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sea061
11-10-2004, 05:02 PM
I am shopping for the best year and model to meet all my families needs
my son is 11, he likes to wakeboard. i like to slalom. my wife prefers a bowrider, but doesn't really care one way or the other. we sold a 1980 ps 190 a couple of years ago and will not have anything else but another MC. the 1980 was a nice boat but i would like something more up to date like fuel injected. i would spend as much as $15,000. thanks for any input.

Thrall
11-10-2004, 05:15 PM
I bought a '96 PS 190 this year for under $15k. LT-1 engine, 280hrs, tandem trailer. It's in good shape, not perfect, required a little elbow grease to get it looking real good.
You have alot of options for $15k. I saw a couple PS205's of the 94-95 vintage with reasonable hrs (under 500) for about the same price.

tex
11-10-2004, 05:17 PM
I bought a '96 PS 190 this year for under $15k. LT-1 engine, 280hrs, tandem trailer. It's in good shape, not perfect, required a little elbow grease to get it looking real good.
You have alot of options for $15k. I saw a couple PS205's of the 94-95 vintage with reasonable hrs (under 500) for about the same price.

i could not have said it better!

Smitty
11-10-2004, 06:17 PM
Check out: Boat Trader Online (http://www.boattraderonline.com/adsearch/boatsearchprocess.html)
I found 27 Mastercrafts for under $16K. Do your homework! I would go with a dealer used before checking out the for sale by owner.

east tx skier
11-10-2004, 06:18 PM
Basically, you will start seeing fuel injection in 1993 (but not all of them). By 1994, all MCs were fuel injected. The PS 205 is a great family boat. I have a 93 (not fuel injected) and love the wake for slalom. The later 205s were the basis for the early X-Stars. They also have a good slalom wake. $15K should get you where you want to be.

MarkP
11-10-2004, 08:57 PM
C61

I think for 15 you could do really well. Take your time and shop around. I can tell you, one of the things I like more than owning a Mastercraft is, shopping for one.

N-Hey, Welcome aboard,:wavey: !!

rasmithaz
11-10-2004, 09:15 PM
I bought a 93 prostar 205 because East Texas Skier said they are nice family boats. Take his advice.....I did! this is my 5th Mastercraft and I really like the size and hull design on this one.

canada air
11-10-2004, 10:55 PM
i own i 1995 maristar 200vrs. it works very well for wakeboarding and as bowrider. for slaloming it works well except for the odd time it will want to porpoise when rough and 4 or 5 people riding in the back. the interior room is awesome for a family in the v-drive. the wake is a little larger than a direct drive but not much. i know there is a 22.5' and 20' from 94-96 that may fall in your price range. they came with 275hp tbi and lt1 320hp

Thrall
11-11-2004, 10:06 AM
Check out: Boat Trader Online (http://www.boattraderonline.com/adsearch/boatsearchprocess.html)
I would go with a dealer used before checking out the for sale by owner.

I'm sure opinions vary on this. IMO, if you have the knowledge and ability to check out a used boat's condition, asthetically (easy) and mechanically (not as easy). You'll be able to get more for $15k buying privately than through a dealer.
If you're looking privately, and find a boat that was serviced by MC, that's about as good as buying from a dealer, IMO.

Leroy
11-11-2004, 10:12 AM
I would post pix and info on any boat here before buying. It's amazing the reviews and expert advise you will get from the people on this board. You are doing this smart and have time on your side now until you can use it anyway.

Robert Averyt
11-11-2004, 10:15 AM
The best boat I have ever owned was my 95 205. I traded it in for an 01 190. I wish I had the 205 back. The 205 is a great boat. And The years from ~ 94-96 seemed to be the best quality. I dont know what has happened since. JMHO.

sea061
11-11-2004, 11:40 PM
what's the story line on the tri stars

André
11-12-2004, 08:03 AM
Robert
Why would you need an open bow on your lake?
Is something wrong with your 01?

lakes Rick
11-12-2004, 11:36 AM
what's the story line on the tri stars

They are pigs

H20skeefreek
11-12-2004, 04:58 PM
what's the story line on the tri stars


They are a decent boat, but they are shorter on interior space b/c they count the integrated platform in the lenght of the boat, and they are a little nose heavy, since the gas tank is in front of the cockpit.....oh, and lakes rick hates them.

stevo137
11-14-2004, 11:20 AM
I found this for $15,900!
It took a long time to find it and much effort to drive to Tennessee and buy it and I still had my old boat. (88 Tristar) Don't get us going on that one!
The previous owner took great care of it and had service records.
The boat got the garage, not his cars!
I have no regrets, the boat screams! :D

sea061
11-15-2004, 11:45 PM
SteveO thats a good lookin MC thats happens to be my all time favorite boat

Rockman
11-16-2004, 02:55 PM
Stevo,

VERY nice boat!

I'll definitley have to meet up with you next summer and go for a few runs. We are only about 45 west of the IL/IN border. Where do you ski in IN?

Keep me on you list in case you're looking for extras.

lakes Rick
11-16-2004, 09:00 PM
Stevo,

VERY nice boat!

I'll definitley have to meet up with you next summer and go for a few runs. We are only about 45 west of the IL/IN border. Where do you ski in IN?

Keep me on you list in case you're looking for extras.

NICE boat stevo, but could you put your wife in one of those boat pics????? In a bathing suit????

jimmer2880
11-17-2004, 07:08 AM
NICE boat stevo, but could you put your wife in one of those boat pics????? In a bathing suit????
:uglyhamme Bad Rick - Bad Bad Rick!

H20skeefreek
11-17-2004, 09:02 AM
Rockman, Stevo, Lake Tippy Skier, Smitty, and the rest of the Indiana guys. I may be moving back to Lafayette sometime soon, so I may be looking for new ski buddies. Maybe I can get a pull behind that beautiful '93 S&S.

If anyone knows of any openings for manufacturing supervisor jobs in the Lafayette area, let me know!!

Brent
11-17-2004, 11:22 AM
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east tx skier
11-17-2004, 11:30 AM
Keep in mind that the 95 and 96 205s have different hulls/decks and ski a bit differently. Both are good boats, but they're not the same.

pdoppenheim
11-19-2004, 06:42 PM
I am shopping for the best year and model to meet all my families needs
my son is 11, he likes to wakeboard. i like to slalom. my wife prefers a bowrider, but doesn't really care one way or the other. we sold a 1980 ps 190 a couple of years ago and will not have anything else but another MC. the 1980 was a nice boat but i would like something more up to date like fuel injected. i would spend as much as $15,000. thanks for any input.
I have a 1996 Prostar 190, LT1, 455 hours, red/white, for sale. Asking $15,000. Reason for selling, just bought 2004 197.

sea061
11-19-2004, 11:16 PM
I have a 1996 Prostar 190, LT1, 455 hours, red/white, for sale. Asking $15,000. Reason for selling, just bought 2004 197.
where are you located?

Leroy
11-20-2004, 12:26 AM
Rockman, Stevo, Lake Tippy Skier, Smitty, and the rest of the Indiana guys. I may be moving back to Lafayette sometime soon, so I may be looking for new ski buddies. Maybe I can get a pull behind that beautiful '93 S&S.

If anyone knows of any openings for manufacturing supervisor jobs in the Lafayette area, let me know!!
I'm in also, really getting to be a bunch in the Indiana area. Next summer!

captkidd
11-22-2004, 10:57 AM
Keep in mind that the 95 and 96 205s have different hulls/decks and ski a bit differently. Both are good boats, but they're not the same.
I believe that the '95 PS205 is the same as the '93 and '94 (and maybe the '92, if they were made in '92). The '95 PS190 has a different hull/deck than the '92-94.

east tx skier
11-22-2004, 11:46 AM
The Captain is correct. PS 205 hull began in 92. It changed in 96. PS 190 hull changed in 95.