Late 80s-Early 90s

DiamondLake_SkierDiamondLake_Skier Posts: 2 New Baller
This is extremely open ended discussion but I'm planning to pick up an older ski boat in the coming months. Right now i'm thinking late 80s Mastercraft 190 (boat a grew up skiing behind) but i'm considering other brands. Any items I should look out for or avoid in that era?

Wanting to stick to Malibu, Mastercraft, Ski Nautique or Tige. Any other brands I should be considering?


  • TELTEL Posts: 450 Crazy Baller
    Why that old of a boat? I grew up skiing with an 80's MasterCraft but would never want to ski that boat now. Look for something in the 2000 even if you're looking to save money initially you will end up spending more in repairs and/or restoring something old
  • MastercrafterMastercrafter Posts: 433 Crazy Baller
    Mastercraft is the only non-wood boat until about 93 for Nautique and not sure on Malibu.

    Late 80s/early 90s Prostars are bulletproof and ski well for the money (~$6000)

    As you can tell by my username I’m partial.

  • hemlockhemlock Posts: 202 Baller
    edited July 19
    Don't count out Supra and Ski Centurion. Still have some of those on our lake.
  • Kevin89MCKevin89MC Posts: 40 Baller
    I had my '89 Prostar for about 20 years, and it was very reliable. I did have to do a few things to it, but nothing major out of necessity. I did put GT40 heads on it which really gave it a nice boost in power, which it needed. I have not skied behind any other late '80's boats, but from the friends I've talked to who have, the Prostar was by far everyone's favorite boats of the 80's as far as ski wake. Added bonus is that I believe MC was the only one using fiberglass stringers that early ('83 I think), most others didn't switch until the 90's.
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,617 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    That old, I would only go MC or Nautique. Build quality was head and shoulders above the rest at the time.
    Scott Calderwood
  • DiamondLake_SkierDiamondLake_Skier Posts: 2 New Baller
    The Prostar 190 is easily the most prevalent tournament ski boat in the area and fairly easy to come by for the most part. All other brands are few and far between but i've been keeping an eye out.

    The reason I'm going older is mainly due to price and upkeep. I know many people are afraid of the older boats but in reality they are cheaper, easy to find parts for, and easier to maintain compared to a newer boat. Inboards are so simple in the late 80s and early 90s, I much prefer them over the mid 90 EFI boats.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 6,128 Mega Baller
    It’s well established on other threads. ‘91-94 MC, 97 plus Nautique. I can attest to both. Great slalom bargains.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • WishWish Posts: 8,561 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    +1 for Supra …Comp ts6m specifically. Great well built boats in that time frame and timeless design ..head turner.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • S1PittsS1Pitts Posts: 402 Crazy Baller
    @Mastercrafter Super nice job on the custom rebuild.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 5,203 Mega Baller
    The 91 and newer is a far dryer softer ride than the 87 to 90 hull.

    I consider the 91 prostar and the 90+ SN to be the first "modern era" ski boats that being the interiors and hulls aren't drastically less useful than the next 10 to 15 years. VS the hulls before them which are smaller lower harsher and have lots of spray and bad low speed wakes.
  • AndreAndre Posts: 1,864 Mega Baller
    @Mastercrafter Hell of a 91 you got! Nice workmanship! Care to explain what was wrong with the couple Ilmor motors you got your hands on?
    My ski finish in 16.95 ...but my ass is out of tolerance!
  • MastercrafterMastercrafter Posts: 433 Crazy Baller
    @Andre , all three engines had one stuck valve each, causing a loss of compression on a cylinder. GM warranties the longblocks to Ilmor, so when there's an issue like this with an engine under warranty, it simply gets replaced. I had the heads reworked and the engine builder said it looked like bad machining/clearance from the mfg.

    I came across these on Facebook marketplace and didn't ask too many questions.. but I have been in contact with Ilmor for some help, and they dont seem to mind that I have them.
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