View Full Version : Opinion on what MasterCraft to Purchase??

05-23-2010, 07:54 AM
We just sold our Prostar 190 and now we are selling our Pontoon boat. With that said, we want to continue to ski, wakeboard and tube....along with cruising on the lake. The lake we are on can get rough at times....and the pontoon was comfortable in this kind of water. We also like the seating capacity on the pontoon....12. With all that said...what would be our best bet? I don't plan on purchasing new with all of the quality used boats available right now.....so years and types of boats are key...since the hulls have been changing. I most likely will be looking at boats from 2000-2008.

Thanks for your help...I appreciate your oppinion.

05-23-2010, 07:58 AM
IMO the 2006 and newer X2. We have had a 190, X9, X30, 3 - X2s, and now an X35. The X2 will defiantly not have the ski wake of the 190 but the trade off for room and storage is worth it.

05-23-2010, 08:33 AM
We are going to look at a 2004 197 with a tower and balast and a 2006 X-Star. I have not see a lot of X-2's for sale. The X2 seems to hold their value well.

05-23-2010, 10:06 AM
Where do you boat?

If you want 12 people on the boat I would go with an x15. Came out in 2006 and is an awesome all around boat!

I'm confused as to why you are testing a 197? It won't hold 12 and will be only marginally better in rough water than your previous 190.

The xstar has a max capacity of 12 and its tight at twelve. This boat is purpose built for wakeboarding.

05-23-2010, 10:19 AM
When I say 12....I mean most likely 12 total adults and kids....teens. Not 12 adults. I don't have any exposure to these boats...which is why I posed the question.

I have not seen a lot of X-15's out in the market....but I will look. I think I might be looking at a X-30 as well.

I figured some of the people on here would be able to help eliminate some of my questions. Again...we are looking for a multi functional boat.....with Wakeboarding and Wakeskating on the top of the list...along with comfort in rough water.

05-23-2010, 10:20 AM
Another vote for the X15.

Also Greg, if you email [email protected] he is the administrator here and can get you registered as a regular member vs. a guest.

05-23-2010, 01:01 PM
Seems like the X-15 is a popular boat...once you have one...you keep it. Tough to find used. Whats the big difference going to a X-30...from the 15. Found a older X-30....going to look at it tomorrow along with a few X-stars.

What are the issues with these boats? I spoke to one guy..again this is his opinion...he said MasterCraft has had a lot of issues in the past 5 years....electrical...yada yada.

I had a good freind with a Maristar...don't know what year but he had a lot of problems with his boat...so many he bought a Centurion Enzo.

All opinions are appreciated.

I will shoot the administrator to get my status changed.

Thanks, Greg

05-23-2010, 01:28 PM
The 197 is a wonderful boat for skiing, boarding, and the family as well.... Although 12 would be a little too much for this boat in my opinion....

05-23-2010, 07:17 PM
I was under the impression the 197 would be a similar ride as my 1987 Prostar. The 197 I am looking at is 2004-2006 range. How do they handle rough water? The other issue...is seating for everyone.

05-23-2010, 07:51 PM
Leaning towards a X-Star...

Eagle Lake Rebel
05-23-2010, 10:15 PM
I have an X30 and start feeling cramped at 8 to 10 folks. 12 all the time and all the gear that goes with 12....find a nice used x45. The x30 would be as small as I would go. You can get a 30 or 45 at a good price.

Kevin 89MC
05-24-2010, 11:14 AM
While a newer 197 will handle waves better than your old ProStar, a V drive will handle them quite a bit better than the 197. The 197 will be much more spacious than your old ProStar, but again a larger V drive will be much more spacious than a 197. If you're looking for a truly awesome ski wake first, see if a 197 can fit your other needs. If you plan to spend most of the time cruising, tubing, boarding, etc. I'd recommend at least a 209 (larger direct drive), or a V drive. No direct drive is going to hold anywhere close to 12, at least none that I've seen. For that you really need a big V drive. I've never skied behind one, but I'd bet it would be just fine for recreational skiing.
Good luck!

05-24-2010, 11:17 AM
I have an 02 197 and it handles the rough water pretty well. It all depends on what you do more. If you ski more than wakeboard, get a 197 or a 214. The X-Stars are great for wakeboarding, but dont offer the same wake for slalom skiing.

05-24-2010, 11:18 AM
If the rough water ride is important to you, then the X-star is not what you want. But for wakeboarding it is the best boat in the world. It will beat you up in the chop.

How much is your budget?

05-24-2010, 11:19 AM
I have a 2007 demo x15 loaded if your interested?

05-26-2010, 02:04 AM
I have a 2007 X-30 and it seats up to 16 people. We've put 16 in it a number of times but half of them were kids. It is a good choice for room and for handling rough water (deep V hull) and we're on a good size lake. Nice cruising boat. Does everything except you wouldn't want to choose it if you loved to ski and that was your main sport (deep V hull) but you can still do it and I'm not sure that you could with a X-35 or X-45. We find the X-30 a versatile boat for a family and ours likes variety behind the boat. We do a lot of surfing behind our X-30 but also wakeboarding, knee-boarding, and tubing but little skiing. Again, if you're mainly into skiing, consider something smaller.

I considered the X-45 but it is a lot of boat. However, if you are going to take 10-plus adults out consistently it may be the right choice. For us, the X-30 sat in the sweet spot between the X-15 and the X-45. We pile the people in and we haven't been short on power with the LY6 motor.

05-26-2010, 07:58 AM
Drove the X-Star...nice boat.

Shoot me a price. I am still shocked at the junk out for sale....I would think you would have the boat in perfect shape to sell it...but that does not seem to be the norm.