Yes, MasterCraft still makes the ProStar 190. Just the fact that we have to state that shows how much the water-sports boat market has changed. MasterCraft’s amazing success as a company is rooted in creating world-class, closed-bow, envy-of-the-slalom-world ski machines. Yet in the interim decades, the closed bows have been overtaken by the open bows, the direct-drives by the V-drives. As MasterCraft has greatly expanded its model lineup, this traditional ski boat has always been a part of it—and been considered a premier pure ski boat. The 2007 edition of the ProStar 190 is no exception.
We have to borrow one of MasterCraft’s marketing lines here: “The ProStar 190 is closed for business.” That’s a clever way to sum up what the 190 is all about. Most tournament skiers this season will likely find themselves behind a ProStar 197 at some point, since that open-bow version of this same incredible hull has become much more ubiquitous. It’s more family-friendly, allowing for passengers to sit in the bow.
But for those skiers serious about the business of three-event skiing, the 190 is a choice boat. In recent years, this hull has pulled world records in slalom, trick and jump. That only represents the tip of the iceberg in terms of the number of other records and personal bests set with this flared design that has a reduced running surface. One test drive makes it clear how that’s possible. The wakes are unbelievably small and soft from recreational line lengths all the way into the deepest shortlines. There are no worries about chine spray. And now with MasterCraft’s standard cruise control, it’s easy for almost any driver to generate a consistent, tournament-quality pull with the 190.
Dry weight: 2,620 lb.
Draft: 22 in.
Load capacity: 978 lb.
Fuel capacity: 28 gal.
Storage capacity: 29 cu. ft.
Center: 23 cu. ft. (including bow access)
Rear: 6 cu. ft.
Platform: 8.5 sq. ft.
Interior gunwale height: 21 in.
Sun-pad area: 20 sq. ft. (max)
Base price: $44,700
Engine: Indmar RTP-1 5.7L, 310 hp
Prop: OJ 12.5 x 12 four-blade
Cruise: MasterCraft Cruise
Driver’s seat: Bolster
Dash: Compression-molded with billet aluminum gauges
Gauges: 2.25 in. and 4 in.
Gas fill: Port rear
Cooler: 12 qt., under walk-through
Cup holders: 6, stainless steel
Rub rail: Stainless steel
Graphics: MasterCraft logo
Colors: 21 exterior choices in five color ways; two base colors and 11 accent colors in interior
Engine: Indmar MCX 5.7L, 350 hp; Indmar LY6 6.0L, 400 hp
Ballast: 612 lb. total
One observer’s side tank: 180 lb.
One rear tank: 432 lb.
Stereo: AM/FM/CD Clarion deck with MP3 input, four JL Audio speakers, amp, subwoofer, CD changer, driver remote, armrest remote
Platform: Fiberglass with rubber
Trailer: Single or tandem axle
Misc.: Heater, shower, bow filler cushion, Bimini top