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Old 04-12-2013, 09:03 AM
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The last I/O was a tri-hull Bonanza, basically a Cobalt knockoff, with 140 hp 4 cylinder Chevy engine, that was the summer of 1996. Spring of 1997, came the 1980 Stars and Stripes 19 Skier. Never going back, ever...
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:34 AM
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our i/o experience left us a little sour. it wasn't the outdrive part so much, but we had the carb'd 3.0 "iron maiden" that never wanted to start. it was in a pontoon and basically buried in a hole in the deck. it was a real pain to work on and we ended up having to have some work done which meant the outdrive (alpha one) had to be pulled and of course that increased the cost 2nd to labor and replacing all the seals. when we started looking for a towboat, it was going to be our 2nd boat, so focusing on inboards was easy. having said that, i've got friends on our lake with a sea ray and a cobalt. they are both nice boats. i just never ask for a pull.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:44 AM
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We have gone from a Starcraft to an '87 Sea Ray to a 2000 Mastercraft
All of them have provided great memories. Some are just more expensive than others.

Starcraft- Least expensive fun on the water. I was practically a chemist as i mixed the oil and gas.

Sea Ray- Solid boat and runner. Did everything quite well. Bought her low, sold her high.

Mastercraft- comfort, power, quality, not to mention EFI.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:12 AM
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I'm about to trade my MC and go back to the 81 Sea Ray
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:19 AM
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Boat: 2005 X-STAR & 1995 Prostar 190
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I ran the gamut when it comes to boats/drives

16 ft runabout (don't remember the brand) 125hp Merc outboard
18ft Challenger jet boat, 454 big block berkely jet drive (very fun boat to scream around in)
19ft Ski Eliminator direct drive (looked like a Supreme) 350 merc carbureted, 1:1 drive
19ft '94 Prostar 190 LT-1 Powerslot (boat belongs to "Craig" now)

Here's when things went wrong:

23 ft. Falcon cuddy, 350 merc Bravo III. Bought it for cruising up and down the river to take my son to Dave & Busters while he was young. We took a break from watersports.
30 ft Formula 303SR-1 with twin 502's and Bravo 1 drives.....lots of fun, lots of fuel but gas was $2/gal so it didn't matter then. We would take long rides on the Chesapeake visiting Annapolis and Baltimore Inner Harbor from Chestertown. No regrets, we had fun.

Back into watersports:
'03 Mastercraft 230VRS for wakeboarding
'05 Mastercraft X-star for boarding and '93 Prostar Limited for skiing/footin that I will keep forever!
I was njskier on here.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:23 AM
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Growing up my family had a 76 Glastron OB (ski boat) and then moved to an early 80's Sylvan OB (fishing boat). We grew up going to boat shows and admiring the Four Winns, Cobalts, VIP's but could never convince dad to buy one. I loved watching the pro water ski tour when it was on ESPN and Sammy Duvall was my man and he was sponsored by MC. Well naturally I want a MC as my ski boat because my thought was if I skied behind a MC I would ski like Sammy (still working on that). 15 years ago my cousin bought a 89 MC TriStar and I thought that is the boat I am gonna own some day. 6 years ago I found a 88 TriStar in the Marketplace on this site and drove out to Ohio to buy it. It has been a great boat, but with the family growing and wanting some more room, last week I drove down to Texas Mastercraft in Fort Worth, TX and bought our new to us '04 X9. We are gonna love this boat!!!!! Do not ever see us owning anything other than an inboard unless it will be a secondary boat, but it will never be our primary boat.

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Old 04-12-2013, 12:30 PM
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If only ESPN still broadcasted waterski tournaments!!

Learned how to ski on a '79 Fiberglass Crestliner with a 105hp Outboard, the motor had to weigh 300+ lbs! The next boat was a new '96 I/O Starcraft with the 4.3L GM 4.3L V6. I took a trip skiing with my buddies college ski team that used a MC Sportstar and couldn't believe the power, easy deepwater starts and soft wake. A year or two after I sold the Starcraft and bought an '89 Supra Comp. It was a great skiboat but didn't have any room for people, coolers and dogs. Last year picked up a 2001 MC PS209 and it has tons of room, skis well and wakeboards great also!
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Old 04-12-2013, 04:08 PM
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96 bayliner Capri w/ a 4.3 merc to a 96 205 prostar, only boarded behind it once so far but I am definitely converted.
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Old 04-12-2013, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by saltybalty View Post
96 bayliner Capri w/ a 4.3 merc to a 96 205 prostar, only boarded behind it once so far but I am definitely converted.
We just went from a '91, ~20' long Bayliner Capri bowrider with the 4.3 merc to a 2012 X14V. For all the negative things people say about the bayliner runabouts, it was certainly a very good boat for us. The boat was a very modern looking design, well made, and looked more or less new when we sold it last summer.

...and this summer I'll still be working on improving my docking skills with a direct drive and rudder - the stern drive made it so much easier!
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2012 X-14V (gone)
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Old 04-12-2013, 04:50 PM
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[quote=LaRue;924551]Starcraft- Least expensive fun on the water. I was practically a chemist as i mixed the oil and gas.

Did the same thing happen ever year when you floated up to the beach?
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