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j.robinson389
04-04-2012, 01:21 PM
If this needs moved to General discussion feel free to do so

I am trying to talk my parents into a new boat, I like the way ski boats hold their value compared to runabouts, and we all know Mastercrafts are at the top of the list when it comes to quality. So tell me how good of a deal this is? It doesn;t have a Tower so that hurts it a little, but otherwise appears to be in good shape. Any major problems with era Maristar?

306hrs, LTR; asking $16,900

363COUPE
04-04-2012, 02:43 PM
I think it's a decent price. Looks like it's been well cared for. If it wasn't 11 hours away, I'd buy it this weekend.

mtajpa
04-04-2012, 03:15 PM
What type of watersports do you do? Wakeboard/surf? If you are a hardcore skier the 230 Maristar is not the best for sking. I ski 34 -36 mph and its not to bad but nothing like a prostar. I don't course ski any more. I only purchased the Maristar 230 as it was a project boat. However it has turned out to be a very nice boat for all my kids and myself. I'll keep it until something else pops up. It is a good rough water boat as our lake tends to get quit rough in the afternoons.

j.robinson389
04-04-2012, 03:52 PM
What type of watersports do you do? Wakeboard/surf?


Honestly, our family is not big into watersports, the occasional Slalom, 2-ski, wakeboard, kneeboard run. We are more just looking for a good quality bigger boat then our current 19' Stingray. And the few Inboards/V-drives I've driven do not even compare to our old I/O.

LaRue
04-04-2012, 04:20 PM
if the boat checks out mechanically and appears well cared for, i believe the price is very competitive. A 230 with that motor will provide you a nice ride on rougher water, room and storage,and plenty of power. Quality of wake for water sports in increasing order... Slalom, wake boarding, surfing. We have a 210 and have really enjoyed the ride, room, power, quality, and she provides a great deal of enjoyment for our primary sports of skiing and wake boarding.

mtajpa
04-04-2012, 07:07 PM
Honestly, our family is not big into watersports, the occasional Slalom, 2-ski, wakeboard, kneeboard run. We are more just looking for a good quality bigger boat then our current 19' Stingray. And the few Inboards/V-drives I've driven do not even compare to our old I/O.

I think you would be happy with the Maristar 230. The one your looking at appears to be nice! Good luck on your search.

j.robinson389
04-04-2012, 10:43 PM
Turns out it's probably sold. I hope it went to a TeamTalk member. Apparently the buyer is coming all the way from ARKANSAS! That's gotta be close to 700 miles.

Jeff d
04-04-2012, 10:50 PM
Turns out it's probably sold. I hope it went to a TeamTalk member. Apparently the buyer is coming all the way from ARKANSAS! That's gotta be close to 700 miles.

I'm betting that's HogWild based on his username and some of the stuff he's been posting lately.

boater8987
04-04-2012, 10:57 PM
I purchased a Maristar 240 with 400HP 454, garage kept, fresh water, original 144hr from Denver CO. 1700 miles to VA. Had Uship bring it to me. It cost less money in the end to buy one in good shape and pay the extra $ It was worth every penny of the shipping. Boat looked great! Don't let distance discourage you. Make sure and get a professional survey if needed.

j.robinson389
04-05-2012, 07:55 AM
I'm betting that's HogWild based on his username and some of the stuff he's been posting lately.


Maybe, although in his thread he said he wasn't interested because it was too far, & no tower. Maybe we should all place bets on who ends up with this beauty. :)

FrankSchwab
04-05-2012, 03:35 PM
I think you should be careful what you're looking for...

If your family really isn't "in" to watersports and are just looking for a boat to run around the lake in, it's not clear to me that they'll be happy with the limitations of an inboard, even a Maristar.
- The ride is far rougher for a ski-style inboard than your average runabout. My Maristar is a much smoother ride than my friend's ProStar, but it's still far, far rougher than my nephew's SleekCraft.
- handling on a ski boat is great going forward at speed. Low speed handling (including reverse) sucks and requires a lot of practice to get good at.
- Top speed just isn't that great considering the size of engine stuffed into the boat. 40-45 is realistically about the best you can hope for; the average runabout with a 350 is going to be going 50-55.

If they're willing to live with these, the Maristar is a great boat. Mine has plenty of power, very comfortable interior, and is built solid. It's held its value remarkably well, and I'm very happy with it.

Hogwild
04-09-2012, 04:16 PM
Maybe, although in his thread he said he wasn't interested because it was too far, & no tower. Maybe we should all place bets on who ends up with this beauty. :)


J. rob. It was indeed me who he was referring to. My sister lives up in Michigan and I decided to visit her and go see the boat at the same time. I ended up purchasing it and bringing it back. I didn't like the fact that it didn't have a tower, but I decided to get over it considering I'm not a professional wakeboarder by any means. Anyway, it didn't come with a FULL cover or a bimini so I'm going to purchase each of these items.

The only other thing that I noticed on the boat is apparently the previous owner scratched up part of the hull underneath on an exposed piece of the trailer and it is going to need some gelcoat repair. The awesome thing was, I paid an independent mechanic (dealer) to check the boat inside and out and they caught other minor items such as a trailer light way underneath the boat that needed a new bulb, but didn't even find the gelcoat issue. Lesson learned....get all the way under the trailer and look for yourself. Even better, have them put it on a hoist and lift the boat up so you can see any damage that may have occurred as a result of it being trailered wrong. All it takes is one time.

Anyway, I'm taking it to the local MC shop later in the week to have them give me an estimate on the gelcoat repair. As for now, it is looking pretty in storage, albeit with some minor blemishes to her hull.

Craziest thing is, I may not even get to keep the boat for very long. After all my searching and waiting, finally buying, and then hauling it back, I may have to resell it and wait to buy again next year. I was recently informed that my budget has been reduced (long story) and I may not get to spend all the money that I would want to make the boat "mine." So don't be too shocked if you see it return to craigslist in the not so distant future. I sure hope not as it is a beautiful boat, but we will see shortly.

Sorry for the long rant and thread derailment but I noticed some of you were placing bets and wanted to tell the story. :-)

Jeff d
04-09-2012, 05:03 PM
....get all the way under the trailer and look for yourself..
I was recently informed that my budget has been reduced (long story) and I may not get to spend all the money that I would want to make the boat "mine."

If it's that hard to find the damage I'd just grind on it a bit with a dremel and fill it with Marine Tex especially when considering your budget crisis. It will be a sound but not necessarily aesthetically pleasing fix.

If you have a few hundred bucks down the road and want to get a professional repair then just grind the marine tex out with the dremel and bring it to a shop.

If you're at the point where you just need to try to "flip" the boat to make it worth your time then probably spend the money for a pretty fix so you don't (in good conscience) have to show the spot to potential buyers.

Hogwild
04-09-2012, 05:58 PM
If it's that hard to find the damage I'd just grind on it a bit with a dremel and fill it with Marine Tex especially when considering your budget crisis. It will be a sound but not necessarily aesthetically pleasing fix.

If you have a few hundred bucks down the road and want to get a professional repair then just grind the marine tex out with the dremel and bring it to a shop.

If you're at the point where you just need to try to "flip" the boat to make it worth your time then probably spend the money for a pretty fix so you don't (in good conscience) have to show the spot to potential buyers.

Jeff, no it's not hard to see once you get underneath there as the fiberglass is actually showing. And I'm probably like you in that I'm really anal when it comes to things being fixed right the first time. So I'm going to have a professional do all the necessary repairs. I just hope that when he/she gets done, I've not sunk in all the money that was going to actually let me enjoy the boat. I had money set aside for things that I wanted to do to the boat and this wasn't something I wanted to spend cash on right off hand. But as they say, you live and learn.

Hogwild
04-09-2012, 06:01 PM
I just wish some of you guys actually lived close so you could come over and show me a thing or two mechanically and what things I should try and do myself versus those that should never be attempted except by a professional. Gelcoat is one of those things that I would hate to screw up..thus a professional will definitely be doing this work.

Hogwild
04-09-2012, 09:04 PM
I don't want to continue to derail this thread so checkout the one that I actually started for pics.

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=46235&page=2