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Hunterb
03-24-2008, 11:31 AM
Hi all,

I currently have a 1990 PS 1990 and I am mostly a slalom skier but mess around with some wakeboarding. I really like the wake behind the 190. I'm thinking of getting a PS 205, mostly for the extra seating in the bow as I have two kids and it's pretty crowded in the 190. Can anyone tell me what the wake is like behind the 205? I'd hate to go to a big lump just to get some extra seats.

Thanks in advance if you have any info.

Bruce

WTRSK1R
03-24-2008, 11:40 AM
I skied behind a 205 for many years before getting my PS197. The 205 has pretty nice wake if it is not too loaded down. It was definately more of a bump then my 197 has, but it was still very skiable. If you are a course skier, you will probably notice the difference more then if you are a free skier. I do not think my 205 tracked as well in the course as a 190 does. See if you can find someone to give you a pull for a true side by side comparison.

ShamrockIV
03-24-2008, 11:40 AM
i love my 205!!! i am in the same boat as u. check my pics i have 4 kids!!. the wake is good behind the 205. that is what is was built for. wakeboarding may be tough but i am not to the point that i need huge wake yet. plus i got friends with x14's x2's and such!!

Hunterb
03-24-2008, 11:42 AM
Hi all,

I tried posting this already but it didn't show up so I'm trying again. Sorry it end up as a double post.

I have a PS 190 and I really like the wake for slalom. I'm thinking of going to a PS 205, mostly for some extra seats in the bow. What is the wake like behind a 205? Is it significantly bigger than the 190?

If anyone has an opinion I'd like to hear it.

Thanks

Bruce

ShamrockIV
03-24-2008, 11:51 AM
i was wondring!! i knew i posted on urs!! lol

flipper
03-24-2008, 11:55 AM
A friend of mine went from '91 PS190 to a '98 PS205, and the wake was a little bigger and seemed a little harder. Not a huge difference, but there was one for sure. The 205 didn't seem to handle nearly as well either. Nice boat though.

starman205
03-24-2008, 12:08 PM
If you stay with a 92' thru 95' 205 prostar there shouldn't be much difference in wake when compared to 190 prostar of that era. I own a 93 ' 205 and love the wake and room up front. :)

east tx skier
03-24-2008, 12:18 PM
If you stay with a 92' thru 95' 205 prostar there shouldn't be much difference in wake when compared to 190 prostar of that era. I own a 93 ' 205 and love the wake and room up front. :)

That pretty much sums it up. 92--95 were pretty close to the 91--94 on which they were based. 96--2000 gained a little more wake size for more interior room and a smoother rough water ride. Check out the 205 changes by year article in the FAQ as Bill did a very good job in detailing the changes in that hull over time. I very much enjoyed my 93. I've often said that had I wanted to stick with an open bow, I wouldn't have sold it.

Hunterb
03-24-2008, 12:25 PM
Alrighty,

Thanks for the replies. It's a little early for a test-ski up here so if I make the change I'll just have to hope I like the wake. It is a '93 I'm looking at so it sounds like it is the era of the best wake for that model. We'll see. Have to talk to the treasury/war department.

Bruce

russlars
03-24-2008, 12:37 PM
I have a '99 Prostar 205 and I think that it is a great "all around boat".:) The slalom ski wake is great at 32-36 mph as long as you have a small crew. If you load it up, the wake is definitely harder. However, when you load it up and go wakeboarding speeds, it throws out a nice wake that your wakeboarders will love. My friend has a '99 Sportstar, (which is more like a 190 I believe) and the handling is more precise and nimble than my 205, but with only 2 on board, neither of us can tell any difference between the slalom ski wakes between the 2 boats. However, we don't ski the course either.

Hunterb
03-24-2008, 02:19 PM
Thanks,

I am a course skier, just not a very good one. I am not into shortline and am skiing at 34 mph. It's unlikely that shortline is in my future. We usually slalom in the morning with just three of us in the boat. I need the extra room for the afternoons when the whole family piles in. I have skied behind some of the boats that are supposed to be good ski boats (Centurion, Tige) and have found the wakes considerably harder to handle than behind my PS 190. I really like the Malibu Echelon or Response LXI as well and would also consider them. I would prefer a MC though. I'd really like a PS 197 but no one is prepared to part with one of those for cheap.

Bruce

east tx skier
03-24-2008, 02:29 PM
Thanks,

I am a course skier, just not a very good one. I am not into shortline and am skiing at 34 mph. It's unlikely that shortline is in my future. We usually slalom in the morning with just three of us in the boat. I need the extra room for the afternoons when the whole family piles in. I have skied behind some of the boats that are supposed to be good ski boats (Centurion, Tige) and have found the wakes considerably harder to handle than behind my PS 190. I really like the Malibu Echelon or Response LXI as well and would also consider them. I would prefer a MC though. I'd really like a PS 197 but no one is prepared to part with one of those for cheap.

Bruce

The first generation 205's wake gets firmer with people sitting in the bow as well.

ShawnE
03-24-2008, 10:19 PM
Plenty of wake. We have a '92 205. A Fat Sac between the rear seat and the dog house, plus 2 waterbed tubes in the ski locker. These shots are at 21 mph.

I love this boat!

ShawnE
03-24-2008, 10:21 PM
son doing backroll on sandstone flowage

ShawnE
03-24-2008, 10:22 PM
sorry...here's the pic

ShawnE
03-24-2008, 10:26 PM
Here's the rig. It takes 7 minutes to fill the sacs. The wake is a bit steeper if we remove the rear seat so the sac can get all the way back but the steering hunts a little then. Maybe a little more weight up front would even it out.

BrianM
03-25-2008, 08:55 AM
That pretty much sums it up. 92--95 were pretty close to the 91--94 on which they were based. 96--2000 gained a little more wake size for more interior room and a smoother rough water ride. Check out the 205 changes by year article in the FAQ as Bill did a very good job in detailing the changes in that hull over time. I very much enjoyed my 93. I've often said that had I wanted to stick with an open bow, I wouldn't have sold it.
This pretty much sums it up. I spend qute a bit of time driving and skiing behind a '97 205 and one other thing to note is that the 96-00 205 handles like a MUCH bigger boat than the 190s.

Although I haven't driven one from what I read around here that is not so much the case with the 92-95 205. So even more so than usual make sure you spend some time driving and skiing before you buy.