Captain’s Report by Capt. Steve
Old is New
She's not getting older - she's getting better: while the ProStar 190 has been around for a long time, subtle improvements have been introduced throughout the model years. But one thing that hasn't changed is the fact that this boat is for the true enthusiast, not the casual skier. Lots of work has gone into getting the hull just right for the perfect skier's wake; while she might be a great boat for the kids, she's so much more. The PS190 has long been considered the flagship of the MasterCraft line, even though she's not the biggest. She's designed for the guy who wants to go around the buoys, even as the towline gets shorter and shorter.
New is New
But even though the 190 maintains her performance heritage, those subtle changes make her what she is. The latest changes were designed to reestablish MasterCraft as a dominant force in the industry. It starts with adding beam as a direct response to the way people are skiing now: with more people and more skis. This iteration has a beam of 7'7" (2.31m) which will serve nicely as anyone who buys this boat will ultimately have a lot of friends, whether they want them or not. You can also notice parallel channels down the underside of the hull. In essence, the hull is narrowed to get a narrower wake. It's basically riding on less surface area to get the boat sitting on top of the water better. MasterCraft still managed to maintain that sharp entry, about 30 degrees at the bow, but that quickly starts to flatten and narrow with the channels. The fins take on a more parabolic shape so water flows past much more evenly so there are fewer bubbles and less disturbance leading to the running gear. This gives you a straighter and truer track with less turbulence.
Visibility is often a problem on boats of this class. You can't really see the water close in to the bow, but that has changed with the advent of lower profile dash panels and bow sheer that drops slightly. Teleflex throttle controls keep handling smooth, there's no longer any clunking into gear, and the rack and pinion steering gives true sportboat-like handling.
The PS 190 is offered with both MasterCraft Cruise or Zero-Off speed control. Standard power is 310-hp which is the most in class. With electronic fuel injection, the throttle response is better, and therefore the response to the cruise control is improved. Each engine is equipped with a load sensor, so when it starts to bog down, more fuel is dumped into the engine.
Standards and Options
MasterCraft has built in a long list of standards to the PS 190. Carpeting is standard but a Bimini is not. You can order a canvas package to suit your needs, whether you have a tower or not, and an assortment of cockpit covers is also available. The classy 4-spoke steering wheel and billet shift knob are standard. The 190 comes with a driver's seat bolster, removable teak platform, and chrome thru hulls. As for options, the list is lengthy, but the highlights are the towers. Known as ZFT or Zero Flex Towers, they come in several models starting with the ZFT 1 that has fixed board fingers with a bungee on each side, to the ZFT 3 that has swivel board racks. A mini-tower is also an option.If you're into wakeboarding, the PS 190 can accommodate that as well, even with the hull designed to optimize a flat wake. All you have to do is make the boat heavier and you do that with ballast, and the 190 accommodates a rear fat sac. By the way, since we're getting a tower, you may as well load it up. You can get two speakers, four speakers, two lights, four lights or any combination you'd like. So if your heart's desire is to perfect your skiing technique, and you want a sought after boat to go after that goal, then the PS 190 is for you.
Standard and Optional Features
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!