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Bruce
11-22-2006, 11:32 PM
I have a 1999 MariStar 230VRS. A guy here in the same area I spoke to has a 2002 MariStar 230VRS. Before I bought mine I asked about the boat. He said the only negative was that it was not to great in the lake(i.e Lake Ponchatrain which can get pretty rough). I have not yet had the boat in rough water. What can I expect?. Does his 2002 have a different hull and thus a different ride?

88 PS190
11-23-2006, 09:24 AM
Others will surely comment, but these boats don't have a hugely deep Vee to the hull, its a fairly shallow shape compared to lots of I/O type boats and this can give you a pounding, I do not know about the model year changes on the 230.

How rough is rough? There is a video of a pickle fork MC airborne in the video section... pretty cool.

88 PS190
11-23-2006, 09:24 AM
double post! :cool:

Jerseydave
11-23-2006, 11:11 AM
Bruce, I have a '03 230VRS which I believe is the same hull as your '99.
I feel it rides pretty well in the rough, even compared to a 23' I/O (one of my past boats). With more weight in it (people and/or ballast) she will ride even better! Only the MC 245 and 280 will ride better.

BTW, ever ride in a '91-'94 prostar 190? You will be very pleased with your 230. :)

Archimedes
11-23-2006, 12:05 PM
BTW, ever ride in a '91-'94 prostar 190? You will be very pleased with your 230. :)

But that's like comparing a Porsche Cayman to a Lexus LX430 ;)

And I say, anyone who complains about the ride of a 230 in rough water is one spoiled boater who might think of trading it in for a big Cobalt or Sea Ray.

My wife and I used to power our '94 190 through some really rough stuff with no complaints. Our X-1 is a Mercedes by comparison.

Bruce
11-23-2006, 08:13 PM
Thanks for the info. I know here in the bayou it rides and handles like a dream. The bayou being a little narrow gave me some anxious moment when I had to make my first turn with a skier behind at pretty good speed. No sweat! However, being a shallow lake where storms come up fast also it's killed a lot of folks over the years. I knew how to handle it in my old rig(1971 Slickcraft which had a deep vee with sponsons and a 140 hp outboard. Not much freeboard) I'm sure the MC will be fine I just haven't had a chance to try it out so I don't know what to expect if I get caught in a 3 or 4 ft sea.