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kenbarnesjr
03-08-2012, 11:34 AM
I am looking for a mastercraft prostar 94-02 and want a little help if anyone has time.
Is
http://norfolk.craigslist.org/boa/2849914263.html

a good deal, are the hours appropriate, and if so what are some of the questions I should ask if attempting to purchase the boat.

Thanks in advance.
Newbie Ken

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
03-08-2012, 11:54 AM
Price seems to be inline, if everything checks out, look at this thread for more info

http://mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showpost.php?p=257514&postcount=47

kenbarnesjr
03-08-2012, 12:47 PM
Thats the best information I have read since I committed to finding a mastercraft.
Thank You

Lumbergh
03-08-2012, 12:52 PM
Nice looking boat, but I think its priced on the high side myself.

For that kind of money I think you should be able to find a nice fuel injected boat, that is a carb motor (93 351) if I am not mistaken.

But the boat market is local if you don't want to ship or pick up far away.

YMMV.

russlars
03-08-2012, 01:28 PM
If you don't mind me asking, what do you intend to use the boat for? Are you a die hard slalom skier or do you have other watersport activities in mind? With some patience you could probably pick up a 205 for close to the same price that will give you more space and improved performance for multiple watersports.

lettmeknow
03-08-2012, 01:52 PM
I think its really high. Most I would offer if it was perfect is $9000

kenbarnesjr
03-08-2012, 01:57 PM
I am a guy with 2 children who wants to get on the water and tube/ski/fish maybe 15 times a summer who has saved for 3 years to make this purchase, all i know is I want a mastercraft.
Lumbergh, what is better fuel or carb moter (pros/cons) and how can I tell which a mastercraft has (types/years)? What is the difference in 205 and the one on the post (190). Thanks for putting up with my novice posts....

cbryan70
03-08-2012, 02:03 PM
205 has an open bow and I beleive is a foot longer.

h2oskifreak
03-08-2012, 02:44 PM
That boat is for a die hard, old school skier. IMO. Sounds like you need a 205. I have both an 19 ft.open bow boat and a ski boat (Stars and Stripes). For what you are describing, I would think the 205 would me much roomy and a much better family boat. If youwere doing nothing but skiing the course, the 93 is a gem but for what you described there simply isn't enough room in the 190 Prostar.

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
03-08-2012, 03:18 PM
Prostar 205 with fuel injection
http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=44399

ttu
03-08-2012, 03:31 PM
i don't know where you are in the south, but here is diesel's old 205. very nice..

http://houston.craigslist.org/boa/2823229718.html

h2oskifreak
03-08-2012, 04:15 PM
Another thought; the kids will most likely as they grow older want to board. 205 is better to put a tower on than a prostar (criminal act).

russlars
03-08-2012, 05:00 PM
Another thought; the kids will most likely as they grow older want to board. 205 is better to put a tower on than a prostar (criminal act).
Let's not confuse him here since he is an "extreme newby". The 205 is also a Prostar, just not a closed bow slalom ski dedicated machine.

Jerseydave
03-08-2012, 06:54 PM
My $.02

I agree with others that a 205 with fuel injection (LT-1 would be best) would be a great boat for you. The one in your first post would be a $10K-$11K boat at best IMHO.

ryfly161
03-08-2012, 06:58 PM
If you are near Norfolk go talk to the guys at ski boats unlimited they did me right when I was stationed in Norfolk and they normally have a few decent used boats around if not they will help you find it

SkiDog
03-08-2012, 07:05 PM
Or why not just buy mine!:D

holdenh2o
03-08-2012, 07:27 PM
I love skidogs boat. Be my choice.

jk13
03-08-2012, 08:20 PM
Or why not just buy mine!:D

Pic #2 is not the same boat---it's black. Love to see a picture of the outside of that one.


Yours is beautiful, BTW.

mikeg205
03-08-2012, 08:25 PM
go for ski dog's - the kids will ask for a tower eventually... :D and they are not cheap.. ski dog has lots of extras... I would go for that one...

Cloaked
03-08-2012, 08:32 PM
Pic #2 is not the same boat---it's black. Love to see a picture of the outside of that one.


Yours is beautiful, BTW..Skidog was using that picture of my drinkholder... :D

400 hours and two new batteries. It's still new inside the engine cover.

........................

.

Thrall
03-08-2012, 09:19 PM
FWIW, while I don't know Skidog personally, he bought that boat from another member on here who appeared to have cared very well for it also. ALot of money into the tower, accessories and interior.
We had a Prostar 190 for years, with a tower and while it was designed as a dedicated ski boat it is also a great wakeboard boat. Good crisp wake with ormal loading. Good size wake with some ballast.
A 190 will fit 4 adults and 2 kids pretty comfortably. More than that and it gets crowded.
Personally for an all around family boat, the Prostar 205 (open bow, 1.5' longer) would be a better choice, but you can buy comparable condition PS 190's (closed bow, 19') for several thousand cheaper.

kenbarnesjr
03-09-2012, 09:45 AM
It looks to me like I want the 205 because it is a bow-rider with the LT1 (is that the corvette engine?). I agree the 190 is not what Im looking for due to space, with the price difference of no matter. I contacted ski-unlimited about a 2002 205 they had and would have bought it but someone was picking it up today (3/9/2012). Day late dollar short they say. I am in suffolk virginia about 40 miles from virginia beach, If anyone knows of anyone with a prostar 205 LT1 from 1996 - 2005 I am interested in purchasing with cash and will travel up to 120 miles to view. Thanks for the great help.

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
03-09-2012, 10:03 AM
2002 MC 209 in norfolk

http://norfolk.craigslist.org/boa/2797801389.html

kenbarnesjr
03-09-2012, 10:05 AM
J, thanks for the heads up but that is the boat that I was talking about at ski-unlimited. I would have bought it immediately......

Ski-me
03-09-2012, 10:36 AM
Don't know him but I've seen it for sale quite a few times for a 209.

http://denver.craigslist.org/boa/2880071953.html

Keep in mind that the although the 205 and 209 are very similar in "numeric" numbers, they are quite different. The 205 is more of a skier's choice whereas the 209 is a more "all around" boat. Decent ski wake, decent wakeboarding wake, but not an expert at either.

The 205 is considered much better as a ski boat when compared to the 209.

Just giving you a heads-up on that.

Also, within the 205's 94 & 95 will be more of a pure ski wake and the 96+ put just a little more bump in there but also a better wakeboarding wake. I will say that the 96+ is still a very good ski wake though.

I have a 94' 205 with the LT1 and love it! Definitely a more family boat than a 190 in my opinion.

This guy has been trying to sell this 205 for a few years....price hasn't dropped any though. It is nice and rare, but the price seems high still. Sammy Duvall, Limited edition.

http://denver.craigslist.org/boa/2803134179.html

kenbarnesjr
03-09-2012, 10:42 AM
Then 209 sounds more for me than the 205, Is there more room in the 209? Also what is the major difference in the maristar and prostar? Thank you for your help.

Sodar
03-09-2012, 11:04 AM
Since you are not into any dedicated water sports, you might want to look at the ProStar 209, X-9 or Maristar Lines. All the boats I just listed are based off the Maristar hull. The MariStar hull offers a better ride in the rough stuff than the other boats. The Prostars of the generation you are looking for are all direct drives(engine in the middle) and the Maristars are all V-drives (engine in the back). You may want to include Maristars in your search. With the engine in the rear, it increases interior room and adds a nice sunpad on the rear engine hatch. All Maristars are open bows and some come with the same LT-1 Corvette or LTR engine you were looking at in the other boats you posted.

Keep up your search and think before you buy. There are so many options out there.

sp00ky
03-09-2012, 11:08 AM
I am looking for a mastercraft prostar 94-02 and want a little help if anyone has time.
Is
http://norfolk.craigslist.org/boa/2849914263.html

a good deal, are the hours appropriate, and if so what are some of the questions I should ask if attempting to purchase the boat.

Thanks in advance.
Newbie Ken

I paid 10 k for my 94 205 with a tower, cover, 900 hrs.

So this seems a little high priced

02ProstarSammyD
03-09-2012, 11:28 AM
The 209 is a much bigger boat inside to me. What everyone has said is right about the 205. For the years stated its a better ski boat. Again we are talking fractional margins here imho. Now if you are skiing at a high level yes you are gonna notice it. I bought a 209 because it was a jack of all trades and a master of none. Here is a pic of the wake with maybe 150lbs of ballast and 6 people in the boat. He's riding 65' back and the wake is pretty clean. With 1200lbs it is a great wake. I don't ski much so no vids. And no this isn't me riding. We had it pretty emptied out for one of my buds to learn

http://youtu.be/7aq8JhfTLVs

Obviously I'm alil biased. 209's are alil harder to find imho since they were limited in years. The x9 is the same as a 209 with a tower/built in ballast. All of those were options in the 209 though. I have a 209 with an aftermarket tower but has the stock ballast system. Watch on the early years b/c the vinyl was sub par to say the least but thats pretty much across the board on mastercrafts in those years (01-02?). A few of my pieces are getting reworked this year but its not very impressive. The storage/seating difference is amazing though compared to some of my friends who have other prostars/dd open bows.

Obviously the v drive is going to create a different kind of space. You are open in the middle of the boat but lose some storage.

I paid 10 k for my 94 205 with a tower, cover, 900 hrs.

So this seems a little high priced

Prices seem to be on the up this year. No clue why considering gas is on the rise and the economy is still in the crapper.

orbeamlb
03-10-2012, 07:49 PM
Never seen a ProStar like that Black one. It's a beauty!

kenbarnesjr
03-12-2012, 11:35 AM
I have found a prostar that I am interested in. Only thing is there are skulls and wings are painted around the bottom. What kind of price would I be looking at to take the boat to a shop and repaint?? Thanks for any help.

Ski-me
03-26-2012, 06:28 PM
I have found a prostar that I am interested in. Only thing is there are skulls and wings are painted around the bottom. What kind of price would I be looking at to take the boat to a shop and repaint?? Thanks for any help.

Ken, how did your search turn out? Quite a few of the tribal type stuff can be peeled off and then some more "tasteful" Mastercraft stickers can be applied.

I just found this sharp looking 209 in our area. Nice traditional coloring..... Black and White and a special "Sammy Duvall" edition.

http://denver.craigslist.org/boa/2895014481.html

Jim@BAWS
03-26-2012, 07:14 PM
It looks to me like I want the 205 because it is a bow-rider with the LT1 (is that the corvette engine?). I agree the 190 is not what Im looking for due to space, with the price difference of no matter. I contacted ski-unlimited about a 2002 205 they had and would have bought it but someone was picking it up today (3/9/2012). Day late dollar short they say. I am in suffolk virginia about 40 miles from virginia beach, If anyone knows of anyone with a prostar 205 LT1 from 1996 - 2005 I am interested in purchasing with cash and will travel up to 120 miles to view. Thanks for the great help.

Ok here it is...come down and ski for a couple of days while you are at it!!!

Jim@BAWS

http://www.bayareawatersports.com/searchengine/Details.aspx?diid=6828810&bvdid=3121&type=AN&indid=1&sortCol=Length&sortDir=DESC&

FoggyNogginz
03-26-2012, 07:25 PM
The 209 is wider and longer than the 205, so yes there is more room. Also the 209 comes in a "wakeboard version" called the X9 as well. Both boats are the exact same hull, motor, etc, but the X9 comes with a tower, and pumps & plumbing for ballast sacks if you should ever want them for surfing or wakeboarding. I just wanted you to know that for all intents and purposes, the X9 and the 209 are fundamentally the same direct-drive inboard boat.

To your other question, the Maristar has always been Mastercraft's answer to the runabout family boat in my opinion. (no darts please) They are fabulous boats, but they were never really geared toward hard core skiing or wakeboarding. Instead, the Maristar is geared toward comfort and reliability with a v-drive motor versus the direct drive (http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=2662) in the 205 or 209. If your primary goals are to use the boat for tubing, occasional fishing, swimming, drinking beer, and cruising on the lake, then this is a great choice for you. If you think your kids will get more serious about watersports then I would consider the X9/209 as a much better option. As other have said the X9/209 is a crossover watersports boat, but it does a fine job for those of us who like to ski, surf, and wake but can't afford multiple boats to do the trick!!

Hope this helps! Happy hunting!

d2jp
03-27-2012, 10:40 PM
I have found a prostar that I am interested in. Only thing is there are skulls and wings are painted around the bottom. What kind of price would I be looking at to take the boat to a shop and repaint?? Thanks for any help.

Is that the one listed for sale in NC?
http://greensboro.craigslist.org/boa/2877140115.html

It's been for sale for a long time, seller might be motivated, don't know anything about it beyond it's been on CL for a while.