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Stritt
01-23-2008, 02:59 PM
Went to the Orlando show this past weekend to "look" around, by the time we left my wife and 7 year old were wanting to get a MC again. I have some great options given to me by Liquid Sports...So I would like some information from you.

We have owned a 96 205, 2000 205v, 2003 209 & 197. Our favorite boat was the 209 for comfort and the 197 for skiing. We looked at the 215 and 230 Maristar's both saltwater and non. Can anyone share thier experience with either of these boats.

Does anyone know of any leftover 209's.....Or a good used 209? I am leaning towards going back with a 209 but the deal offered on the 215 or 230 is virtually impossible to beat. I never really liked the driving of a v-drive....

Not interested in the flashy x-style graphics but will entertain.

BrianM
01-23-2008, 04:52 PM
Why not take a look at the new PS 214 which is the replacement to the 209.

duckguy
01-23-2008, 06:16 PM
214 is sweet

Eagle Lake Rebel
01-23-2008, 06:37 PM
Should be able to get a sweet deal on a 230 or X30 since its replacement the 235/X35 is out. I'm on my second X30 & love it.
Lots of space & good all around boat. The current 230/30 series never took off hence the 35's. I like my bow pointed so the 35 dosen't fire me up that much plus being a new boat I'm sure there will be a few quirks to work out. Just like cars, take them all out for a drive to see what fits you best.

Chicago190
01-23-2008, 07:11 PM
I would definately take a look at the 214. If you're spending the money for a new boat why settle for something that you might not want.

Jerseydave
01-23-2008, 07:52 PM
"I never really liked the driving of a v-drive"

You shouldn't buy one just because it's a good deal. I saw the 214 at the NY boat show, nice boat with alot of room and great layout. If I were a skier with a family, it fits the bill nicely. Just my $.02.

ShamrockIV
01-23-2008, 07:54 PM
X14 is nice too. not real flashy either!!!
but you can't go wrong with it or the 214!!!

Sodar
01-23-2008, 08:12 PM
Went to the Orlando show this past weekend to "look" around, by the time we left my wife and 7 year old were wanting to get a MC again. I have some great options given to me by Liquid Sports...So I would like some information from you.

We have owned a 96 205, 2000 205v, 2003 209 & 197. Our favorite boat was the 209 for comfort and the 197 for skiing. We looked at the 215 and 230 Maristar's both saltwater and non. Can anyone share thier experience with either of these boats.

Does anyone know of any leftover 209's.....Or a good used 209? I am leaning towards going back with a 209 but the deal offered on the 215 or 230 is virtually impossible to beat. I never really liked the driving of a v-drive....

Not interested in the flashy x-style graphics but will entertain.

I hear the factory has a sweet 35th 197 that they have taken back and "modified". Are you interested!?!? :D :D

Just giving ya trouble!

The new 214 looks nice, I just do not like the seating. I saw a REALLY clean X-9 for sale around here, but my guess is that California is a little far to ship...

Stritt
01-23-2008, 08:33 PM
haha, figured someone would have to bring the old boat up...Wait, I forgot I think I was told I couldn't afford a MC....

Seriously, times of changed from 2000....I don't plan on being the skier/footer like back then. Truth be told I haven't been behind a boat since the 197 almost 3 years ago. This is really more for our daughter and son. That is why I would entertain the vdrive this time around.

Anyone know what the stepped hull design on the 210 and 230 actually does? What is the purpose of the trim tabs? How does the boat handle rough water? I know to test drive and I will when the time comes.....just curious from a current owners perspective.

WTRSK1R
01-23-2008, 09:20 PM
2002 209 in the marketplace:
http://www.tmcowners.com/market/showproduct.php?product=1849&cat=5

Located in Wisconsin, so it would be a haul, but it appears to be in great condition from the photos.

Footin
01-23-2008, 09:38 PM
Chicago MC has a left over 05 X-9.

http://www.chicagomastercraft.com/2005-mastercraft-x-9--c-315.htm

Eagle Lake Rebel
01-23-2008, 10:43 PM
The stepped hull helps a little on top end speed & lets the boat sit lower in the water @ wakeboard & surf speeds which gives more (bigger) wake. The trim tab helps shape the wake and will also reduce bow rise when getting on plane. If you are used to inboards you will notice that a v drive has a lot more bow rise which you might not like. The trim tab helps this a lot but the rise is still there.

shepherd
01-23-2008, 10:54 PM
Hey 35th. Still got a spare SS prop laying around the house? :rolleyes:

03 35th Anniversary
01-23-2008, 11:09 PM
Chicago MC has a left over 05 X-9.

http://www.chicagomastercraft.com/2005-mastercraft-x-9--c-315.htm
Good looking boat.... ;) To bad it has the 310hp engine......... :(

dpolen
01-24-2008, 01:59 PM
Chicago MC has a left over 05 X-9.

http://www.chicagomastercraft.com/2005-mastercraft-x-9--c-315.htm

What would something like this sell for seeing that its a new boat and 3 years old?

Sodar
01-24-2008, 02:05 PM
What would something like this sell for seeing that its a new boat and 3 years old?

Call Eric and Ask! 630-533-2760

Ric
01-24-2008, 03:13 PM
jim has not yet visited this thread

Stritt
01-24-2008, 03:43 PM
Thanks for all the information. We do like the look of the 214's..I am concerned that the 230 is being replaced after a short stay in the MC lineup.

Shep I do still have the prop in the attic, however I may end up having a use for it.

Ric....glad to see you can still stir the pot:) :) Luckily the 40th doesn;t do anything for us:rolleyes:

SkiHo
01-24-2008, 05:17 PM
Check out the market place! 2007 X-14 Available! What a great boat, ski, wakeboard, wakesurf has it all and the room. Performance is fantastic, ride like the 209 & 197. The X-14 is my fourth MC, had the V-Drive but love the performance of the X-14. Good luck! Don't overlook the X-14. MC is always making the boats better every year.

SteveO
01-24-2008, 10:42 PM
Having had a 209 which I loved, I will say that my new X2 drives like a direct drive in responsiveness yet has all the storage of a V. For a rec to intermediate slalom skier, it is okay (with wake plate) and with some added weight or a full boat, it puts off a heck of a wakeboarding wake. Depending on what your use is and how many people you normally have in your crew should be the ultimate guiding factor. If you are going to have 2 families on the boat , the X2 may get a little small, but for 4-6 riders you would be in great shape IMO.

Doug G
01-24-2008, 10:48 PM
Should be able to get a sweet deal on a 230 or X30 since its replacement the 235/X35 is out. I'm on my second X30 & love it.
Lots of space & good all around boat. The current 230/30 series never took off hence the 35's. I like my bow pointed so the 35 dosen't fire me up that much plus being a new boat I'm sure there will be a few quirks to work out. Just like cars, take them all out for a drive to see what fits you best.


Ditto .. and now that the bell is tolling for the X-30 I have a future collectors item ;)

sully
01-24-2008, 11:02 PM
35_197
We have Maristar 215 that we like very much. This is our second Mastercraft. The first was a Maristar 210. This may very well be our last boat. We love the ride of this boat, the storage (the ski locker won't hold a ski though). The ski wake gets pretty good above thirty.
If you have any particular question let me know.

JohnE
01-25-2008, 09:17 AM
The 214/ X14 is the perfect boat for what I use it for. Given the OP, I would seriously consider that.

edit: I have a 197, fwiw.

Dawg
01-29-2008, 08:52 AM
35th,
check your PM,

Ski-A-Rees
01-29-2008, 10:04 AM
Call Jim & Chuck @BAWS (Bay Area WaterSports) and see what they have. You can test drive anything right their on Bell lake! If you plan on putting the boat in saltwater for a majority of the time, I would get a slatwater series. ( Coming from the only show ski team who regularly skis on salt water!) Just my .02 Cents!

BrianM
01-29-2008, 12:40 PM
Call Jim & Chuck @BAWS (Bay Area WaterSports) and see what they have. You can test drive anything right their on Bell lake! If you plan on putting the boat in saltwater for a majority of the time, I would get a slatwater series. ( Coming from the only show ski team who regularly skis on salt water!) Just my .02 Cents!

I have a feeling that 35th_197 and Jim@BAWS don't see eye to eye on some issues. :rolleyes:

03 35th Anniversary
01-29-2008, 12:55 PM
Hey 35th. Still got a spare SS prop laying around the house? :rolleyes:Hey Shep I got one..... Not sure what size, it is one of the props that came with boat. It doesn't run well on my boat with S/C, so I am never going to use it.

Ski-A-Rees
01-29-2008, 03:01 PM
Can't even go to the TMCowners website with out running into politics anymore...

Stritt
01-29-2008, 07:14 PM
:confused: No ill feelings here. Remember in the end everyone was happy.