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Old 08-24-2013, 11:29 PM
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WTB mid-to-late 90's Prostar 205

My kids want to start skiing/tubing!! I've done a limited amount of research on ski boats, and based upon what I've read, Mastercraft is the way to go. Looking to purchase a mid-to-late 90's Prostar 205 (open bow). Low miles, fresh-water-only and meticulously cared for are all A MUST. Budget is $15K (ABSOLUTE MAX), but would prefer to spend closer to $12K. I'm new to ski-boating(currently own an old pontoon boat), so any comments/suggestions on my boat of choice would be welcome and greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:40 PM
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94-95 prostar 205 is about your budget range.

Awesome boat (obviously because I have one!)

96+ will have just a little more room but the 95 and earlier will have the better ski wake.
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:59 AM
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Excuse my ignorance, but what specifically makes the 95 & earlier model have a better ski wake?
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:35 AM
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No problem. In 96, there was a hull change and there were a number of changes. The bottom got just a slight modification to allow it to handle the rough water a little better. They also raised the side rails so you have more freeboard. They also increased the width inside allowing for a little more room.

Now, it still has a great ski wake but if you were to compare the two, most would say the 92-95 era boats would have a better ski wake. The 96+ would handle the rougher water better, add some ballast and would also have a better wakeboarding wake, too.

Not a major difference but still worth noting when shopping. The earlier ones are a little tighter inside but I don't mind. If you get a chance, take a look at some in person.

I said 94-95 because those were the two years with fuel injection and I prefer that. The 92 & 93 were Ford, 351, carb engines. The 94 & 95 were GM 350 engines (with the optional LT1 engine).
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:52 AM
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Thanks, Jeff...all great info!!

If anyone else has any comments/suggestions, I'm all ears...

Kevin
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:04 PM
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1993-...#ht_500wt_1182

93 - has all the goodies... if motor sound - may not be bad... ...
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:24 PM
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Hey, Jeff...

I've been doing so much research, I'm getting dizzy. Any thoughts/comments on "Direct Drive" vs. V-Drive? Pro's? Con's?

Thanks,

Kevin
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:33 PM
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Hey dreamin - DD - great for SKI, BF and maintenance and repair - OK for for wake - not good for surf.

On the V-drive - I'd shoot for a vortec 5.7 for the added HP and weight in the back of the boat and when you weigh it down for wake and surf. Maintenance not as easy - but you get an open feeling to the interior of boat. Toss in a tower and there is a bunch of space.

just my .02 - I am a DD forever.. I believe...
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:07 PM
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Can anyone tell me what the differences are between a Prostar 205 and Maristar, other than the drive (VD vs. DD)? Are the hulls different?

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Old 09-07-2013, 10:32 AM
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I don't know as much about a Maristar (first hand) but if it's a v-drive, generally speaking it will have more room than a DD (engine in back) and will generally ride better in the rougher water. They are also considered to be more favorable for wakeboarding but suffer definitely in the slalom area.

Pros and cons for both boats. You just need to decide what is important for you.

Pure slalom machine, prostar 205.

More family, general use, all around boat, V-drive or Maristar.

FYI - I have the 94 205 which is a slalom machine.....but I also have 3 kids and wife and although a little tight to move around, we do just fine. 205 is great for us because I know the wake is so nice. I would not want to suffer my ski wake for a larger boat (or V-drive). Personally, I would not buy a V-drive in any foreseeable future. My next boat would either be:

214 DD
2003 197 Anniversary
Nautique 200 OB
MC's new Prostar OB
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