View Full Version : 1995 Prostar with LT1: is it worth it?
I am looking at the above boat with 225 hours, tandem trailer, Corvette LT1 engine, wake tower, stereo, bimini, MC storage cover, shower. All in good working order. Interior has one small cut in rear seat. Trailer has small amount of rust on axle and hull has three thumbnail size dings in gel coat down to the glass. The hull needs new decals and a wet sand due to age. Otherwise, the boat is in really good condition with a nice red and grey colour scheme. They are asking $19000. No salt water exposure, stored in sling or in garage. Well maintained with oil change every 50 hours. Thoughts? Seems high to me even in this good of condition however I have been wrong many times before. Would love some input.
08-08-2013, 02:11 AM
I'm not seeing a link or picture(s).
08-08-2013, 02:12 AM
$19K for an '05? ... seems low. let's see some pics....
08-08-2013, 04:46 AM
2005 with an LT-1? No such animal, unless you posted the wrong year? Maybe you mean 1995?
$19K for a 2005 Prostar is a steal.
Yes, I meant to type 1995, NOT 2005!
08-08-2013, 09:11 AM
PS 190 or 205?
Sorry folks, not being very thorough here....205
08-08-2013, 10:16 AM
08-08-2013, 10:18 AM
Sorry folks, not being very thorough here....205
Thats the mack daddy of used ski boats. 19K seems like an asking price of someone who really doesn't NEED to sell they're just THINKING about it. A pristine boat with all those options go as high as 16.5-17K IMHO Any pics?
08-08-2013, 10:21 AM
$19K - post some pics. $19K seems high for 1995 even with a LT1. Get pics of engine. Might be a summer peak season price.... owner may go lower. 95 205 with LT1 $12-15K IMO depending on condition,features and quality.
08-08-2013, 10:44 AM
^^^^ Agree with all above.
I paid $14k for my 94' 205 with LT1 and 200 hrs about 3 years ago. $19k is too high, especially if it needs work. For $19k I would expect it to be in amazing shape, interior great and perfect pass already installed.
$12-$15k is more like it.
I will say though.....awesome boat! :)
Thanks for all the input, I will try to get a pic up...not so handy with the technology
08-08-2013, 03:09 PM
So, are you speaking about $19k in Canada or US? Do you like the 95 over the 94 you currently have? The only difference would be the engine (as well as color and condition).
19K USD. Ya, I realize it is the same boat. I would just like to get into one that is in better shape that already comes with a tower. No other reason. I plan to fix up the '94 I have and sell it in the spring, in the meantime I am looking for a mint 93-95 PS205...not too particular about the LT1 or Gm350
08-09-2013, 12:15 AM
You may actually only be looking for 94-95 era boats. The 93 had the carb ford engine whereas the 94-95 are fuel injection. That was the same years I was looking for too. Although rare, 93 did offer the LT1 but hard to find.....usually carb engines. Just FYI. :)
Ok, thanks Jeff, good to know.
08-09-2013, 12:14 PM
$19k it should be absolutely perfect and the price would still be slightly high.
08-09-2013, 02:25 PM
When I find a car or a boat that I like, I tell the owner that it's not exactly what I want, BUT it's still very nice AND I also say that it's out of my price range (and of course I'm NOT in a hurry to buy), then I give him a price that matches my research, or lower (not low ball), and say "I know you could get more, but I don't have it, but in case you really need to sell her, here's my number, give me a call, I can have cash in a day or two."
It has worked. I got my 1998 MC in good shape for $6500.
e.g., in this case I'd say perhaps 14 K....
Here is the Craigslist link to this boat:
08-20-2013, 06:55 PM
SUPER high price IMO
08-20-2013, 07:25 PM
I will admit, I like the color combo, trailer, tower, etc.....but the price is high. I would still consider it though. Nice boat!
08-20-2013, 08:40 PM
Nice looking boat. Makes me feel a little better about where I want to price mine although I think even $18500 is a little high. 16500 maybe though. Even then I would hope for perfect pass.
08-20-2013, 11:09 PM
Well it does not appear to have perfect pass. Colors are nice. Looks nice, but hard to tell how many nicks and stuff it has. Even if the trailer has been recently redone, it is over priced. Keep in mind that is the asking price. From what I saw the past few years before I bought and what has sold around me recently, it is a $14k to $15k boat.
08-21-2013, 11:24 AM
I agree that is a 14 - 15K boat
Alright guys and gals, thanks for all the input. The learning curve has been steep and I have been reading until my eyes hurt trying to understand all the hull combinations and changes through the years. From what I understand now, the 205 hull is a tried and true hull that has performed well under a variety of applications. The more we boat the more we realize that having the engine in the middle is a pita, no matter how nice the wake for slalom. So, we have decided to go with a v-drive and since that decision I have been trying to find the best compromise of v-drive and slalom wake and I finally found a history of the 205 hull from which I have learned that the first generation xstar and '03 to '05 x2 and 205 are all the same. Further, that the v-drive configuration with this hull is about as good as it gets for under 30K. I would also like to learn to surf and play with a wakeboard so I am truly now looking at a crossover despite the fact that I slalom 90% of the time now. So, after all this I am looking at 2002 xstar and '03 to '05 x2's as the best fit for our boat wants (I was about to type "needs"...we have it so good don't we all?) at our budget. I almost pulled the trigger on this 205 but something kept me back and now I am very glad I didn't. Thanks again for chiming in everyone. Much appreciated.
08-23-2013, 10:00 AM
Always best to buy a boat that fits all your needs... I ski behind v-drives and as long a you are just free skiing it's that big a deal to behind a v. I ski behind Traxxx's Maristar and at 30+mph the bump is not bad at all... no if he only had a ski pylon ;)