of my house/office on Lake Noquebay in Wisconsin there isn't anyone around to swipe my mail.   

What are you waiting for? 
Email: or call 715-854-7501. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bimini Top, Mooring Cover & Shrink Wrapped

More and more people are asking about a Bimini Top.  The Boat Shop just finished up a Bimini Top and Mooring Cover for a 17.6 Open Bow headed to Malaysia.  The pictures were supplied by the talented person that does the work. Christine is very good as are all the members of the hard working crew. The best fitting Bimini tops and best fitting covers are made for the actual boat and fitted onto the actual boat. That isn't to say that accessories cannot be made and shipped but boats do vary slightly and that slight difference might come into play getting the very best fit plus we don't always have a boat available to make the cover and test it on.  None of our boat covers or Bimini tops are made from patterns.

17.6 Open Bow with a mooring cover

17.6 Open Bow ready for shipment