View Full Version : Which one to buy

05-19-2011, 05:47 PM
I am looking to buy my first Mastercraft. I am looking at the prostar models. I want the open bow so it will be the 205. I just need some advice on which year would be the best. I am thinking that around a 99 model would probably be about as new of a boat that my budget could handle. Thanks for the input in advance.

05-19-2011, 09:36 PM
i got a 93 prostar 205 and love it.

05-19-2011, 10:08 PM
None that were bad or had inherent problems that I know of. There's a Prostar breakdown of features by year on here somewhere if you search.
Basic changes were mid nineties (94-95??) slight hull change, newer ones a little deeper draft I believe, not much though.
93 for LT1 powered or 94 for all models went from carbed PCM Ford engines to EFI Indmar Chevy engines.
Don't focus as much on the exact year model as a determining factor unless there's something very specific to that model you want, rather, let the deciding factors be the overall condition of the boat, engine hours, proven maint records or not and add-on features (tower, perfect pass, stereo, etc) that you would have had to spend $$ to add on and that you want for the boat.

05-20-2011, 09:12 AM
In '99 they added they moved the gas tank and created the rear storage trunk. This creates alot more storage.

05-20-2011, 09:33 AM
The prostar 205 first generation was 91-95 and the second generation hull is 96 on to the current x-1. you should read this


05-20-2011, 11:16 AM
get 2000 model, '98 & '99 has a weird plastic engine box... They switched back to a full vinyl covered box in 2000 i reckon.

05-20-2011, 11:29 AM
I would recommend one with EFI, I think it became standard about '94

05-20-2011, 12:10 PM
If I had a big family i would own a 92-95 205 (same hull) in a heart beat! great slalom boats with a family!

05-20-2011, 12:26 PM
I love my 1993 205, would not trade it for anything, including a new boat payment ;)

05-20-2011, 01:45 PM
What's your preference......skiing first or wakeboarding?

I'm a skier first so I opted for the 94' to 95' boat (the two years with fuel injection). I you prefer to wakeboard, the 96+ is the way to go. I also prefer the 2000 over the older ones (interior wise).

05-20-2011, 09:16 PM
I was wanting a fuel injected boat. I had a fuel injected runnabout and loved it I just sold a moomba this afternoon and I have always liked the mastercrafts they seem to be a good boat. I read the post about the hull changes in 96 and that is kinda what I am looking at. I have found a 99 on craigs list that sounds pretty good for 17,500 but I reallly don't have that to spend so I would rather find a 96 that is reasonable that I could put a tower on because I still like to slolem and barefoot and wakeboard.

Double D
05-20-2011, 10:54 PM
94 205 babay!! Great boat!!

05-21-2011, 01:27 PM
what aftermarket tower is everybody running

east tx skier
05-21-2011, 01:39 PM
What's your preference......skiing first or wakeboarding?

I'm a skier first so I opted for the 94' to 95' boat (the two years with fuel injection). I you prefer to wakeboard, the 96+ is the way to go.


The 92--95 models were better skiers. The 96--2000 models were better boarders.

That said, neither generation has a bad ski wake. You pretty much can't go wrong.

east tx skier
05-21-2011, 01:40 PM
what aftermarket tower is everybody running

Not everyone is running towers. :)

But if you must, New Dimension are tough to beat in the looks department.

05-21-2011, 06:00 PM
Like I said earlier in the post I still like to slolem and barefoot but I like a tower because you can get the boards and skies up out of the way and it also puts your bimini top up a little higher.

05-22-2011, 12:16 PM
New Dimensions tower is the one that will "match or fit" the boat the best as they were the OEM towers for MC's int he early 2000's. Also superb quality. Downside is, unless you find a used one, new ones are $2200+ for a bare tower and the accessories add up quick after that.
There are several brands or towers that look similar, similar lines to the ND that look great for less $, 13th Floor Towers and others and then there are more universal towers, with Monster Towers being probably the best in that category.

05-22-2011, 01:02 PM
I just sold our 97' 205. It had been a great boat. I preferred the EFI to previous, non-MC's I've owned that were not.
And tower wise, the New Dimension looked like a factory install, and worked really well, no squeaks or movement.