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Old 07-01-2010, 10:56 AM
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Seeking Advice -- ProStar 197

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Im a long time reader and have learned a lot on here. I currently own a 1992 ProStar 205. Were recreational skiers and primarily slalom. Usually 15 off, 30 -32 mph and only rarely in a course (hope to change that). We also do some barefooting. Im considering buying a ProStar 197 or even a Tournament Team. Are there any particular areas of concern with the 197s/TTs that I should be aware of, such as the recently discussed fuel pump. What differences can I expect between the 205, 197, and the TT. Are there any threads that you could point me to that would be of particular interest. Thanks
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:11 AM
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dont worry about the fuel pump issue, its an easy fix if you have a problem...stick with newer than 05 as the boats came with DBW. Go with something with a couple hundred hours. buying a boat with 40 hours means it never got used. i have an 05 197 TT. the engine is a bit prettier and you get the TT bubble letters which i think really makes the boat look better. I'm not sure why MC doesnt use big letter like that all the time. good luck...you cannot go wrong with the 197 I don't think!
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:46 AM
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I would consider selling my 2006 PS 197 TT LQ-9, only to buy another one PM me if you are interested.
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Old 07-01-2010, 12:06 PM
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It is a great boat! As long as you know what causes the fuel pump issue, you can work around it. I drove a 205 last summer and, to me, the 197 drives much better.

The 197 continues to impress me with how versatile it is. It could probably use a little more space, but a tower and boardracks make a huge difference.
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:14 PM
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We have a 02 TT with the LQ9 owned it since 05. it has about 480 hrs now so far no problems just keep up on the maintenance. only thing just watch out for rollers coming over the bow 197s sit low in the water.
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:28 PM
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Hi,

I’m a long time reader and have learned a lot on here. I currently own a 1992 ProStar 205. We’re recreational skiers and primarily slalom. Usually 15 off, 30 -32 mph and only rarely in a course (hope to change that). We also do some barefooting. I’m considering buying a ProStar 197 or even a Tournament Team. Are there any particular areas of concern with the 197s/TTs that I should be aware of, such as the recently discussed fuel pump. What differences can I expect between the 205, 197, and the TT. Are there any threads that you could point me to that would be of particular interest. Thanks
The TT's are just dressed up 197's in a unique color scheme for each year. I think (not positive) that you could get them with whatever engine you wanted, but I've never seen one with the rtp. ICBW. Sometimes they debut features such as the hooked hull in ....'02 I think..maybe '03?? You do want to get one with a hooked hull or plan on having it added. Also I think the '01's and possible '02's were a symmetrical hull design which could cause chine lock. Given that we are soon into the '11 model run, I'd go with the recommendation to go with '05 or newer to have the drive by wire as someone mentioned.
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Old 07-01-2010, 03:53 PM
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The 197 is a wonderful boat. But that 1st Gen 205 you have is no slouch in the course. Had I wanted an open bow, I would have kept my 1993 205. The 197 has a better wake at longer line lengths, but I don't recall it being $20K better. I thought my 1st Gen. 205 was a bit more nimble than the 197s I have driven. Tracking on the 197 was better. My 205 would top out at 45.5 on the gps, ample for footing as far as I can tell.

There are a lot of reasons to get a newer boat. But without question, your current 205 can get you into long line course skiing at 30 and/or 32 mph no problem. I pulled a skier into 35 off with my old tug with a smile on his face.
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:07 PM
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Some days I wish I went 205 vs. my newer 214.
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:41 PM
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Some days I wish I went 205 vs. my newer 214.
What makes you wish for the 205?
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:48 PM
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We have a 02 TT with the LQ9 owned it since 05. it has about 480 hrs now so far no problems just keep up on the maintenance. only thing just watch out for rollers coming over the bow 197s sit low in the water.
EJG is right especially if you have a tower on your 197!! They have a tendancy to take on water just because of the weight transfer when you put a tower on. I love my 197! Of course I have the 197 TT, which has all of the bells and whistles. PerfectPass is a must! So far it has saved my relationship with the GF....
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