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Old 08-26-2013, 07:00 PM
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Boat: 1995 Pro Star 205 5.7 Liter
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Originally Posted by Bouyhead View Post
Pram pays, right?
lol... and remind me to never let you tow my boat...
...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:51 PM
Hatch7 Hatch7 is offline
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Boat: 1993 Prostar 190
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Rather than making the long trek to buy a questionable boat put the time into finding one close in good shape. I only like salt with my margarita - keep it off the boat.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:22 AM
Ironhorse Ironhorse is offline
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Have your buddy take it out again and water test it. Tell him to watch the temp gauge and listen closely for any odd sounds (including the tranny). Once done a compression check may be in order. The rest of the items may be cosmetic if the trailer is good. It sounds fair at $4K if the power train if fine.
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:04 AM
jjpetta jjpetta is offline
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Boat: 88 TriStar 190
Location: Minnesota
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Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for their honest, straight forward, great non biased opinions. After doing some more research and comparing what I could get for similar money I came to a conclusion:

Today I drove 90 miles (instead of 1800) to look at a 88 TriStar 190 that has been owned by a fellow Ski Team alumni for the past 16 years. He bought it from a (at that point) 68 year old man that owned it from new. Fresh water only, well maintained, super clean and quiet original motor, original upholstery (some areas need a bit of work - 6 out of 10 rating), great trailer in excellent condition, 720 hrs on the hull and motor. Oxidized exterior with no serious nicks or dings (great gel coat condition), one soft spot in the floor right behind the motor (engine cover hinge area), and otherwise very good condition.

Bought it for $4700. I feel really good about the purchase and looking forward to getting her polished up looking great! I know the TriStar is not for everybody, but I have a wife and two kids (5 and 7) and feel that for the money I would be hard pressed to get another Mastercraft, let alone boat. Pics are from tonight with no work done.

Let me know what you think. Cheers!
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:33 AM
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Boat: 1977 Stars & Stripes
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You definitely hit a home run with that boat. Congrats!

Give me a shout if you need any trailer accessories.

FOR 302, 351 & 454 STARTING AT $450 DELIVERED
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:21 AM
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Boat: 1992 PS 205-351w,285HO
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Originally Posted by thatsmrmastercraft View Post
You definitely hit a home run with that boat. Congrats!

Give me a shout if you need any trailer accessories.
Great deal on the Tristar..and as I read from another '80's MC owner...these older boats are dependable and easy to maintain - you'll probably spend more time and money keeping the trailer going than the boat
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(Former) 1989 ProStar 190 Power Slot
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:58 AM
MikeyOrange88 MikeyOrange88 is offline
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Boat: 1988 Tristar 190 Sport (Closed Bow), 351W w/ GT-40's
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Tristar 190

Ah yes, the Tristar 190. I have an '88 as well, closed bow though. You and the family will enjoy that boat. Great first MC. Mine has been very dependable. Trailer looks like mine which was built by SMP. Don't let the "bar" frustrate you (or your wife) when loading, just takes a little practice getting the trailer in the water the correct depth. Some have cursed it, some replaced it with the newer Boat Buddy system, but I still have the bar on mine. I did add a pivot hitch so I could fit it into the garage.
I had the same deal on the soft floor panel behind the engine. I'll search for the link to a thread where I fixed it. It isn't too bad of a project to do. Post or PM me if you have any specific questions. Good luck with it.

Link to my repair thread of the floor:

MIne is alos the same dark blue gelcoat, but with white. Same interior colors as well. Cool.
1988 Tristar 190 Sport, 351W w/GT-40's, 1:1 Velvetdrive
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:20 PM
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That looks great and congrats on your new boat! I'm not too familiar with that boat but it looks pretty nice. Open bow really helps with kids and spreading out in a DD type boat. And when you are ready to ski, you can take a few people out and I'm sure that helps the ski wake. It certainly does on my 205. The best of both worlds!

So how does the ski wake look on that boat?
- Jeff

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Old 08-29-2013, 12:44 PM
EricB EricB is offline
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Boat: 77 S&S, 1983 S&& PS, and now a 98 Anniversary S&S LT1 PS
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Much better decision. With the age of your kids the TriStar open bow will be much better. Also, no saltwater in MN (as long as it was not trailered in winter).

So what ski team in northern Wisconsin?
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:02 PM
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Kwahamot Ski Club out of Tomahawk. They just had a great season winning D3 State comp and 3rd in Nationals.
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