Used Boat Guidance

WindsurfnutWindsurfnut Posts: 37 Baller
Just recently sold my 1988 Prostar 190. Awesome little boat for what we needed it for - getting a relatively new skiing family into the sport. But as luck would have it, we found ourselves using it far more then we ever expected!!! The interior was getting rough, and the decision to invest in a newer boat rather than the interior was made..

Boat selection at the moment is pretty sparse - but a few options exist. We are long line 15' off skiers - ranging from 26/28 mph for the kids to 32mph for me. Course and Open water.

The selection currently that I have narrowed it too:
2000 MC PS 190
2000 Malibu Sportster
2002 Ski Nautique CB

I'm leaning towards the SN. GT40, PP, TSC2 hull..and the seller returns calls.
On the other 2, not much information - seller likes their boats too much to return calls.
All 3 are within a couple bucks of each other.

Our primary focus is long line/slower speed slalom wakes at the moment, with of course potential to move well past that. We have a lake runner boat for everything else besides skiing, this is a slalom only tug.

So far reading forums and reviews, the SN is the winner.


  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,025 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Of your list, the '02 SN is the clear winner.
    Scott Calderwood
  • whitecapswhitecaps Posts: 22 Baller
    Having owned 2 of the boats mentioned, and presently own the SN. Its a no brainer for getting the SN.
  • LoopSkiLoopSki Posts: 358 Crazy Baller
    Hands down SN
  • WishWish Posts: 7,331 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    SN for sure. That is the same reason I bought at long line slower speeds.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,142 Mega Baller
    My opinion would be eliminate anything without a small block chevy. As much as people like those old boats, the 351 has been obsolete for years and it is more expensive to repair/replace compared to a GM 350. This assumes you are not looking to do a modern engine swap.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,273 Mega Baller
    edited March 2018
    2000 was not a good year for the MC 190. A 205 from that year would be OK, though.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • skiinxsskiinxs Posts: 472 Crazy Baller
    The SN is certainly the best choice on that list. (in my opinion)
  • Pat MPat M Posts: 582 Crazy Baller
    Not even close - SN
  • scotchipmanscotchipman Posts: 4,032 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited March 2018
    You should add the 2000 Malibu Response LX to your list, very flat wake for your speeds and line lengths.
    - President of the Utah Water Ski Club
    - Owner at Still Water Lake Estates
  • WindsurfnutWindsurfnut Posts: 37 Baller
    Thanks, lots of great boats made -just not lots of great boats available.
    Confirms my thoughts though - grabbing the SN
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,025 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Great choice, you'll love it.
    Scott Calderwood
    Jack Kinne
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,657 Mega Baller
    I am with @scotchipman on the Malibu recommendation. I have an 02 LX and think the wake is a little softer than the same vintage SN. I taught my kids to run the course behind it when they were 8 or 9 and they did great behind it. It is still running strong now.
    Mark Shaffer
    scotchipmanJack KinneraynKillerUWSkier
  • WaterSkier12WaterSkier12 Posts: 217 Baller
    Yep SN for sure.
    We had a Sportster, and we sucked at slalom behind it, not sure why... It was a great barefoot boat.
    Got smart, & older, gave up footin, and got a SN196 and never looked back. Slalom scores instantly improved. 15-28 off skiers
    Good luck!
  • WishWish Posts: 7,331 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Post pictures when you get a chance.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,318 Mega Baller
    Excellent choice! I have an 02 SN myself with ZO speed control.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • cragginshredcragginshred Posts: 685 Crazy Baller
    Nautique is in another class for sure!
    Vapor pro 2017
  • shansen345shansen345 Posts: 180 Baller
    2002 Nautique
    Whatever you do, don't get that generation of ProStar (and I am a very frequent MC skier / big fan overall)
  • shansen345shansen345 Posts: 180 Baller
    @Jody_Seal would you mind sharing details about the GT40 ECM repair/replacement? I'm interested in getting a GT40 boat and would like to know more about that. Thanks!
  • Mike9812121298Mike9812121298 Posts: 8 New Baller
    Hey I know it’s a old forum but if your still looking for ecm’s check out
  • MDB1056MDB1056 Posts: 119 Baller
    Or plan B- get a low time rehab' d 87-90 ps190. Better yet 91-94
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 2,904 Mega Baller
    I agree currently having both of those vintage boats in my fleet. But also disagree in that if I had kids Id get a malibu open bow DD with ZO.
  • storm34storm34 Posts: 59 Baller
    Hauls the groceries AND the Tique.
  • dbutcherdbutcher Posts: 292 Solid Baller
    Ski Tique - what fun boats. I had two of them back in the 1970's. So much fun to drive and bullet proof.
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