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jss101
08-28-2007, 10:15 AM
Ok, so how many of you out there had a different inboard boat before owning a Mastercraft? Why did you switch? Was the MC better, really?

How many switched from something else? I was an I/O owner myself (20' Sea Ray). Was a nice boat, but didn't have the holeshot and wake of my 205V. In the Sea Ray I had to get people to go up front sometimes to pull up a big slalom skier. My MC doesn't seem to notice how many people I have on the boat! Just pulls up the skier effortlessly every time!

What's your story?

tones03
08-28-2007, 10:17 AM
Not a different inboard, but had 2 I/O Christ Crafts. Always wanted an MC but never could afford it. Never will go back though, nothing like an inboard and nothing even close to a MC.

pkskier
08-28-2007, 10:21 AM
I had a 17' Reinell I/O. Always wanted an MC and will own nothing else.

casx2
08-28-2007, 10:32 AM
First ski boat was a 1994 Ski Ray Spitfire by Sea Ray, nice boat, skied good but there wasn't alot of room. With kids in the future, we went with a new 03 197 for the room, ski ability and quality of MC. Plant tour sold us.

Ric
08-28-2007, 10:47 AM
Switched from a supra comp and never looked back

TNH2oSkier
08-28-2007, 10:56 AM
Started with an MC and switched to a CC, now am looking for another MC.

How is the slalom wake on your 205V? I would really love to ski behind one to see for myself. The wife wants a V, and I want another DD.

H20BOY
08-28-2007, 11:03 AM
I started with a Four Winns Horizon 210. Since then I have had 3 MCs, a '99 PS205, '00 XStar, & '06 X-15. I kept moving up due to ride quality. Wife wants smooth ride, I want performace. X-15 is a great compromise.

Lennyp04
08-28-2007, 11:12 AM
My dad had a 1960 sumtin Glastron Tri hull outboard with 80hp Mercury...really old.. Then we got a 1986 Wellcraft I/O with 140 hp and had that for 10 years and then we got the 2007 X-1. This is our first MC and i can tell my dad loves the boat and from the smile on his face when hes driving it was worth evry penny he spent. And my mom loves the ride of the X-1 so much smoother then the I/O

Maristar210
08-28-2007, 11:13 AM
Last boat owned?

17 foot Boston Whaler :o

TMCNo1
08-28-2007, 11:19 AM
1986 Dixie Super Skier 299/ 350 PCM, Open Bow, prior to that, 1978 Marquis I/O, 350 Mercruiser, till our daughter started skiing.

A.I. Rider
08-28-2007, 11:22 AM
Switched from an 04 Crownline 210 LX with an aftermarket tower to a 2006 MC X2 and I am glad I made that switch when I did. Although I have not been able to use it much this year, it was the best purchase I could have ever made!

Sodar
08-28-2007, 11:28 AM
Last boat owned?

17 foot Boston Whaler :o

Thatta Boy!! Me too!! :D

From the age of 5 yrs old to 20 yrs old, I had a 1988 13' Boston Whaler. In 2003, I bought a 1996 PS 190 and in 2007, I bought a 2007 PS 197.

I have not personally owned an inboard other than an MC, but starting from the mid-80's, my parents have owned a Malibu, American Skier, Tige, Hydrodyne and finally, an MC.

randyb
08-28-2007, 11:30 AM
I had a very nice '97 SeaRay 190 that I'd bought new. I hated to part with it buy had always wanted a MC for the better skiing qualities. Now I'd never go back to skiing behind an I/O!

trickskier
08-28-2007, 11:32 AM
Last 2 boats were MasterCrafts..................;)

BrianM
08-28-2007, 11:33 AM
Growing up we always had some sort of outboard 16ish foot runabout. My first boat was my '88 Prostar

O2BESOHUGE
08-28-2007, 11:35 AM
1969 Ski Nautique Bought Brand New In 69 By My Grandfather.

mayo93prostar
08-28-2007, 11:41 AM
My parents had a approx. 17ft aluminum hull boat with a 50 hp mercury outboard when I was young. Afriend had a 18 ft Switzer fiberglass speed/ski boat with a 175 HP mercury outboard that we would slalom and barefoot behind when I was a teenager. I am proud to say I have only owned Mastercrafts. I had an 1982 red/white stars and stripes for 9 years, an 1987 prostar 190 with powerslot, and now a 1993 blue/white stars and stripes with powerslot. I love Mastercraft and I too am addicted to this forum...

jss101
08-28-2007, 11:42 AM
Started with an MC and switched to a CC, now am looking for another MC.

How is the slalom wake on your 205V? I would really love to ski behind one to see for myself. The wife wants a V, and I want another DD.

I wish I had a photo for you. It's pretty good. It's not as flat as what I see here on line from some of the non-V folks, but at 34mph it's made me quite happy. It's a good compromise, because my son likes to wakeboard too.

I have to say we're really happy with the V design. The seating and big sundeck are great for the spectators and swimmers.

Tourney Team 197
08-28-2007, 11:43 AM
I had a '99 Gekko GTO prior to my MC. Needless to say, I will not go back to another inboard after owning my MC.

jss101
08-28-2007, 11:45 AM
Last boat owned?

17 foot Boston Whaler :o

Now that's a switch!


By the way, Maristar210, who's the babe in your little icon picture? Maybe I'm just dumb...

dpolen
08-28-2007, 11:46 AM
1997 21ft Chris Craft cuddy cabin...great boat for consuming lots of adult beverages, but pretty crappy for watersports. It was a great boat because I made a few grand on it after I sold the thing with only 18 mos of use and a little TLC.

jss101
08-28-2007, 11:50 AM
I had a very nice '97 SeaRay 190 that I'd bought new. I hated to part with it buy had always wanted a MC for the better skiing qualities. Now I'd never go back to skiing behind an I/O!

Yeah, tell me about it! I have to say I loved my 20' Sea Ray Signature I/O. It was a great boat that we took to lakes all around the area. I am so very very sold on an inboard for skiing, however! It's way better. Never go back! I'm with that.

jss101
08-28-2007, 11:54 AM
1997 21ft Chris Craft cuddy cabin...great boat for consuming lots of adult beverages, but pretty crappy for watersports. It was a great boat because I made a few grand on it after I sold the thing with only 18 mos of use and a little TLC.

I have a story like that too - My first boat was a 17' Larson bowrider with a 4-banger 140hp Mercruiser. I'm proud to say I sold that boat after 5 years of ownership, with lots and lots of family use, for $400. less than I originally paid for it! $80/year to own the boat? Not bad in my book! :cool:
(not counting operating expenses, of course)

ttu
08-28-2007, 11:58 AM
as a kid, dad had a 76 mc. ex wife didn't want a boat so i bought one as soon as my divorce was done:D

started with a 02 moomba outback then a 05 supra ssv 22. both good boats, but i always wanted a mc. purchased a 07 X2 a couple of months ago. have a 18 hrs on her.

Tourney Team 197
08-28-2007, 12:00 PM
I have a story like that too - My first boat was a 17' Larson bowrider with a 4-banger 140hp Mercruiser. I'm proud to say I sold that boat after 5 years of ownership, with lots and lots of family use, for $400. less than I originally paid for it! $80/year to own the boat? Not bad in my book! :cool:
(not counting operating expenses, of course)

I agree, if you take care of them right, they will hold their value nicely. I made $1,500 when I sold my Gekko. That is, however, not factoring in the $700 worth of fiberglass work I had done to it.

tex
08-28-2007, 12:03 PM
1980 Ski Supreme

Prostar Rich
08-28-2007, 12:10 PM
The first boat that I owned was a 1973 Century Arabian inboard. Had a Chrysler 440 and was rated at 300 hp. It was a cool boat in it's day. Got into hard core sking and water sports and purchased a new MC back in 90' and have never looked back.

Prostar Rich

Maristar210
08-28-2007, 12:12 PM
Now that's a switch!


By the way, Maristar210, who's the babe in your little icon picture? Maybe I'm just dumb...


Just a photo I stumbled on :)

WESSTAR
08-28-2007, 12:27 PM
My first boat was an 85 american skier great ski boat. (In fact it is still in the famliy I just could not get rid of it.) Then when I started wakeboarding the little woman and I bought a 2002 Centurion Huricane. After 550 hrs it started to have problems so we bought our 06 Xstar

jcbatt
08-28-2007, 12:36 PM
Had 4 different Malibu Wakesetter VLX's (99, 02, 05, 06) before trying my current boat. Liked the Malibus, but had dealer issues. I love the room of the X-15, though I do miss the better instrumentation, and the wedge / more balast on the VLX. Overall, we're very happy with the MC so far, and plan to order another one when this one sells.

ProTour X9
08-28-2007, 12:43 PM
This is our 4th MC ('87,'89,'94,'06) Before that my dad had a old Chrysler.

76S&S
08-28-2007, 12:46 PM
19XX Hydrodyne - came with the place my parents bought when I was a kid. 1976 S&S - still own it. 2002 X Star most recent purchase.

KnoxX2
08-28-2007, 01:34 PM
2004 Rienell 19' I/O sold it last yr. Now 2006 MC and will never own any thing else.

surfacetension
08-28-2007, 01:54 PM
Have had boats for the last 27 years , satrted with a 20 checkmate, all the way to may last boat which was an 01 Supra launch, got us back into water sports but my son is a big wakeboarder, Stopped at a dealership and looked at an X2 TONS of room and a great ride . Only had it for 3 weeks but so far so good

M-Funf
08-28-2007, 02:09 PM
I switched from a 1967 Tahiti 16' with 110HP Merc. to the '76 S&S. The MC is my first inboard.

Honestly, the Tahiti had a much flatter wake, but didn't have the power out of the hole, and being in CA two-strokes are going to be a thing of the past soon methinks...

loeweb
08-28-2007, 02:21 PM
Learned to ski behind a 1978 mark twain 17 foot single hull 165 horse merc. It was a family boat we called universal. you could fish out of it, ski, tube, barefoot, kneeboard, booze cruise, everything. bought an 88 190 and have loved every minute.

Commandohorn
08-28-2007, 02:27 PM
Had a 20ft OB Bayliner, took too long to pull me up! Bought my MC and are never going back!

Monte
08-28-2007, 02:31 PM
Swimming:D Had a bunch of buddies with boats growing up, my parents even had an old pontoon (new at the time)

When I started researching.. I made one clear decision..

MC is the only boat I've ever owned.....


When I was younger I almost traded a small 72' starcraft pop up camper for a 67 14'ft "Shell Lake" with a 75 merc on it... It looked like the bat boat... Glad I didn't do such a thing8p

captain planet
08-28-2007, 11:33 PM
First ski boat was a 1994 Ski Ray Spitfire by Sea Ray, nice boat, skied good but there wasn't alot of room. With kids in the future, we went with a new 03 197 for the room, ski ability and quality of MC. Plant tour sold us.
Hey casx2, did you get permission to use my trailer in your avatar? ;)

I went from a 14' Mirro Craft with a 9.9 hp Evinrude to my PS 190! Before that I just hitched a ride with casx2 in his Ski Ray. Pays to have friends with ski boats! :rolleyes:

tr6coug
08-28-2007, 11:52 PM
Switched from an 04 Crownline 210 LX with an aftermarket tower to a 2006 MC X2 and I am glad I made that switch when I did. Although I have not been able to use it much this year, it was the best purchase I could have ever made!

I had an '03 Crownline 215 with a samson tower. Nice boat, nice tower, then we got hooked on wakesurfing. Switched to an '07 X2, and I can't imagine ever going back to an I/O.

I Still have a '88 Boston Whaler 13'. Great boat, never getting rid of that one.

SDAhockey21
08-29-2007, 12:47 AM
When I was 10 my dad brought home our first MC.. The rest is history

mitch
08-29-2007, 03:30 AM
Started w/ a 1988 Regal Cuddy I/O, to a Glastron 17ft I/O to an 89 MC tristar to a 2000 PS205.

Jesus_Freak
08-29-2007, 03:48 AM
1987 Renkin I/O, to a 1978 Invader I/O (yes, massive downgrade), to a 1994 PS205. Maybe one day I can break the millennial barrier....

School Skier
08-29-2007, 07:12 AM
I had a 1986 Ebko ski and fish boat with a 90 hp. Evinrude on it we had a blast with it. That boat was a great starter boat.

limegreen
08-29-2007, 11:49 AM
22' Sea Ray I/O w/ Cuddy

I bought that first boat out of shear naivity. It as nice enough, but still an I/O, run of the mill.

I love my smallish direct drive because 1) I think the shallower boat is less intimidating when I pull around for my young kids (4 and 6)...and I can lean over and help them with their equipment 2) the swim platform is big and at water level 3) no bow rise 4) ole skool look 5)fits in my garage 6) tows easy

etc etc

an X14 often invades my dreams

JoshBuzz
08-29-2007, 11:57 AM
Had a 19 foot Aztec Coyote, great boat, but it was a closed hull and we couldn't fit more than 4 people in it! We switched to our Maristar 225, and love it! It's a '93, but we rebuilt the motor and rewired all the sound equipment and all. It's being reupholstered right now and we're adding a bench seat instead of the stock bucket passenger seat! sweet boat, great pull, and great seating! In the next couple years we're looking at moving up big, possibly X30, maybe X45. Nothing compares to Mastercraft quality or style!!

wade95
08-29-2007, 12:19 PM
I know I don't reall apply here, but I've never owned a boat. BUT I did spend alot of time in an 85 Stars & Stripes from the age of 18 to 26 or so. I know what my first boat will be.

OhioX14
08-29-2007, 12:22 PM
22' Four Winns Horizon, Sport Nautique, Mastercraft X9, Mastercraft X14

peason
08-29-2007, 12:33 PM
Our first boat was a 1984 Nautique 2001, that we purchased from a car dealers lot in 1994 - previous owner traded it in on a corvette. Had 300 hours on it at the time. We put another 400 hours on it over the next 10 years, moved to a new state and sold it the following year making a profit on the original purchase price. We loved that boat and all of the memories, but as a family of 6 we ran out of room for all of us and the equipment. We love our 209 and all of the storage, including the tower and wakeboard racks. The 209 comes in real handy for a day outing and for getting friends on the boat with us. We will have this boat for a long, long time.

Chas
08-29-2007, 12:38 PM
We still have an older Beachcraft. Very nice family boat, lots of seating and room. And I have to say, it is real nice to have a ski locker in the center of the boat... I'll mist that.

But it is an I/O, and an OMC at that. My least favorite brand. And no tower - and hard to fit one to this make and model.

And - it has a v6 (Chevy 4.3) which gives a surprisingly good pull, but si nothing like a DD V8.

I am working on a deal for an old Stars and Stripes - needs a new shaft. Hope to close the deal and get the boat on the water in a couple of weeks.

I'll hate to see the old boat go - nice stereo, everything works great, reliable, lots of good memories. But I want that V8 DD hole shot, so here we go.

wboarders
08-29-2007, 12:54 PM
2003 X-10 (bought used in 2006) is the first boat I bought. Sea-doo's before that. Will never buy anything but mastercraft again. Dealership in Calgary is about 10 blocks from my house and offers great service. Never going to another boat company.

betsy&david Harrison
08-29-2007, 12:58 PM
We started out with the old Kawasaki Tandem Jet Ski...only one year though...don't hate me....please!!!! It is long gone now.:D

pq2
08-29-2007, 01:47 PM
My dad first had a Chris Craft, it was a ski boat but I nerver saw it (1970) then he had a cuddy nautique, then in 1988 a barefoot nautique 2001 and last year my brother bought the MC PS197. Some day I will have MY own MC

pq2
08-29-2007, 01:52 PM
sorry double post...

suedv
08-29-2007, 01:57 PM
This is our old Chris Craft. It worked for riding around and beginner skiing. When Ben started getting to be a better skier it was time to get a MasterCraft. We would never go back.

Roonie's
08-29-2007, 01:57 PM
First boat I grew up with was a Fiberform 19'. Then we bought new in 1987 a 19' Sea Ray 165hp. I just tried to sell the Sea Ray last week and found out the stringers are all rotted and they no longer make parts for the engine so engine is now junk.

I bought my 2007 X2 a couple of months ago and haven't looked back.