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Old 02-14-2018, 08:24 PM
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Beautiful boat. Definitely the Ford 351 HO, and carbureted at that. Solid engine without a doubt, but if you thought you were getting fuel injection, you did not. My bet is it's a 93.

Keep an eye on your manifold risers. They look like they may have been painted. They tend to rust, particularly around the bottom of the exhaust manifolds, but I always was told painting over it was not necessarily the best thing. In any event, if they have been painted over, the paint won't last and isn't something you should worry about from a cosmetic standpoint. As for their longevity, they're pretty thick and you'll know when they start leaking, if ever.

You got a great boat at a fair price. Enjoy!
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:07 PM
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Beautiful boat. Definitely the Ford 351 HO, and carbureted at that. Solid engine without a doubt, but if you thought you were getting fuel injection, you did not. My bet is it's a 93.

Keep an eye on your manifold risers. They look like they may have been painted. They tend to rust, particularly around the bottom of the exhaust manifolds, but I always was told painting over it was not necessarily the best thing. In any event, if they have been painted over, the paint won't last and isn't something you should worry about from a cosmetic standpoint. As for their longevity, they're pretty thick and you'll know when they start leaking, if ever.

You got a great boat at a fair price. Enjoy!
So, if you had an option between a 94 as described above or a 1998 with 900 hrs and not quite as clean for just a little more money, what would be your suggestion.

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Old 02-14-2018, 09:49 PM
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So, if you had an option between a 94 as described above or a 1998 with 900 hrs and not quite as clean for just a little more money, what would be your suggestion.

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I'm biased but I'd lean the 93-94. I had a '93 PS 190, arguably one of the best ski wakes of all time. That one looks in great shape and it has half the hours. Tons of life left in it.
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Old 02-15-2018, 02:38 AM
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I'd get the one you posted. That is a perfect boat.
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Old 02-15-2018, 02:39 AM
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So, if you had an option between a 94 as described above or a 1998 with 900 hrs and not quite as clean for just a little more money, what would be your suggestion.

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Depends on your priorities. The 94 will have a better ski wake, the 98 will have a better wakeboard wake.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:17 AM
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Great ski boat! I had a 94 Pro Star 190 350/PS for over 20 years. The only issue I ever had was the plastic switch panel corners cracked which is common on those years. I'm sure you'll have many years of great service out it.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:35 AM
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Iíd lean towards the 98. Fuel injectio, non wood runners, two biggest things. The ski wake might be slightly different but itís still a Prostar.

With that said, whatís wrong with it and how much extra are you talking?
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:49 AM
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The 1993 seems like a great deal, especially when you factor in the barefoot boom, wake pole and you know the owner. Looks like you can enjoy the boat right away with very little to do. By the way, MC has composite stringers since the mid 80s, so no wood stringers in the 93.

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Old 02-15-2018, 09:57 AM
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You decisions are ski or Wakeboard as Priority sport and carb or fuel injection.
If serious or semi serious skier, the 93 will surely be better but you will have a carb boat (which is a whole nother debate. Like ford v Chevy)
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:46 AM
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FYI, that boat could be a '92 or '93, but definitely not a '94 (like others have stated). Check the hull ID#.

Gear heads have no issues with carb'd engines. I personally couldn't stand the tweaking and maintenance involved, and would never go back.
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