View Full Version : 93 205 vs 96 205

10-12-2006, 10:51 AM
I am looking for some opinions on a decision i am trying to make. I have a friend who wants my 93 prostar 205. Great boat, great wake, I love it.
I was thinking of upgrading and have the opportunity to buy a 96 Sammy Duvall 205 LT1, heater, perfect pass etc with approx 450hrs in great shape, decent price.
I do mostly slalom and still trick once and awhile but am concerned with the different hull of the 96 vs my 93. How big a difference is there for slalom? Should i be looking for a 95 205 with lt1 instead?
Any problems with the LT1 for that year? My 351w has been good to me!
Thanks for the input.

east tx skier
10-12-2006, 10:55 AM
I would describe the difference as noticeable. I spend about 95% of my ski time between the two hulls you are talking about. While I'd never turn down a set behind the 98 (same as 96 in the 205), I much prefer the 93 for slalom. Both are great boats, but that's just my preference.

10-12-2006, 11:02 AM
How much bigger is the boat? Weight wise?

10-12-2006, 11:05 AM
While I have never been behind a '95 and prior 205 I do ski a lot behind a '97. The boat skis pretty well at 34 -36 mph but nowhere near as good as my '97 190. The wake is kind of taller and harder. My wife hates skiing behind that boat. She skis 28mph and at that speed it throws a pretty large wake. Anything under about 32mph behind that boat the wake gets noticably bigger and continues to grow the slower you go. Remember that this is the same hull as the original X-Star. The boat also drives like it is bigger than it is. The long nose and higher freeboard really make it feel like a station wagon compared to the 190. From what I hear about the earlier year 205s I would stick with that over a '96+ for slalom..

10-12-2006, 11:07 AM
Agreed. I ski my brother-in-laws '96 every year during family vacation and the ski wake is a lot bigger than my '94. I would not trade my boat for that year. Never ever. If you ski I think you will be dissapointed in that wake if you are used to the '93.

east tx skier
10-12-2006, 11:39 AM
How much bigger is the boat? Weight wise?

Roughly 100 lbs and 2" longer (20'7") and 2" wider (87") IIRC (the beam varied one year so it may have gone back to 85"). Brian has it right as far as wake characteristics go. If you look at the two boats side by side and drive them, you can see and feel the difference. The 96 and up 205s are just bigger and they drive bigger. The difference b/w the 96 and up 205 and the 95-97 190 from which it was derived and the 92-96 205 and the 91-94 190s from which it was derived is more noticeable in the case of the former IMO.

10-12-2006, 11:49 AM
You guys have confirmed what i have been thinking also.
A 190 would be an option but the family LOVES the open bow. So do i as a matter of fact. I better stick to the 92-95 205!
I was thinking i would like to go LT1 if i was going to upgrade though.
Someone told me that the torque on the LT1 wasn't as good as the 351w, whats the scoop?

Anybody have a 95 205 lt1 for sale?