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blakekrone 12-28-2012 09:02 PM

Looking for a Mid 90's 205
 
I'm looking to get our first MasterCraft, I have it narrowed down to 96+ 205 preferred, would entertain other options as well such as a 190 but really leaning towards open bow for cruising. Main uses would be wakeboarding, barefoot, and non-competition skiing. Looking to stay under $16k.

Thanks!

j.mccreight@hotmail.com 12-28-2012 09:11 PM

http://mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=51693

j.mccreight@hotmail.com 12-28-2012 09:16 PM

http://mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=51669

blakekrone 12-28-2012 09:26 PM

Thanks James, I've been talking to Jason already on that 1996 205, hadn't seen that 94 yet.

CC2MC 12-28-2012 11:05 PM

I know you are looking for an open bow, and if that is what you want, I would get it, otherwise you will always be wanting one. That being said, if you cannot find a 205, here is a 190 that looks to be pretty clean and has the upgraded LT-1 engine. Not sure if you have done your research or not, but in 94 MC went to all fuel injected engines. In 93 they offered the LT-1 engine, but the standard engine was carbureted. Good luck with the search. The spring may offer a little better selection as well.

http://bham.craigslist.org/boa/3466266231.html

blakekrone 12-28-2012 11:18 PM

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Originally Posted by CC2MC (Post 898550)
I know you are looking for an open bow, and if that is what you want, I would get it, otherwise you will always be wanting one. That being said, if you cannot find a 205, here is a 190 that looks to be pretty clean and has the upgraded LT-1 engine. Not sure if you have done your research or not, but in 94 MC went to all fuel injected engines. In 93 they offered the LT-1 engine, but the standard engine was carbureted. Good luck with the search. The spring may offer a little better selection as well.

http://bham.craigslist.org/boa/3466266231.html

I keep going back and forth in my head over the 205 vs 190. How often would I need the front bow? Is it actually comfortable enough to hold say two average sized adults?

My main concern is with someone skiing you lose the backseat unless they ski from the top of a tower which for the people that would be skiing with me wouldn't be a big deal. One could also use the rear eyelet for them as well.

I have a line on a great 97' 190 LT1 in awesome shape that I might grab.

CC2MC 12-29-2012 12:48 AM

Well, for me, I really wanted the open bow and, though I do not use it every time I go out, it is nice to have the extra seating. Yes, two average size adults can sit up there and be comfortable, but remember what this boat is made to do. Not really made for cruising in comfort. Think about the amount of people you would typically ride with too. I think the 190 is rated for 7 where the 205 is rated for 10. Not that I ride with 10, or would even know where all 10 would sit, but at least I know I have the option. I do not really do too much skiing so I do not run into the problem of worrying about those in the back seat, but you do have a point. I have tied the tube up to the ski pole and I think the people who were sitting in the back did move to the bow, but I mostly just tie up to my tower now.

If you have a good line on a 190, I would say go check it out. If you have any questions about it, just post them on the forum and you will probably get more answers and opinions than you might expect. And welcome to Team Talk!

blakekrone 12-29-2012 12:53 AM

I'm armchair searching at the moment, nothing in MN with it being winter. Been looking all over the place, the 190 is in CO but I know the dealer it is at and trust them for a blind buy. Main concern with the 190 besides space is wake for wakeboarding, while I won't be doing huge tricks (prior concussions) I still enjoy straight airs.

Found a few I'm going to email about, hard part will be figuring out how to "look" at them. I have buddies in the areas of the first 2, so that should work.

1996 Mastercraft ProStar 205
http://houston.craigslist.org/boa/3488945201.html

1996 Mastercraft ProStar 205
http://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/boa/3470671259.html

1999 Mastercraft ProStar 205
http://tulsa.craigslist.org/boa/3469295024.html

1996 Mastercraft Prostar 205
http://goldcountry.craigslist.org/boa/3467803481.html

Ben 12-29-2012 10:09 AM

Unless you are planning for a lot of slalom, I'd stick w 205. 94-95 is suppose to be a better ski wake. 96+ is probably better for boarding. One thing that would help is to find / buy / make a jumpseat for the walkthru like "east tx skier" did. That way, you and 3 buddies could go skiing, and use the pylon. IMO, Two guys on a 205 observer seat is a bit tight....

mikeg205 12-29-2012 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Ben (Post 898577)
Unless you are planning for a lot of slalom, I'd stick w 205. 94-95 is suppose to be a better ski wake. 96+ is probably better for boarding. One thing that would help is to find / buy / make a jumpseat for the walkthru like "east tx skier" did. That way, you and 3 buddies could go skiing, and use the pylon. IMO, Two guys on a 205 observer seat is a bit tight....

^^+1 - I have '95 205. Great wake for slalom, makes an ok wake for boarding. If your going to board get one with a tower. You run out of space really quick. I use my open bow mostly for stuff and people. Even when boarding with a tower + ballast - not great sitting in back seats.

Most of the time my back seat stays home. If you look ones with towers take a close look at the installation points. These boats were not designed to have towers so make sure they were installed properly and not causing stress cracks at the deck/tower union.


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