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Old     (e_puppy)      Join Date: Jan 2009       12-18-2010, 7:57 AM Reply   
I am looking at purchasing one of these and was wanting to get peoples opinions of this boat for wakeboarding, surfing and skiing. Here is the link
Old     (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       12-18-2010, 3:33 PM Reply   
Ideally you would want to look at 96 and newer 205's. They have a little taller freeboard and share the same hull as the OG Xstar and the current X1. As a starter boat that would still be a solid boat for skiing and boarding. I have no idea about surfing but because of the low profile might be hard to get enough weight to surf well. That price is also high in my opinion. That boat with no tower and single axle trailer should be in the 10-12 range. Other boats in that price range and year range to look at would be the 93 or 94 and newer Supra sunsport(whichever one has the round windshield so it has fiberglass stringers and floors), sport nautique, super sport nautique, MAlibu sunsetter LX and a couple others.
Old     (e_puppy)      Join Date: Jan 2009       12-18-2010, 8:12 PM Reply   
Thanks for all the great information. I am keeping my options open and will take into consideration all the great info you gave.
Old     (illini88)      Join Date: Oct 2007       12-19-2010, 9:36 AM Reply   
That price seems a little high. Those things are great for skiing and footing. I personally prefer the ski wake on one of those to that of a late 90's prostar 190. From a wakeboarding perspective, it's not going to be a huge wake, but it's clean. I've never played with much weight in one though. They are also very narrow, so interior space can be an issue once you start piling gear in. With regards to quality, they are built nice and solid. Not a lot of rattling or trans noise. I have a friend with a 92 , that he bought new. The boat has never been back to a shop of any sort.
Old     (mike2001)      Join Date: Feb 2008       12-19-2010, 12:23 PM Reply   
Agree with everything brett and SS said. I noticed in my own search for a wake boat in this price range that these were consistently priced higher than I thought they were worth. Might be b/c a lot of people think these older 205s have the same hull as the orig. x-star, which brett pointed out isn't 100% correct.

Weird choice for pictures to use to advertise, $15k boat and 1 of the 4 pics is the spare tire?
Old     (delbert)      Join Date: Oct 2003       12-19-2010, 10:41 PM Reply   
Eric, I have a couple inboard/open bow boat options if you are interested.

Old     (illini88)      Join Date: Oct 2007       12-20-2010, 5:26 AM Reply   
I agree that they are over priced, but this probably is a good example of what people talk about when they say some brands have better resale than others. I'm not a MC owner, but I'll acknowledge that they are well built and have a great reputation. That reputation extends way back. As such, they command a premium of sorts. I know skiing isn't overly popular on this board, but that boat also has value to skiers, which does help it's resale value.
Old     (e_puppy)      Join Date: Jan 2009       12-20-2010, 5:34 PM Reply   
This is another one that I found, this is a better option for a all around wake, ski and surf. To me there doesnt look like much of a difference but then again I am not as versed in Mastercraft and there differences. I can see that the freeboard is a little steeper but that is all I noticed. What is the predator engine? Is the an upgrade for the engine? Thanks for all the comments it is helping me gain some more knowledge.
Old     (e_puppy)      Join Date: Jan 2009       12-20-2010, 5:35 PM Reply   
sorry I forgot to put in the link:
Old     (illini88)      Join Date: Oct 2007       12-20-2010, 7:14 PM Reply   
Nice looking boat. Looks sharp. The 97 should have more beam too. I'm not sure what all engines would be available on that boat, but I'd think the LT1 is the high end motor on that model. At that price range, my guess is you can find a v-drive. Not likely to find a MC though, unless it's a maristar.
Old     (tommyg)      Join Date: Apr 2002       12-21-2010, 5:34 AM Reply   
I guess they really do hold their resale value well...I sold my '97 205 with tandem axle trailer for $ 2003!
Old     (behindtheboat)      Join Date: Aug 2006       12-21-2010, 5:49 AM Reply   
96 and on have the wider beam, and deeper gunnels. The LT1 is the high end motor for that year, but the Predator will do just fine for any needs.
Old     (delbert)      Join Date: Oct 2003       12-21-2010, 9:52 AM Reply   
Eric, Not sure if you saw my post above but I have a 1996 Hydrodyne Grand Sport and a 2000 Correct Craft Sport Nautique that I would like to sell.

Call me if you are interested.
Old     (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       12-21-2010, 10:03 AM Reply   
A 96 Hydrodyne Grand Sport or 2000 Sport Nautique would both be very solid options for the right price.
Old     (e_puppy)      Join Date: Jan 2009       12-21-2010, 5:10 PM Reply   

Where are you located? Where can I see some pics of the boats that you talked about.
Old     (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       12-21-2010, 7:23 PM Reply   
The Hydrodyne. It looks fairly clean. It also has the GT40 motor which is arguably the best inboard engine ever produced.

Last edited by polarbill; 12-21-2010 at 7:26 PM.
Old     (delbert)      Join Date: Oct 2003       12-21-2010, 8:45 PM Reply   
Eric, I live in Nashville, TN. The link from PollarBill ( is my Hydrodyne for sale. I am asking $10.5k OBO for this boat. I updated the listing this eveing to reflect the most current information and price.

I can send additional pictures as well as answer any questions you have. .

Old     (e_puppy)      Join Date: Jan 2009       12-22-2010, 4:03 PM Reply   

Can I give you a call tomorrow? I dont know if I am interested in the hydrodyne but may be interested in the 2000 Nautique. Do you have any pics of this boat?
Old     (delbert)      Join Date: Oct 2003       12-22-2010, 8:53 PM Reply   
Sure. Call me Thursday and I will be glad to discuss.

Old     (bobby_hottub)      Join Date: Sep 2007       12-23-2010, 2:51 AM Reply   

My nephew bought a 1996 Hydrodyne Gran Sport (his first boat) this past Summer and he has loved it. It also has the GT40 in it and it is awesome. I was very impressed with it - very well built. The dealer installed a tower and the total package was right at $10,000. I was not familiar with the brand until I looked at his. Solid boat. Nice wake when weighted properly. Does anyone know what happened to Hydrodyne?
Old     (behindtheboat)      Join Date: Aug 2006       12-26-2010, 7:29 PM Reply   
Went out of business around soon after 96. Great boats, very solid. I am not 100% sure, but I believe there was wood in the interior, and with boats at that time moving to no wood at all, they were in a tough spot and in a losing battle with the bigger companies. my opinion, and I can easily be wrong


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