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Old 04-09-2013, 10:07 PM
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Uh, if they are both 7500 go for the 8.1! Apples to oranges I guess. BF or wghatever 200 is a great boat but as others have said check out the engine. Nice price around here anyway. 65 or so mph can be fun after the run. Quick zero to ... that the 8.1 will not do.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:22 PM
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I paid $6,500 FOR MY '88 PS200 in November 2011 and think the $7,500 for that '91 is a good deal if the motor checks out (boat looks nice). A compression test would be wise to assure the compression is within specs and even as possible across all 6 cylinders.

The PS200 has tracking fins and turns like it's on rails. Very flat wake but trimming it up can get you a decent boarding wake.

If you have the money for the newer boat then I'd towards going with it. On the other hand, if you choose the PS200 I don't think you'll be disappointed (I love mine)
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:36 AM
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Like HB said, apples to oranges.

What are you going to use the boat for? Footing, skiing, etc. That will help make the decision.

The PS200 is in good shape.

I like the 8.1 liter but the colors to me are aweful and the trailer is, well, not for me.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:50 AM
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Like HB said, apples to oranges.

What are you going to use the boat for? Footing, skiing, etc. That will help make the decision.

The PS200 is in good shape.

I like the 8.1 liter but the colors to me are aweful and the trailer is, well, not for me.
Agreed on the colors. It looks like Captain America threw up. I've always wanted to own one of those outboard Master Crafts. Very cool. I also agree that your decision should be made based upon what you're going to do with the boat.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:10 PM
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Outboard boat value has a lot to do with the value of the engine, so the mechanical shape of that plant is pretty important, those outboards are a good thing to have inspected.
Bear in mind that is the smaller older prostar 190. It is not a large boat.

That '06 is an entirely different animal.
Those outboards are a blast.

However, the engine on that one is more than 20 yrs old......a replacement engine will run you $16-$18K rigged. Re-building the powerhead would be less. Have engine ck'd and test run the boat.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:52 PM
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So they will sell the 200 for $6900. Good deal or not?
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:01 PM
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Great deal - if you want a small boat for barefooting and the engine is good, nothing special if the engine is clapped out.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:39 AM
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What can I say, horses for courses. The 8.1 will do a bit of everything well and the OB is a lot of fun, it's what you want to do with them that matters. BUY THEM BOTH. It's what I did, I love my 197 and my Flightcraft BFTR is a blast for pure fun. If I'm footing and skiing only its the BFTR, if it's a bit of everything then it's the PS. I just wish I was the fonz, one for MON, TUES, WED......
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:10 PM
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Sounds like a good deal provided the motor checks out OK and the boat suits your needs then jump on it.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:53 PM
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I agree with orbeamlb, price is good, do a comp. test and take it out for a run and put it through its paces.
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