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RkyMtnPhan
10-15-2008, 07:49 PM
Alright, can someone tell me about these boats? I've never had the opportunity to ride in anything newer than an 83', so what should I expect? What kind of engines were put in this year's model? I hear the wake is one of the best for skiing... Gonna test drive one tommorrow but all I know is that it's a 94 prostar with 1100 hours on it.

Cloaked
10-15-2008, 08:08 PM
Good boat, good era for a hull, good skier. If the price is right, go for it.

goramz
10-15-2008, 08:24 PM
I have had a 1994 205 for about 6 years. It has been a great boat. Mine has an Indmar 350 in it, 275 horsepower--I think it is the first year that fuel injection was standard. Good slalom wake. Good luck

Chicago190
10-15-2008, 08:28 PM
Good wake, fuel injection is always a plus so its another reason to get a 94. Rough water ride is not as good as newer boats if that concerns you at all. If you're a serious skier I hear spray can be an issue at 35 off and shorter.

cbryan70
10-15-2008, 08:31 PM
Good wake, fuel injection is always a plus so its another reason to get a 94. Rough water ride is not as good as newer boats if that concerns you at all. If you're a serious skier I hear spray can be an issue at 35 off and shorter.

Well that leaves this option out for me :purplaugh

03 35th Anniversary
10-15-2008, 08:34 PM
Well that leaves this option out for me :purplaugh

That why I went with the 197 :purplaugh

cbryan70
10-15-2008, 08:35 PM
yeah you need all 500HP running the course at 35 off at 40MPH right? I mean who doesnt ski a little above what the competition does these days.

flipper
10-15-2008, 09:00 PM
What to expect? To fall in love!

Jerseydave
10-15-2008, 09:02 PM
I had a '94 prostar LT-1 powerslot..................loved that boat and still miss it!

Rides better than your '83, try it out! :D

Muttley
10-16-2008, 11:47 AM
Great slalom wake. Solid boat.

Those hours are a tad on the high side. I ain't saying that's a bad thing if it's been maintained, but make sure that's reflected in the price.

icewake
10-16-2008, 11:55 AM
we went from a 79 to a 94 205. it made a world of difference, love the boat and wouldnt trade it for anything

Jesus_Freak
10-16-2008, 01:06 PM
I have had a 1994 205 for about 6 years. It has been a great boat. Mine has an Indmar 350 in it, 275 horsepower--I think it is the first year that fuel injection was standard. Good slalom wake. Good luck

Second all the above.

Ski-me
10-16-2008, 01:20 PM
I just bought a 94' 205 with the LT1 engine in it. Definitely go for a 94 or newer to get the fuel injection. Runs smoother and starts easier. I paid $13,000 for ours this last spring and it had 200 hours on it. The boat was in great shape and we have not had anything major go wrong since we've had it.

Others did say that the ride would be very harsh if in white caps. I was concerned a little but after driving it, I'm just fine with it.

This is a great boat and the open bow really helps. I did look at SN as well but the fuel injection didn't start appearing until 97'.....more expensive. Also, the ski wake on the 94' 205 has been considered to be a great one. A friend of mine has a 99' or 2000 205 and he like my ski wake much better than his. :D

Good luck!

etduc
10-16-2008, 02:17 PM
I just bought a 94' 205 with the LT1 engine in it. Definitely go for a 94 or newer to get the fuel injection. Runs smoother and starts easier. I paid $13,000 for ours this last spring and it had 200 hours on it. The boat was in great shape and we have not had anything major go wrong since we've had it.

Others did say that the ride would be very harsh if in white caps. I was concerned a little but after driving it, I'm just fine with it.

This is a great boat and the open bow really helps. I did look at SN as well but the fuel injection didn't start appearing until 97'.....more expensive. Also, the ski wake on the 94' 205 has been considered to be a great one. A friend of mine has a 99' or 2000 205 and he like my ski wake much better than his. :D

Good luck!


What he said.

McFire
10-16-2008, 07:52 PM
I've got a '94 Prostar with the LT1 engine. We bought it used a few seasons ago. The wake is great. My friends with newer Malibu and SN like my wake better. It is a rough ride when it is choppy, but we are used to it. The engine starts right up evey time. If the price is right, I'd go for it. Good luck

chico
10-16-2008, 09:45 PM
Ditto`s,great boat.

JohnE
10-16-2008, 09:56 PM
I say don't worry about the 1100 hours if you feel it's been maintained. You have no real way of knowing, but for a 15 year old boat, what is that 70 hours a year? I'd almost prefer that over a 15 year old boat with 200 hours. (No offense Jeff)

Who uses a boat for 13 hours a year???

Remember all the posts here about using a boat for what it was built for. All the purists poo poo a boat that sits in a garage all year....

Ski-me
10-17-2008, 02:22 PM
I say don't worry about the 1100 hours if you feel it's been maintained. You have no real way of knowing, but for a 15 year old boat, what is that 70 hours a year? I'd almost prefer that over a 15 year old boat with 200 hours. (No offense Jeff)

Who uses a boat for 13 hours a year???

Remember all the posts here about using a boat for what it was built for. All the purists poo poo a boat that sits in a garage all year....

No offense taken.....

This being our first boat, I really wanted to find one with low hours. I really had no concept of hours on a boat other than "need them low." Well, after a summer of skiing, we've put on close to 90 hours in one season alone. I couldn't believe how many we put on in such a short period of time.

In retrospect, the low hours should have concerned me a little more due to "lack of use". With higher hours, at least someone was enjoying it consistently each year compared to a few runs a year and then sitting in a garage the rest of the time.