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H20skeefreek
05-12-2005, 06:25 PM
Everyone says: Ski it before you buy it!!

How many of you actually did?

Did you ski behind the boat you own RIGHT NOW?

JEREMY79
05-12-2005, 06:27 PM
I didnt ski behind mine but I wakeboarded behind it.

H20skeefreek
05-12-2005, 06:28 PM
that counts as skiing behind it.

It was too cold when I bought mine. I didn't own a drysuit yet.

Ric
05-12-2005, 06:31 PM
skiid 3 or 4 of the model that I ordered before I ordered it. does that count?

H20skeefreek
05-12-2005, 06:33 PM
for the sake of the poll, I'd count yours b/c you special ordered from the factory. but if you ski'd someone elses 97 prostar 190, then bought a 97 prostar 190, then I would say no.

I don't want to police this thread, just answer the darn question!!!

LakePirate
05-12-2005, 06:33 PM
No Test Ride for me...hindsight being what it is I would try and catch a ride behind it before I buy it. Will do that next time...:dance:

tex
05-12-2005, 06:37 PM
The dealer loaned it to me and I just rode around in it. I don't worry too much about bumps at 28 or 32 off.

bradamerry
05-12-2005, 06:45 PM
Mine was my cousin's, so I drove it twice, before I bought it. I have a friend with an 87', I had skied it several times... But I ever skied mine before I handed the cash over.

Ric
05-12-2005, 06:47 PM
The dealer loaned it to me and I just rode around in it. I don't worry too much about bumps at 28 or 32 off.
mine needed breakin time so I skiid the demo boat at -35 & -38 to be sure of the wake, but that's about it

Ric
05-12-2005, 06:49 PM
for the sake of the poll, I'd count yours b/c you special ordered from the factory. but if you ski'd someone elses 97 prostar 190, then bought a 97 prostar 190, then I would say no.

I don't want to police this thread, just answer the damn question!!!
hey you started it :D

MarkP
05-12-2005, 06:51 PM
I drove it.. Doug told me it would ski ok so I went for it, :headbang: !! Thanks Doug!:worthy: !

rodltg2
05-12-2005, 06:53 PM
test drove only. they took the boat out at folsom. i refuse to ski there, friggin ocean there normally. otherwise i saw no need , if the pro's are skiing behind it, it should suit me just fine.

Crash
05-12-2005, 07:21 PM
Too cold to ski when I bought mine, however would definately ski behind next boat with friends in boat to ensure no problems when pulling skiier up.

André
05-12-2005, 07:34 PM
Yep,did ski and drive the boat before buying.
To ski it is not so much important as we all know that a Prostar's wake will look like but driving and water testing is important in my opinion(Sure,like anyone care about my opinion!) to avoid bad surprises.
My .02 cents

John B
05-12-2005, 07:38 PM
I did not drive or ski behind my 94 or 96. The 96 I bought on eBay. :D

John B
05-12-2005, 07:42 PM
To ski it is not so much important as we all know that a Prostar's wake will look like but driving and water testing is important in my opinion(Sure,like anyone care about my opinion!) to avoid bad surprises.
My .02 cents
Not to sure about the shampoo ProStar
:D

peason
05-12-2005, 07:46 PM
Test drove my 209, but did not ski behind it. We knew we needed more room than a 197, since there are 6 of us in the family plus room for friends. Besides that it's a MasterCraft!

André
05-12-2005, 07:49 PM
You mean the Head'n Shoulders'n Croutch Special Edition ?

bradamerry
05-12-2005, 09:23 PM
:noface:Farmer, I'm already lathered up here dude!!! :noface: You mean the Head'n Shoulders'n Croutch Special Edition ?

RackAtak
05-12-2005, 09:30 PM
My .02 cents
Yea but Andre...your Canadian .02 cents is only worth .01599 US cents...-.02 Canadian Dollar = 0.01599 US Dollar :D

lakes Rick
05-12-2005, 10:25 PM
Heck, the lady ( who had just gone throught a divorce) who I bought mine from was so good looking I was hopin she was gonna get nekkid in the boat with me... I didnt care about no wake......

She didn't....

erkoehler
05-12-2005, 10:27 PM
I will be driving, skiing, towing, and riding in mine before I buy it.

Granite_33
05-12-2005, 11:47 PM
Bought mine in March, so the lakes still had 10" of ice. :cry:

I have no doubts about going from a 90 Maristar to 04 X-9. :steering:

Leroy
05-12-2005, 11:54 PM
Ohhhh, there you go Rick almost losing you head over a women again! What's the saying, can't live with them, can't live without them!



Heck, the lady ( who had just gone throught a divorce) who I bought mine from was so good looking I was hopin she was gonna get nekkid in the boat with me... I didnt care about no wake......

She didn't....

Leroy
05-12-2005, 11:58 PM
I took a good friends advise when I bought my 230VRS new. Did not even look at other brands. Was only inside it at the boatshow.

Confidence to recommend to people and then confidence to buy is what makes MasterCraft's great boats!

JEREMY79
05-12-2005, 11:59 PM
Word of mouth is the best advertisement ever!!!

SteveO
05-13-2005, 12:05 AM
Skied behind a friends 2003 209 last summer , but it was to cold to ski when I found mine in January. I did drive it trough the course, and tought twice about getting in.

bcampbe7
05-13-2005, 12:13 AM
I wakeboarded behind mine also.
The previous owner took one last slalom run behind it on our test drive. It was pretty cool. :cool:

ski_king
05-13-2005, 12:33 AM
I test drove and skied behind my 82 and a 82 SN. There was no comparasion!

lakes Rick
05-13-2005, 11:11 AM
Ohhhh, there you go Rick almost losing you head over a women again! What's the saying, can't live with them, can't live without them!

Nothing that crazy, I just wanted to see her without any clothes on Leroy.!!!!!!!!!!!

pilot02
05-13-2005, 11:23 AM
Test drove it, but didn't ski behind it. Was on a job interview out of state and driving around looking at the area to decide if I'd like to live there when I found the boat on a dealership lot. Bought it and towed it home.

Scot
05-13-2005, 11:44 AM
Well one Friday night my brother in law from Dallas, who is a MC nut job, tells me about an 86 190 sitting for sale really cheap.... So Saturday, I withdrawl the cash, make the trip from Houston and buy it... It didn't even have the prop on it... It started.... that is all I knew... I wasn't even thinking about buying any kind of boat 24 hours earlier...
Long story short. I took it to a marina, bought a used prop.... and six years later the only thing I've had to do is tune it, one battery, impellers, fix nicked up props..... it has over 1000 hours on it and is very dependable. (except when it ran it out of gas a couple of times....)

so oh yeah, I didn't ski behind it before I bought it.... I bought on MC faith....

k2mc
05-13-2005, 12:25 PM
Similar to Scot - had to make a quick decision on a good deal in February on a '87 190. It was such an awesome ride that I bought the x-10 on faith too.

2 fer 2

cdewet
05-13-2005, 01:39 PM
H2O SF
I bought an '85 S&S 351PS in March. Excellent condition. Never skied behind it before. Used to ski behind much newer Nautiques. I am very impressed with the wake, tracking and overall pull of the '85. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine.

Jorski
05-13-2005, 04:28 PM
I never skied behind the actual boat that I bought; however, I had skied the year and model many many times before.

I did drive it for a couple of hours since it was a used boat.

captkidd
05-13-2005, 05:07 PM
Same for me. I skied behind the same year and same model boat (demo) before ordering mine. It was November, so it was a pretty quick test run.

mcprostar197
05-13-2005, 05:36 PM
skied and wakeboarded behind my friend's brother's 2004 X-7 and so since its the same boat as ours basically I rode behind it before my dad and I bought it.

jimmer2880
05-16-2005, 07:54 AM
most of the dealers in my area (not just MC dealers) won't "knowingly" let you ski behind a boat in their inventory for insurance reasons. You really need to be slick to be able to take it for a "test drive" without a sales person, then find a hidden location to take a quick set. So far, I haven't been able to accomplish this. So - Nope, bought it because it was a MC that didn't have anything wrong with it.

sizzler
05-16-2005, 08:08 AM
ordered it at the boat show and boarded behind it when it was delivered...last MC was great ,,saw no reason why this one wouldnt be..... :toast:

east tx skier
05-16-2005, 01:45 PM
As much as I offer the advice to ski behind it, I did not ski behind the boat I purchased. I had skied a later model quite a bit though. I took one look at the wake at skiing speeds and realized I was going to be very happy. I had skied behind it by the time I told Mark that he'd be happy with it though. :)

I won't change my advice though. Drive it for a long time and ski behind it. Drive others, too. It's the only way to really know what you're getting.

MarkP
05-16-2005, 01:50 PM
As much as I offer the advice to ski behind it, I did not ski behind the boat I purchased. I had skied a later model quite a bit though. I took one look at the wake at skiing speeds and realized I was going to be very happy. I had skied behind it by the time I told Mark that he'd be happy with it though. :)

I won't change my advice though. Drive it for a long time and ski behind it. Drive others, too. It's the only way to really know what you're getting.Thanks again Doug:wavey:

AirJunky
05-16-2005, 01:54 PM
most of the dealers in my area (not just MC dealers) won't "knowingly" let you ski behind a boat in their inventory for insurance reasons. You really need to be slick to be able to take it for a "test drive" without a sales person, then find a hidden location to take a quick set. So far, I haven't been able to accomplish this. So - Nope, bought it because it was a MC that didn't have anything wrong with it.
Man, what a racket they've got. Dealers here on the west coast will give you mutiple opportunites to ski behind the boat before you buy. Boat show, demo days, satellite offices on the water, or by appt. It's been very easy to get out behind new boats over the years in WA, ID, OR, CA & AZ.

Ryan
05-16-2005, 02:22 PM
I didn't ski but wish I had, because the demo/test ride was on a slalom course. Instead we drove the boat around all 6. How can you not buy after that?

pjwalnuts
05-10-2006, 11:37 AM
i didn't ski behind the boat i have now but skiid behind others of the same year and model so i knew i was going to love it.

atlfootr
05-10-2006, 12:21 PM
Everyone says: Ski it before you buy it!!
How many of you actually did?
Did you ski behind the boat you own RIGHT NOW?I FOOT'D bhind mine, :love: it bought it. :friday:

6ballsisall
05-10-2006, 12:22 PM
Didn't ski behind either MC we bought. Test drove our 95' and said, hmmmmmmmm.... thats nice! i'll take it! :D

sanjuan23
05-10-2006, 12:55 PM
Didnt ski behind mine... Still need those ski lessons...

east tx skier
05-10-2006, 01:24 PM
SJ, check out www.dfwski.com

Alan is great to ski with. I'm going to try to get up there for my annual pilgrimage later this summer.

Kevin 89MC
05-10-2006, 03:10 PM
Didn't ski behind mine. Heck, didn't even drive it or put it in the lake! I had driven/skied a '84 S&S, then the local dealer took in the '89 on trade. We knew the mechanic well, and he lake tested it for us. We pulled up, wrote a check, hooked it up & drove 3 hrs north to the grandparent's cabin. My sister drove it first, and I skied first. We were smiling all summer! (I still do every time I put it in the water) :)

pq2
05-10-2006, 03:28 PM
We dont even knew the boat, we just saw some pictures.

Next, we saw it her in mexico.

jmyers
05-10-2006, 04:38 PM
I bought it over the phone, went down sighned the papers and drove away!~ :eek3: I don't think I have ever done that especially on an "05" boat!

JLeuck64
05-10-2006, 09:22 PM
I flew across the country to drive and ski behind my 98 S&S. I even managed to wipe out a couple of times too. I am planing on towing it home real soon. The wait is unbearable...

Footin
05-10-2006, 09:32 PM
Dorve 7 hours to Nashville, drove the boat (december), bought it, towed it home.

86Craft
05-10-2006, 09:41 PM
Drove it around the lake, and got a lot of good reviews from even In-Correct Craft owners on how they ski'ed.

pram
05-11-2006, 05:12 PM
Drove 5 hours to Seattle, hooked on to the boat took it to the lake drove it then skiied it (3 weeks agonoe ). Loved it, drove it home. Ski it before you buy it I figure.

Evan Jones
05-11-2006, 05:51 PM
Skiied behind Prostars on a showteam in college. After the first "pinwheel" spin, I knew I had to have one. :worthy: Ten years later..... No test drive, just saw her on the showroom floor. Wrote the check.