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1998-2000 Prostar

503Kento503Kento Posts: 67 Baller
I’m shopping for a used Prostar and in my research, I’ve come across some negative comments on these particular model years (some even include the 2001). I’ve heard these model referred to as the Death Star, and “...worse boat in the last 30 years...”, and “To state that the redesign of the 1998 ProStar 190 has sparked a great deal of discussion amongst water ski enthusiasts would be an understatement.”

Are these model years really some that I should exclude from my searching?




  • PatMPatM Posts: 789 Crazy Baller
    Yes. They had to add a bolt on solution to the hull. I believe it was beached at the boat test and this resulted in the fix along with a very funky winged rudder. There is way to many better year Master Crafts or other ski boats to bother with the 98-00.
  • keithh2oskierkeithh2oskier Posts: 656 Crazy Baller
    For what its worth, my dad has a 00 PS 190. Its not my 196 from a skiing and driving perspective and it wasn't the same wake as our 94 but its 20 years old and super reliable and skis pretty decent all things considered. For the right price and depending on your level, I wouldn't be opposed to buying one. Is it the worst MC hull since 91, most likely yes but if your comparing to a Bayliner...

    With the back seat out, its fairly spacious inside for a closed bow boat.
  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 1,209 Mega Baller
    My primary slalom boat for the last 20 years was a 2000 PS190. My only personal complaint with it is the trick wake. I ski the same 34/15-28 off behind it as the 97 SN, although those skiing 15off and slower speeds definitely prefer the SN over the MC as the wake was softer. For driving I prefer the handling of the MC over the SN. I trick regularly behind a 2001 PS190 and the trick wake is much better. I believe the 2001 PS190 hull is similar to the 197.
    Is it time to ski, yet?
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,562 Mega Baller
    So many options why buy a model known as a problem at the time by comparison to it's peers. It's still a decent boat but you have better options.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • BMG73BMG73 Posts: 48 Baller
    With the fix in place the boat is great. I wouldn’t make much of it. If there was a nice one available and the price is right I wouldn’t think twice.
  • slowslow Posts: 439 Crazy Baller
    Skip it.
  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 511 Crazy Baller
    Probably not the best option out there. The hull was rushed to market and they added rails that sat in the rear chines and a winged rudder to try and make the boat better.

    All of that said, some people really enjoyed the boat.

    The 2001 is the "EVO hull" which is the same as the 190/197 which ran until 2013. I believe there were some minor changes to rudders and possibly some slight hull tweaks after the early years of that hull.
    Andre Broussard | SkiBama Team Captain | SkiBennetts |
  • Mick04Mick04 Posts: 62 Baller
    @503Kento , If you find a 1998-2000 MC that you are interested in, post the link here. I’m sure the forum members will come up plenty of better options near that price point for your consideration.
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,472 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    We had a '98. If you found one at a great price, it's decent, but the Ski Nautique of the era walks all over it.
    Scott Calderwood
  • 503Kento503Kento Posts: 67 Baller
    Thanks for the feedback guys, I’ll be keeping that vintage off the search criteria.
  • BobFBobF Posts: 196 Solid Baller
    I know that the PS 205 is not in everyone's wish list, but keep in mind that the 98 205 did not get the hull "upgrade" that the 190 did in that year.
  • zakdogzakdog Posts: 5 New Baller
    I have a 2001 PS190 that I’ve had for a very reliable 12 years. The wake is soft with very little bump at 22. Never had any complaints, but I’m upgrading this year to SN200. Sorry to see it go, if anyone would like to check it out, let me know.
  • rawlyrawly Posts: 536 Crazy Baller
    Zakdogs 190 is a beautiful boat. It is in very good condition and skis well. The boat is definitely one that could be purchased sight unseen as there are many ballers here at Ski West. And for a bottle of scotch you could probably get Horton to ride his bike over and check it out for you. 😀
  • 503Kento503Kento Posts: 67 Baller
    Thanks @rawly, already hitting Zakdogs up for the details. :)
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