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thughes
03-03-2012, 03:23 PM
I am currently very interested in buying a late 80s early 90s Mastercraft. I have looked at the Maristar (Which i missed out on by a day in Colorado) and now a 88 Tristar. I am hoping I can get some advice from current owners. Any recommendations , comments or suggestions as to what to look for and avoid would be great. I have only owned Glastrons.
Thanks

MASTIQUE
03-03-2012, 06:26 PM
I think it would help if you told up what you want to do on the water and detail about how your family plans to use it?

thughes
03-03-2012, 06:29 PM
We go out most weekends I 15 minutes door to water. I am the only skier right now , slolam but I have a 4.6.8 yo kids so wakeboarding is in my future.

MASTIQUE
03-03-2012, 07:37 PM
If I were you I'd keep my eye out for a 205 Prostar, 210 or 225 maristar. With the kids you have you will want some space for sure. If you could find an older version of this, wow. I love this boat but a little high and maybe too new for you.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/master-craft-/150767316411?pt=Power_Motorboats&hash=item231a6eadbb

Jerseydave
03-03-2012, 07:45 PM
I agree with mastique on his suggestions. What is your price range?

Add a prostar 209/X9 to that mix too. I little more space than the 205.

thughes
03-03-2012, 11:49 PM
I am looking at around 10K. Having spent the day reading threads, ( this is a fantastic web site for into ) Prostar might be too cramp with 3 kids + more sometime. The tristar sounds appealing but that back space looks too cramped as well. I am leaning toward the 225 maristar. Can anyone tell me what the VRS is?

MASTIQUE
03-04-2012, 10:17 AM
I think it just means its a V-Drive (Engine in back under sunpad) and engine is backwards vs. Direct Drive (Engine in center, under a motor box). The direct drive will be much better for your skiing and maintenance is easier but the V-drive opens up the boat with much more space and room for kids and all the extra bags, towels etc... that come with kids. You'll need to drive both since this is a very personal part of the decision. If I were you, I'd stay away from the tristar. Parts are hard to come by. I think if you bump you budget up to the low to mid teens your options will be much bigger and the money spent up front can help you avoud either buying the wrong boat or getting the one you want but it needs alot of work.

MASTIQUE
03-04-2012, 11:19 AM
I am looking at around 10K. Having spent the day reading threads, ( this is a fantastic web site for into ) Prostar might be too cramp with 3 kids + more sometime. The tristar sounds appealing but that back space looks too cramped as well. I am leaning toward the 225 maristar. Can anyone tell me what the VRS is?

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/boa/2814550049.html

This looks good for you!!!

MASTIQUE
03-04-2012, 11:23 AM
http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/boa/2814550049.html

This looks good for you!!!

http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/boa/2861275173.html

This one is nice too.

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
03-04-2012, 11:34 AM
I think it just means its a V-Drive (Engine in back under sunpad) and engine is backwards vs. Direct Drive (Engine in center, under a motor box). The direct drive will be much better for your skiing and maintenance is easier but the V-drive opens up the boat with much more space and room for kids and all the extra bags, towels etc... that come with kids. You'll need to drive both since this is a very personal part of the decision. If I were you, I'd stay away from the tristar. Parts are hard to come by. I think if you bump you budget up to the low to mid teens your options will be much bigger and the money spent up front can help you avoud either buying the wrong boat or getting the one you want but it needs alot of work.

Tri-Star parts are NOT hard to come by...

MASTIQUE
03-04-2012, 11:49 AM
Tri-Star parts are NOT hard to come by...

My bad, I thought there were limited parts due to lower production units (can't remember where I got that from).

Miss Rita
03-04-2012, 08:55 PM
If I were you, I'd stay away from the tristar. Parts are hard to come by.

As mentioned, parts are easy to find. The TriStar is mechanically identical to the ProStar.

You should avoid the TriStar for other reasons: it just isn't big enough for what you want to do, and it lacks storage. If you put passengers in the front you're going to take some water over the bow. I wouldn't consider the TriStar a wakeboard boat.

Having said that, I love mine!

JohnE
03-04-2012, 09:22 PM
As mentioned, parts are easy to find. The TriStar is mechanically identical to the ProStar.

You should avoid the TriStar for other reasons: it just isn't big enough for what you want to do, and it lacks storage. If you put passengers in the front you're going to take some water over the bow. I wouldn't consider the TriStar a wakeboard boat.

Having said that, I love mine!

I wouldn't rule out the tristar but would recommend the 205 over it. The tristar 220 is rare, but is a 22 foot bow rider with integral platform which means it is essentially a bit under 21 feet. Tristar 190 is tight, I had one. But open bow helps

thughes
03-04-2012, 11:36 PM
You read my mind Mastique, I just looked in Phoenix and emailed about the boat. I will see if its still available. Thanks for the response

thughes
03-04-2012, 11:37 PM
Thanks for honest feedback

cdstukey
03-04-2012, 11:45 PM
Not mine, and not a maristar, but local and maybe worth a call

http://www.ski-it-again.com/php/skiitagain.php?topic=Search&category=Comp_Boat&postid=18250

thughes
03-05-2012, 12:29 AM
Any thoughts on the 270 hp. Is that plenty of giddy up and get my old fat arse out of the water?

MASTIQUE
03-05-2012, 08:41 PM
Its plenty, you can always adust it with the prop. Thats the easy part.

jrcarte78
03-05-2012, 11:24 PM
Shameless plug!

I'm selling my 89 TriStar 190. It's listed on Boattrader.

It's a great boat and you can probably still find some threads on here showing some work I've put into it.

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/1989-Mastercraft-Tristar-190-232961


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thughes
03-06-2012, 12:27 AM
thanks shameless plug, but I am going to focus on the maristar.

jrcarte78
03-06-2012, 09:59 AM
No problem.

Good choice for a family as large as yours.

Good luck with your search.


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