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hoser
12-14-2010, 11:28 AM
I am reentering the world of boat ownership after a three year hiatus and I am looking for some opinions. I owned a sportboat for 17 years, used for family skiing, boarding, etc. I sold it as the kids grew up and my wife was entirely disinterested in the boating lifestyle. Fortunately, the itch is back and I am looking at buying a used ski boat so I can get back on the water two or three times a week. I am an intermediate recreational skier. I have two boats that look good and are in my price range ($10,000). The first is the highly desired 1993 Prostar 190 with 300 hours and in near perfect shape. The second is a 2001 on Malibu Sportster in good condition with 600 hours. My heart is with the Mastercraft but the head is with the Malibu. Other boats may appear in the next couple of months so any opinions would be appreciated!

The8Ball
12-14-2010, 11:43 AM
My general rules, for a used boat:

1.) Over 10 years old... but not too much over...
2.) 500 hours or less...
3.) All original everything, including interior. Must be CLEAN.
4.) Everything mechanically sound.
5.) No damage history.

...and then I wanted an open bow... and an LT1 engine.

That meant, for me, a 1998 PS 205.

Kyle
12-14-2010, 01:17 PM
Get the 93 190. The fuel injected boats are sometimes a pain to work on. You can also use the boat for a few years and get what you have in it back out. 300 hours is low.

Kyle
12-14-2010, 01:19 PM
I also bet the ps190 will be in some new owners garage before winters over. Near perfect at 10k just won't last on the market.

mayo93prostar
12-14-2010, 01:34 PM
get the 93. it is a classic, excellent slalom wake. 300 hrs is low. however, I am partial to this year.

DooSPX
12-14-2010, 02:07 PM
I too would jump on the 93 PS190.

FrankSchwab
12-14-2010, 03:18 PM
Much as I like my buddy's '93 PS190, I'd never give up on FI.

/frank

Hollywood
12-14-2010, 03:54 PM
My general rules, for a used boat:

3.) All original everything, including interior. Must be CLEAN.
4.) Everything mechanically sound.
5.) No damage history.



So I'm assuming the 93 must be carb'd, which really isn't a bad thing. What will you use the boat and where? The Sportster has a really low freeboard.

JohnE
12-14-2010, 04:21 PM
Some 93's were FI I think. But aside from that the 93 always has and will be a very desirable boat. I don't know anything about the 'bu but I know you can not go wrong with a low hour very clean '93 190 if it is bought at the right price. And around 10K is definitely the right price.

hoser
12-14-2010, 04:24 PM
I will be mooring it on the river in our city and skiing behind it. I have no interest in boarding, wakesurfing, etc. I may take it to the lake a couple of times to pull friends kids on a tube but it will be primarily used for skiing (and of course the tubing will be mid-afternoon when the glass is long gone!).

Thrall
12-14-2010, 05:15 PM
Only 93's that were EFI were some LT-1 Powered boats, rest were still PCM 351 carbs.
If it's a 300hr LT1, that's even better! Just make sure it has the cooling system modifications and runs good, no warped heads from overheating (no water in the oil).

Mgboyd25
12-14-2010, 05:36 PM
The Malibu boats that I have skied/drove have all had awesome wakes that were great for barefooting, slalom, and even the flatboard. Having said that they are just not built with the same quality when it comes to the boat holding up over time. The mastercraft may be more$ but you really will get what you pay for. That 93 prostar is a built proof boat that will have a much better resale if you ever decide to sell as it is a great hull design.

thatsmrmastercraft
12-14-2010, 05:59 PM
The Malibu boats that I have skied/drove have all had awesome wakes that were great for barefooting, slalom, and even the flatboard. Having said that they are just not built with the same quality when it comes to the boat holding up over time. The mastercraft may be more$ but you really will get what you pay for. That 93 prostar is a built proof boat that will have a much better resale if you ever decide to sell as it is a great hull design.

Well said.

hoser
12-14-2010, 10:59 PM
Thanks for the advice. Like I said, my heart was with the MC

DooSPX
12-14-2010, 11:56 PM
Only 93's that were EFI were some LT-1 Powered boats, rest were still PCM 351 carbs.
If it's a 300hr LT1, that's even better! Just make sure it has the cooling system modifications and runs good, no warped heads from overheating (no water in the oil).

yes, the LT1 was the first EFI introduced in the 93 models... the 351W's were all Indmar... Have been for a long time.

Jerseydave
12-15-2010, 04:40 AM
Another vote here for the '93 190.

I had a '94 prostar 190 and it was such a great boat ("Craig" on here owns it now)
$10K is very reasonable for that boat if its in great condition.