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epj4
07-11-2007, 04:43 PM
I'm seeking a used Prostar, somewhere in the $5-10k range for use in a slalom course on a private lake. I'm wondering which years offer the best slalom wake, power, etc. Maybe mid 80s to early 90s. Where are the differences? I typically ski 34 mph, 15-22' off, and hopefully improving. What other things should I consider?

rodltg2
07-11-2007, 05:05 PM
do yourself a favor and spend a bit more and get a 91-93 ps190/

epj4
07-11-2007, 05:14 PM
Good to know. What advantages do the 91-93s offer? Thanks.

east tx skier
07-11-2007, 05:18 PM
Very good slalom wakes behind the 91--94 PS 190. Spray does not become an issue until 35 off. I've pulled a skier into 32 off behind my 93 205. Afterwards, I specifically asked him if he had any spray issues and he said there was no spray. I believe the 94 PT boats had a spray mod so they could reduce spray for 38 off skiers.

epj4
07-11-2007, 05:23 PM
Is the powerslot tranny an important factor? What size engines (HP) were typical in those years?

rodltg2
07-11-2007, 05:27 PM
or stretch it out a bit more and get a nice 2001 ps 190 . low price of 18900. nice flat soft wakes all the way up the line.

east tx skier
07-11-2007, 05:27 PM
91 was 240 hp 351W. Powerslot req'd to get AWSA approved that year.

92--93 was standard 250 hp 351W. Optional 285 hp 351 HO. 93 also had optional Chevy 350 LT1 @ 310 hp (fuel injected).

454 was also available according to the manual.

94 was all chevy 350 and all FI. Std 275 hp TBI. LT1 was again 310 hp.

mayo93prostar
07-11-2007, 05:28 PM
I also recommend the 91-94 PS 190 if you like slalom. I also have a 93 slot and it is great. I have heard that you do not really need the slot but all 3 MCs that I have owned were slots so I do not know what it is like without it. mine is rated at 285 HP, it is the High Output (HO) version. However, almost all of the MCs in these years have plenty of power. My 87 with regular engine was 240 HP.

Tourney Team 197
07-11-2007, 05:41 PM
My :twocents:

You'll have a tough time finding a boat at the low end of your range since MC's hold their value so well.

Archimedes
07-11-2007, 05:43 PM
94 190. Plan to spend $15-17k. Da best.

EricB
07-11-2007, 05:51 PM
If you are set in your price range, about the best you will be able to do is what you have listed (early to late 80's). PS is nice and may be a "must" depending on the length of your private lake.
83 on up was all glass structual hull construction.

Slinkyredfoot
07-11-2007, 07:56 PM
I am curious since I am elder schooler here..what was wrong with the 98 model Prostar? I know I owned a 205 but I sold it, just did not like the feel or the visability..just wanting to know

beatle78
07-11-2007, 08:33 PM
My neighbor just sold his 1992 190 for ~$10k. He probablt could've gotten a little more if he wanted to.

ss4000+
07-11-2007, 08:35 PM
my 85 has a wall at 22 and a nice bump at 28 but 32 and up are sweet if the wind is no blowing spray all over you . the 91 hull is old as i would go more room and better wakes

justinglow
07-11-2007, 09:15 PM
Mine is a 93 with the LT-1. Awesome boat. Love the wake and the way it handles in the course.

boxman3
07-11-2007, 10:40 PM
I still vote for my 87 ProStar 190 PowerSlot, you might remember it as the one ski boats others were judged by.... Simply a solid boat with GREAT wakes. I still ski everyweek when the tug(wake board) boats go home!! As for th emoney $8K to $10K is well with-in reach of the common man, not $40K plus!!!

06197ttlq9-footer
07-11-2007, 10:49 PM
you could expect to pay $10,000. for a 1990 ps190. I just sold mine with 800hrs.351 power slot for $11,000.and i am 20 minutes from the factory It was cherry though. Bought an 06 ps197 Tournament team with LQ9. I footed off the 190, got 41mph out of it. It slowa a bit with a skier.

JKTX21
07-12-2007, 12:36 AM
94 190. Plan to spend $15-17k. Da best.

I have a '96 190 for sale if that's the case!
:D

SDAhockey21
07-12-2007, 12:44 AM
I have a '96 190 for sale if that's the case!
:D


Ha mine too! ;)

JKTX21
07-12-2007, 12:48 AM
Ha mine too! ;)

No way, that'd cut your MC collection in half!

I think I'll hold out for Doug's 205... I hear he wants to get into a 190 and I've always wanted an open bow! :D

SDAhockey21
07-12-2007, 01:11 AM
No way, that'd cut your MC collection in half!

I think I'll hold out for Doug's 205... I hear he wants to get into a 190 and I've always wanted an open bow! :D

Or you could tie two 96's together and have a power cat!! 8p

AZDave
07-12-2007, 08:13 PM
I opted for my 93 Stars and Stripes over an 89. It is a much better boat. I split time between a 90 Pro Star and mine and they are the best boats to ski behind in our club. Ideally, a 94 190 with 350 fuel injection/Powerslot looks to be about the best. 15 grand about right.

PendO
07-13-2007, 01:58 AM
I am curious since I am elder schooler here..what was wrong with the 98 model Prostar? I know I owned a 205 but I sold it, just did not like the feel or the visability..just wanting to know

Its the retrofit kit (pieces glued to the hull) ... and something about shampoo:)

airdrew99
07-13-2007, 07:14 AM
I'm seeking a used Prostar, somewhere in the $5-10k range for use in a slalom course on a private lake. I'm wondering which years offer the best slalom wake, power, etc. Maybe mid 80s to early 90s. Where are the differences? I typically ski 34 mph, 15-22' off, and hopefully improving. What other things should I consider?
epj4, I have a 91 Prostar 190 240hp w/ slot. The boat has tons of power and an awesome wake. I've noticed a small rooster tail at 36 mph but I don't really notice it at 34 mph. I got mine with 606 on the hourmeter in Jan '06 for $10,500. It is in excellent condition. Good luck.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
07-13-2007, 10:04 AM
91 was 260 hp 351W. Powerslot req'd to get AWSA approved that year.

92--93 was standard 350 hp 351W. Optional 285 hp 351 HO. 93 also had optional Chevy 350 LT1 @ 310 hp (fuel injected).

94 was all chevy 350 and all FI. Std 275 hp TBI. LT1 was again 310 hp.
East, are you sure about those numbers you posted and I highlited in red?? my boat is a 91 with a 240 HP 351 in it. Ive never heard of a 260HP version in 91. :confused: and I never heard of a 350HP 351 offered ever.....???? Trust me, you are much more of a guru than I am on this stuff, so I am confused. I have never heard those numbers before.....

east tx skier
07-13-2007, 10:32 AM
East, are you sure about those numbers you posted and I highlited in red?? my boat is a 91 with a 240 HP 351 in it. Ive never heard of a 260HP version in 91. :confused: and I never heard of a 350HP 351 offered ever.....???? Trust me, you are much more of a guru than I am on this stuff, so I am confused. I have never heard those numbers before.....

Sorry about that. Thanks for catching that, UMP.

The 350 hp mentioned above was a typo. 250 hp for 92 and 93 base 351W. 240 for 91. I got confused and typed 260 (the hp for the 98 Sportstar with the 5.3 L engine). You could also get a 454 in those years.

94PS190
07-13-2007, 02:47 PM
I asked the same questions a few yrs ago. Love my 94. It took a while to find and I still don't love the colors, but what a joy to ski behind.

93ProStar205
07-14-2007, 08:46 AM
I've had an 87 190PS, 93 205 and 97 205. 97 is my favorite all around boat, but the 87 was the old school ski machine. No radio, loud exhaust, great intro to tournament boats and I bought it for only $8,500. Only downside was a dead interior, but we wanted to ski behind something other than an outboard and didn't care. Definitely go for the PS on the lower horsepower (240) motors, much better hole shot.

92 190 PS
07-14-2007, 08:58 AM
Here is a pic from the slalom wake on a 190 in the 91 to 94 range. Not mine, but I believe you can find this picture on the prostar thread. I love my 92 and the slalom wake is fantastic. Even the wakeboard wake with a couple side sacs is reasonable. My 92 with the 285 HO runs mid 40's with 3 or 4 passengers. Pulls barefooters around 43 if necessary...

Good luck

zerps
07-14-2007, 10:58 PM
I would have to agree w/ all those saying the 91-94. I've got a 94 and LOVE it's soft flat wake. Everyone that skis behind it doesn't want to ski behind anything else. My friend w/ a 99 PS 190 like's my wake better too. I wouldn't be hung up on the power-slot. I don't have one and I'm running a 3 blade prop and there is plenty of power (275hp). Also, w/o power slot you can easily run your boat at speed using the tach instead of those ever changing speedos.