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mjb100798
02-26-2011, 05:33 PM
64679Just wondering what you guys think is a fair price for a 97 ps205 w/ 950hrs on it...with monster tower/bimini/custom cover....

thanks, Jay

JohnE
02-26-2011, 06:45 PM
$15 give or take. $12 is a steal, $18 too much. Everything in between depends on condition and options.

duckguy
02-26-2011, 07:59 PM
I agree, I like 12

CantRepeat
02-26-2011, 08:31 PM
Get it for 10k put the monster tower in the trash and get a ND tower you are looking shhhwwweeeet!

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
02-26-2011, 09:01 PM
NADA w/ LT1 low retail 10k
http://www.nadaguides.com/Boats/1997/Mastercraft-Boat-Co/205-LT1-20/Standard-Equipment

mjb100798
02-26-2011, 11:44 PM
Thanks for the quick replies...he's asking 13,500...gonna stew on it, but its not the LT1 engine...does anyone have any advice for me specific to the 205, i own a 89 ps 190 already so i know my way around a boat a bit, just wondering if there is anything else....thanks in advance...

Jay

gatorguy
02-27-2011, 01:04 AM
I paid 15 for mine with 500hrs on it and tandem axle trailer. It's in about 85% condition. Not perfect, but everything works, and looks good. It really could use new vinyl and carpet, but I should get another year out of them, just don't look too close.

mjb100798
02-27-2011, 01:28 PM
Thanks Gatorguy, I asked him what was the number of people he could get in the boat comfortably and he said ten, does that sound right? Also does yours have the LT1 in it?

Thanks, Jay

JohnE
02-27-2011, 04:49 PM
10 isn't comfortable in a 205. Especially if you are talking adults. For how long? An hour or so, sure. All day, no way. Do-able,not comfortable. Seems like a good price though. I have an X14 which has more interior room than a 205 and had 6 adults and 5 kids in it. Small kids...4,5,6,8, and 10 yo. It worked, but we were just cruising and hanging, not much behind the boat.

gatorguy
02-27-2011, 11:18 PM
JohnE is right. The most I like to have in my boat is 3. One to drive, one to ski, and one to hold the flag. Then rotate and repeat. That being said I have 5 kids, 13,9,6,6,1 and my wife. We fit just fine. We have also take other families with us. Usually the family that goes with us has three girls 8,5,1. So grand total 2 200lb men, 2 women less than 130lbs each, and 8 kids. Thats 12 all together and we are tripping all over each other, especially with the kids that can't hold still longer than 2 seconds. That being said we are all good friends and the kids are mostly small so it works out and we have a blast.

Mine is not the LT1. I do have the 4 blade prop though, and I haven't had any trouble coming out of the hole. I just ordered my fat sacs from WakeMakers on Friday and am excited to start working on my surf wake. I don't anticipate any problem pulling the extra weight then either.

setidball
02-28-2011, 01:33 PM
I have the ProStar 190 (closed bow). The loading sticker says 9 people. Now I'm kind of new to MC ownership but I'm thinking it would not be a very reasonable load. I'm thinking 6 would be reasonable (pretty crowded ... espesially if there is sporting activity). I cannot even imagin where 8 would sit unless 7 of them were little kids and as noted before...little kids don't sit. S

Muttley
02-28-2011, 01:59 PM
Some of us do like our Monster Towers. Solid, rattle-free, affordable and a lot more collapsable.

BrianM
03-01-2011, 01:57 PM
but its not the LT1 engine...
Not a bad thing in my book. The TBI 350 is a solid motor with plenty of power and torque. The LT1 might have a little better top end but the TBI is no slouch. When I was looking for my '97 I was looking for one without the LT1. The TBI is just a little simpler design and I think not as finicky as the LT1.

coz
03-01-2011, 02:08 PM
Not a bad thing in my book. The TBI 350 is a solid motor with plenty of power and torque. The LT1 might have a little better top end but the TBI is no slouch. When I was looking for my '97 I was looking for one without the LT1. The TBI is just a little simpler design and I think not as finicky as the LT1.

When I was looking, I wanted one without the LT1 and found one with the 5.7 Vortec EFI that's been perfect for our needs......and the 10 people max sticker doesn't mention comfortably :D I'd say 6 comfortably.

mjb100798
03-14-2011, 07:31 PM
Update, went down and looked at the boat, he's since added four tower speakers and two subs and amps for everything...he's upped the price to 14500...gas gauge didnt work, and the trailer has some damage to one of the support brackets where the PO had hit a curb or something....just wondering what you guys think on this one...I actually got to take the boat out on the local river and it drove great from what i could tell...good holeshot,cruised nicely...

Thanks, Jay

aquaman
03-14-2011, 07:59 PM
If you entertain that size of crew often I think you need a bigger boat. I would shop larger than the 205. I doubt you will be skiing with only 3 much longer, with that many kiddos. : )

BriEOD
03-14-2011, 09:33 PM
I have a 2000 PS 205 and moved up from an 87 190--so I'm in your wheel house.

First, the 205 is the best selling MC all time. As a dealer I know well told me not to long ago, if he had PS 205s with towers he could sell them all day long, as opposed to the brand new boats with the big price tags. It is an extremely versatile boat. I have PerfectPass on mine and we surf (need ballast), wakeboard (flips), and I've pulled someone through the course at 35 off. All that from an 11 year old boat that I paid cash for. It is versatile, and it will hold its value. Look at what people are selling 1980s era PS 190s for.

You are going to be swimming in room going from a 190. You'll have an open bow, plus a tower to put boards and ropes on. I don't keep the back seat in mine, but can get 5-6 adults in it comfortably to go to dinner or for a cruise. On our ski/board nights, I usually limit it to 4, no more than 5. However, with the backseat in, I think I could fit 9 adults no problem--but no movement.

Offer him 13,250 and tell him you'll need a new sending unit for the fuel tank (not a huge deal), and trailer work. If he won't budge, go up to 14 and tell him you want new tires put on the trailer. However, I'd think the closer we get to summer, the more it shifts to the sellers favor.

east tx skier
03-14-2011, 09:34 PM
Thanks for the quick replies...he's asking 13,500...gonna stew on it, but its not the LT1 engine...does anyone have any advice for me specific to the 205, i own a 89 ps 190 already so i know my way around a boat a bit, just wondering if there is anything else....thanks in advance...

Jay

Assuming good working condition, that's a good price IMO. That little TBI is a fine engine. For cruising around, 3 in the back, two in the o seat, 2 in the bow and a driver is comfortable. For skiing 3 in the boat, one on the line max. Great boys and MC isn't making any more of them. Just kicked off our ski season behind a 98 205 and had an absolute ball!

mjb100798
03-14-2011, 10:13 PM
Thanks guys for the inputs/opinions....i'm still waiting on him to text me back, i'm kinda stuck really need to sell the 89 ps 190, but i dont want to lose the chance at a 205 either...I'll let you guys know soon...I love this forum..simply the best...oh just a tid bit of info..he's wanting to go to a nautique or something else..he doesn't realize what gem he's got...Oh also can anyone shed light onto why you never see many other 205's in this color scheme?

Jay

mjb100798
03-15-2011, 12:53 PM
Well...I'm officially upgraded...he's delivering to me next week after the stereo installation is complete..settled on 14k....will post more pics when it gets here..and hopefully finally meet a couple of you guys at the Dale Hollow reunion...thanks again for all the opinions and inputs..

Jay

Willski
03-15-2011, 01:03 PM
I think for 14k you probably did okay as long as everything is in pretty good working order and the condition is nice.

Congrats.

BriEOD
03-15-2011, 10:38 PM
Yes, I agree--14k for a clean 97 205 sounds fair. Congrats!

east tx skier
03-15-2011, 11:00 PM
Congrats! Sounds like a screamin' deal!