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2000 Sportstar 190?

Hi Gang,

I have a buddy who is willing to sell me a 2000 Mastercraft Prostar/Sportstar 190 with the 330hp - closed hull. The boat is almost brand new despite being 21 years young, with only 98 hours on it. Its hardly been skied on - used for "tubing" by the original buyer (whom I also know). I know the boat has been well cared for - stored inside during the winter months, interior and exterior are in showroom shape. My buddy bought it because he loves Mastercrafts (this is one of three he owns).

I don't know a ton about the sportstar though, so looking for overall advice and feedback on this year and model. I would be using the boat as my family boat and also as my club's tow boat. My current boat is a 98 Sanger V210 - which I love, but my slalom friends hate for obvious reasons (huge wake/V-Drive). I want a good overall ski boat to help train my up-and-coming slalom skiers and be a just good general workhorse for other types of skiing/boarding etc. I do want enough torque to be able to pull mutiple skiers too if we get back into doing some show-skiing, and I'll get a boom for it to do some learn to ski activities and possibly some barefooting.

I am getting back into Slalom myself more serious after many years of not doing it - so a more "traditional" ski boat is something that I was considering in the next year or so before this opportunity came up. I can probably get the boat for 15->17k.



  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,516 Mega Baller
    Excellent ski boat. Same hull as the ‘95 - ‘97 Prostar.
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,243 Mega Baller
    The SportStar was a no frills version of the 1995-1997 hull of the 190. Wake will be low with minimal spray, but firm.

    The wake should be good at the longer line lengths for novices. Power should also be enough to pull multiple skiers (probably not a huge pyramid, though). Should be able to barefoot with it as well.

    It’s a good value boat and a good slalom boat. And, in the condition you mention, you better buy it quick (before @bananaron does).
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,618 Mega Baller
    +1 to the above comments. Boats in that price range move fast. One of our group had a SportStar back then , it was a nice boat. There’s a huge upside to the lack of interior vinyl.
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • RednucleusRednucleus Posts: 643 Crazy Baller
    Buy it and use it! That boat needs a lot more than a 10 hr per year average to be happy & healthy.
  • Thanks guys
  • OldkierOldkier Posts: 55 Baller
    If you don't buy it, I know about 100 people who will
  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 286 Solid Baller
    I had a '99 SportStart with the 350 TBI that I enjoyed and a friend had a '98 with an LT1. Great boats, tracking is only weakness IMOP.

    This thread covers the model well:
  • bananaronbananaron Posts: 499 Crazy Baller
    @MISkier Thx but not interested.
    Ron Engblom Brainerd lakes,minnesota
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,749 Mega Baller
    Yeah pick that up and ski it for 10 years. Well depreciated and basically new condition. You are going to ski on the cheap on an annualized basis.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • ETskierETskier Posts: 41 Baller
    +1 to above, great boat for the money. Get PP Star Gazer w or w/o Z Box. We skied with our neighbors 2000 for 10 years well into 35 off. That boat is set up steering-neutral. Just do some patient rudder grinding and you can get it driving very well.
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,527 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Buy it while you can!
    Scott Calderwood
  • RAWSkiRAWSki Posts: 860 Mega Baller
    @MISkier has @bananaron become a victim of Centurion+owner=lock??. Which is in no way related to late 90's ProStar-Chine-lock!!?
    Doubt It!!
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