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ProStar Slalom
12-08-2006, 09:50 PM
I currently own a 1987 Pro Star and am considering an "upgrade" to a newer year for fuel injection, storage trunk, etc. I'd appreciate some help with thoughts/reviews on Pro Stars from mid-1990 to 2000ish, primarily for course skiing; a little barefooting and playing around on the side. Any years to stay away from? Any "bad" hull designs? If anyone can provide the year groups that used the same hull design, that would help as well. Thanks!

Scott

Hoosier Bob
12-08-2006, 10:04 PM
Cheap 1993's can be had! No Fuelie unless LT1 but bad arse! Ok it is what I own but drive them all. I can find no fault with my 93' and have been in much newer and more costly rides (all awesome). Fuel injection is nice but remember in higher hour boats can be more troublesome than a $400 carb swap. You will get your responses soon but if available find a 1993 SS like Stevo137! That ride is pure SEX!:D
Take care and enjoy the site!

BrianM
12-09-2006, 12:47 AM
Well if you want a storage trunk you are out of luck unless you go 2001 or newer. Although the '99-'00 190 did have a small little mini trunk for gloves and such.

A quick rundown for you on hulls/models.

Prostar 190

1987-1990
Same hull as your boat.
1991-1994
Considered the best slalom hull MC ever built by many (1993 saw the introduction of FI on the LT1 1994 all boats had FI
1995-1997
Another great boat that got a little wider with a substantially bigger cockpit. Spray was pretty much eliminated.
1998-2000
Another new hull and the introduction of the PPTS (positive pressure tracking system) Do a search for 1998 Prostar and get additional info on this sometimes controversial hull/topic
2001- Present
The all new EVO hull. A hook was aded to the hull for an even better wake in 2002 Pro Tour boats and 2003 saw the hook added to all hulls. Prior hulls are easily modified wo the new hook
1998-2002 Sportstar/Sportstar Open Bow / 19Skier / Prostar 195
All of these boats use the exact same hull as the 1995-1997 Prostar. The Sportstar Open Bow and Prostar 195 being open bow versions

Prostar 205

1992-1995
The original Prostar 205 which was a a stretched open bow version of the Prostar 190. Has very similar wake to the 190 of the same vintage with increased passenger room.

1996-2000
The redesigned Prostar 205 got substantially larger and grew further apart from the 190. This hull was also the original X Star hull

Hope that helps you a bit. I upgraded last year from a 1988 to a 1997 for many of the same reasons you are looking to do so and couldn't be happier.

Oh... and welcome to the board!

Monte
12-09-2006, 01:02 AM
Well if you want a storage trunk you are out of luck unless you go 2001 or newer. Although the '99-'00 190 did have a small little mini trunk for gloves and such.

A quick rundown for you on hulls/models.

Prostar 190

1987-1990
Same hull as your boat.
1991-1994
Considered the best slalom hull MC ever built by many (1993 saw the introduction of FI on the LT1 1994 all boats had FI
1995-1997
Another great boat that got a little wider with a substantially bigger cockpit. Spray was pretty much eliminated.
1998-2000
Another new hull and the introduction of the PPTS (positive pressure tracking system) Do a search for 1998 Prostar and get additional info on this sometimes controversial hull/topic
2001- Present
The all new EVO hull. A hook was aded to the hull for an even better wake in 2002 Pro Tour boats and 2003 saw the hook added to all hulls. Prior hulls are easily modified wo the new hook
1998-2002 Sportstar/Sportstar Open Bow / 19Skier / Prostar 195
All of these boats use the exact same hull as the 1995-1997 Prostar. The Sportstar Open Bow and Prostar 195 being open bow versions

Prostar 205

1992-1995
The original Prostar 205 which was a a stretched open bow version of the Prostar 190. Has very similar wake to the 190 of the same vintage with increased passenger room.

1996-2000
The redesigned Prostar 205 got substantially larger and grew further apart from the 190. This hull was also the original X Star hull

Hope that helps you a bit. I upgraded last year from a 1988 to a 1997 for many of the same reasons you are looking to do so and couldn't be happier.

Oh... and welcome to the board!

So Brian, do you have the same type info for the tristar??

sorry for the threadjack

Workin' 4 Toys
12-09-2006, 01:06 AM
Prostar - Click Here (http://www.tmcowners.com/market/showproduct.php?product=1032&cat=5)

Workin' 4 Toys
12-09-2006, 01:18 AM
Or this one....
Click here 91 Prostar (http://www.tmcowners.com/market/showproduct.php?product=1165&cat=5)

Workin' 4 Toys
12-09-2006, 01:21 AM
96 Prostar click here (http://www.tmcowners.com/market/showproduct.php?product=1091&cat=5)

pflcjl
12-09-2006, 07:32 AM
I'v owned the following Prostars:

1990 351 carb
1995 corvette LT1 efi
2000 LTR efi
2006 TT mcx

All have been great solid strong boats - I missed the 1991-1994 series.
If your looking to go up one or two series, I would recommend a 1995 - 1997 190 with the corvette LT1 - Outstanding slalom boat and great rough water ride.

I do slalom course skiing and my 2000 was also outstanding but had more wetted surface and seems to use more fuel.

ProStar Slalom
12-09-2006, 10:48 AM
Thanks to all for the replies, especially BrianM--great rundown! Now I just need to decide how deep to dig into the pockets.

Ric
12-09-2006, 11:21 AM
BrianM that is an awesome rundown
I want to add that I had an 00 190 and there was a useable trunk IIRC I could get a ski or two in there if I laid them on their side... I actually used the trunk for jackets and gloves and kept skis elsewhere though

one more thing, the 197 is the best in the business... just so you know... bwuahahhhahhahaha

BrianM
12-09-2006, 11:59 AM
BrianM that is an awesome rundown
I want to add that I had an 00 190 and there was a useable trunk IIRC I could get a ski or two in there if I laid them on their side... I actually used the trunk for jackets and gloves and kept skis elsewhere though

They must have enlarged it later then. I spent a summer with a '98 and it had a small trunk with room for gloves and soap and maybe a life vest but not even close to enough room for a ski.

Ric
12-09-2006, 12:10 PM
must have... I could get a half dozen or so vests back there or water toys and for some reason I am the glove supply house so I have a billion of them in a divers bag

JKTX21
12-10-2006, 10:08 PM
I love my '96 190, but with all the gear I use for wakeboarding and a couple of people, it's a tight squeeze. I am going to try slalom next season, and then decide if I need a size upgrade.

And on the other hand, I've spent a lot of time in my buddies '88, and my '96 feels a lot bigger.

Thrall
01-24-2007, 08:06 PM
Can't speak of other models, but w/ gas prices the way they are, my '96, LT1 is quite fuel efficient. Maybe I don't ride hard enough, but I've only used a whole tank of fuel in a day once, and that was about 10hrs of almost constant running (company picnic, pulled more tubers that day than the entire rest of my life!).
Typical day of about 8 hrs on the lake, 20% driving fast, 30% boarding, 25% rec skiing, 25% sitting w/ a beer in my hand, I'll use15-18 gal, w/ 4 people in the boat.
Have no complaints w/ the boat really. It's quick, never pulled up more than 3 people at once, but it'll do that much w/ ease, even at high altitude.

rasmithaz
01-25-2007, 09:58 PM
Hey Thrall..long time no see. What do you think of a 99 205 with a LTR EFI in th great state of arizona for 18k? What the heck is a LTR engine? better than LT1? Boat show tommorrow at the civic center. Do you think I should grab the 99 tommorrow?

east tx skier
01-25-2007, 10:03 PM
Some more info here.

http://www.6ballsports.com/Boats.html

(scroll down)