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Old     (svguy)      Join Date: Jan 2004       07-14-2009, 11:09 AM Reply   
A friend of mine is looking at a '96 Prostar 205, 200hrs for $18k. Is this a reasonable deal (boat looks to be in good shape from the add). Is there anything special one should look for in this boat? Thanks.
Old     (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-14-2009, 11:20 AM Reply   
It's reasonable, but not exceptional if it's stock. Depends on the options it comes with.

A couple years ago I sold a 94 in good condition for $17k. It had 700 hrs on the TBI 350, an Ichor tower, 800 lbs of ballast, tandem axle trailer, stereo, modded rear seat/sun pad, and a 5 vent heater.
I believe the 96 is the next model... slightly higher gunnels, dash is a bit different, better EFI, etc. It's a great boat. Since your buying in the summer, prices might be a bit high in your area. If your buying to use it, and the boat has been taken care of, it's probably a good purchase. That said, 200 hrs on a 13 yr old boat isn't exactly using it. So you might have to replace a few belts, hoses & gaskets if things have dried out.

(Message edited by bill_airjunky on July 14, 2009)
Old     (bstroop)      Join Date: Apr 2005       07-14-2009, 12:25 PM Reply   
Where is your friend looking to buy. I found this today in Boise Idaho. A 2000 prostar 205 with 200 hours, tower, and racks for 17K.

If anyone is interested in this I have friends in Boise that can check it out.
Old     (psudy)      Join Date: Dec 2003       07-14-2009, 1:51 PM Reply   
I used to have a 2000, 205. IT was a great boat. That one Brian put up seems like a pretty good deal. The 1996 does not.
Old     (elc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       07-14-2009, 2:00 PM Reply   
my brother in law picked up a 96, earlier this year with 500 hours for 13k - tower/tower speakers, racks.
Old     (svguy)      Join Date: Jan 2004       07-14-2009, 3:20 PM Reply   
All, Thanks for all the input. As usual, this Forum is very helpful!
Old     (silverlude)      Join Date: Apr 2004       07-14-2009, 5:46 PM Reply   
I have a 94 w many mods and stereo, sub,8spks,tower,ect.. in great condition w 1475hrs(we use it alot) and I bought mine 5yrs ago for 14k. 18k is too much even w low hrs and as stated the low hrs may not be great thing, check it out w a mechanic it will save you big time if ya like the boat. That said, mine has been awesome, weighted correctly throws great wake and easy to maintain/parts ect... Great boats!
Old     (joe_crawley)      Join Date: Jan 2007       07-14-2009, 6:57 PM Reply   
200 hours on a 96 is too low, I'd stay away. It should have at least double that if it was used and maintained. I'd say $13k is reasonable, but anything over $15k is too much


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