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alp
05-25-2005, 12:44 PM
I'm looking at a '92 PS. Great interior and exterior appearance, trailer looks almost new. Well cared for by a long time skier. Freshwater only, docked in summer, garaged in winter. My only concern is 1004 hours. Any thoughts?

rodltg2
05-25-2005, 12:50 PM
i sold my 91 brendella with 1200hrs in 2000 to a friend , still running strong at almost 2000.

jsonova99
05-25-2005, 01:00 PM
If it's been maintained correctly I would say that it still has a plenty of years left on it. Get a compression test done before you buy, that's one good check. Is it the 351 Ford engine? That's what i have in my '91 and that thing seems pretty much bullet proof if taken care of.

murphfsu
05-25-2005, 01:19 PM
I have a 93 ProStar that I bought with 438 hours a couple of years ago. Great shape, interior and exterior. However, I would make sure that the engine never overheated -- that would be my biggest concern. Get the compression test done -- that should give you some indications on how well the engine is doing.

I found out that one of my cylinders had some work done some time before I bought my boat as a result of overheating -- still had low compression and eventuall the seal gave way. $4,000.00 later I have a new engine. So just be careful -- boat can look pretty but the engine is key.

jsonova99
05-25-2005, 01:34 PM
I have a 93 ProStar that I bought with 438 hours a couple of years ago. Great shape, interior and exterior. However, I would make sure that the engine never overheated -- that would be my biggest concern. Get the compression test done -- that should give you some indications on how well the engine is doing.

I found out that one of my cylinders had some work done some time before I bought my boat as a result of overheating -- still had low compression and eventuall the seal gave way. $4,000.00 later I have a new engine. So just be careful -- boat can look pretty but the engine is key.

I agree, extensive engine work can be expensive. Also give the hull a good look over, this is where I went wrong. Look for any signs of cracks around the exhaust outlets, speedo pickups, tracking fins, rudder, and anything else that is attached to the hull. Also look really good for any signs of blistering. This is what I found after the fact. They look like little bumps, this is a bad thing and may be more expensive than an engine to fix!

jsonova99
05-25-2005, 01:39 PM
Check oil in the engine and tranny for any signs of water contamination, too.

east tx skier
05-25-2005, 02:43 PM
It's all about maintenance. The engines are rated for 2,000 hours. With proper maintenance, it could top that. It just depends. I'd be more learly of a 13 year old boat with 200 hours. They are meant to be run. That's fewer than 100 hours per year.

alp
05-25-2005, 02:52 PM
Thanks. The boat is about 500 miles aways from me and the owner is willing to drive 300 miles to meet me. Can anyone suggest a dealer or mechanic who could do a compression test of the motor in the western Maryland before I decide to buy?

alp
05-26-2005, 11:29 AM
Any thoughts on having a mechanic check this boat? How much should it cost for an inspection/compression check?

jsonova99
05-26-2005, 11:41 AM
It's always good to do unless you know what to look for. I'm sure it will run you at least $200 to get it checked out. Just make sure that you go over every square inch of the hull, I can't stress that enough.

bubbles or cracks = $$$$$ and :(

rmckee47
06-21-2005, 02:20 PM
During a marathon thread when Erk was searching for a boat, someone pointed out that 50 hours on a boat engine equates to about 3,000 miles on a car (50 hours X 60 mph = 3,000). By that measure 1,000 hours equates to about 60,000 miles.

pilot02
06-21-2005, 02:25 PM
Although the 60mph theory sounds good, it's not realistic. Automobile engines live most of their life with little to no load on them. A boat motor on the other had is always "working" and most of that is in a much more severe environment than the typical car driven in the city would experience.

stevo137
06-21-2005, 04:01 PM
I have told this story before but there is a guy with a 70's Nautique with the 351 that has over 5,000 hrs on it and still running strong!
Should be the same engine as that 92.
As the others have mentioned, maint. history is key.

lakes Rick
06-21-2005, 04:11 PM
It's all about maintenance. The engines are rated for 2,000 hours. With proper maintenance, it could top that. It just depends. I'd be more learly of a 13 year old boat with 200 hours. They are meant to be run. That's fewer than 100 hours per year.

Oh OH I better get rid of my 11 year old boat with 131 hrs on it!!!

stevo137
06-21-2005, 04:21 PM
Oh OH I better get rid of my 11 year old boat with 131 hrs on it!!!

Doug, Doug,
I missed a good photo opportunity for you on fathers day.
This guy that lives on the lake has a 93 205 that just hit 200 hrs!
It is mint and runs like new. Looks like the same color scheme as yours.
He had it anchored while he was flying his radio controlled seaplane from it.
(He also has an accu-sink course set up, the only course on the lake)!
I told him about the forum and he said that he would check it out.

BriEOD
06-21-2005, 04:29 PM
Man Rick you better take it easy hoss, averaging a whopping 11.9 hours per year. Man is this your first rodeo or what? ;)

danbinz
06-21-2005, 04:42 PM
One thing you might want to consider is the ride.I have a 93 ps and I love it. The only problem I have is when I take it to a big lake. They do not take the waves very good compaired to a newer deeper hulled boat.But if you are going to be traveling on a smaller lake with smaller waves,no problem.

east tx skier
06-21-2005, 04:50 PM
Oh OH I better get rid of my 11 year old boat with 131 hrs on it!!!

Why, have you not been maintaining it? :wavey:

east tx skier
06-21-2005, 04:52 PM
Doug, Doug,
I missed a good photo opportunity for you on fathers day.
This guy that lives on the lake has a 93 205 that just hit 200 hrs!
It is mint and runs like new. Looks like the same color scheme as yours.
He had it anchored while he was flying his radio controlled seaplane from it.
(He also has an accu-sink course set up, the only course on the lake)!
I told him about the forum and he said that he would check it out.

Cool. Last week, I saw a 93 190 with my color scheme and a 93 205 with Mark's color scheme.

stevo137
06-21-2005, 05:13 PM
Cool. Last week, I saw a 93 190 with my color scheme and a 93 205 with Mark's color scheme.
I see him on the lake all the time. He's a really nice guy and a very good skier. Hopefully he'll join the forum.
I'll get a pic next time.

east tx skier
06-21-2005, 05:18 PM
Cool, I like pictures!