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mbgravellake
07-20-2006, 01:59 AM
I purchased a 99 Sportstar last fall. I really didn't do a lot of research, I just knew I wanted a Mastercraft with an open bow and I didn't want to drop a bundle. It looks like MC only made the Sportstar for a couple of years unlike the ProStar that has been around forever. Was the boat a marketing flop or is there a fundamental flaw with the design. The boat seems fine for what we are using it for, but I have three small kids and we are just getting started in "tow" type sports. Any background on the Sportstar would be appreciated.

BrianM
07-20-2006, 08:33 AM
The Sportstar is a great boat that is the same hull design as the 95-97 Prostar. It was marketed as price point kind of boat and was built as both closed and open bow. I can't remember the exact year but I think they built the Sportstar in 98-00 and then renamed the boat the Skier 19 for 01-02 and the open bow version the Prostar 195 in '00 and '02. I could be off just a bit but someone will correct me. Jim?

Tryin-again
07-20-2006, 09:13 AM
I got the 98 Sport Star - The guy we just got if from had all the literature from when he bought it which we received....
The promo flier states something like " Who says that you cannot buy a real ski boat for under 20K" then says that you can buy this for 19,999.

The Weight/Safety Stickers state "Prostar 190" although the badges are "Sport Star"....

It only was offered in three paints (in 98 - not sure about others) red, blue, purple...

Basically, a stripped down Prostar for us "poor folk"

jraben8
07-20-2006, 10:13 AM
I know that you guys have the years right. I have an OB '99 model that is white with green. The only drawback to my boat that I have found is the lack of storage in the OB model. There is no in floor storage so all that I have is the bin between the back seat and the fuel tank and some under the passenger seat. Other than that it handles absolutely flawlessly.

There may have been engine option changes between 98 and 99 but I'm not sure. I have the 310 HP Predator which is more than enough for it.

east tx skier
07-20-2006, 11:18 AM
The 98 Sportstar (like Brian said, 1995--1997 Pro Star hull) appeared mid production run 1998. It was offered with a standard 302 engine @ 260 hp. I've skied behind a friend's, and the engine had nice torque. Great boat with a wonderful slalom wake. In 1999, the TBI 350 became standard equipment.

I remember reading, but am not certain on this, that the platform on the 98s was not removeable. Can anyone with a 98 confirm this?

mbeach
07-20-2006, 11:33 AM
The 98 Sportstar (like Brian said, 1995--1997 Pro Star hull) appeared mid production run 1998. It was offered with a standard 302 engine @ 260 hp. I've skied behind a friend's, and the engine had nice torque. Great boat with a wonderful slalom wake. In 1999, the TBI 350 became standard equipment.

I remember reading, but am not certain on this, that the platform on the 98s was not removeable. Can anyone with a 98 confirm this?
i have a red 98 sportstar and literature says it is an indmar 305 275hp engine. you are correct in that the platform was not removable. only upgrade i have made is changing out the platform brackets to the removable style. other than that, runs great and is all the boat i need considering my ski style. got it 2nd hand in 2001 with less than 150 hrs and it now has 288 hrs. keep it our lake place in fla and use approx every 4 weeks.

east tx skier
07-20-2006, 11:41 AM
This is my source (1998 WSM Boat Buyer's Guide). I can't really vouch for its accuracy though.

Tryin-again
07-20-2006, 12:16 PM
Doug, mine has the removable...... Also as MBeach says has the Indmar 305 275hp although the original owner kept saying 350 - one of these days I will investigate more - We got ours 6 wks ago with 203 hrs (do the math) - The guys trailered it - kept it in garage, re-oiled the teak EVERY trip - as you can imagine - immaculate -- of course now we got it - turned 248 hrs a couple of days ago.. and dinged the gelcoat in the from already..... Rednecks!

east tx skier
07-20-2006, 12:22 PM
Doug, mine has the removable...... Also as MBeach says has the Indmar 305 275hp although the original owner kept saying 350 - one of these days I will investigate more - We got ours 6 wks ago with 203 hrs (do the math) - The guys trailered it - kept it in garage, re-oiled the teak EVERY trip - as you can imagine - immaculate -- of course now we got it - turned 248 hrs a couple of days ago.. and dinged the gelcoat in the from already..... Rednecks!

That's interesting. What's weird is that NADA lists horsepower at 260 as well. Was it in the 1998 brochure? I can't remember if that was in the download section before it got deep sixed.

east tx skier
07-20-2006, 12:25 PM
Here's another article (http://www.boatinglife.com/article_content.jsp?ID=11072) that references 260 hp. Here's a post (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showpost.php?p=40534&postcount=10) from Jim from Bay Area Water Sports with regard to the horsepower being 265.

I was mistaken about the 302 ci. 305 is right. I should just stick to metric. :o You could get the 5.7 motor in 98 as an option. There was a guy in San Antonio on here last year that had it in his 98 SS.

Tryin-again
07-20-2006, 12:45 PM
I'll check the literature - we got it all - But I rremember there was some HP discrepency between the Sales Literature and what is listed in the original manual... 1 said 275, one said 260.... Either way our's gets out of the hole nice and playing with the GPS a couple of weeks ago it got to 45.3 mph - with 2 -200# guys and 3 kids 110-140# That's good enough.......

east tx skier
07-20-2006, 01:01 PM
I'll check the literature - we got it all - But I rremember there was some HP discrepency between the Sales Literature and what is listed in the original manual... 1 said 275, one said 260.... Either way our's gets out of the hole nice and playing with the GPS a couple of weeks ago it got to 45.3 mph - with 2 -200# guys and 3 kids 110-140# That's good enough.......

Absolutely! It's got plenty of power! Very torquey motor. I recall the pull being very good.

VTJC
07-20-2006, 01:44 PM
My 99 also doesn’t have brackets that allow the platform to be removed, but they could be added. That 98 SportStar with the LT-1 is now owned by a friend here in VT.

Jamie

C36
07-20-2006, 09:16 PM
The Sportstar is a great boat that is the same hull design as the 95-97 Prostar. It was marketed as price point kind of boat and was built as both closed and open bow. I can't remember the exact year but I think they built the Sportstar in 98-00 and then renamed the boat the Skier 19 for 01-02 and the open bow version the Prostar 195 in '00 and '02. I could be off just a bit but someone will correct me. ...

BrianM: If that is from memory I am impressed. :) I had to go back and look at my notes from when I researched our recent purchase of our 2001 X-5 - pretty much the only "sister ship" that shared the same hull that you left out. :o I also included a little graphic that might help to summarize the various years by model and it is also colour coded for open and closed bow (with the exception of the X-5 model).

As for open and closed bow, here is what I found. I am far from an expert and will gladly defer to others. To my understanding the same hull was sold under the following different labels in the years shown:

ProStar 190 (closed bow) 1995-1997
SportStar (closed bow) 1998
Skier 19 (closed bow) 2000-2002
X-5 (closed bow) 2002

SportStar (open bow) 1999
ProStar 195 (open bow) 2000-2002
X-5 (open bow) 2000-2001

C36
07-20-2006, 09:20 PM
The picture was too large the first time I tried - here it is.

east tx skier
07-20-2006, 10:27 PM
BrianM: If that is from memory I am impressed. :) I had to go back and look at my notes from when I researched our recent purchase of our 2001 X-5 - pretty much the only "sister ship" that shared the same hull that you left out. :o I also included a little graphic that might help to summarize the various years by model and it is also colour coded for open and closed bow (with the exception of the X-5 model).

As for open and closed bow, here is what I found. I am far from an expert and will gladly defer to others. To my understanding the same hull was sold under the following different labels in the years shown:

ProStar 190 (closed bow) 1995-1997


SportStar (closed bow) 1998
Skier 19 (closed bow) 2000-2002
X-5 (closed bow) 2002

SportStar (open bow) 1999
ProStar 195 (open bow) 2000-2002
X-5 (open bow) 2000-2001

I think it was the Sportstar and the Sportstar OB in 1999 and the 195 in 2000 and 2001. I could be off a year on the 195 though.

mbgravellake
07-20-2006, 11:23 PM
Thanks for all the info. I'm pleased with mine so far. I have the 5.7 310 HP Vortec in mine and it has plenty of power. It only has 210 hours on it so maybe I'll hang on to it for a while.

BrianM
07-21-2006, 10:14 AM
I am going to ask her publicly.

Hey MC how about putting together a list of boats that have been built over the years with notations on when the hull changed and or which models have the same hull ie PS 190 95-97 Sportstar, Skier 19 X-5. Sure would be usefull here as we get these questions all the time and we are only able to work from very limited resources that are not complete.