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87MCProstar
05-13-2010, 08:22 AM
Hey guys, I was wondering what engine options were available on the outboard models? Were all four of the major companies options (Merc, Yaha, Mariner, Evinrude)? Just curious, I'm always looking for these boats and I've seen them with all of them.

Muttley
05-13-2010, 11:50 AM
Although I've seen most with Mercs, I thought they were originally designed with Yamahas. (I'm sure someone will be along to correct me shortly).

Best slalom wake EVER!:D

east tx skier
05-13-2010, 12:04 PM
Mercs and Yamahas are all I have seen on the Barefoot 200's.

timvan
05-13-2010, 12:22 PM
Always thought they were cool boats why did they have a outboard model anyways?

broncotw
05-13-2010, 01:08 PM
For Barefooting......

mayo93prostar
05-13-2010, 01:13 PM
I think they used to use outboard for jump also.

Rockman
05-13-2010, 01:47 PM
Most of the older outboards (ProStar200s) were not equipped with motors from MasterCraft. They were shipped to the delaers and whichever motors the dealers carried, were then equipped.

When Mike Seipel helped re-design the outboard which is now the BF200, he was sponsored by Yamaha, as you have seen on the barefoot boats (Ski Centurion Warrior Barefooter) he was sponsored by before he came over to MasterCraft. So Yamaha was supposed to be the main motor to be placed on the BF200.

Most of the BF200s were shipped to dealers which then put on their "house" motor...which majority were either Yamaha or Mercury.

I have seen some BF200s with Johnson or Evinrude, but not too many.

barefoot
05-13-2010, 03:05 PM
That's interesting about Seipel...I guess I've never made the connection. I assumed MC put the ProV 200 on the boats from the factory.

87MCProstar
05-14-2010, 11:54 AM
Okay, that makes sense. Now onto my 2nd stupid question...What is the difference between ProStar 200 and BF200? Other than the BF200 being a design from Mike Seipel

broncotw
05-14-2010, 12:21 PM
Let's see some pictures of these badboys....

Rockman
05-14-2010, 01:48 PM
Okay, that makes sense. Now onto my 2nd stupid question...What is the difference between ProStar 200 and BF200? Other than the BF200 being a design from Mike Seipel

The ProStar200 is slimmer than the BF200. Interior was different. Gas tank placement may have been changed from the hull or even the nose to the center beneath the floorboards...

There was another thread on here a while back that had some good dicussion items. I will try to find.

87MCProstar
05-14-2010, 02:30 PM
Did any differences make it a better/worse barefoot boat?

Rockman
05-14-2010, 02:53 PM
Did any differences make it a better/worse barefoot boat?

I own a BF200 and have footed off of both models.

The upgrades and hull re-design were definitely for the better.

87MCProstar
05-14-2010, 04:11 PM
Kinda figured that. Never really realized how many different models MC had with outboards

Rockman
05-14-2010, 05:03 PM
Kinda figured that. Never really realized how many different models MC had with outboards

There were only 3 models:

1-Prostar200
2-Barefoot200
3-Powerstar

The Barefoot190 was actually an inboard with the 454.

87MCProstar
05-14-2010, 05:04 PM
I thought there was only the one, BF200

Jim@BAWS
05-15-2010, 04:41 PM
MasterCrafts #1 OB ever made at 45 SEC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGD-tUsySPs&feature=related

Age Fighter
05-15-2010, 05:34 PM
Always thought they were cool boats why did they have a outboard model anyways?

The ski boat industry was really in the early years back then. There was no assumption at that time what the best configuration was for skiing. Most "family boats" back then were 18-19 foot outboards, not the 21-25 foot IO's we see today.

Also, some skiers really like to ski behind outboards -- especially the little "fish N ski" models that some manufacturers make. Basically they are "bass boats" with a little different configuration of helm and seating -- shallow hulls, big engines, glitter, and probably smooth wakes at slalom speeds.

Jim@BAWS
05-15-2010, 06:10 PM
The waterski industry at least, at a competitive level was always behind a DIRECT DRIVE inboard. The OBs became specialty boats. IE BF 200 for barefooting the the PS 200 used to pull long distance jump for instant speed.

The OLD jump course only had 2 segments, (in and out) and they had to be averaged in a tournament. A driver like Jack Walker would enter the first segment at a HOT speed of 37-38 MPH then back off when the jumper landed at 32-33 MPH thus and average of 35 MPH. That is how it worked. Now a days with 400 + HP motors and more consistant speeds the jump course is broken down into 4 segments.

The older 240-265 HP boats where getting so called "PULLED DOWN" by the big boys doing long distance jumping. Thus the need for an OB that would react ALOT faster to the need for a more consistant, instant pull.

And there you have it !!!

Jim@BAWS