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Old 09-16-2014, 06:48 PM
bryan bryan is offline
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Need some direction?!%

Heys guys, need some direction! I need a family inboard and was really liking the Prostar 209 due to its size. I have recently read some talk on this boat porposing? I really like the walk thru front with the open bow. Do I reconsider and look at a 197 or 205 and why? Thanks in advance for the input!!
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:42 PM
Jorski Jorski is offline
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the 197/X7 is a fine boat and an excellent ski boat. It has a much better wake for slalom than a 209.
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:18 PM
MC Tax Guy MC Tax Guy is offline
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I had a 209 for 8 seasons. Before that I had a 205 for 9 seasons. If you are really into slalom and ski the course, get a 205 or a 197. I moved to the 209 when the 3rd kid came along and we still took out other families with us. We really needed the extra space. There is a trade off for the extra space though. The 209 is a great ski boat for the entire family and you can bring your friends too. The porposing is on the 2001-2003 models. In 2004 they added a hooked to the back of the hull with improved the slalom wake and eliminated the porposing.
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Old 09-17-2014, 12:29 AM
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Just have to be conscious of weight distribution and porpoising won't be a problem.
If it was bad I would have had hook added or put a wake plate on mine
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Old 09-17-2014, 12:51 AM
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The 205 (which evolved into the 205V, original XStar, original x2, and finally the X1) was one of MC's longest serving hulls for a reason -- it does a lot of things really well. The mid-engine 205 runs a close second to the 195/197 for skiing. Weighted properly it has a great boarding wake. The V version has a killer boarding wake -- some still prefer it to the newer boarding boats. The slalom wake isn't quite as soft as the direct drive version but still not bad. Surfing is OK behind the DD, and great (but not outstanding) behind the VD.

Depending how big your family is, I would strongly consider a 205. If slaloming isn't a big thing, consider the 205V (or its derivatives.)
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:37 AM
Theomedic Theomedic is offline
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I have a 2005 209 and have not had any problems with porpoising. We love the space in the boat and have 8 people in it frequently with plenty of room for everyone. The boat is very versatile but doesn't do anything fantastic. If you ski with it, only have a couple of people in the boat to keep the wake down. If you like to wakeboard it's pretty good. For surfing you will need as many people as possible and need to add a lot of extra ballast. But the boat is fun, nice lines and cross functional. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. We really like ours as we can do a variety of things with it. I'm sure there are better models out there, try a few out if you can.
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:38 AM
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Few options with the 209 regarding porpoising.

Get an ibs bag or I found the center bag didn't do enough to stop porpoising if there was a couple in the back. A 350 bag in the walkway worked well.

Get people up front.......but not too many

One thing I will say about the 209.........its not great at anything. I don't mean that harshly but if you are hardcore on the ski its not as good as a 197 or 205. If you wakeboard you need a lot of weight to get any real meat out of it. I felt my wake was mostly all looks and no pop. Can you ride it and enjoy it......o yea.

Basically its a great all around boat but if size isn't an issue I suggest a 197 for slalom and a v drive for wakeboarding. Also the surf wake is fairly useless on the 209. Its rideable but I wouldn't call it fun.
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