SPORT NAUTIQUE or PROSTAR 205?

SPORT NAUTIQUE or PROSTAR 205?

Post by SkiinDe » Thu, 29 Feb 1996 04:00:00


Which boat would you buy if you had to choose between thes 2 boats and
why?  I like to foot and slalom and have a family of 5.  Need input from
fellow skiers. SkiinDean.
 
 
 

SPORT NAUTIQUE or PROSTAR 205?

Post by Cmd10 » Thu, 29 Feb 1996 04:00:00

My choice would be the Prostar 205--because we have one.  My family got a
new '95 at the beginning of the season and we absolutely love it.  The
slalom wakes are awesome, the power (std. 265hp,1:1) is arm-wrenching, and
the boat look great.  

At the St. Louis boat show I had the opportunity to look at the Sport
Nautique.  I liked the looks, the gauges, and the driver's seat.  But I
found a few things I didn't understand.  Apparently Nautique has "taken"
the split motor box idea from Malibu and duplicated it pretty well.  But
the observer seat base lifts up with the attached seat back.  This allows
for stuff to fall over into the floor, which is what the split box is
supposed to prevent with the engine compartment, so I wonder why they
don't use it with the seat base.  Then I noticed that the in-floor ski
locker lid cannot be opened unless the seat is up because the base
overlaps it-a nuisance if you want to use the locker and there is stuff
under the seat.

I also noticed how sloped the rear end was.  It seems that they could add
about six inches of interior space if they would square up the back.  It
would also make it easier for skiers to put on a slalom by sitting on the
back and not having to balance and stand up.

I also think MC should adapt their motor boxes to the split configuration
just like Nautique did.

But really, you shouldn't have any big reason not to buy one of these
boats.  After all, it is your decision and you wouldn't pick a boat you
don't like.

chris monroe

 
 
 

SPORT NAUTIQUE or PROSTAR 205?

Post by G1FOOT » Fri, 01 Mar 1996 04:00:00

Barefoot Crossings of the 205 wake are undesireable to say the least.    
If most / all of your footing is done on the boom then no problem it's a
good boom boat.      I have used the Sport Nautique a number of times for
week long Barefoot Clinics - I put on about 30 skiing hours in the week -
no complaints from me or the skiers.      For handling and driver comfort
I take the Nautique.      Barefoot speeds with the small block will be
about the same - the Nautique may get more - but I believe (?) the 205
comes with a 454 option,  that's the way to go for your footing but you
will sacrifice the slalom wake ( but who cares - get a wake board ).      
A boom extention needs to be added on both boats for optimum boom skiing
as they have some side spray right at that point.      

Richard Gray

The Barefoot Company
1-800-665-3188

 
 
 

SPORT NAUTIQUE or PROSTAR 205?

Post by tofe » Sat, 02 Mar 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>Which boat would you buy if you had to choose between thes 2 boats and
>why?  I like to foot and slalom and have a family of 5.  Need input from
>fellow skiers. SkiinDean.

You should foot behind them, then decide.  You should also try one of the
Malibu open bow models because they are *substantially* better for
footing. The Malibus have much less turbulance and a much flatter table
at footing speeds.  This is a big help for tricks behind the boat and
especially for starts, barefoot wake slalom or even just crossing the
wake on two feet.
 
 
 

SPORT NAUTIQUE or PROSTAR 205?

Post by DerylRob » Sun, 03 Mar 1996 04:00:00

When I was choosing between those two boats I chose the Malibu Sunsetter.
It's roomier, less expensive, well built, better wake than the CC.  I
demo'd them all on the same day.  They were all great boats.  The MC was
just too small in comparison.
 
 
 

SPORT NAUTIQUE or PROSTAR 205?

Post by Mark Zabolotn » Sun, 03 Mar 1996 04:00:00

I purchased a '95 P.S. Prostar 205.  I love it.  Both boat's are great.  
I'm married and a have a little girl (she love's it).  We usally have
about 5 -7 people in the boat and it handles that many with no problems.  
 My advice is to go out and test drive both.  I purchased the Mastercraft
because;
1.) There was dealer who could service it near my home.
2.) I bought the LT-1, which I love.
3.) The mastercraft was a little bit roomier. I like that with the Prostar
    the open bow had seat's vice the Sport which basically has a mat in  
  the bow.

The '96 205 have been changed, the storage room is the best I've seen.  My
friend has the Sport and love's it.  Check them both out, I don't think
you can go wrong with either.  There also a few other brands out there
that are looking good.  I'm sure some of the other people could tell you
about them.

 
 
 

SPORT NAUTIQUE or PROSTAR 205?

Post by Steve Robert » Tue, 05 Mar 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> When I was choosing between those two boats I chose the Malibu Sunsetter.
> It's roomier, less expensive, well built, better wake than the CC.  I
> demo'd them all on the same day.  They were all great boats.  The MC was
> just too small in comparison.

did you try the hydrodyne?
 
 
 

SPORT NAUTIQUE or PROSTAR 205?

Post by Bill Burdi » Wed, 06 Mar 1996 04:00:00

SkiinDean
I also have a family of 5 that loves to ski foot and board and when i
was looking to buy a new boat in 1994 i drove and skied behind all
the boats i was interested in Mastercraft, Natique, Sanger and Tige
and then checked out the dealers for service and advice for the future.
At that time i chose the Mastercraft 205 to me it seemed to have the
best all arround wake,quieter,less vibration more seat room in the
bow and the dealer seemd the largest and best in the area i also
felt it handled better and had the best resale value.

I realize all the boats are different now in 96 but suggest you folow
the same routine to pick out your boat. They are all great boats, try
them out and follow your best instincts.
Hope this helps.

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