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  • Prostar 205V for Slalom?

    Looking to get back into skiing. Have mostly slalomed but have knee-board, wakeboard, barefoot and even still have an old "skurfer" and anxious to get new board for surfing. Looking to purchase a used boat (nice 2003 Prostar 205V X-series) and seems for all around fun the V-drives are the way to go. However, I love my slalom and somewhat of purest, knowing once skied a comp boat, nothing seems to compare. From what I can find online from 1 review, the 205V wake is near exactly the same as prostar D-drive at speeds over 30. So for all you slalom purest out there, will the pylon position, v-drive tracking, wake, etc on the Prostar 205V effect my enjoyment or will I still be able to lay it down at 15/22 off? Thanks for any input. Jim

  • #2
    I have never skied that particular hull but typically v-drives are not as good as d-drives for skiing the course

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    • #3
      If you are a course skier at 22 off I think you'd be better served with a DD. The Vdrive will do well for open water skiing.
      Prior boats - (3) X14's, (3) Prostars, and a Tristar.

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      • #4
        I run the course behind my 205v XStar. Is it the same as a DD, of course not, but it's not bad either. Anything shorter than 22, you're gonna be aweful close to the rooster tail. 15 off at 32MPH is similar to the boats I used to ski behind as a kid when I was competing.

        As for all around, the 205v is great. Really nice shape on the wakeboard wakes, and you can surf it, short and steep surf wake though, but you can do it.

        I've got 2000lbs in mine, and it's lots for me. Empty, it gets up on plane quickly, and the wake flattens out well with a driver and a spotter. At slower than 30, it gets pretty big for slalom, but also that's only comparing to DD boats.

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        • #5
          +1 on all of the above.... I ski behind a 2000 205v - not as nice as my 95 205 but not bad either...
          sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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          • #6
            Thanks for input so far. I keep researching, looking at X9 and or X-7(d-drive) which sounds like terrific boats. Trouble is would like to find boat within pickup distance.

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            • #7
              I haven't skied an x9, but my understanding is that the wake would be similar to the 205v. Slightly larger, but softer. Keeping the weight in the boat down when you're going to ski in the course, and even adding 50-100lbs in the bow can make a huge difference in the wake compared to having the entire family, toys, cooler, etc. The X7 wake will be superior to the others you've mentioned, though a trade off for a serious wakeboarder. If you want to surf, the 205v is likely the best blend of do everything on your list. If you have the chance to check out a 214/214v hull it might be worth the bit more. Where are you located?
              I spent most of my money on booze, broads and boats. The rest I wasted. - Elmore Leonard
              I had always thought that there was nothing quite so sad as an abandoned boat.-Terry Hayes

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              • #8
                I ski behind my 05 X2 -- open water, 32mph @ 15 off. Of all the non-DD MasterCrafts, this hull and the 14V are probably the best for skiing. The beauty is we get to board and surf also, as has been mentioned above. I have a Bennett wakeplate that I'm going to install in the spring to see if it will flatten the ski wake just a bit.
                2005 X2, Viper Red, MCX, Acme 1285, PPass, rear 750 sacs, KBS, IBS, Bennett Wake Plate
                (previous) 2001 X5, 1991 TriStar 190

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                • #9
                  Hey Wheelerd, where did you track down a wake plate. I found one on GLS, but it looks like I'd have to modify it to make it work.

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                  • #10
                    I lucked out and found one last year on Kijiji -- a guy in Michigan had bought it intending to put it on his boat and never did. It was still brand new in the box but I got it for about half the price of retail. (Of course, cross-border shipping was a killer as usual.)

                    Its the 22" model so yes, it needs some clipping on the outer edges of the mounting point to fit between the exhaust outlets. I've also increased the radius of the opening so it fits around the drain plug. (The corners of the plate itself will also need to be shaved a bit.) I will also need to install some thin stainless steel shims cut from flat stock at the outer edges since the transom has a slightly convex curve.

                    Here's a before and after pic of my alteration to the backing plate.





                    I'll post more pics of the actual install when I get around to it.

                    Here's a pic of the complete contents of the box. (I purchased the gauge and sensor separately for a marine store locally -- it's about $100.)

                    2005 X2, Viper Red, MCX, Acme 1285, PPass, rear 750 sacs, KBS, IBS, Bennett Wake Plate
                    (previous) 2001 X5, 1991 TriStar 190

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                    • #11
                      Keep up on how this works out I have the same boat and wonder if this would make a difference, as there is a bump that I would like to see come out or soften up.

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                      • #12
                        Will do.
                        If nothing else, I'm hoping the wakeplate will help to alleviate the tendency to sometimes porpoise at 30+ mph, particularly if the water is almost-but-not-quite calm. Scares the heck out of my wife when she's driving for me.
                        2005 X2, Viper Red, MCX, Acme 1285, PPass, rear 750 sacs, KBS, IBS, Bennett Wake Plate
                        (previous) 2001 X5, 1991 TriStar 190

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                        • #13
                          Thanks again for comments. I am around the Toledo, Ohio area, Northwest Ohio. I just found out I have opportunity to buy 2004 or 5 Sammy Duvall 209 I think. Guy is in Japan so can't get any details at this time. So not sure if that SD model has ballast and tower.

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                          • #14
                            Naw, Duvall was a slalom guy. I doubt it'll have a tower and ballast. That's not a bad thing though, this way you can get what you want.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jrfcpa View Post
                              Thanks again for comments. I am around the Toledo, Ohio area, Northwest Ohio. I just found out I have opportunity to buy 2004 or 5 Sammy Duvall 209 I think. Guy is in Japan so can't get any details at this time. So not sure if that SD model has ballast and tower.
                              SD should not have ballast since SD was a jumper.. but the tower and ballast is a nice add.
                              sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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