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kraig1995
07-03-2011, 11:10 PM
As posted before, just got back into ski boating after 15 years. Spent Saturday at the local Mastercraft dealer for the first time. Those new Mastercrafts.... WOW!!!! but then I went to the parts department. I needed 10 interior or exterior parts. Only 1 available. Told to check EBAY or Boat Yards. This made me think.....
1995 Prostar 205 with new engine, new carpet, new interior, replacement windshield =$5500.00

VS.

2011 Prostar 197 completely new and not being able to order parts for it in 17 years=$65,000.00

I thank my father everyday for showing how to work on my own vehicles!!!!

I love used boats!!!

rhsprostar
07-04-2011, 07:43 AM
Agreed! That 95 is an awesome boat. I loved mine.
And........................it skied fantastic, IMHO just as good as my 197. Now I don't exactely get into 39 off but who does!?

I wonder why all the new ski boats are getting so big. To me it seems counter productive for skiing.......

CantRepeat
07-04-2011, 08:28 AM
Agreed! That 95 is an awesome boat. I loved mine.
And........................it skied fantastic, IMHO just as good as my 197. Now I don't exactely get into 39 off but who does!?

I wonder why all the new ski boats are getting so big. To me it seems counter productive for skiing.......

It's the interent, everyone runs 38 on the daily! :D

Ski-me
07-04-2011, 09:58 AM
Try putting more than 2 kids up front in that 197.....tight! I feel so much better with the space in the 205 vs. the 197. 10 capacity vs. 7 capacity. Yea, the 197 may have a better wake but is it $50,000 better?!?

I'm sticking with my 205! Oh, and your price is more like $12k-$14k for your 205.....still holding their value.:cool:

absolutezero
07-06-2011, 08:58 AM
I wonder why all the new ski boats are getting so big. To me it seems counter productive for skiing.......

I'd say this is due to a shriking market for people who's primary reason for the boat purchase is to ski. I think the majority of buyers want boat that can do a variety of things well, including carry a few more friends and family.

east tx skier
07-06-2011, 11:08 AM
That price difference makes it a no-brainer. I pulled a couple of skiers into 35 off at 34 mph with no problems behind my 93 205.

Skipper
07-06-2011, 12:18 PM
As posted before, just got back into ski boating after 15 years. Spent Saturday at the local Mastercraft dealer for the first time. Those new Mastercrafts.... WOW!!!! but then I went to the parts department. I needed 10 interior or exterior parts. Only 1 available. Told to check EBAY or Boat Yards. This made me think.....
1995 Prostar 205 with new engine, new carpet, new interior, replacement windshield =$5500.00

VS.

2011 Prostar 197 completely new and not being able to order parts for it in 17 years=$65,000.00

I thank my father everyday for showing how to work on my own vehicles!!!!

I love used boats!!!

Wow, you can get a 2011 PS197 for only $65k!

wheeler
07-06-2011, 12:24 PM
Try putting more than 2 kids up front in that 197.....tight! I feel so much better with the space in the 205 vs. the 197. 10 capacity vs. 7 capacity. Yea, the 197 may have a better wake but is it $50,000 better?!?

I'm sticking with my 205! Oh, and your price is more like $12k-$14k for your 205.....still holding their value.:cool:

Try sticking 2 kids up front and watch the boat take on so much water over the front nose of that thing! The 197's have a tendency to want to act like a submarine at times.

stick with the 205 :-)

onejdgreen
07-06-2011, 12:38 PM
Try sticking 2 kids up front and watch the boat take on so much water over the front nose of that thing! The 197's have a tendency to want to act like a submarine at times.

stick with the 205 :-)

Agree, unfortunately, if you have a tower on the 197. Makes the damn thing so front heavy. I know from experience. Plus the $$$ make the difference. My grandpa used to say, dance with the one you brought...

rhsprostar
07-06-2011, 01:27 PM
"My grandpa used to say, dance with the one you brought."
.......................I love it.....lol



Agree, unfortunately, if you have a tower on the 197. Makes the damn thing so front heavy. I know from experience. Plus the $$$ make the difference. My grandpa used to say, dance with the one you brought...

rhsprostar
07-06-2011, 01:42 PM
Okay...honestly I really don't think that the front of my 197 is THAT much smaller than the one I had on my 93 205. I still put my wife two kids and the dog in the front and never get any water over the bow unless i am not paying attention.
No matter what anyone says the open bow on both is key for a family that does anything more than just ski.
From a skiability perspective, unless you are hard core, you will not be able to out ski the capabilities of the 205.
From a price perspective, obviously the 95 will be cheaper....more maintenace but still great...
The guy who I sold my 93 to, recently sent me an email saying that he still has the boat and besides putting in a new interior, has really done nothing to it. He and his family love it, and a few of his friends prefer it to ski with over a newer moomba and BU.

onejdgreen
07-06-2011, 04:23 PM
Okay...honestly I really don't think that the front of my 197 is THAT much smaller than the one I had on my 93 205. I still put my wife two kids and the dog in the front and never get any water over the bow unless i am not paying attention.

Do you have a tower on your 197?