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West TN Wake
01-19-2006, 02:48 PM
Ok guys I know i've been asking lots of questions lately, but I ask ya'll because I sure ya'll are all enthused about the sport as I am. I'm wanting another boat and am not closed minded about just a MC. Of course I would like a mastercraft, have looked at Supra, Moomba, and next to the mc, Malibu. I've got a boat to sell also,but want a better wakeboard boat and can add weight and pole/tower myself if its cheaper. I'd like to keep it well under 15.

erkoehler
01-19-2006, 02:50 PM
Ok guys I know i've been asking lots of questions lately, but I ask ya'll because I sure ya'll are all enthused about the sport as I am. I'm wanting another boat and am not closed minded about just a MC. Of course I would like a mastercraft, have looked at Supra, Moomba, and next to the mc, Malibu. I've got a boat to sell also,but want a better wakeboard boat and can add weight and pole/tower myself if its cheaper. I'd like to keep it well under 15.


Sounds like you should probably look at an early/mid 90's Prostar 205?????

rodltg2
01-19-2006, 03:51 PM
i agree. :D

jayocheskey
01-19-2006, 03:52 PM
.....or possibly an '06 X-80. J/K

What Erk said sounds good. Anything MC will last you for a long while as long as its well taken care of.

jayocheskey
01-19-2006, 03:54 PM
Frequent your local dealer. Most dealers have older model boats from customers who have recently ungraded to newer models; especially right now after all the boat shows have tickled some fancies.

jbfootin
01-19-2006, 04:07 PM
Watch the paper and check out boattrader.com. My first MC was an '88 ProStar 190 that I got for just under $10k in '99. Be patent and you could get a damn nice mid 90s boat for under $15k. It's a mater of right place at the right time.

If you have any ski clubs in your area check if they trade in yearly. If so, you might be able to buy from them at, or just over trade in value!

West TN Wake
01-19-2006, 04:08 PM
Sounds like you should probably look at an early/mid 90's Prostar 205?????
Thats been my first choice but haven't found one. You have any in mind?

PendO
01-19-2006, 04:55 PM
how far are you from Mike at MYMC www.mymastercraft.com, he has a 94 CC that looks enticing ... it has the GT40 engine (315hp) and 231 hours. If you are close I would have a dealer keep an eye out as they might get a trade in during the boat show ... I would stay away from someones self installed aftermarket tower ... unless they are very meticulous.

RackAtak
01-19-2006, 05:13 PM
Wait a minute, wait a minute this sounds familiar...is West TN Wake really Erk?

erkoehler
01-19-2006, 05:23 PM
Wait a minute, wait a minute this sounds familiar...is West TN Wake really Erk?


No, I foot not board!

erkoehler
01-19-2006, 05:26 PM
Here's a 92 in your price range...http://adcache.boattraderonline.com/6/5/2/81683352.htm

AirJunky
01-19-2006, 05:30 PM
Stick to a 94 or later & you get a GM engine (more parts) and EFI.

erkoehler
01-19-2006, 05:32 PM
Stick to a 94 or later & you get a GM engine (more parts) and EFI.

Might be tough to find one for under 15K, I just searched boattrader for a 92-96, and the later models in the search were still up between 16-18K,

I agree though, EFI is a nice addition, but you might have to save up alittle longer.

rodltg2
01-19-2006, 05:54 PM
erky, your a great boat searcher, you should be a boat dealer instead of a cop. less danger, unless of course you sell a lemon TT.

Kevin 89MC
01-19-2006, 05:56 PM
My first comment is to get an older MC. You really can't go wrong. Hopefully this won't start a flame war or be censored, but if you slalom and wakeboard, you may want to consider a Malibu with a wedge (or a Malibu hull that is capable of having one added). I have yet to wakeboard behind one with a wedge, so I can't speak from first-hand experience, but I have heard from a few folks who have them that they put out a great wakeboard wake in about 10 seconds. Much easier than dealing with fat sacks. I do know from firsthand experience the '99 Response has a top-notch slalom wake, on par with the ProStars IMHO. IIRC, the wedge can be fitted on 1996 and later "diamond(?)" hulls which includes Response. There might be a few around the $15K mark. I think the mounting plates started showing up as an option from the manuf. in '98 or '99. The mounting plates can be added to any approved hull, but I think it requires removal of the gas tank. Like I said, the older MC's are phenomenal, and will remain my first choice if I ever start to look, but I will not buy a boat until I ski and board behind it.
Good luck!

Workin' 4 Toys
01-19-2006, 05:59 PM
I know someone that forked over almost $15K for a 91 190 with about 200 hours on it. It was like it came off the showroom floor.

They are out there, keep your eyes open for For Sale signs. Not everyone is in the digital era.
Ride around some lakes, in another two months or so. You'll find 'em. I have seen some in marina storage lots in the past with just a cheesy sign.

rodltg2
01-19-2006, 06:01 PM
i have the wedge makes the boat drive funny .

erkoehler
01-19-2006, 06:01 PM
My first comment is to get an older MC. You really can't go wrong. Hopefully this won't start a flame war or be censored, but if you slalom and wakeboard, you may want to consider a Malibu with a wedge (or a Malibu hull that is capable of having one added). I have yet to wakeboard behind one with a wedge, so I can't speak from first-hand experience, but I have heard from a few folks who have them that they put out a great wakeboard wake in about 10 seconds. Much easier than dealing with fat sacks. I do know from firsthand experience the '99 Response has a top-notch slalom wake, on par with the ProStars IMHO. IIRC, the wedge can be fitted on 1996 and later "diamond(?)" hulls which includes Response. There might be a few around the $15K mark. I think the mounting plates started showing up as an option from the manuf. in '98 or '99. The mounting plates can be added to any approved hull, but I think it requires removal of the gas tank. Like I said, the older MC's are phenomenal, and will remain my first choice if I ever start to look, but I will not buy a boat until I ski and board behind it.
Good luck!


Last year, our team had a response LX w/ the wedge. I found that w/ the wedge down while driving you have to really focus on driving. The boat did not want to turn at all! On the river where we were at, there were a couple times when I had to completely stop, reverse, and start again just to turn around to pickup the skier. Adding a ballast bag to the rear of the boat made the wake bigger, but made the boat absolutely no fun to drive. Although, if you were able to get it up to about 25-30 mph w/ the wedge and ballast you could really make the boat porpoise uncontrolably.

rodltg2
01-19-2006, 06:04 PM
i dont have much exp. with since i dont wakeboard but its definatley hard to go around the turn islands with it. i like it so i dont have to cary those silly waterbed bags in the boat for my buddies who do.

AirJunky
01-19-2006, 06:14 PM
I paid $17k for a 94 205 with 59 hours on it.......five years ago! That was the going rate back then so it wasn't a screamin deal. The reason we're not seeing many for sale at these prices now is because there aren't many boats for sale now..... it's WINTER!
Wait till spring & watch the sites like boattraderonline.com, flipsell.com, ebay.com, wakeworld.com, craigslist.org, etc.

skitilldark
01-19-2006, 06:26 PM
Sounds like you should probably look at an early/mid 90's Prostar 205?????
Yeah, I agree with the 205 too. It is getting close to the x=star hull by 95-98,plus if you're into wakeboarding, can't go wrong with a v-drive.

skitilldark
01-19-2006, 06:28 PM
My first comment is to get an older MC. You really can't go wrong. Hopefully this won't start a flame war or be censored, but if you slalom and wakeboard, you may want to consider a Malibu with a wedge (or a Malibu hull that is capable of having one added). I have yet to wakeboard behind one with a wedge, so I can't speak from first-hand experience, but I have heard from a few folks who have them that they put out a great wakeboard wake in about 10 seconds. Much easier than dealing with fat sacks. I do know from firsthand experience the '99 Response has a top-notch slalom wake, on par with the ProStars IMHO. IIRC, the wedge can be fitted on 1996 and later "diamond(?)" hulls which includes Response. There might be a few around the $15K mark. I think the mounting plates started showing up as an option from the manuf. in '98 or '99. The mounting plates can be added to any approved hull, but I think it requires removal of the gas tank. Like I said, the older MC's are phenomenal, and will remain my first choice if I ever start to look, but I will not buy a boat until I ski and board behind it.
Good luck!

Yeah, I have to confess I wakeboarded behind one with a wedge last summer. I was amazed by the lift off the wake. You get at least 2 more seconds in the air. It is really quite wonderful. I still love MC's best though.

maristarman
01-19-2006, 08:59 PM
Its been demonstrated on this site quite a few times that you can get a good boat on a pretty tight budget.

All it takes is a little ingenuity.................................

Byrdman
01-19-2006, 09:31 PM
Keep an eye on ebay as well. You can contact the seller and see if you can strike up a deal. Here is one for $16,900...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1994-MASTERCRAFT-MARISTAR-WITH-FOLDING-WAKEBOARD-TOWER_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ63686QQitemZ46044 53045QQrdZ1

Dont be scared to go a little over your budget if you find a great deal.

milkmania
01-19-2006, 09:39 PM
Keep an eye on ebay as well. You can contact the seller and see if you can strike up a deal. Here is one for $16,900...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1994-MASTERCRAFT-MARISTAR-WITH-FOLDING-WAKEBOARD-TOWER_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ63686QQitemZ46044 53045QQrdZ1

Dont be scared to go a little over your budget if you find a great deal.

I don't know about that one......

a hummingbird fish finder:confused:

West TN Wake
01-19-2006, 09:50 PM
What? What u gettin at?

West TN Wake
01-19-2006, 09:53 PM
Well prices do rise in the spring...lower in the winter...

West TN Wake
01-19-2006, 09:54 PM
Got to give you props..

milkmania
01-19-2006, 09:56 PM
What? What u gettin at?

he put a humming bird fish finder on a ski boat

milkmania
01-19-2006, 10:06 PM
1995 Mastercraft Prostar 190



buy it now $14,500

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mastercraft-Prostar-190-noTige-MB-Nautique-Malibu-Supra_W0QQitemZ4605979295QQcategoryZ63686QQrdZ1QQc mdZViewItem

same boat listed here $13,995 http://www.mbboats.com/Boats_in_Stock.htm

along with another 1995

Leroy
01-19-2006, 10:23 PM
What are you wanting to do with your boat, board, ski, how many people, etc????

Well prices do rise in the spring...lower in the winter...

Workin' 4 Toys
01-19-2006, 10:29 PM
he put a humming bird fish finder on a ski boat
maybe it was the only way he knew to get a depth gauge....:confused:

alp
01-20-2006, 12:15 PM
Most of my buddies and fellow club members and I have found their boats in 'The Water Skier' magazine classified, the publication of USA WaterSki. There's a high probability that all sellers are enthusiast and have been careful with thier boat.

BrianM
01-20-2006, 02:54 PM
1995 Mastercraft Prostar 190



buy it now $14,500

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mastercraft-Prostar-190-noTige-MB-Nautique-Malibu-Supra_W0QQitemZ4605979295QQcategoryZ63686QQrdZ1QQc mdZViewItem

same boat listed here $13,995 http://www.mbboats.com/Boats_in_Stock.htm

along with another 1995

New motor, galvanized trailer and admitted salt use. I bet that boat has had some abuse.

milkmania
01-20-2006, 03:02 PM
New motor, galvanized trailer and admitted salt use. I bet that boat has had some abuse.

I messaged him, but no response as of yet:rolleyes:

east tx skier
01-20-2006, 04:26 PM
New motor, galvanized trailer and admitted salt use. I bet that boat has had some abuse.

I didn't see "salt water" mentioned. Although new motor/tranny + galvanized trailer might lead me to that conclusion.

The decals on the side are not factory.

Leroy
01-20-2006, 04:52 PM
Maybe he just updated, now shows saltwater.


Use: Fresh Water, Salt Water

milkmania
01-20-2006, 04:56 PM
I didn't see "salt water" mentioned. Although new motor/tranny + galvanized trailer might lead me to that conclusion.

The decals on the side are not factory.


I had to look a few times myself:(

Mi.mc
05-09-2006, 07:41 PM
we got an 88 prostar 190 in near perfect condition for shy of 7 grand this august

east tx skier
05-09-2006, 08:48 PM
Thats been my first choice but haven't found one. You have any in mind?

There's a 92 Prostar 205 with the same color combo as mine in Dallas with an asking price of $14,500.

Sodar
05-09-2006, 09:14 PM
I had to look a few times myself:(

Edit: Wrong boat! This one was used in salt, but the guy took great care of it. He had a full cover made that went from the ground and over the whole boat... including the tower. I would imagine the fabric in the cover alone cost him a few thousand!!

sanjuan23
05-09-2006, 10:01 PM
Eastie,
Thats my boat I just picked up on Friday evening.. He still hasnt taken the ad off dallasboats4sale.com

:eek:

east tx skier
05-09-2006, 10:24 PM
Well, congrats. I must say, I like the color!!!