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mwcga
07-07-2012, 03:44 PM
Location, GA would be great, but SE US is ok for the right boat.

Wanted to buy
Mastercraft Prostar 205 walk through/open bow
Good condition, low hours
Ready to buy now
Not a dealer, boat is for me and my family
Non TT members can email me at mwc_ga1@bellsouth.net

This ad was posted as wanted Tristar 190, but my wife saw the boat and asked me to get a larger one. I hope this model will work.

JohnE
07-07-2012, 03:51 PM
Great boat Much better choice than a tristar. I am considering buying one

mwcga
07-07-2012, 03:57 PM
I was trying to keep the budget down, this will fill the bill but the cost will go up 4-5k. Got to keep the wife happy!

mwcga
07-07-2012, 04:01 PM
Any thoughts on year, trying to keep the cost down below 15k. I understad the newer models are fuel injected. Does it matter that much if you have an older model with a carb vs. the newer FI models?

OHIOPRO205
07-07-2012, 07:46 PM
I am not ready to put mine up for sale but just my 2 cents. We have a 1994 205 that just turned 600 hours this week. We love it. It has the fuel injection and is very easy on fuel. Awesome boat. Good luck on your hunt. 81241


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mwcga
07-07-2012, 08:54 PM
Thanks for your post. Great lookin boat!

Ski-me
07-08-2012, 12:29 PM
What are your primary objectives? 94-95 are both fuel injection and considered to have excellent ski wakes. 96+ are also excellent but is more of an all around boat with slightly better wakeboarding characteristics. However, the ski wake is very good....just not quite as good as the older model hull design.

For me, I prefer the 94' and absolutely love it!

Ski-me
07-08-2012, 12:39 PM
Also, the 96+ will have slightly higher siderails.

mwcga
07-08-2012, 01:18 PM
We will be using the boat for family fun, we're not serious skiers or wake boarders. More like pulling my daughter around on a tube. I may try to pick back up on skiing, used to be pretty good in my younger days. I think any of the years will work. Question, what is the advantage of fule injected engine over an older on with a carb? We could save some money on the older models, but are willing to spend a little more if there is enough of a difference.

Ski-me
07-08-2012, 02:33 PM
Either one is good but I prefer the FI myself. That's why I said 94-95. The hull actually was the same from 92-95. And the GT40 engine was also a very good carberated engine from what I've heard. I think there are two types depending in the heads....one has a higher hp rating than the other. Someone should chime in on the details of the carb engines.

jjdyn0mite
07-08-2012, 04:56 PM
We got a 1995 ps 205 last fall. It has been great for us. We are a family of 5. My boys are 10 and 8, just learning to wakeboard, wakeskate, and kneeboard. We also tube a lot. I have been bitten by the wake surfing bug and we'll probably be looking for a newer vdrive boat in the near future. It is great for exactly what you are talking about. We looked at a Tristar and ps190 first. Neither of them were fuel injected. It is nice to just fire up the engine and go without going through a long warm up ritual. I'm also glad that we held out for more room. We typically have 5-8 people on the boat and it's fine. Mine has over 1000 hours on it, but it was well maintained and has been reliable. I have put a cruise control on it which is great especially for having my wife pull me. It also has a nice tower for storage and pulling. I think you are on the right track and if it were me I would look for 1995 or newer, '96 + is the newer hull which is a bit deeper and can make a decent wave for a direct drive boat. If you are still looking at the end of the year, let me know. I would give you a good deal and I'm in GA.

itch2ski
07-08-2012, 07:15 PM
I have a 92 PS205, picked it up about three weeks ago. We have been out almost every other day and are loving it! It is the carbed HO motor with 285 hp. I know a lot of people want FI, but in talking with my dad (mechanic and boat owner for the last 40 yrs) he said he wouldn't hesitate to buy a carbed boat and that the benefits to FI don't always outweigh the additional cost.
Here are some from our local classifieds (Utah), kinda far from you:
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=218&ad=20795450&cat=147&lpid=2&search=mastercraft
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=218&ad=20939138&cat=147&lpid=2&search=mastercraft

Here is my baby:

mwcga
07-09-2012, 03:37 PM
Thank you for all of the great information. I hope to have a boat in the next month or so. I could use your advice as well as others.

Pricing????

There is one boat I have not seen yet, waiting on the pics.
1998 205 "really low hours", in really good condition, includes trailer. If these statements are correct, would $14,900 be a reasonable starting point for an asking price? What would a good sales price be?

Another boat I found.
1995 205 270 hours in really good shape, includes trailer. They are asking $15,900. Seems high to me. Thoughts? If it worked, this a pic of the boat.

The term "really" came from the owners, may be a bit biased.

mwcga
07-09-2012, 03:39 PM
itch
Thanks for the info. I too am not overly concerned with a non FI engine. I am not going to rule the older models out due to the lack of FI.

ttu
07-09-2012, 04:08 PM
little bit of a drive but nice looking

http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/3126823830.html

98Prostar205
07-09-2012, 04:53 PM
I bought a my boat (98 Prostar 205) last year. Boat had a monster tower with board racks and the motor had just been replaced due to the original motor having a cracked blocked due to frozen water. Motor had 5 hrs on it and boat had ~500hrs on it. I paid 14k for it. Interior and exterior were in really good shape with the exception of some seam seperation in the observers seat. I would check onlyinboards.com, that's where I found my boat.

RustyMC
07-09-2012, 04:54 PM
Are you looking for a direct drive specifically or would you consider a v drive?

itch2ski
07-09-2012, 06:36 PM
I paid $10k for my 92 205 in my earlier post. The one thing I can stress is look at the overall condition of the boat. Too often people place priority on boat hours. I would much rather have a well cared for and maintained boat with 800 hours than a neglected boat with 200 hours. I feel like boats always run better when they are used regularly and have regular maintenance.

mwcga
07-09-2012, 07:07 PM
Thanks for the listing

mwcga
07-09-2012, 07:09 PM
I have my heart set on a direct drive. I grew up on a lake and always loved these boats, now is my time to get one.

mwcga
07-09-2012, 07:10 PM
Wow, you got a good deal. I hope to be as lucky.

Ski-me
07-09-2012, 09:55 PM
The prices above seem OK depending on condition. If they are in excellent shape, an extra $1000 is well worth it.

frankster66
07-10-2012, 06:57 AM
Here is a nice 95 205.
http://flint.craigslist.org/boa/3104144419.html

mwcga
07-11-2012, 03:14 PM
Thanks for sending the link. Very nice boat but in Fint MI. If it were in the SE US I would be going to look at it this weekend. If you see any nice ones in the SE I would love to see them.

joyner1020
07-11-2012, 04:34 PM
Heres a 93 with a tower out of nashville ...Alittle high on the price but it is clean and has a ND tower

http://nashville.craigslist.org/boa/3129277042.html

mwcga
07-11-2012, 04:48 PM
yea, just saw that today. thought the same, looks good but the price seemed high. what do you think a boat like this sould go for? i was thinking 12-13K????

SkiDog
07-11-2012, 05:37 PM
This seems like a pretty good deal to me.


Low hours, full tower. clean. I don't think you could do much better than that price. But all he can do is say 'No' or 'yes' to a lower offer.:D

Footin
07-11-2012, 07:35 PM
Deal sounds about right, I would not sell my 94 for less.

mwcga
07-12-2012, 07:26 AM
Thanks for the pricing feedback Footin and SkiDog, I will take a look at this one on my next tirp to Nashville.

JohnE
07-12-2012, 10:10 AM
Deal sounds about right, I would not sell my 94 for less.

Must have been right....It sold already.

mwcga
07-12-2012, 03:24 PM
Well, we learn as we go through the process. Who would have guessed the boats would be selling this quickly.
Starting to wonder if I'm trying to buy the boat at the wrong time of the year.

ttu
07-12-2012, 03:28 PM
this time of year when you see one you like with a good price you really have to jump on it. i thought the price on that 205 was pretty good.

JohnE
07-12-2012, 04:14 PM
Well, we learn as we go through the process. Who would have guessed the boats would be selling this quickly.
Starting to wonder if I'm trying to buy the boat at the wrong time of the year.


Better time to be buying an X14 apparently. Seems to be a few of those on the market.:rolleyes:

mwcga
07-12-2012, 04:53 PM
Darn job keeps getting in the way! Going to keep trying.

mwcga
07-12-2012, 04:55 PM
Good one, my budget was 9k, now 15K, sorry can't go to your level. Good luck selling it.

JohnE
07-12-2012, 07:20 PM
Good one, my budget was 9k, now 15K, sorry can't go to your level. Good luck selling it.

If I were you I would plan on waiting until the off season, have the cash in hand, and look long and hard. You will find the right boat. Don't rush it, but be ready to move fast when you find the right deal. Though I hope one falls in your lap tomorrow.

Out There
07-12-2012, 09:31 PM
Not a Mastercraft but a very clean boat that belongs to a friend in Georgia. He bought it new and it is very clean. Sorry, not an MC, but very nice none the less. As a consolation I did just buy an older x80. Been searching on here for information. Great site!

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/boa/3135725977.html

Voodoo
07-12-2012, 10:11 PM
Hydrodines were nice boats -- this thing will sell very quick.

Voodoo

greevesman
07-13-2012, 01:02 AM
Quite a drive for you but I like this one. Low hours, appears to be in good condition and not too bad a price.

http://boise.craigslist.org/boa/3126920635.html

mwcga
07-13-2012, 07:03 AM
I may have a good one to look at this Sunday, wish me luck.

mwcga
07-13-2012, 07:05 AM
Thanks for passing this along. Have not heard of this brand, really nice looking and lseems to be in really good shape. If the deal on Sunday doesn't go well, I will keep it in mind.

mwcga
07-13-2012, 07:12 AM
That looks just like what I'm looking for and the price is much lower than anything I'm finding in the SE. One just like this sold for around $14k out of Nashville. Tempting, but a 2,200 mile drive is a bit much. Thank you very much for sending this to me.

mwcga
07-13-2012, 08:09 AM
Since you guys have been so helpful, I thought I would add this question to this post. I hope this is ok, don't want to break any rules. I added this to the maintenance/electrical section this morning. Do you know someone that can answer this question?


Hour Meter/Gauge Broken MC Prostar 205 1998

I am going to see a boat this weekend, but the owner says the hour meter/gauge broke several years ago. He said the local dealer can tell how many actual hours the boat has on it and can give him documentation certifying true hours. I am not questioning the gentleman’s truthfulness, just trying to find out if this is something that can be done on this boat.

A few questions:
Is this possible?
Can the original gauge be fixed?
Can the hour gauge be replaced and set with the correct number of hours?
If the dealer can tell how many hours the boat has on it, is there a good reason to replace the gauge? I’m not worried about maintenance intervals, we will not use it much so yearly maintenance will be performed.

mwcga
07-13-2012, 10:40 PM
Well, this one got sold before I could get there. Guess I need to keep trying.

mwcga
07-15-2012, 01:08 PM
I found a 1993 MC PROSPORT 205 for sale, yes a ProSPort not a ProStar. I’m having a hard time finding out much about the boat and need your advice. I cant even find pics of the interior.

All I know from the little research I have done is the passenger seat is a swivel chair instead of the rear facing bench and it weighs a100 lbs more.

Dets on the boat:
540 hours
All is in good condition except bow cushions need to be redone
Tower
Trailer
Depth finder
Marine stereo
All the gear goes with the boat, life jackets, tubes, wakeboard etc

He is asking $10k

Is this a good boat? Is the price right?

I will take pics this afternoon and post them, if I can figure out how.

mwcga
07-15-2012, 03:09 PM
The boat was a bit rough, really needs a new interior, seats, carpet in poor condition. Looked like it could use some TLC. Tower was not our style, would probably need to take it off. No idea what we would do to fill the holes or the cost. 569 hours. Gel coat was in pretty good shape, needed a good waxing, only the large chip out of the nose. No idea what it would cost to do the interior, think I will wait for another boat in better shape. For this boat, what would a good price point be knowing it needs a good bit of work?

Montaruli
07-26-2012, 11:34 PM
Quite a drive for you but I like this one. Low hours, appears to be in good condition and not too bad a price.

http://boise.craigslist.org/boa/3126920635.html

I picked this up 2 weeks ago. 9000 runs great only 315 hrs 82070

rhsprostar
07-27-2012, 10:43 AM
I picked this up 2 weeks ago. 9000 runs great only 315 hrs 82070

$9K!!!........that sounds like a goooooood deal....nice find

rhsprostar
07-27-2012, 11:17 AM
I picked this up 2 weeks ago. 9000 runs great only 315 hrs 82070

$9K!!!........that sounds like a goooooood deal....nice find

Montaruli
08-08-2012, 09:40 AM
$9K!!!........that sounds like a goooooood deal....nice find

Thanks we love it.