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Old 08-14-2018, 04:50 PM
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1995 Prostar 205 with new engine block

Hi all,

New to the forum and looking to pick up a good ski boat and came across this one. Exterior and interior are in great shape but during the course of the text conversation it came out that the previous owner had changed out the engine block. The current owner does not know exactly why it was changed out but was told the head was fine. The boat and the rest of the engine have about 730 hours on it but the new block only has 100 hours on it. Engine is NOT the Corvette LT1

Is this something to be overly concerned about? Boat has wake tower (that I will likely never use), bimini top, twin axle trailer and boat cover. Trailer appears to be in good condition with new tires.

He is asking $15k which I think is a bit high.

I appreciate any feedback you can give. Thanks!
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Old 08-14-2018, 06:41 PM
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Price is dependant, on total condition of boat and trailer. Boat/car paperwork adds value.

I look at interior, for clues on up keep. What's the condition of rear bench. Which is not very easy to fix or replace. Engine, do a compression check., etc.

I had a 1994 Prostar, love the boat. They don't have any storage, which was I put a tower on it.

May be high, but used boat prices are increasing.
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:31 AM
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Yea, I'd agree. Need to see the overall condition too. From the surface, $15k is high. Without a new block, I'd say closer to $11k-$12k. I don't think a new block adds that much more....unless the interior is in excellent job.

Any more pics?
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:53 AM
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IMO thats an ugly tower - and I'm not exactly a anti-tower purist, that one is just cheap looking.

15k-2k for no LT1 -1K for no perfect pass, -1k no history on engine and then decide how from there which means about an 11k Cap. In my area I'd probably go no higher than 9K for it.
Things I'd pay 15K for before that one.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:08 AM
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Thank you very much for the replies gentlemen. Yes, I was not terribly thrilled at the looks of that tower either. As far as the block, I was more concerned with what could have caused someone to have to replace the block at just over 630 hours and if there are any lingering issues that could come out of it. Here are the other pics I have. Not much from the inside because he is having new vinyl installed on everything.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:13 AM
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BTW, personally the LT-1 doesn't add any value, to me. It does offer, direct port injection, but
only a 15hp increase. (At the crank)

It does have a negotiation point. i.e. - "Aw, I was looking for a boat, with a LT-1 engine. Would you take 11,000,for it."

Willing buyer, willing seller.

Fall is the best time, to buy a boat. Some private sellers, try to save on storage fees. Same with dealers, on used boats.

New block, generally means, block crack..due to freezing.

Now one thing to inquire. Where did the block come from?

Compression ratios, from this time, could be as low as 8:1. It could have come from a junk yard. That why, paperwork, adds value.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:20 AM
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It almost looks like he got it cheap and is flipping it. Must of come with bad interior and a bad block. One of the engine pics, just above the distributor cap shows the original carpet condition and looks like a chunk was taken out of it......

It's obvious he is re-doing the interior and the back seat does not look like a great job.

Because of all the work being done, may point to a less than stellar past life care.

LT1 is nice, but not mandatory. Just a "nice to have"....which I do have! I paid $13k for my LT1 205 about 6 years ago. 200 hrs.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:24 AM
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Stitching is wavy and not parallel on engine cover.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:26 AM
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You guys have been very helpful, thank you. I think I will keep looking as there is no real hurry to get something at this point in the year.

Jeff, if you happen to see something in your neck of the woods, drop me a note. I'm in Utah and willing to drive for a good deal.

Thanks again!!!
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:26 AM
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Ha!! yes, regarding the stitching. I couldn't tell if that was the angle of the photo or bad stitching.
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