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jake 06-29-2009 11:31 PM

Prostar 214 skiability?
So, thinking of upgrading the old pull boat. Sold the pontoon, only boat is now the MC so need something with more room than my current '93 190. Thing is, I love, love, love skiing behind behind my current boat. Also ski often behind my buddy's 2003 Natique 196, which is too good for words. Not sure I could actually pull the trigger and sell my current ride...we've been through so much together!

Question is, does the 214 live up to it's billing? Tournament quality wake in a family friendly boat. Besides wake, is the added size a problem driving the course? Do you mind not having the ski locker at the stern? Where do you store your skis during a normal two or three skier session? Any other things you find notable about your 214 that I probably haven't thought of?

For reference, ski level is intermediate. 34 mph, run 32 off fairly consistently, so not shot-line but I'm also not overly concerned with the '15-22 off bump', which I hear is noticeably larger than the tournament hulls.

I do plan on demoing before I buy, just interested in any initial impressions I can get from current owners before going through the effort to demo.

captain planet 06-30-2009 08:28 AM

I have skiied the 214, however you are a much better skiier than I based on what you are running. I can say the 15 and 22 off bump is larger than the 197, no question. I can't speak for 32 off, that's way outside my ablilties.

I can say this about the room in the boat. I took a barefoot clinic with Keith St. Onge last year at our lake and we took the 214 (actually X-14). There were 5 footers plus Mr. St. Onge. It's been almost a year since the clinic and my buddies and I who took it still talk about how much room we had in the boat and even with 6 people in it for 8 hours. We didn't really feel like we were on top of each other. There is NO way we would have been able to do that in a 197 and been as comfortable as we were.

The other thing you may run into is if you get a tower and ski into 32 off the rope may touch the tower when you are out getting the bouys. A slalom ski will fit under the observer seat and under the seat behind the driver if you have no ballast tank (I think).

I would REALLY recommend skiing one on demo and take it through the course before considering buying one. Especially if you are skiing at that level.

Hope this helps.

shepherd 06-30-2009 09:27 AM

I skied at 32 off and 35 off behind JohnE's 214 and didn't notice the rope hitting the tower, and John said it didn't. But I may not have been getting out wide enough since we found out later that the course was narrow by about 5 feet. At the shorter line lengths, I didn't even notice the wake. At longer line lengths, the wake had a more pronounced bump than on my 197, but definitely not bad.

The slalom wake obviously won't be as sweet as on your 190. If you're running 32 off and shorter, I don't expect the wake would be an issue at all. The boat is larger, but it fit through the boat guides in the course without problem. My wife found it very easy to drive through the course - it probably tracked better than our 197. All in all, it's a very nice all-around boat.

woftam 06-30-2009 09:38 AM

I'm not sure the OP is referring to line length? It's a bit confusing, but the OP may just be referencing speed? A clarification would help.

jake 06-30-2009 09:42 AM

wouldn't have a tower, so not concerned about that. Thanks for the feedback and input, any others?

The 'OP' is referring to speed and line length....think most got it.

34 mph
Line length 32-off

jake 06-30-2009 10:25 AM

How does the 214 compare to the 209?

André 06-30-2009 10:41 AM


Originally Posted by jake (Post 610381)
How does the 214 compare to the 209?

All the wake critics seems to be that the 214 wake is much better then the 209.

/You could also look at the new CC 200...:o

JohnE 06-30-2009 10:46 AM

First, the bump at 15 and 22 isn't much different than the 197 at 34 or 36 mph. And I've had both. When I got my first X14 my ski buddy commented that the wake at 15 and 22 was better than the 197. I thought he was crazy until I got back there. Still thought I must be mis-remembering my 197, but ran it by someone else who agreed.

And the difference at shorter lenths is negligible as well.

The big boat handles very much like the 197.

You can fit a couple of ski's under the observers seat and there is an in floor locker as well. I have the X14 so I use the tower racks since it has ballast tank in the the floor locker.

Personally I don't miss the ski locker. The added room without it more than offsets it's usefulness. And it's nice not stepping over or on it to get to the platform.
CP is right, the rope will hit the tower around 32 off. Although I have had good skiers free skiing that length and it didn't happen. So might be more like 35. Or 32 in the course presuming the skier will be wider than he was free skiing.

Can't beat the room. At csm we had 6 (!!!) people in the boat while pulling skiers. And these were good skiers. 2 in the bow, 2 in obs. seat, driver, and one in lounge behind driver. (Keeping his head back so the rope wouldn't decapitate him.) Granted we weren't skiing the course. And with them skiing 32 off, there was no wake.

Good luck, and definitely demo one.

shepherd 06-30-2009 10:52 AM


How is the wake for surfing? Have you had success with that yet?

JohnE 06-30-2009 10:56 AM


Originally Posted by shepherd (Post 610390)

How is the wake for surfing? Have you had success with that yet?

Haven't had a chance to pick up any additional sacs. But with just standard ballast and 2 people in the back we one of my buddies was able to ride without the rope. I haven't been able to lose the rope, but I'm getting closer. I'll post some pics when I have time - maybe tonight. I'm trying to round up some of my fat friends to get out there, but it's been raining for the better part of the month here. I figure with 4 of them I can have better than a thousand pounds of temporary ballast to try things out.:D

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