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Old 07-09-2015, 10:21 AM
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Which Hull Has A Better Overall Wake?

I'm currently looking at 3 different boats, but undecided. Long story short is that my grandfather picked up an 85 S&S from the factory brand new. I learned to ski behind it and we went to the lake religiously almost every weekend. We even went multiple times through the summer, out of state, on lake trips. We loved that boat and kept it till the early 2000s. Due to my grandparents needing some $$$$ for the building of there new house and my parents slacking on using the boat, Pop sold it. To this day, he hates that he ever did as it was immaculate. I loved to ski behind it! Plenty of power and a almost perfect wake for skiing.
Now my question is which hull is better? I've narrowed it down to a 83-85 S&S, a 91-93 190, or a 91-93 205. I've read in the years listed that the 190 and 205 hulls are basically the same with minor differences. So would an 83-85 style hull or a 91-93 be best? I've heard that all three hulls are similar, but I have no idea. We'll be mainly skiing, barefooting, and tubing with the occassional wakeboarding and trick skiing. Reason for those years listed are that I'd rather have a carb motor, too. I ruled out the 87-90, because my uncle had an 87 and I never liked it as much. I'd love to hear some input, as the 85 & 87 are the only 2 Mastercraft hulls that I've ever skied behind. I've been behind other boats, but never cared for anything besides a Mastercraft.
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:32 AM
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What is your price range?

I think you'll find that if going purely by skiing wakes, the 3 boats mentioned above will be:

1 - 91-93 190
2 - 91-93 205 (not that far behind the 190)
3 - 83-85 S&S
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:36 AM
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I have three that I've looked at in my price range. An 85 S&S, a 93 PS 190, and a 92 205 were the particular ones.
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:42 AM
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how many people will you be going out with?
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:47 AM
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The 93 190 will be the best but if it were me I would be looking at the 205. Wakes are a little worse than the 190 but still world class and better than the 85, but much more room.
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:38 AM
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how many people will you be going out with?
It will generally be family, but between 4-10 or so. If it's the higher number, I'll have them meet me where we'll ski.
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:40 AM
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It will generally be family, but between 4-10 or so. If it's the higher number, I'll have them meet me where we'll ski.
205, hands down, given the people hauling situation. My 2 cents...
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:42 AM
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The 93 190 will be the best but if it were me I would be looking at the 205. Wakes are a little worse than the 190 but still world class and better than the 85, but much more room.
I see what you're saying based off of room in the hull. Are the early 90s models that much better than the 85? What would you say the big difference is? We never sold our 85 back then and got a newer one, because it had such a smooth wake. Does the power slot option affect the wake any?
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:11 PM
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less spray, quieter in the boat, more storage, more room. The early 90's boats are considered one of the best slalom wakes ever....
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:17 PM
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91-94 190 would be the best. 95-97 190 aren't that far behind, less spray with a slightly worse wake. 98-2002 Sportstars, and the Prostar 195 all ride on the 95-97 hull, if you want the amenities of a more modern boat (i.e. rack and pinion steering, huge difference from the rotary steering of the older boats). And the 195 and the Sporstar OB give you an open bow if you want it.
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