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Pound for pound which boat was the best value?

skirayskiray Posts: 173 Baller
edited January 2015 in Boat Talk
I took the NADA base boat values and used an inflation calculator to escalate to 2015. I'm sure there could be errors, but if you could buy any new (as sold in model year for options) which is the best value?
Ron Ray

Pound for pound which boat was the best value? 71 votes

93 MC Prostar 190 - $26,040 then, $42,556 today
7%
AndreTom AndersonJordanskinonstopricski39 5 votes
99 CC 196 - $28,547 then, $40,462 today
42%
JC McCavitKelvinThan_BoganGAJ0004DanELieutenant DangreghayesMarkTimmswc51506ballsDustyskirayPat MWishLeopoldcragginshredOnside135skifanFatrolltfriess 30 votes
03 Response LXi - $34,500 then, $44,278 today
23%
auskierscotchipmankstateskierBulldogeyepeelerlffjackskidbskijstaab3IlivetoskiTidburyDkLkSkrRivvybikesrusMad_Footeroldjeepwtrskior 17 votes
06 CC 196 - $48,953 then, $57,342 today
4%
matthewwartColinWiedmer 3 votes
10 CC 200CB - $53,700 then, $58,156 today
2%
GaryWilkinsonskierjp 2 votes
12 Response TXI - $54,100 then, $55,654
4%
Ham_WallaceMAD11MattL 3 votes
14 MC Prostar - $68,770
2%
Chuck_Dickeykurt 2 votes
NADA base list is the wrong approach. I prefer ...
12%
thagermlangewcalrobertsJody_SealscuppersEdbrazilALPJrDanoajkulish 9 votes

Comments

  • DanEDanE Posts: 922 Crazy Baller
    99 CC 196 - $28,547 then, $40,462 today
    99 SN is a no brainer, if it wasn't for the lack of ZO it would still be a viable tournament boat
    Hmm... makes me wonder about the real reason behind introducing ZO on the market and in reality make it mandatory....
    Fatroll
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 2,992 Mega Baller
    NADA base list is the wrong approach. I prefer ...
    97-2001 SN bubble back ......Repowered 343, ZO
    Priceless!
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.


    WishjhughesThan_BoganThe_MS
  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,031 Crazy Baller
    03 Response LXi - $34,500 then, $44,278 today
    Only open bow option...
    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
  • IlivetoskiIlivetoski Posts: 1,187 Crazy Baller
    03 Response LXi - $34,500 then, $44,278 today
    I like the way the 03 malibu LXi skis more than any boat except the 200 and CP.
    Ed_Obermeier
  • skierjpskierjp Posts: 864 Crazy Baller
    10 CC 200CB - $53,700 then, $58,156 today
    Where is there a 2010 200 for 58k? They sell all day for low 40's
  • kstateskierkstateskier Posts: 524 Solid Baller
    03 Response LXi - $34,500 then, $44,278 today
    In for the LXI for the two above reasons. Open bow and skis/drives just about as good as any new boat!
    KStateSkier
    Bradley Beach - Lone Rock Ski Club, Missouri
    2004 Malibu Response LXI, 2014 D3 Helix 66"
    BulldogEd_Obermeier
  • skirayskiray Posts: 173 Baller
    99 CC 196 - $28,547 then, $40,462 today
    @skierjp‌ - I took the NADA suggested value for the year it sold as new and escalated it to 2015. It's not what they sell for today. Just trying to show what we were paying back in the day in 2015$.

    I didn't know a better way to compare them. First glance, it looks like the technological advances costs have outpaced inflation. The real question I wonder is, is it worth it?
    Ron Ray
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,712 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Any GM/PCM 196 1997 and up.
    Shut up and ski
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,594 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    03 Response LXi - $34,500 then, $44,278 today
    I went with the lxi since an 04 is mostly what I ski the course behind, never skied behind any of the others. Even now they are worth 20k+. So pretty good cost per year, think it has around 800 hours on it.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
    kstateskier
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller
    edited January 2015
    NADA base list is the wrong approach. I prefer ...
    On a different line, how about my 12' Chris Craft wooden kit boat with a 5hp Elgin. For a
    couple hundred, at most, circa 1954. Or my first sort of real ski boat: Glasspar G3 with 40hp
    in 1957. and then 75hp a few years later. About in the $1,000+ range. I expect that there are
    several people here who had one back when. Great little mini-skiboat.

    Although, before that, my first 'boat' was a surplus WW2 1-man liferaft with paddle power,
    maybe age 10.
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,216 Mega Baller
    edited January 2015
    NADA base list is the wrong approach. I prefer ...
    I'm with @Edbrazil‌. I had an MFG and 3 Glastrons which all skied well and each cost me between 1,500 and 3,000 back in the 70's and 80's. In the 90's a 16' Checkmate outboard for 5k and finally in '05 a 92 MC 190 for $10,500. The next one who knows? For me the best value, out in the used market from the list above is a 93 MC, if you can find a well maintained one. I think that is also the best looking hull design.
  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,242 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited January 2015
    93 MC Prostar 190 - $26,040 then, $42,556 today
    '93 Prostar.....great wakes to this day. A fuel injected LT1, which still is one of the best engines ever put in a ski boat...and it looks fantastic.
  • kstateskierkstateskier Posts: 524 Solid Baller
    03 Response LXi - $34,500 then, $44,278 today
    My first slalom boat was a 90 Prostar/351 velvet drive. Hands down one of the softest/flattest wakes from any hull I've ever ski'd behind. Problem was if there was anyone but you and your ski buddy and more than 2 slalom skis you were out of room. And if it was windy that day and you were shorter than 35 the hull threw wicked spray in your face. That boat tracked like it was on rails and had more than enough OOMPH to get its light butt up to 36mph. I bought that boat for $10,500, owned it 10 years (500 hours) and sold it for $11,500
    KStateSkier
    Bradley Beach - Lone Rock Ski Club, Missouri
    2004 Malibu Response LXI, 2014 D3 Helix 66"
  • DanoDano Posts: 136 Baller
    NADA base list is the wrong approach. I prefer ...
    If your looking at best value dollar for dollar graded by performance, I think you need to be looking at the early 90's models, a number of manufacturers created some pretty good hulls that will still compete with today's boats. The cost for ine of these is super cheap compared the 80k for a new MC
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,406 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    99 CC 196 - $28,547 then, $40,462 today
    In the used market:

    Older boats...TSC1 followed by early 90's Prostar once had spray relief pockets that pushed the spray back a bit more. Live with both a while and I virtually guarantee you end up with a TSC1. Put ZO in that baby and it's SO close to a player against today's best. Bu LX holds it's own, too.

    Newer boats slightly used Txi seems to be the best value in terms of being able to pick up a boat with reasonable number of hours at reasonable price that is a current hull. Caveat is that I have zippo Carbon Pro drive or ski time.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
    The_MS
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,983 Mega Baller
    NADA base list is the wrong approach. I prefer ...
    See many used 2002 196's for sale? Wonder why?
    Stir vigorously then leave!
    6ballsJody_SealThe_MSkstateskier
  • greghayesgreghayes Posts: 113 Baller
    99 CC 196 - $28,547 then, $40,462 today
    Strangely, I voted for the 1999 Nautique, although I sold my '97 with the same hull and now ski behind the '12 TXi. If there were an easier ZO conversion for those old boats, that would be the best value.
  • bassfooterbassfooter Posts: 159 Baller
    99 CC 196 - $28,547 then, $40,462 today
    A couple summers ago, we snagged a '98 196 with a mere 273 hours from some nice folks up in Sacramento. I cannot imagine a better value for a family who wants to improve their buoy count, but can only dream of affording one of the newer ZO tugs. Thoughtful design, outstanding build quality, excellent tracking. Looking forward to many years of service with a little TLC and preventative maintenance (and several cases of Corrosion Block -- we're in saltwater).
    The_MS
  • ajkulishajkulish Posts: 6 New Baller
    NADA base list is the wrong approach. I prefer ...
    I have been skiing behind an 89 MC Tristar 190 with a 351 Cleveland (with worked heads, upgraded carb, a cam, and super torquey prop) and its a dream to ski behind. Massive sound too. Ill always be a big fan of MasterCraft
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,416 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    99 CC 196 - $28,547 then, $40,462 today
    I believe all 80's Indmar Ford blocks were Windsors?
    Scott Calderwood
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,508 Mega Baller
    edited January 2015
    99 CC 196 - $28,547 then, $40,462 today
    @Jody_Seal‌ you talking about Chuck's boat? You did an awesome job there! That thing is something special. What's that package called? :)
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,095 Baller
    99 CC 196 - $28,547 then, $40,462 today
    For skiing 3 events slalom tricks and jump, the 97-2001 Ski Nautique wins hands down. The PCM GT-40 is still my favorite marine engine. Reliable, smooth, and powerful. I am also factoring the original price.
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
    6balls
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