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benihana66 03-31-2013 01:37 AM

WTB: Open Bow max. $16000 in Michigan/north Ohio/north Indiana

I am looking for an open bow MC boat, see thread title.

Needs to be maintained and ready for the water.

Thanks for your time,

benihana66 03-31-2013 12:56 PM

What I should add is: We are only interested in years newer than 1984.


madcityskier 04-02-2013 05:22 PM

Age shouldn't be a problem. MasterCraft didn't offer open bow boats yet in 1984. Where in Michigan are you? Any particular features or capactiy you're looking for?

benihana66 04-02-2013 05:45 PM

Hi madcityskier,

I am located in Waterford, that is in the Detroit area.

I think no-wood-stringers, open bow, well maintained, mechanically sound, in that price range are already a lot of features that makes the search difficult enough.

We want to use the boat with 4-6 people for wake-boarding and tubing (two tubes/ 4 people), hence the open bow.
So, if I dream a little about additional features, then I can think of a tower and bimini-top. :D

It will be our first boat and I do not want to drop so much $ just to realize by the end of the summer, that we never had enough time to get on the water (however, I highly doubt that).

We looked at a 89 Tristar, but the hull and upholstery needed too much time and $...


ttu 04-02-2013 05:48 PM

you should be able to find a nice 205 for that price.

check out only for a 205, there are a few not that far from you listed there.

JohnE 04-02-2013 06:31 PM


Originally Posted by ttu (Post 921355)
you should be able to find a nice 205 for that price.

Agreed, especially one without a tower, sacs, and huge stereo which call all drive up the price. Lot of good 205's for $15K ish.

benihana66 04-02-2013 06:31 PM

like this one?

I think the price is a little steep for the age and hours on it. What's your opinion?
What are the weak point to look for in these boats?

For $15.700 (pre-tax) a dealer offered us a '97 Maristar with V-drive and 500hrs. It needed work on the hull, though.

ttu 04-02-2013 06:48 PM

the 205's if they are in good shape seem to hold their value well. a great all around hull.

JohnE 04-02-2013 07:11 PM

If you want to stay under $10K think Tristar. Made from '86 (I think) till '90 in a 19' and 22' Both of these include swim platform which is molded so that translates to effectively a 17' and 20' boat. Then the 205 comes out in '91 and that is the boat you want (IMO) to look for. You will find them from $10K to $20K in varying condition and with varying options. IMO, spend a few grand on a better kept boat and it will save you in the long run.

88 PS190 04-02-2013 07:26 PM

You have to make a decision pretty early here what sort of things you want the boat to do.

The early 205 open bow direct drive boats are what you'd want if you plan on skiing and doing other stuff (who doesn't).

Once you start looking V-Drive it just won't be as nice of a ski boat.

878 hours doesn't scare me - but you could view that as a negotiation point on the pricing, it isn't "low hours" but it isn't terribly high either, Michigan has a fairly long ski season, atleast memorial day through labor day - and you can stretch that front and back on some lakes quite a bit.

50+ hours a season is not unreasonable particularly if you trailer to the lake and use it all day, so that 500 hours '97 could become 800 hours in just a few years use.

My read from the lake I've spent the most time on.

Maristars seldom have towers installed, they are usually seen pulling tubes, or kids wobbling around on combo skis while dad drives in a big circle and does no one any favors.

Prostars usually have a skier who gets up and cuts side to side on one ski, or occasionally some people doing other stuff, but also rarely with a tower.

Resale wise I feel like the prostar 205 will always have a buyer looking for a DD ski boat with an open bow for family, they may have to drive from out of state, it may take some haggling to get it sold, but the buyer is there somewhere.

The Maristar I've never felt any draw to the boats, cosmetically or functionally, so I'm sure someone is out there shopping for em, I just always assume it is someone who wants a tube included in the sale.

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