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07-17-2014, 10:05 PM
I am looking at a 1988 Prostar 190 with 688 hours. The boat seems to be in good shape. They are asking $4900 for it with a trailer. I have never owned a ski boat before, only I/Os. What are some things I need to be on the look out for? The engine fired right up. I attached some pictures.http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/07/18/asu9a4e2.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/07/18/gesehe7y.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/07/18/eny7a3ur.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/07/18/ezyba3y2.jpg

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07-18-2014, 12:20 AM
Buy it if you don't like it flip it for 6500 all day quick.

07-18-2014, 12:38 AM
That's my boat, minus the tower. I paid 3500 for mine, but the rear transmission seal was leaking and the skins are rough. I've rebuilt the rear seat, took care of the transmission seal and did a full tune (plugs, wires, electronic ignition) and as far as 'needed' things, that's about it. All in for repairs and updates, I'm at probably 4500. Runs great. Bought it with about 850 hours, close to 980 now, still pulls strong.
Your engine and interior look clean, but given the rust on the trailer, I'd wonder about how the boat's been used. Mid-Atlantic suggests salt? Most folks here would run, but based on the engine, if it's a salt boat, I'd think it's been well taken care of.
It's a great boat, I'm pretty happy with it, but with two boys 7 and 5, we're outgrowing it very quickly. Anything over 5-6 people and the small size and closed bow can really become a hassle. When we go out, it's usually for a few hours, so by the time we've got a cooler, skis, boards, PFDs and other stuff, it gets pretty crowded. Doesn't help much that my wife, kids and I all use different skis and boards. Closed bow is handy for storage, but again, with gear for several folks, space fills up fast.
If you're fortunate enough to live on a lake or could swing back to a dock to switch out gear, I think it's a fine boat. Great starter boat for me, but now I'm hoping to upgrade to a Maristar or similar in the next couple of years.

07-18-2014, 09:01 AM
Thank you both for the responses. Very helpful.

The current owner has owned it for 10 years and always kept on the trailer. They own a boat yard with a sling lift. They've never had the trailer in the water. They claim to have flushed out the engine with fresh water after every use. The only thing I am a little concerned with is the condition of the manifolds/risers/glass box. They told me they have never replaced any of the exhaust. But not sure about the previous owner. Would it e prudent to replace at least the manifolds/risers as preventative maintenance? Any way to check if they are original or not?

Don't live near any fresh water just brackish.

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