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Old 04-12-2013, 08:55 PM
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93' 205 vs 2003 19 skier

Hi All,

Time to upgrade from our 79' 19'. Our family is use to the solid wake of the older ski boat and limited observer space of the closed bow. We often ski with 3 ppl in the boat plus skier and are on a small lake. Never had any start issues with our carbed engine. We now have access to running a course with skiier speeds from 30-36 mph up to 22 off.

We have heard a lot about the good wake and seating in the 93' carbed 205, and there is one locally available. A local 2003 19' skier came available with very low hours and $4K more but we are having a hard time to find info on how that hull would ski compared with the 93' 205. I think a 197 is out of our price range $18K
Has anyone skied both these hulls? Opinions?
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:10 PM
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:36 PM
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I have owned both- I like the way the 197 looks but prefer the 93 205 for ride and acceleration/top speed. My 197 has the MCX and my 205 had the 285hp 351. Outside of the looks and a few creature comforts, I would choose the 205 over the 197.

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Old 04-12-2013, 10:06 PM
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The space of the 205 is great, and the wake is nice, but if you don't need the space the skier will have the better wake. What are you using it for? If you're entertaining the 205, skiing only, that's why they call it the Skier. With 3+ skier it'll still be crowded in the skier though.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:15 PM
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had a 91 PS and currently 2002 skier. the tbi is great improvement over carb in my opinion and much reduced spray as lines get shorter, better tracking and harder to slow in the course, more freeboard n feels roomier but still a closed bow. Don't really remember the slow or long wakes being any better on the 91. no experience with 205.
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:24 PM
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Thanks for the feedback!! The 205 is sounding like it may be our better route given the ski wake and passenger room within our budget . Please let me know if anyone knows of a 2004 -2005 205 that is on the market. I see many 2002-2003's 205's with carbed engines, but I might as well look for an EFI if possible. We are in Ontario so northern USA would be only a day's drive.
Thanks again
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