View Full Version : Considering 96 Prostar 205

01-22-2012, 05:11 PM
I need some advice. I've found a 96 Prostar 205 for sale at what seems to be a great price. I currently own 91 Prostar 190 and love it but would like more room and a better ride in rough water. Will the 205 have the handling characteristics of the 190? I've done hours of reading and know the benefits of the 96 205 hull. My main questions center around the boats value. The hull appears solid with normal wear and just a little wear portside rear from rubbing against dock. The interior skins and carpet will need replacing, estimated fix $3200. The engine looks and runs solid. Unfortunately because of the season and being a northern boat I will be unable to test drive. I guess my main concern is the hour meter has 1800 hours on it. The current owned has had the boat 5 years and used very little and doesn't know a lot about the previous owner or anything about hours. Has anyone heard of a Mastercraft with 1800 hours on it? I'm wondering if the key was left on running the clock, is that possible? Any help and advice would be helpful. What would the boat be worth?

01-22-2012, 05:19 PM
Price? Pics? How may hours on your 190? 1800 hours could just mean time to change a few major parts like timing gear and chain. Waiting to read other responses.

01-22-2012, 08:26 PM
The ECM on the motor will tell the engine hours. Had a shop tell me when having the boat checked out prior to purchase. The PO of my 96 had 40 hrs. of key on running the hr. Meter----key backward or to acc. no hrs on meter....could be lots of "stereo" hrs. there....???

01-22-2012, 09:39 PM
I would do a compression test and leakdown test on the engine, but chances are it may need minor work such as a timing chain or maybe even head work. Since it needs major interior work I would think there are better 205's on the market unless this one is an absolute screaming bargain.

I can't comment about the 205 handling but I know how your 190 rides and I'm sure the 205 will handle chop better. Slalom wake will not be as nice of course.

As stated before, how does it compare to your 190? (hours, condition, etc.)

01-22-2012, 11:29 PM
I've only seen photos and talked to seller on rhe phone. The reason, 20 hour drive to look at it. This is not a major concern, I've actually bought 4 boats the same way, including the 190 I currently own. The 190 is sweet, all original, 370 hours, white with North Carolina blue stripe. I can't post pics because this is being done on my iPhone. Obviously its a low selling price, $5000 including the 40 round trip cost to pick up for the 205 or I wouldn't be contemplating the purchase. I've just never seen or heard of a MC with 1800 hrs. Any and all advice is greatly appreciated.

01-23-2012, 08:16 AM
$5K is steal price for a 96 205.... even with 1800 hours... could be ok if cared for. If hull and deck sound...engine and tranny rebuild can still keep you under $10K. Hopefully trailer spindles and bearings in good shape as well. Looking forward to reading what you do.

Would love to read more from the folks who know lot's more than me.

01-23-2012, 08:29 AM
If you decide against buying it, I'd like to know the info on it. I might buy it.

01-23-2012, 11:35 PM
For $5k its a good deal....even if the motor needs a rebuild, you are still good. 1800 hours is a fair bit of use but not unherad of. Matt Rini just sold his 08 197 with 1800 hours on it for around $19k, if that helps you out a bit.
If it has decent compression, and the hull checks out you should be good. The big kicker is the interior, they can get expensive by the time you put in carpet and skins.

01-24-2012, 10:02 AM
I got a quote from the best shop around for $5k for a complete new interior, vinyl and carpet. I'm sure you can get cheaper.

01-24-2012, 12:00 PM
Take out the interior pieces and carpet your self and deliver them and your boat to the shop it will save you a ton! Then reinstall it your self, labor is expensive and they dont charge you any different to stitch seats or install stuff. Use the labor cost for what you cannot do, do the rest yourself!