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helton333
01-05-2011, 03:38 PM
Ok, we're all a little cranky and penned up right now. So how about everybody sharing their Family Boat Tree - where did your current MC get roots?

Here's mine:
1986 Cheetah 180XP (blew up...twice - the "XP" must have stood for Xtra Pyro)
1998 Bryant 182 (actually a well made, good wakeboarding boat)
1989 MC PS 190 (I was second owner - I loved her - still do)
2003 MC 35th anniversary Stars and Stripes 205V (x1)

ski_king
01-05-2011, 03:49 PM
I used my dad's Glastron V153 with a 100 HP Johnson before I bought my 82.

Believe it or not, we were able to do barefoot deepwater starts behind that old boat.



2003 MC 35th anniversary Stars and Stripes 205V (x1)
Got a picture of your S&S 205V?

Timbo126
01-05-2011, 04:15 PM
Well I'm 22 years old now. But my grandfather was a driver for the tournmanets so he was in the promo program for 17 years.

17 - TT boats ending in 1992 with a Prostar 190 the first boat I can remember
2003 - Prostar 197 TT (current)
2007 - X45 (sold)
2008 - X45 SS (sold)
2008 - CSX 265(current)

Now my grandfather has a 1968 Matthews all wood hull and deck.

willowtreexx
01-05-2011, 04:26 PM
Well I'm 22 years old now. But my grandfather was a driver for the tournmanets so he was in the promo program for 17 years.

17 - TT boats ending in 1992 with a Prostar 190 the first boat I can remember
2003 - Prostar 197 TT (current)
2007 - X45 (sold)
2008 - X45 SS (sold)
2008 - CSX 265(current)

Now my grandfather has a 1968 Matthews all wood hull and deck.

:worthy: i just turned 23 and wish i could get my hands on any MC right now haha

helton333
01-05-2011, 04:29 PM
Current 2003

76S&S
01-05-2011, 04:33 PM
Learned to ski behind a Glastron fishing boat.
Next boat was a Hydrodine I/O (dad's boat)
Then the 76 S&S that my dad bought and handed down to me.
Current 02 x-star

CantRepeat
01-05-2011, 04:40 PM
Skied behind anything that would offer a pull down in the Long Beach Marina. Joined the Army and moved, alot.

92 3 seater sea doo - so I could ski.
92 Maristar 210 - had a kid so I needed something that would work better then a sea doo
06 X30 - getting old want to wake surf

jdl xstar
01-05-2011, 04:43 PM
94-2008: I used my dad's 94 PS 205
2008-2009: new 07 X2
2009- current: used 07 xstar

jeffbare
01-05-2011, 05:03 PM
11' Whaler 10hp Merc
same 11' Whaler new 25hp Merc
13' Whaler 25hp Johnson
same 13' Whaler new 50hp Merc
1972 Sidewinder I/O
1993 18' Tiderunner ProV150 Yamaha
1987 20' Hydrostream Vegas XT, 200hp Merc
1991 25' Motion Cat twin Mercury 2.5liter 260's
1991 Mastercraft Barefoot200, ProV200 Yamaha (current boat)

helton333
01-05-2011, 05:08 PM
That's not a boat change Jeff, that's a lifestyle change.

ctjahn
01-05-2011, 05:09 PM
Good Thread!

Ok, so this should be interesting. While I owned all of these boats (below), my best friend and his family had a Baja and then a MasterCraft (Prostar 190?). Its their fault I am addicted :D. When not skiing behind their boat I was lucky enough :rolleyes: to ski and kneeboard behind an old GLASSMASTER TriHull with a 115 Johnson (although I shouldnt complain I was skiing and somthing is better than nothing! - Crazy air on a kneeboard!)

1988 - 12' Aluminum with 4HP DELUXE Johnson. (Drive all WEEK on 3 Gal of gas)
1989 - 14' 195x? Shell Lake with 40 HP Johnson (couldnt get up a 50 pound skier)
1991 - 17' Mariah with 70 HP Johnson (looked like a Baja w/o windsheild- could tow 140#)
1993 - 17' Checkmate with a 150 HP TowerOfPower (65 MPH Chinawalk)
1994-2010 - NOTHING. Was in school, working, and paying dept.
2010 (August?) - 1978 MasterCraft Stars and Stripes (Midlife crisis)
2010 (December) - THREE new to me jetski's...

2RLAKE
01-05-2011, 05:22 PM
first skied behind an old Ski Tique (no swim platform) in 1980 .... bought my first boat in college, probably should not admit what i bought but here goes:

1987 Bayliner
1989 Supra Conbrio
1998 Supra Comp
2002 197 TT
2005 X9 photo boat
2008 X14 photo boat

Cobra Rob
01-05-2011, 05:39 PM
I feel like a slacker..

First boat I have personally owned (not counting a waverunner) is my X45 I have right now.
:(

bobx1
01-05-2011, 06:10 PM
Learned to slalom behind a Glastron Carlson on my EP in 1977.

Sold the ski when I went to college.

Worked my butt off for 15 years.

Made some money (Dad taught me to pay cash for toys), kids were small so decided to get into fishing and had a Keywest then Robalo center console.

Kids grew up a bit and grew tired of fishing so sold the Robalo for 2 Yamaha Jet Skis.

Upgraded the 2 stroke Jet Skis to 4 strokes.

Sold 1 jet ski and purchased a new Monterrey I/O in 2006. Kids got into wakeboarding and within a year.....

Traded the Monterrey for a new 2007 X1.

03geetee
01-05-2011, 06:12 PM
Here is the list....

Grew up skiing behind my granddads late 80s Baja 180 with a 150 Johnson outboard had some great times behind this boat, we did everything with it even took it down the Cal Sag to Lake Michigan (big mistake).

After that boat was sold he moved into a 36' Sea Ray which he enjoys in Burnham Harbor currently, I enjoy going out on this big girl but she takes at least 3 people to dock so that sucks sometimes, great party boat and for the air show!

My Uncle bought and still owns a late 90s Ranger fishing boat with a 175 Merc outboard, great times behind and in this boat.

He also later purchased a early 90s 190 Prostar that with an LT1 that he still has. Did tons of skiing behind this boat and really got alot better.

I finally bit the bullet and bought our first SeaDoo after I got married. Its a 2000 Millenium Edition with a few mods, and I love it. Still have it.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/Fall2010044.jpg

Then after seeing so many summers go by without skiing and having our first child I got some help from my father inlaw and picked up this gem our 83' S&S which has been a ton of fun already and we have only owned it less then a year.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/Fall2010053.jpg

Thats it!

JTR

jeffbare
01-05-2011, 06:17 PM
That's not a boat change Jeff, that's a lifestyle change.

I miss the Motion, something about ripping across the bay at over 100mph sticks with you. It just isn't he most practical boat with a 2 year old. Maybe a 28' Skater with twin Merc 300xs's, or a 28 Eliminator with twin Mercury Racing 525's will be in the near future. I like the outboards and the performance of the Skater, but the Eliminator has some great accomodations.

Slinkyredfoot
01-05-2011, 06:42 PM
Oh the memories and they are good ones.

1961 16' Lone Star with 40hp Evinrude outboard, our familys first boat
1964 or therabouts upgraded the motor to a 75hp Evinrude
1966 Used Hydrodyne IO, cool boat, shock absorbing seats
1969 Evinrude Playmate 90hp IO great thing about this boat was it was fast and had fold down seats, this was great while I was in high school. but a POS
1974 or therabouts 19' Glastron with 170hp Volvo engine, great reliable boat
1979 MasterCraft SS, got married and went out on a limb and bought it for under 10 grand, still have it
1998 Bought a MC PS205 for $29 Gs sold it in 2002

I sold the 98 and kept the 79 and am glad I did. I am very blessed in that we have always had a laker boating family and it still runs deep in our veins, not to mention numerous fishing boats, jet skis, and pontoons over the years. ;)

TayMC197
01-05-2011, 07:03 PM
85- Glastron, not sure of size or what but it was gold flake
88- Malibu Skier
91-Malibu Skier
98-tiger shark jet ski
01- yamaha superjet 701 stand up
07-92 190
08-1955 feather craft chief with a 1957 evinrude that had maybe 3 hours on it, we restored it as well
08- restored my 92 190

thatsmrmastercraft
01-05-2011, 07:12 PM
Learned how to ski behind a 15' Alumacraft FD fishing boat with a 20 HP Johnson when I was 8 years old.

The family then bought a 1958 Mercury Mark 28 outboard to pull us. Worked untill we started to put some meat on our bones.

Sold the Merc and bought a 1960 Alumacraft Queen 16 w/75HP Johnson. Wore the engine out and replaced it with a 90HP Evinrude. Installed a Cassad ski post. Boat is still in the family and used a lot.

Two years ago I bought a basket case 15' Glasstream Tempest w/2.5 Merc I/O for $500. Put the Glasstream back together (cost $400) and traded it even up for my 1977 Mastercraft that needed a bunch of work. Made the trade in September and didn't get it running properly till mid July the following year. Still a work in progress but completely servicable. I had wanted a Stars and Stripes since I was in my early teens. Took a while, but I made it.

pmkkdx
01-05-2011, 07:26 PM
Man! Most of you people are making me feel really old … but bring back some fun old memories!

Late 60s - Learned to ski behind an early-mid 60s 12-13 foot Glass-Magic with 35 hp Johnson outboard that my dad got for bailing some guy out of jail. Took about a half a mile to plane towing a skier on 2 skies.

Then skied behind various friends’ boats thru mid 70s during high school & college on Central Texas Highland lakes.

~1980 – 18 foot Glastron modified tri-hull open bow 1978 model with 115 hp Evinrude outboard… bought as partnership boat with my brother (big mistake :mad:) upon getting out of college.

1983 – 17 foot Higgscraft v-hull open bow 1982 model with 140 hp Mercruiser I/O, very low hours (~12), one owner (old retired couple, wife had stroke 2 weeks after they purchased).

~1985 - Got into competition skiing on leased private lake using lake owner’s ’78 Nautique for several years. Owner informed us we needed our own boat(s) to continue with lease.

1987 – Black & Silver 1983 model MC Stars & Stripes, 351 PCM, Power-slot, very low hours (~75), and one previous owner that moved to the new ’87 hull. Blew out my shoulder & knee :( preparing for the 1993 regional tournament at 30 something off practicing (after already qualifying at various local tournaments).

Kept the ’83 S&S till 7-09, just needed more room & more wake as kids moved into young adulthood with more friends joining us with wakeboarding & surfing taking over skiing. I miss this boat! :(

2009 – Violet (purple) & white 2004 model MC X-2, low hours (~130), no history but very clean shipped in from out west. (my profile pic :cool: )

cdstukey
01-05-2011, 08:30 PM
first skied behind an old Ski Tique (no swim platform) in 1980 .... bought my first boat in college, probably should not admit what i bought but here goes:

1987 Bayliner
1989 Supra Conbrio
1998 Supra Comp
2002 197 TT
2005 X9 photo boat
2008 X14 photo boat

Wow, how old was the Tique? Our '79 had a platform. Did it have one of those cool ladders down the back, or was it older than that?

Jerseydave
01-05-2011, 08:58 PM
1970-1980 Learned how to ski @ age 8 behind dad's 16' Starcraft 70hp outboard
1981-1983 17' Avenger (I think) 135 merc outboard (my 1st boat)
1984-1988 19' Challenger jet boat 454 with Berkeley jet drive & jet-o-vator!
1988-1994 19' Ski Eliminator direct drive 350 mercruiser
1994-1997 '94 MASTERCRAFT PROSTAR 190 LT1-powerslot!
1997-2000 '97 Formula Falcon 2270 I/O (why did I buy this!)
2000-2004 '94 Formula 303 SR1 with twin 502's (big gas pig but ran 72+ mph)
2004-2007 '03 MASTERCRAFT MARISTAR 230 w/tower (back to my senses)
2007-present '05 MASTERCRAFT X-STAR LOADED!
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Mgboyd25
01-05-2011, 09:41 PM
Well I just purchased my first boat but it is not the beginning of my roots

Grandmas' boat 1987 (year I was born) 4cly Volvo I/O

Best friend's Chris Craft Scorpion 305 V8- His Dad sold to get 1992 Mastercraft Prostar 190

Member of club boat in Ohio- 2008 ski boat (a brand a wish not to name)

As of Thanksgiving this year my first personal boat purchase:
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2RLAKE
01-05-2011, 09:42 PM
cdstukey ... was one with the ladder down the back ... funny i saw one this summer and it brought back memories of my first time skiing. The family that owned it has a couple thousand hours on it!

damaged442
01-05-2011, 09:44 PM
Started with a 14 ft aluminum red and white thing that my father had with a 66 or 67 35 HP Johnson outboard. Not exactly sure of the year, but it was red and white and it had small rich/lean dials on the front.

When dad got rid of that boat, he got a blue and white outboard unlike any I had seen before. First of all, it had fins like a 50s car. It had a squared off bow with small headlights on either side. I wish I could remember what kind it was. It was also powered by a Johnson outboard, but this was the enormous 70s 75 HP that was 15 feet in circumference and weighed 1500 lbs. I always asked dad why that motor was so much bigger, but the boat went so much slower...

Once that boat was retired, even though I begged then to buy an MC, they bought a brand new 1987 Starline 150 Sierra I/O. 2.5L, 120 HP Mercruiser that I proceeded to find every weak spot that engine had. After the fourth engine transplant, it now sports a 3.0 L in the 130 HP to 140 HP range. The boat was great when all of us were 12 and less than 100 lbs, but as we got older, and when all you do is tow people, you really find out what that little engine is made of...or not made of in this case.

Once out of college, I started working and putting the feelers out for the right MC. Came across my 89 Tristar with 190 hours on it, owned by a former Ford mechanic. He took great care of it, and the price was definitely right! Not sure what the next MC will be, but this boat still has lots of pulls left, so I'm in no hurry!

c_craig
01-05-2011, 10:32 PM
1960-something Thompson, wood, 19' with 65hp outboard.
1980 Thompson FG I/O which my parents still have and only turns one direction (safe!!)

Met me wife on the lake when I was 13. She had...
15 ft. Lyman 45 hp outboard, which we all learned to ski behind, and be patient with deep water starts.
Her dad had some kind of fg trihull I don't remember the brand.
Then we got the CHEETAH I/O and thought we had things really going. Then the transom fractured.

Then my mother in law bought a 89 Tristar and we had ARRIVED!!!

That boat is still in the family, but our first boat personally in our family was our 2008 X-15. Wouldn't buy anything else.

mccobmd
01-05-2011, 10:44 PM
I'll play:

Started on a 1970's Trisonic I/O 165hp, If you can get up behind that you can get up behind anything. Family kept that boat for 20 years.

1998 Seadoo GTI 3 seater (so we could ski)

2002 Seadoo challenger 2000 230hp Jet boat (55mph but bounced like a bobber on a windy day)

2006 X1 which I expect to give to one of my kids (18 and 16) one day when I want to tube the grandkids and surf behind my x55 (next boat)

Great Thread by the way

EricB
01-05-2011, 10:46 PM
1. 14 ft. aluminum fishing boat w/18 hp Evinrude
2. 14 ft Glastron G-whatever w/65 Merc (could'nt get out of it's own way)
3. Various Ski Nautiques of the early to mid 70's (belonged to a ski team, this is where the love affair with inboards started)
4. 1977 green metalflake MC S&S 351
5. 1983 red metalflake MC S&S PS 351
and lastly, #6 -a 1998 S&S Anniversary LT1 PS

kevkan
01-05-2011, 10:53 PM
I learned to ski behind a 1968 IMP Cherokee with a 155 hp Buick v-6, that my dad bought in 1977. IMPs were made in Iola, KS and were a very durable, heavy boat. Ours was a beast with a tri-hull. We were able to pull up 7 skiers at a time.

In 1986 I started looking at Master Crafts. Nearly bought a 1978 model that had been damaged by running into too shallow of water. Guy turned down my offer, and my dad told me not to get a damaged boat. He agreed to co-sign on a loan so I could get a better boat. I was 20 years old. I found a new 1986 19' skier at the Coleman Outlet store (Coleman owned MC at the time) that they would sell for $16,000. I found a used 1985 S&S with 89 hours for $13,000. Decided on the '85 and bought it without even hearing it run. I made a very good choice. I never have liked the '86 graphics (no offense to those that do) and that '85 served me well for 24 years. I spent very little money on repairs. Replaced steering cable and rebuilt carb once, and many sets of points.

With 4 kids who are into wakeboarding, and wanting to be able to ride around the lake in comfort, I decided to get an X boat. Really liked the X-2. But I haven't completely given up skiing, and money was a factor, so I went with a used 2008 X-1 last july. We absolutely love it. I'm going to add some additional ballast this winter. It is quite a lot bigger boat than the S&S, but I can already see getting a bigger MC, maybe X-Star, in the future.

ncsone
01-05-2011, 10:54 PM
88-91 Skied behind Supra Comp boats. We had access to a new one each summer as I worked for a Supra Dealer.

92-97 91 ProStar 190. Simply an awesome boat. I have so many great memories and stories of that boat that I could not tell them all in a month or more. Skiing, barefooting, anything we could do behind or beside that boat.

97 - XStar - Got the boat as a loaner for free courtesy of a couple of local dealers and MC. Taught people how to wakeboard and ski all summer long. Got paid to do it.

99 - Xstar (another one) - Same story. Free boat courtesy of local dealer and MC. Taught people wakeboarding and skiing all summer long. Got paid to do it.

2008 - Got back into boating, this time with my wife, by buying my current '05 197TT and have not regretted it one bit. We love every minute we spend on the water. With two kids due to arrive soon, we are already counting the days until we can get them on the water.

helton333
01-05-2011, 11:08 PM
That's the beauty of boating - it combines time, family and often really good memories. I'd love to have a 64 Lonestar restored with a decent motor on back - those were cool and would flat out fly.

First time I ever wakeboarded, we went to Play it again sports, they had just bought got in some factory blemishes - me and a friend both bought Hyperlite Vero's (we had HO skurf boards up until that point) - and we hit the lake behind his baby blue PS190.

He tried a backroll (off the ski pylon) at like 25 mph - we had no idea what we were doing.

Looks like Mastercraft owes a great debt of gratitude to Glastron - like training wheels for many of us.

And for those who bought an X45 as a first boat - I literally would have killed myself, one way or another (boat rolled over on me, got lost and starved in a compartment, put gas in a speaker instead of the fill cap) - who knows. That's impressive.

ctjahn
01-06-2011, 05:16 AM
85- Glastron, not sure of size or what but it was gold flake
88- Malibu Skier
91-Malibu Skier
98-tiger shark jet ski
01- yamaha superjet 701 stand up
07-92 190
08-1955 feather craft chief with a 1957 evinrude that had maybe 3 hours on it, we restored it as well
08- restored my 92 190

I forgot that I owned a feathercraft (no motor) in need of a complete restoration. When I bought it (I think I was 13), it was painted red white and blue with an old american flag theme in poor condition. Stripped the paint and polished the aluminum (Called it the silver bullet) but never got it on the water.... I still think they have one of the coolest shapes with the closed bow and barrel back...

blakehardesty
01-06-2011, 08:42 AM
1993-2004 1990 Tri Star 190 (Ugly Teal)
2009-Present 84 Mastercraft Skier (Blue and Grey)

ahhudgins
01-06-2011, 10:11 AM
Learned to ski behind a friends Glastron tri-hull in the early 80s.
Bought the only thing I could afford going to college and working part time: A 15 foot "Dixie" with a 85 HP Mercury outboard, but it would pull 2 barefooters!!
Then I bought:
79 S&S
87 Prostar
95 Maristar 200VRS (present boat)

Note to all you young guys out there with a new family:
Enjoy every minute on the water with your kids, time has a way of creeping up on you. I can't believe that my "kids" are now 21 and 17, and everyone is going in different directions so it is rare that we have the whole family at the lake any more.

skierdan
01-06-2011, 10:41 AM
Alright, my turn,

learned to ski behind my grandfathers 1976 fibreform, orange metalflake and a 135 evinrude outboard. boat is still in the family, has been sunk twice and an engiine rebuild but it still runs great and I borrowed it all last summer. ( same boat in my avatar)

bought a lake lot last fall and followed it up with a 94 PS205 with the LT1 and it is incredible for my first boat. think I will keep it forever....or until the kids decide they prefer wakeboarding over skiing. ;)

LaRue
01-06-2011, 11:43 AM
first boat i skied behind was a 16' Larson with a 40hp Johnson
then dad bought a 18-19' Mark Twain tri-hull with a Chevy 120hp- what a beast

our first boat was a 16' Starcraft 90hp Evinrude- ran like a champ
then a 19' Sea Ray Seville with a Chevy 165hp closed system

we now have a 2000 Maristar 210 330hp. Love that EFI.

bainez23
01-06-2011, 12:41 PM
84 mastercraft skier
98 prostar 190
03 x-2

scott023
01-06-2011, 01:01 PM
First member of my family to own a boat... bought it at 29 years old.


2008 X45 - loaded (L18)

Holman J.B.F
01-06-2011, 01:08 PM
78,s volvo penta 19,5ft
83,s cobalt 23ft
90 sri lanka made speedboat Oniwi Combine when i was there.
91 fiber line
92 zodiac
94 Navarra (1990)
95 Bayliner 2050(1991)
97 Bayliner 2050ss(1997)
99 Mastercraft Maristar 225VRS LT1(1995)
05 Malibu VLX monsoon (2005)
06 Malibu VLX monsoon (2006)
07 Malibu VLX monsoon (2007)
08 MasterCraft X-Star LY6 (2008)
10 MasterCraft X-Star LY6 (2010) 76 hours.

And i,m pretty much done with it by now....FOR SALE.Including private dock and boathouse.

shepherd
01-06-2011, 03:33 PM
2003 MC 35th anniversary Stars and Stripes 205V (x1)

Really? I didn't know they made a 205V version of the 35th. I thought they only did 30 197s and 5 190s. Does it have the LQ9?

bturner2
01-06-2011, 03:43 PM
These are the ones I personally owned in full. Our family probably had another 5 of 6 including a wood Thompson and 2 wood Chris crafts.

1970 Sea Ray SRV 190, 120HP MC (burned to the water line first time out, long story about refuleing, tough lessons learned)
1974 17' Cruisers Incorporated, 120HP MC
1976 Sea Ray SRV 190 188HP MC
1984 Wellcraft 210XL 260HP MC
1986 17' Cobalt 205HP MC
1989 MasterCraft TriStar 190 (not sure the HP, had the 351 Ford, nice motor)
1995 MasterCraft Mairstar 200VRS 260HP Indmar
2003 MasterCraft X2 310HP Indmar RTP
2007 MasterCraft X2 310HP Indmar RTP

My favorite MasterCraft so far has been the 07 X2. Favorite I/O was the Cobalt closely followed by the Wellcraft. The build quality on the Cobalt was outstanding at the time and the Wellcraft was a beast in 2 - 3 foot chop out in Lake St Clair and Lake Erie. Good times.

helton333
01-06-2011, 03:46 PM
Just a unique boat, never seen another one - it has predator (rtp) - I have the showroom sticker - it was labeled a 205V (which if you look at that year catalogue, wasn't even a boat they made that year) But it came with zeroflex - it was sold in Michigan - It is essentially an X2, with prostar 35th stars and stripes. I know you can't book it out nada to save your life...

trguy
01-06-2011, 05:04 PM
Over a lifetime, my wife and I have owned:

'67 15 foot Slickcraft w/ 65 hp Merc. with which both my wife and I learned to ski on the James River - Richmond VA
'75 18 foot Galaxy tri-hull w/ 135 hp Evinrude & taught both kids to ski at ages 4 and 7 - mostly Lake Gaston, VA/NC
'83 Ski Nautique - kept that boat a decade and taught scores of kids and adults how to ski - Kerr Dam Reservoir, VA/NC
'88 M/C Tristar 190 open bow purchased last May, 2010.

The latest boat is a pure joy. Sure not skiing as much now due to our ages but both my wife and I did ski several times during last summer - Chowan River, NC. Pulled others as well.

Sharing these boats and related activities does transend generations because my son owns a Prostar and also enjoys skiing,wake boarding and teaching those skills to others. And just last summer, all those 'kids' we taught to ski 20 years ago got together for a camping trip at Kerr Dam Reservoir and my son pulled them and their kids for 3 days. They all plan to get back together next year as well.

Footin
01-06-2011, 05:09 PM
91 Celebrity 18 foot open bow
87 MC Prostar 190
91 MC Barefoot 200
94 MC Prostar 205
Next????

Barefoot57
01-06-2011, 05:13 PM
I started "living" the brand when I was 10. I had never skied before, or really been on the water at all. My family never owned more than a rinky paddle boat. A family friend had a lake party which my family attended. He had a new PS190 and was teaching everyone how to ski. That day, I learned how to ski, and also grew an immediate addiction to MasterCraft's. I spent the next 8 years before college attempting to convince my parents to buy an MC. It never happened, but I wasn't shy to trade our family friend my boat cleaning and waxing skills for boat time.

2004 - Last full summer in college. I bought a 1979 S&S. I was broke, but knew I needed to spend 1 summer on the lake before hitting the real world. My dad helped me out with a short term loan. The boat needed some work and a few parts, but the seller was someone who had a shared passion for the brand; and had a new 190 that needed a garage space. The seller made me a heck of a deal with with the agreement that I would be on the water everyday that summer with the boat. I think I was fairly close to making it out each day, too; someday's 3 sets or more. Sold the boat later in fall as I had no place for free winter storage, and was now in CC debt paying off my summer boat gas bill. The boat was worth many times more than what I paid. I sent the seller some pictures and a thank you note for the memories that boat gave me. Unfortunatley, though, it went down the road to a new home.

2005 - Was hired for my first "real" job after college. I went to the interview, got hired, and on the way home, bought a 1983 S&S. It might have been a little silly, but it was a great boat for a great deal. A '83 S&S with a 440 Chrysler. It was a real pulling machine. I sold this boat 4 years later after only putting on about 50 hours in that time frame. My "new" job moved me many places where there wasn't water or where I couldn't get out of the office much.

2009 - Bought my current boat, a 2002 TT 190, #76. When I was on the ski team at a college, I fell in love with this boat at a tournament. I remember exactly when I made a committment to myself in 2002 that I would work hard enough to put myself in a position to buy that boat someday. In 2009, I found the boat and was in the position. The good news is, I was also transferred to a place where there is a lake, and I can get out at least a few times per week.

I often think that I grew up to be who I am because of a 19' piece of fiberglass!

shepherd
01-07-2011, 09:29 AM
Just a unique boat, never seen another one - it has predator (rtp) - I have the showroom sticker - it was labeled a 205V (which if you look at that year catalogue, wasn't even a boat they made that year) But it came with zeroflex - it was sold in Michigan - It is essentially an X2, with prostar 35th stars and stripes. I know you can't book it out nada to save your life...

Interesting, certainly unique. Nice looking boat by the way - here's mine :D. Below it is a picture of my previous boat, a 1990 Prostar 190. Before that, I learned to ski behind my 19' 1991 Stingray I/O bowrider which I bought new in 1992. I've owned a few other boats, but they are part of a different "family."

Ron Grover
01-07-2011, 11:14 AM
Dad Owned -- 1965 Starcraft, 50hp Mercury outboard. (learned to ski on this one, 12 years old)
Dad Owned -- 1969 Newman, 65hp Johnson outboard

My Boat -- 1971 Larson open bow, 85hp Mercury
My Boat -- 1981 Mastercraft Stars and Stripes
My Boat -- 1993 Mastercraft Prostar 205 (still have it, still love it)

CantRepeat
01-07-2011, 11:30 AM
Really? I didn't know they made a 205V version of the 35th. I thought they only did 30 197s and 5 190s. Does it have the LQ9?

It's not, just has a simular paint/stripe job.

Sodar
01-07-2011, 11:39 AM
Staying on the freshwater side...

I learned to ski behind the family's 1986 Commander Newport with a 235 Evinrude.

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In 1994, the Evinrude took a crap and it was time for the family to upgrade to a 1995 Hydrodyne Grand Sport Elite.

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In 2002, I found a repo '96 PS 190 and bought my first real boat.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_m3bPnaMHpYM/RgacCP27AkI/AAAAAAAAAXw/hQY7ujKJV5A/s800/DSC00490.JPG

In 2007, I sold the PS190 and ordered the PS197 I have today.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_m3bPnaMHpYM/RtTxy19lK0I/AAAAAAAABig/-9zXvMTtjSM/s800/DSC01864.JPG

scott023
01-07-2011, 12:05 PM
A couple of beauty MC's there Sodar.

broncotw
01-07-2011, 12:09 PM
My MasterCraft Roots are derived from the following:

1992 19’ Sea Ray (Mercury 130 Outboard)
1994 Ski Nautique (PCM 351)
1986 MasterCraft Prostar 190 Stars and Stripes
2005 MasterCraft Prostar 197 TT
2010 MasterCraft Prostar 190TT

aquaman
01-07-2011, 12:53 PM
Boats I grew up with and have enjoyed.....each one special for different reasons.

1957 17' Higgins pwr Graymarie 115hp flat head 6

1971 21' Sea Ray OMC 210 hp 305 Chevy

1984 Correct Craft Ski Nautique 240 hp 351 PCM

1983 20' Correct Craft Southwind 240hp 351 PCM

1994 20' Correct Craft Super Sport 310hp Gt-40 PCM

2002 22' Shamrock Walk-Around 310 hp PCM Chevy

2007 22' Grady White 225 Tournament 250hp Yamaha 4 stroke

1994 20' MasterCraft Barefoot 200 225hp Yamaha 4 stroke


2011...??? NEXT :)

ctjahn
01-07-2011, 03:07 PM
Interesting, certainly unique. Nice looking boat by the way - here's mine :D. Below it is a picture of my previous boat, a 1990 Prostar 190. Before that, I learned to ski behind my 19' 1991 Stingray I/O bowrider which I bought new in 1992. I've owned a few other boats, but they are part of a different "family."

At a glance that swingset looks like one ell of an ugly tower! I was relieved when I looked again...

LaRue
01-07-2011, 03:38 PM
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_m3bPnaMHpYM/RtTxy19lK0I/AAAAAAAABig/-9zXvMTtjSM/s800/DSC01864.JPG[/QUOTE]

no tire cover :D

east tx skier
01-07-2011, 04:19 PM
Our boat family tree looks like this. I've never owned anything other than a red boat.

shepherd
01-07-2011, 05:06 PM
Our boat family tree looks like this. I've never owned anything other than a red boat.

I see there is an illicit bastard love child in the family. ;)

medicmoose
01-07-2011, 05:18 PM
2007 Monterey 180FS
2008 Mastercraft X-2
2008 Mastercraft MS200 with X-2 Package

and...if my wife would allow it, 2011 X-45. Not likely to happen so the tree ends here for now :o

east tx skier
01-07-2011, 10:27 PM
I see there is an illicit bastard love child in the family. ;)

No reason to talk about the Ski Deck like that ;)

trickskier
01-08-2011, 10:01 AM
1) 1977 - Glstron Carlson CVX18 I/O 305 Chevy 198HP

2) 1982 MasterCraft

3) 1998 MasterCraft ProStar 190

4) 2006 MasterCraft X-1

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JohnE
01-08-2011, 10:09 AM
RJ - you know I have a nice pic of that X1 that I'm itching to repost...;):D

trickskier
01-08-2011, 10:12 AM
RJ - you know I have a nice pic of that X1 that I'm itching to repost...;):D

I really can't recall which pic you're talking about? :confused:

JohnE
01-08-2011, 10:31 AM
I really can't recall which pic you're talking about? :confused:

Thgis view of your X1!!!................How could you forget??..........:D

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trickskier
01-08-2011, 10:42 AM
LOL -- Good One John!!! :D

trickskier
01-08-2011, 10:45 AM
Here's a good one Too --- 8p

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thatsmrmastercraft
01-08-2011, 10:47 AM
Happens to all of us at some point. Just hope there isn't such a good camera man around.:D

trickskier
01-08-2011, 10:51 AM
My View --- :D

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trickskier
01-08-2011, 10:52 AM
Happens to all of us at some point. Just hope there isn't such a good camera man around.:D

Sometimes I just push the envelope a little TOO far --- :D:rolleyes:

JohnE
01-08-2011, 10:56 AM
Cracking me up Rick!! I miss that 197

thatsmrmastercraft
01-08-2011, 10:57 AM
Sometimes I just push the envelope a little TOO far --- :D:rolleyes:

Can't find the line unless you cross it once in a while. ;):D

SkiDog
01-08-2011, 04:20 PM
Here's my fleet from the past. The only one missing is the 87 Prostar.

trickskier
01-08-2011, 05:21 PM
Here's my fleet from the past. The only one missing is the 87 Prostar.

I found a pic of your 87' No-Star 63696

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norris_ps205
01-10-2011, 09:39 AM
'93 ProStar 205
'05 X-Nine

Waiting for 2RLake to get a new one so I can add his '08 X-14 to my list.

willowtreexx
01-10-2011, 01:59 PM
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every time i see your X1 makes me want to stop looking at 1993-2004 190PS's and save for an X1. beautiful boat!!

trickskier
01-10-2011, 03:25 PM
every time i see your X1 makes me want to stop looking at 1993-2004 190PS's and save for an X1. beautiful boat!!

Thank You!

DemolitionMan
01-10-2011, 10:05 PM
1. My old 1978.
2. My dads old 1984.
3. 2008 TT 197 #58.

scott023
01-11-2011, 09:05 AM
1. My old 1978.
2. My dads old 1984.
3. 2008 TT 197 #58.

Nice tree right there. Damn nice boats.

2RLAKE
01-11-2011, 09:51 AM
'93 ProStar 205
'05 X-Nine

Waiting for 2RLake to get a new one so I can add his '08 X-14 to my list.

... but if I didn't like it so much I'd get a new one ... you know where the keys are so you are always welcome to it (sans dogs) ... I'm off to Hong Kong again

2RLAKE
01-11-2011, 09:52 AM
Norris ... you forgot your new boat from the summer

norris_ps205
01-11-2011, 10:03 AM
Norris ... you forgot your new boat from the summer

You're right! I forgot this one.....and look...you're driving a MasterCraft with TWO dogs on it!!

ctjahn
01-11-2011, 11:46 AM
1. My old 1978.
2. My dads old 1984.
3. 2008 TT 197 #58.

Big fan of the black with red and minimalistic graphics and such... (The 2008)
cj

willowtreexx
01-11-2011, 12:42 PM
Big fan of the black with red and minimalistic graphics and such... (The 2008)
cj

i totally agree!! clean looking

BMcD
01-11-2011, 07:31 PM
I love this thread - great taking a look back, here's my progression:

- 70's Gulfstream - Learned to kneeboard and skurf behind the 18' 4cyl I/O of my parents
- 80's Avenger - 115hp OB - Continued kneeboarding and nearly killed ourselves in our teens behind this overpowered and dangerously light 17' boat
- 90's Reinell - no watersports behind that 24' underpowered beast, but I was young, broke, and without means to buy something different.
- 99 Crownline 225BR - great boat, great power, but not a ski boat :)
- 87 Supra Comp TS6M - got a great deal on the boat and intended on selling it quick - It stuck around and the wakeboard bug bit hard
- '06 X45 - finally old enough to have the means and the drive to use a purpose built boat. The family is in love and we are all now die-hard MC fans.

If interested, you can see some vids and our blogs about our water adventures as we continue to live young here: Day1 (http://www.LiveDay1.com)

2RLAKE
01-12-2011, 03:58 AM
You're right! I forgot this one.....and look...you're driving a MasterCraft with TWO dogs on it!!

i'm glad you didnt say three dogs ....

Bouyhead
01-14-2011, 02:27 PM
1987 Laser I bought in 1989 W/ a 150XP Evinrude. Learned to slalom that year.Over the course of 4 years blew up the XP twice. Repowered in 94' W/a 200 Mariner & a high five prop. In 95' we installed our course and in 97' me and the bro in law bought the 96' Prostar as a leftover. The MC has been thruogh quite a bit. Forklift took out the windshield in 99' and a marina fire in 01' Finished the 01' season in the Mastercrisp.Brought the boat back to life in 02' and been rock'in since.
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63775 WINDSHIELD

63776 FIRE

CantRepeat
01-14-2011, 02:45 PM
Wow that prostar has been through a lot.

Bouyhead
01-14-2011, 03:57 PM
To bad I didn't document the fire rebuild, would have made an interesting thread.

acornellier
01-14-2011, 04:13 PM
I started with:
9/2007-2007 Moomba Outback
7/2008-2007 Mastercraft X2 SS and still have it.

Sodar
01-14-2011, 04:33 PM
Forklift took out the windshield in 99' and a marina fire in 01' Finished the 01' season in the Mastercrisp.Brought the boat back to life in 02' and been rock'in since.

I bet it was tough to just find the parts to repair it!

helton333
01-14-2011, 04:57 PM
You can tell a good boater - one that goes back in years to save quality. Look how many people over the years have bought an older MC to get out of a newer I/O.

gchapman-tt
01-14-2011, 09:09 PM
First boat- 1977 ChirsCraft SuperSport
Once I got behind a 1981 MasterCraft at a tournament, I had to have a MC.
It all started with a Sand/Blue 1982 , I have been with MC ever since as a Promo / Tournament Team Member. How about the boat in the ditch, still shrunk-wrapped, my mother backing out of the driveway bumps into it and sends it into the creek (not even a scratch).
2011 197WTT 6.0L ready to pick up. Sorry don't have pics of all 30.

Covi
01-15-2011, 07:24 AM
First boat- 1977 ChirsCraft SuperSport
Once I got behind a 1981 MasterCraft at a tournament, I had to have a MC.
It all started with a Sand/Blue 1982 , I have been with MC ever since as a Promo / Tournament Team Member. How about the boat in the ditch, still shrunk-wrapped, my mother backing out of the driveway bumps into it and sends it into the creek (not even a scratch).
2011 197WTT 6.0L ready to pick up. Sorry don't have pics of all 30.

I am obviously a Mastercraft fanatic however that 77 super sport is awesome. We had a 76 super sport. It was an amazing boat!

gchapman-tt
01-15-2011, 09:04 AM
I am obviously a Mastercraft fanatic however that 77 super sport is awesome. We had a 76 super sport. It was an amazing boat!

Cool that you recognized the super sport, it was a great boat.

Roger Skalko
01-17-2011, 01:28 PM
Nice group of boats Chapman!!!!

WAProstar
01-17-2011, 01:52 PM
My family has had boats for as long as I can remember. My parents first had a 1978 (ish) Lime Green Newman with an 85 hp Mercury outboard. The 'Green Machine'. They probably had that boat from 1988 (when I was 6) until 1994 (ish). We loved that boat and definitely found our love of going to the lake from our time on the Green Machine. Getting up early to go to school? No thanks! But get up early to go to the lake? Yes please!

Sometime in the late '80's, our family would go to the ski show in Wichita, KS and watch the pros run the course. This is where the love of MasterCrafts started. Dad always talked about someday getting a MC as they were the best.

At some point, the Merc died in the 'green machine' and Dad replaced it with a 115 hp Evinrude. Around 1994, Dad upgraded to a 1986 Conroy (Glastron) I/O with about 165 hp ('Roy'). That was the boat I learned to ski on. Larger wakes than an inboard, but I definitely appreciate the difference between an I/O and an inboard much more. I went to college and Dad finally replaced the I/O with an inboard. A 1996 Malibu Response LXI ('The Booty'). The Booty was sold to my brother and my dad bought a larger and slightly newer Sunsetter. Clearly inboards were the way to go.

In 2009, I got my chance to buy a Mastercraft - A 1989 Prostar 190. It's nickname is just the Prostar. It is the only one that I have a pic of. We love it! My dad has skied behind my Prostar several times and raves about the wakes everytime.

My wife and I just had our first baby in December. :) I hope that she can have as many good memories on our Mastercraft as I had on the old Green Machine.

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CottagerGreg
01-17-2011, 03:47 PM
We started off with a Humber Jewel. From about 1983-1994. Boat was from the 70's.... 12' long with a 60hp engine on it. Can't remember too much. In the 90's we got a newer 60hp mercury 2 stroke, short shaft engine for it. It flew! About 44mph out of it or so.

Learned to ski, slalom and such. They now reproduce them locally with the original molds.

http://humberboats.ca/humber-jewel/see-the-jewel-now

Then we went cottageless for a bit and had a 1972 16' Crestliner bowrider with a 70hp Johnson on it. This thing was a tank! Took on Lake Simcoe for many weekends and had some great times!

We had this boat from about 1996 till 2006 when we sold it.

It looked close to this
http://neufeldsphotography.com/boat/IMG_0273.jpg

Then we got a 1989 Baja 170 sport with a 150 Johnson GT engine on it in 2004. Great for speeding around, slalom skiiing.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k212/GTI2lo/5.jpg

We traded this boat in for a 2006 Mastercraft X-1 in Fall 2006. It was a demo boat @ Buckeye Marine.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k212/GTI2lo/Cottage%202007/IMG_0088.jpg

Finally traded in the 2006 X-1 for my current 2008 Mastercraft 40th Anniversary X-star.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k212/GTI2lo/Cottage%202010/IMG_2090.jpg

cf_koch
01-17-2011, 05:00 PM
Have been fortuante enough to have spent most of my life around boats and the water. When I was 5 we got a 16' Mark Twain with a 110 hp Merc that I learned to ski behind the following year. We eventually (1978) out grew that boat and moved up to an 18' Sea Ray with a 115 Merc. Actually the Mark Twain was a better ski boat but the Sea Ray was OK. In 1987 we got a bigger 20' Sea Ray with a 260 MerCruiser. Since I went to College near the lake where we kept the boat my buddies and I ran the living daylights out of that boat and became pretty good at slalom and knee boarding. I tried to convince my Dad to get a DD when we got the 20'er but he wasn't ready commit to an inboard and it wasn't my money. When my parents passed I bought that Sea Ray used it until 2008 when I came accross the Maristar we currently have. For the way we currently use the boat, it is perfect. Plenty of room for the family and friends, an acceptable open water slalom boat and great for wakeboarding. Once I add a tower it will be perfect. I almost forgot, I have a 1995 Kawasaki Jet Ski (the only new boat I have ever had) but haven't used it in years. Sorry no pics of the early boats but here is one of the Mastercraft on the day we picked it up