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MasterCraft23 04-16-2014 07:25 PM

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Baught my first Mastercraft this winter and it is a 1996 prostar 190. I mostly slalom ski but do also enjoy wakeboarding. I would like to wakesurf too if its possible and how much weight would I need?

Bzerv 04-16-2014 07:48 PM

I have the same boat and was thinking about getting two bags so you can make an L shape... check out www.wakemakers.com they have some sick stuff.

MasterCraft23 04-16-2014 07:58 PM

My boat came with a 800 pound sac but I dont know if its enough or not

kevkan 04-16-2014 09:01 PM

Keep in mind that you purchased a boat that was specifically designed NOT to make a wake. I seriously doubt you could surf behind it. That boat also has a relatively low freeboard, so I'd be careful adding too much weight.

I used to have a 1985 S&S, and tried a 500 lb. sac to replace the rear seat. It didn't do much at all to make a bigger wake.

FoggyNogginz 04-16-2014 09:09 PM

Admittedly, Kevkan has a point. However, I have been surfing behind a Prostar 209 for five years with about 450lbs on the port and rear sides (900 total). You can make a wave, but it does put the boat in an awkward driving position and it puts water right at the top of the gunwale when surfing at 10.5mph.

If it were up to me, I would advise you to trade runs at the slalom course with some guy in a wake boat, and them make good friends.

MasterCraft23 04-16-2014 09:23 PM

If I had around 1200lbs would that get me a good enough wake to at least let go of the rope?

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FoggyNogginz 04-17-2014 03:43 PM

Most likely, yes...even in a pretty flat bottom 19ft boat. You may have to play with placement and speed to get it right though, and of course it will never look like a tsunami. In my experience, it should be possible to surf it though.

Ironhorse 04-17-2014 05:09 PM

I think pictures of the boat are necessary to offer any additional guidance.....just kidding....we all love pics!

MasterCraft23 04-17-2014 05:27 PM

Took this picture when we first brought it home and got it cleaned up. This week It's being lifted off the trailer, buffed out and the trailer is being changed over to black http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/18/3uny3a9u.jpg

FoggyNogginz 04-17-2014 10:18 PM

Nice looking ride!!!

I once had a similar 205, and we bought the Fat Sac FatSeat for the back. When surfing, we would fold in the starboard leg of the FatSeat to form an "L" shape running along the back and port sides. Surfed surprisingly well actually...although we had taken up nearly all of the floor space with ballast. The issue with the closed bow is not being able to ask two friends to sit in the front, which would elongate the wave. This will work though for sure. We can't all have a surf boat, a ski boat, and a dinner cruise boat...and this is why we have to make friends!!!


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