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jayrodau
02-22-2013, 11:16 AM
I currently have a 2005 SeaRay 180 ski boat 350hrs. I think I can possibly get around 7-8k if I sold it.
I want a mastercraft and I found a 2001 mastercraft xstar 590hrs for 25k. Which I can afford.

Just curious what everyone's opinion is on going this route? Going back to an older year model matter?

Greenster
02-22-2013, 11:20 AM
Have you had the Xstar checked out? That could be a big deciding factor. Another question is what do you use your boat for?

98Prostar205
02-22-2013, 11:21 AM
No disrespect to the Sea Ray, but you won't regret getting a Mastercraft. As far as getting an X-Star, that all depends on what you like to do (i.e. wakeboard, surf, ski, ride, etc.). I wouldn't let the different in year models of the boats be an issue. I bought a 98 model mastercraft 2 years ago and I haven't had any issues.

willyt
02-22-2013, 11:22 AM
as long as you thoroughly inspect the '01 you'll be fine. my 07 star has 540 hours on it, so 590 is nothing.

you'll love that boat all week long and twice on sundays

jayrodau
02-22-2013, 11:34 AM
I started wakeboarding a couple years ago and want to move to something built more for it. I might try surfing some also. My Sea Ray being a ski boat just doesnt throw much wake. Is 25k sound high or is that a fair price? I think it has a carb Indmar motor. I think they made fuel injected and carb that year model from my research online.

LaRue
02-22-2013, 11:35 AM
clearly i have not seen your Sea Ray but i sold a 19' 1989 Sea Ray in great condition for 5K three years ago. That price for a 2005 seems really low.

That said, our Mastercraft is in another league from our Sea Ray and we really liked her.

Ski-me
02-22-2013, 11:35 AM
My mom has the same boat as you (SeaRay) and it will definitely be different (in a good way!)

I don't have a problem going to an older boat so long as it's been taken care of. Mastercraft is a very solid boat and well build so you are defintely looking in the right direction.

I also prefer any DD or Vdrive type boat over the typical I/O like your SeaRay. Just a lot more safe for the kids/parents out back. I just hate having a big ol' prop back there as a risk.

Although my mom may be trying to talk up our Mastercraft, she says she likes it over the SeaRay (76 yr old). Who knows though. You're definitely looking in a good direction.

Check out the overall condition real good and also pay attention to the interior. Be sure it's in great shape.

Ski-me
02-22-2013, 11:37 AM
There shouldn't be any carb engines either. All are fuel injection at this point. 1994 being around the first year MC started with fuel injection....

jayrodau
02-22-2013, 11:43 AM
Here is a link to the boat.

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/2001-Mastercraft-X-Star-101686198

CC2MC
02-22-2013, 12:04 PM
Nice looking X-Star. I was just up in Lebanon last week. Had to take my boat up there to get the tower worked on. That is actually where I bought my boat as well. No comparison between Sea Ray and MC. Totally different boats. The hours on the star are probably about like a car with 50k miles, give or take. Ski-me is correct with fuel injection. They started all fuel injected engines in 94, so the carbs should not be present, given that is a 2001. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

For what it's worth I think you could get a little more for the Sea Ray as well. Always start higher, bc you can always lower the price, but you can never raise it.

bjen
02-22-2013, 12:07 PM
That is a classic hull that is great all around. here is a few links for your viewing pleasure.

I have the same hull similar color combo, I think there is better color combos but Im not sure what combinations were offered in what years.

Along with the other advice here, make sure the trailer checks out as well, that can cost you large to bring it back to standard if it has not been maintained, I made that mistake....to obsessed checking the boat.

Also nice to factor in extras like does it have a heater/showers if that means anything to you, check the cover out, those can cost you as well and should be considered in your budget if you need to purchase aftermarket.

http://press.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=15198&highlight=1996-2000+prostar

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=52647

musicmd
02-22-2013, 01:12 PM
I sold my 2000 Sea Ray Bowrider with the small engine (3.0L) for $8,500 last Fall. Got a 2004 X-10 to replace it. I agree with the people on the list - - - you won't regret moving to a MC.

Let us know how it goes for you.

broncotw
02-22-2013, 01:15 PM
Looks like the X-Star has been well maintained.... That being said I would have it inspected by a MasterCraft dealer and have a compression check performed.... You will notice a huge difference between the SeaRay and the MasterCraft.... I think you will be extremely happy..... Keep us posted.....

Retoxtony
02-22-2013, 01:23 PM
Thats a nice boat and it looks to be in good shape. My boat is the same hull and its great for wakeboarding and it works for surfing with lots of weight added. I wouldnt hesitate to buy it if it checks out ok. To be honest, if it wasn't 3200 km away i'd probably be interested in it myself.

TxsRiverRat
02-22-2013, 02:37 PM
My Sea Ray being a ski boat just doesnt throw much wake.

No it's not and yes it does lol

you'll love that boat all week long and twice on sundays

^^AGREE

That said, our Mastercraft is in another league from our Sea Ray and we really liked her.

^^AGREE

Just a lot more safe for the kids/parents out back.

^^AGREE

JohnE
02-22-2013, 06:18 PM
Don't take this the wrong way....but your Sea Ray is not a ski boat. Yes the wake is smaller than a big inboard, but it's just a runabout more or less.

On a more positive note, you will love the switch from your current boat to an 03 Star. Do keep in mind that the 03 and newer Star are not known to be great surf boats.

d2jp
02-25-2013, 06:33 PM
Don't take this the wrong way....but your Sea Ray is not a ski boat. Yes the wake is smaller than a big inboard, but it's just a runabout more or less.

I was going to say something similar. A direct drive, or V-drive MasterCraft is just totally different in the way it pulls, handles, etc. compared to an I/O. And all in a good way. Except that first time you hit reverse and turn the wheel, expecting the stern to move wheelside:) But that's easily overcome with some thought and practice!

If you love watersports, you will love a MasterCraft.

Good luck!

captain planet
02-26-2013, 06:57 AM
It sounds like you have found a boat that fits your needs and that hull is arguably the most versatile MC ever made. The only concern with that boat is between 99 and through about 03, the vinyl in those years wasn't the best so check the condition of the seats carefully. Other than that, the build is second to none. Good luck!