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Whisky
02-08-2013, 09:36 PM
Been looking to get a 205 for over a year without luck. Want a family boat that I can still slalom and foot behind as well as venture into wakeboarding with my little ones. Seems like I have missed out on the good ones at decent prices. So, I have been expanding my options to include looking at the 209. Looking to the experts out there to give me the comparison between the two boats.

mikeg205
02-08-2013, 09:55 PM
http://www.onlyinboards.com/Ski-Boat-Search.aspx?MakerName=2&YearFrom=&YearTo=&PriceFrom=&PriceTo=&State=-1&Keywords=205

what about these?

mikeg205
02-08-2013, 09:59 PM
My understanding 205 flatter wake - 209 better in rougher water.. iirc

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
02-08-2013, 10:22 PM
heres a 93 205 in the "Midwest"
http://mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=51669

ps205
02-09-2013, 09:29 AM
Hi Whisky

I owned both of these boats... I had a 94 205 and now own a 2002 PS209. I will give a short review of each boat...

1. 94 PS 204 - Best all around boat I have ever owned. Ski wake is fantastic and can be made into a really good wakeboard boat. Can hold lots of friends and family and has lots of storage. But I hated every second of having a Carb engine. Do yourself a favor and only look at FEI.

2. 2002 PS 209/X9 - I really like this boat it does a lot of stuff really well but its price does not justify it compared to the 205. Holds lots of people, has a good ski wake (bigger than the 205 but still really good)and makes a really good wakeboard wake even without ballast. However one of the things I don't like about this boat is that it sits really low in the water in the front. Bow takes on water when you turn around to pick someone up if you are not careful. Mine has the 310 and it does just fine until you really load the boat up with people and then it starts to have trouble getting out of the hole pulling a wakeboarder. Some of that has to do with the huge amount of "wet surface area" of this boat, meaning this boat has a lot of the hull touching this water at all times causing drag but also makes for a big wake when you need it.

If it were me and I was in a position to buy a boat right now I would keep looking for a 96 or 97 PS205 EFI. Fantastic boat and they are usually priced right. Plus the boat will always be stylish and can adapt to any watersports you are wanting to do/try.

Hope that helps.

Ski-me
02-09-2013, 09:51 AM
^^^^^^ Interesting about the 209 and the low bow. I did not know that. I've always known the 197 was prone to that but not the 209. Thanks!

I'll chime in too. I have a 94' 205 as well and really love it. Very functional, ski wake is great and it holds a lot of people. 94' was the first year for fuel injection, so anything past that, you will be OK.

94' and 95' have the flatter wake and lower siderails, whereas the 96+ has higher sides, just a touch more of a Vee for smoother ride, and overall, a little more room inside. The 96+ is considered to to be just a little better at wakeboarding too vs. the 94-95 era.

I don't know why PS205 above had a carb engine on a 94. I have not heard of that. Generally, 94+ is all EFI. They did offer the LT1 in 93' too but pretty rare to find (also EFI).

Be patient and don't settle. It's worth the wait. It took me many, many months too to find my 205. Good luck!

Footin
02-09-2013, 11:18 AM
Great thread as I have been thinking about selling my 94 205 and getting a 209.
I will have to find the 209 first though.

jason95gt
02-09-2013, 12:53 PM
The 209 is a little roomier inside, but the wakeboarding wake is nothing compared to the 205. The additional freeboard on the 205 is well liked for not getting wet and for wakesurfing.

Whisky
02-09-2013, 02:39 PM
Thank you all for your valuable input. I would love to get a '96 or '97 205, but I have struggled to find one. If you know of someone that wants to move their 205, please let me know.

ttu
02-09-2013, 02:53 PM
here is a 99. more than glad to go and look at it for you.

http://tulsa.craigslist.org/boa/3577001320.html

jhall0711
02-09-2013, 03:00 PM
here is a 99. more than glad to go and look at it for you.

http://tulsa.craigslist.org/boa/3577001320.html

That looks like a pretty good deal.

Table Rocker
02-09-2013, 04:19 PM
here is a 99. more than glad to go and look at it for you.

http://tulsa.craigslist.org/boa/3577001320.html
That boat has been on there a while and smells very funny. In a previous listing it had more pictures, some of which were found in similar ads all over the country. The listing used to say it had a fresh engine as well.

http://mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?p=898729#post898729
I'm not saying it's a scam, but I would be very careful.

ttu
02-09-2013, 04:24 PM
That boat has been on there a while and smells very funny. In a previous listing it had more pictures, some of which were found in similar ads all over the country. The listing used to say it had a fresh engine as well.

http://mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?p=898729#post898729
I'm not saying it's a scam, but I would be very careful.

agree, but it does have telephone number which is not local for here but based on the looks of the house it does appear to be in this area.

Table Rocker
02-09-2013, 04:32 PM
agree, but it does have telephone number which is not local for here but based on the looks of the house it does appear to be in this area.On the old pics, you could see golf cart garage doors on both of the houses that were visible. I didn't think that would be Owasso, but I don't know for sure.

Here are some of the pics from the earlier listing:

http://mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?p=898901#post898901

I will be in Owasso on Monday. I just tried to call, but didn't leave a message.

ttu
02-09-2013, 04:57 PM
On the old pics, you could see golf cart garage doors on both of the houses that were visible. I didn't think that would be Owasso, but I don't know for sure.

Here are some of the pics from the earlier listing:

http://mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=52200

I will be in Owasso on Monday. I just tried to call, but didn't leave a message.

you could be right. however their is a golf course in owasso called bailey golf ranch that a lot of the homeowners own their own golf carts. who knows!?

east tx skier
02-09-2013, 07:45 PM
For slalom, keep looking for a 205. I have skied both generations of 205s and a 209 and there is no comparison. The only place the 209 dominates is interior space. I don't wakeboard, but there's no denying the second generation 205 hull that was also the original Xstar.

blakekrone
02-09-2013, 11:16 PM
That boat has been on there a while and smells very funny. In a previous listing it had more pictures, some of which were found in similar ads all over the country. The listing used to say it had a fresh engine as well.

http://mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?p=898729#post898729
I'm not saying it's a scam, but I would be very careful.

That boat also shows up in some postings about a timeshare group for the boat. I was looking at it and it was all just too fishy. The responses from the guy via email were strange as well.

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
02-09-2013, 11:56 PM
97 prostar 205 Forrest Green Asking $12,500
http://mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=52648

MC209
02-10-2013, 06:18 PM
I own a 209, I have has a pull from a few boats. Never a 205 though. So I do not know anything about the wake. I am a open water skier mostly and for my ski level (skiing for 10 yrs recreationally) the 209 is decent. The space is amazing also. We are on smaller lakes so the front bow sitting a little lower we do not notice at all if it does. Go with your gut and get what suits you and the family the best! Happy shopping!

02ProstarSammyD
02-10-2013, 07:40 PM
the 209 bow is low. I norm take alil spray if not more over the front daily just b/c our lake gets beat to crap after noon. The 209 wakeboard wake is very good imho but it is a wider wake than most. I've gotten alot of compliments for the wake with 1200 or so lbs of ballast. I don't ski much but have never had others complained. If you were a serious skier........190 or 205. For family room and all around boating the 209 is great.

TXX9
02-10-2013, 08:09 PM
We have a 2006 X9 (<200 hrs) which as most know is the 209 with a factory tower and ballast. It has been an awesome all around family boat for us, just haven't gotten to use it as much as I hoped. We have also found that we wakeboard 99% of the time. I am interested in selling my X9 to replace with an X2 or Xstar. I have never advertised it for sale. PM me if interested.

http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums/l579/JSBPB1/IMAG0351.jpg

http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums/l579/JSBPB1/IMAG0350.jpg

http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums/l579/JSBPB1/Nolan131.jpg

Whisky
02-13-2013, 09:20 AM
Gorgeous boat. Love the red! PM sent.

Ski-me
02-13-2013, 06:12 PM
A GREEN 2004 X-9.....

http://denver.craigslist.org/boa/3597944839.html

captain planet
02-13-2013, 08:58 PM
Great thread as I have been thinking about selling my 94 205 and getting a 209.
I will have to find the 209 first though.

You have any pictures of your 205? Ideally I'd like to get a 214, but the timing is wrong WRT finances, but I could dump my boat and get a 205.

Double D
02-13-2013, 09:49 PM
You have any pictures of your 205? Ideally I'd like to get a 214, but the timing is wrong WRT finances, but I could dump my boat and get a 205.

Sorry Footin, saw this post first. CP, its the one next to mine, and then tied up besides Rob's 214. Pretty sure the only real difference from mine is the platform.

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jeff shelton
02-14-2013, 12:32 PM
A GREEN 2004 X-9.....

http://denver.craigslist.org/boa/3597944839.html

This one came up in another thread, I think. I think someone referred to it as the Duck Commander.
I actually king of like this one. Camo Mastercraft with chrome border might look pretty good.

Ski-me
02-14-2013, 12:46 PM
This one came up in another thread, I think. I think someone referred to it as the Duck Commander.
I actually king of like this one. Camo Mastercraft with chrome border might look pretty good.

I don't know if I'm TOO big of a fan of the green though......8p

I prefer the red TXX9's definitely.

However, I'd only be looking at 214's, 205's or 197's.....:cool:

jeff shelton
02-15-2013, 05:22 PM
Nice 209 at Texas Mastercraft

http://www.texasmastercraft.com/vehicle/used-2005-mastercraft-pro-star-209-1246716.cfml?refby=dealersite#ar_top

Footin
02-15-2013, 05:24 PM
Nice 209 at Texas Mastercraft

http://www.texasmastercraft.com/vehicle/used-2005-mastercraft-pro-star-209-1246716.cfml?refby=dealersite#ar_top

That is one of the best lookin 209's I have ever seen. Anyone wanna buy my 205 for about 30k so I can go get this one?

snork
02-15-2013, 07:10 PM
how many hours on that 05 209? indicates -0-

east tx skier
02-15-2013, 07:16 PM
That is one of the best lookin 209's I have ever seen. Anyone wanna buy my 205 for about 30k so I can go get this one?

My ski partner sold his 2005 to buy his 2010 197 TT boat. Both boats are among the cleanest I have ever seen. I think his old boat is in Louisiana somewhere. If you see a blue 209 come up for sale in that area with Stargazer on it, it's probably the same boat.

jeff shelton
02-16-2013, 07:30 PM
Nice 205 in Nashville, TN

http://nashville.craigslist.org/boa/3615960064.html

jakethebt
02-16-2013, 07:59 PM
Wow, that is a nice 205 in tn. Nice colors and the LT-1.


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captain planet
02-17-2013, 07:27 AM
Sorry Footin, saw this post first. CP, its the one next to mine, and then tied up besides Rob's 214. Pretty sure the only real difference from mine is the platform.

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That is one of the best lookin 209's I have ever seen. Anyone wanna buy my 205 for about 30k so I can go get this one?

Ah, nice colors. How many hours and what engine?

captain planet
02-17-2013, 07:28 AM
That is one of the best lookin 209's I have ever seen. Anyone wanna buy my 205 for about 30k so I can go get this one?

My cousin has the same boat except not metal flake. I can check to see if he is selling.

Footin
02-17-2013, 10:47 AM
Standard 350 TBI, 630 hours.

supturb89
02-17-2013, 12:54 PM
Sent you a PM Whisky. My 96 205 is for sale.