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vandytim
07-30-2013, 03:45 PM
I am looking to buy a Matercraft open bow boat. I thought I bought one but it was sold from underneath me by Erickson's Marine in Hastings Minn.

I want to spend between 10K and 30K. I am looking for low hours and a well maintained boat. I have noticed a lot of junk out there.

It can be a 205, 205v, 209, X9, X10, X1, X2, Xstar, Maristar 210. Any help or leads would be great. I thought I was going to be on the water this weekend and now I am back to square one.

vandytim
07-30-2013, 03:47 PM
one more thing.... I am from Michigan and not having to travel more than ten hours is what I am trying to stay around.

JMLVMI
07-30-2013, 04:12 PM
Bummer about the boat; happened to me before I found my 195.

Those boats you identified are all in high-demand (great long-lasting boats in the price range of normal people) and we're a little past peak selling season. Best of luck to you, but you may be making a long drive for the right boat, e.g. this beautiful X-2 in Kentucky: http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=56315

Ski-me
07-30-2013, 04:29 PM
You are going to have to narrow it down a bit and prioritize for some guidance.

How do you want to use the boat and what is your preferred list?

Great Ski wake
Great Wakeboarding
Great Surfing
Need large area for a lot of passengers
Or passenger capacity not important
Able to handle big waves/chop on water (smoother ride)
What's your overall use of the boat

You can get a lot better guidance once we know a little more......

onewheat
07-30-2013, 04:46 PM
KY is an easy drive from MI.

vandytim
07-31-2013, 10:53 AM
Thanks everyone. My overall use is pulling Family and friends. Easy skiing, wakeboarding or surfing. I also would like something that will allow me to jump behind the boat and do some footing. I wish I could narrow it down but the more you narrow it down the less available there are.

What are peoples thoughts on ps197? Seems a little small for what I want to do but at this point I just want a good boat to get me on the water.

That X-star in Kentucky is sweet and not to far of a drive but I am hoping to keep the hours under 400.

I know right? I might be asking too much. I may have to wait for end of the season this year or early next year.

JMLVMI
07-31-2013, 11:13 AM
What are peoples thoughts on ps197? Seems a little small for what I want to do but at this point I just want a good boat to get me on the water.

If you've got a lot of family and friends that like to join you on the boat, the 197/X-7's going to be a little small, and it is not a good surf boat. For what you're looking to do I would stick to V-Drives.


That X-star in Kentucky is sweet and not to far of a drive but I am hoping to keep the hours under 400.

Hours on a boat, especially well-maintained Mastercrafts, aren't a huge deal. Honestly, for a 10 year-old boat, I'd rather have one with 552 hours than 110; likely means it was used and maintained well each season rather than being a garage queen that only came out on holidays.

markmcfarland
07-31-2013, 03:05 PM
PM Sent
http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=56315

MagnoliaHog
08-02-2013, 10:42 AM
I've got an '04 X30 that might be just what you are looking for. We are looking to move up to an X45 or I wouldn't sell the boat. My price may be "slightly" over what you are looking to pay, but this boat is big enough to do what you want with family and friends, and with the upgraded 350hp Indmar, has plenty of power for skiing, surfing, etc. Throws a great surf wave, too! I'm in Arkansas but could travel a ways to meet you.

vandytim
08-02-2013, 10:57 AM
MagnoliaHog i would love an X30 but unfortunately I do not have a vehicle big enough to tow it. I have a V8 explorer and i think that might be just a little too much for it. I really appreciate the info.

MagnoliaHog
08-02-2013, 11:51 AM
You bet Vandy. Good luck on your search!

markmcfarland
08-03-2013, 12:32 AM
I sold 2003 x2 in ky yesterday

I agree with jmlvmi. I would put my 552 hour boat (55 hours every year) up against one of same age with 100 hours mechanically any day. Always used and maintained. I'm sure 100 hour interior would be nicer though.
Mine had predator engine. I had to do NOTHING to boat in ten years except change fluids impeller and winterize.

markmcfarland
08-03-2013, 01:01 AM
You might want to check this out.
http://bit.ly/18XYQMC

rkhodges21
08-03-2013, 01:34 AM
MagnoliaHog i would love an X30 but unfortunately I do not have a vehicle big enough to tow it. I have a V8 explorer and i think that might be just a little too much for it. I really appreciate the info.

How far would be your normal tow distance for the boat? I have seen vids of Zane and other guys pulling xstars with v6 Toyota SUVs do I would think you would be okay if you took it easy and only had to tow within an hours drive.

jafo9
08-03-2013, 03:19 PM
I've towed my X30 with my 97 land cruiser. When I'm going a few miles to the launch, I prefer it due to the 4wd and the ability to select low range with all 3 diffs open. For long highway trips, I uses my wife's expedition. I figure its around 6500lbs on the trailer. What is the tow capacity of your explorer?

vandytim
08-03-2013, 11:33 PM
I will typically tow the boat during the week about 15 miles. Weekends about 45 miles and holidays a little further about 150 miles. What I checked on before I bought the Explorer was it could tow up to 7100 lbs. It is a v8 with trailer towing package. I appreciate all the help. One boat I was three hours late discovering in Lansing MI was a 98 200 Maristar with 350 hours and was in amazing shape. That one sold for $19000 and was an hour drive. There is one in Mesa Arizona that I would get in a second if it was not a 28 hour drive. That one is this link
http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/boa/3923243461.html
or this one in texas
http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/3950371007.html

thatsmrmastercraft
08-03-2013, 11:43 PM
Have you looked at this 2003 Mastercraft X Series Pro Star 197 in Green Bay?

http://greenbay.craigslist.org/bod/3966707855.html

http://images.craigslist.org/00p0p_6Ol0buFyJI6_600x450.jpg

vandytim
08-04-2013, 10:47 PM
I have looked at that one and I like that one but what is an X series? I looked into a bit but the ad with 197 throws me off? Isn't it just an X2 or used to be Xstar?

markmcfarland
08-04-2013, 11:57 PM
i am almost posative that is a 205v. I bought my boat that year. At beginning of season they called them x series, then called them an x2. It used to be the the x-star but in 03 they came out with the pickle fork x-star. Hence the need to rename the boat. Have your local dealer lookup the Hin mbca20V5----- it was in one of the pictures. Also that is the same boat that they called an x1 up to 2011 from 04 or 05.

markmcfarland
08-05-2013, 12:07 AM
2003 x2. Registration will prob say 205v. I sent you pm.

Ski-me
08-05-2013, 11:02 AM
It's NOT a 197 in any way. They have mis-labelled it. It's either a 205V or one of the first generation X boats. It's larger than the 197 and a completely different hull (more room).

A 197 only holds about 7 people vs. the 12 people.

Also, the engine is the base Preditor engine.

Moosecrackers
08-08-2013, 06:21 PM
vandytim - PM sent...

vandytim
08-11-2013, 08:38 PM
I am still in the market. I drove 2 hours the other day to pick up a boat with check in hand and I was nervous about how well maintained the boat was so opted not to purchase it. Again any help would be great as there appears to be a lot of not well maintained boats out there. I grew up with an 1985 and then a 1991 Prostar 190 and it was wiped down after each use and serviced when ever it needed anything. I am surprised when I see so many boats where there is not pride of ownership.

Moosecrackers
08-11-2013, 10:47 PM
Check your email. Let me know if you didn't get anything from me.

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vandytim
08-11-2013, 11:25 PM
I did not get anything. I pm you my email again.

Moosecrackers
08-12-2013, 12:48 AM
PM sent.

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flyski
08-21-2013, 04:46 PM
Hi - I'd like to jump in here. I'm old school skier that hasn't been on the water much for several years due to ankle injuries but my kids are getting old enough that they need to learn the ways of the water. Heck - I might even get back on a ski or learn to surf :-). My history is with direct drive Supremes but spacewise the ol' DD won't cut it. It's time to move on to a V drive multi use boat the family of 6 can grow and learn with. What should I be looking for in the sum $30 range? Thanks.

mikeg205
08-21-2013, 04:50 PM
Hi - I'd like to jump in here. I'm old school skier that hasn't been on the water much for several years due to ankle injuries but my kids are getting old enough that they need to learn the ways of the water. Heck - I might even get back on a ski or learn to surf :-). My history is with direct drive Supremes but spacewise the ol' DD won't cut it. It's time to move on to a V drive multi use boat the family of 6 can grow and learn with. What should I be looking for in the sum $30 range? Thanks.

Ole DD? oh Pshaw.. ;) --- 6 comfortable is at least a 22 footer... ;) - 20 foot v-drive is still a tad snug for 6 - IMO - so and X25 - or X30 size boat is what you need.

flyski
08-21-2013, 09:22 PM
Which of the models is going to offer the most bang for the buck? Excuse my ignorance - (that's why I'm here) but it is very confusing how MC seems to use multiple names for the same hulls and the same name for multiple hulls. I've looked for some sort of key to figure all that out but I haven't found the "key" to deciphering MC naming yet. :confused:

hughes26
08-21-2013, 10:12 PM
Which of the models is going to offer the most bang for the buck? Excuse my ignorance - (that's why I'm here) but it is very confusing how MC seems to use multiple names for the same hulls and the same name for multiple hulls. I've looked for some sort of key to figure all that out but I haven't found the "key" to deciphering MC naming yet. :confused:

I have a family of 4 but always have 6 to 10 with us at the lake. I just went from a 98 200VRS Maristar to a 13 X-30. The Maristar fit all our needs until we got into surfing. I test drove the X-Star, X-25, X-35 and the X-30. By far the X-30 was the most all around versatile model we drove. Love our X-30.

jafo9
08-22-2013, 12:23 AM
Which of the models is going to offer the most bang for the buck? Excuse my ignorance - (that's why I'm here) but it is very confusing how MC seems to use multiple names for the same hulls and the same name for multiple hulls. I've looked for some sort of key to figure all that out but I haven't found the "key" to deciphering MC naming yet. :confused:

its really not that complicated. there is a great thread in the FAQ that covers the 205 hull. basically (iirc) after 1997 the 205 hull really didn't see much change until it was retired recently. it was a direct drive "DD" until the v-drive "V" was introduced in 2000 and then they were available as both "v" and "dd". so a 205 vs a 205v just means one is a direct drive and the other is a v drive. the 205 was the biggest in the prostar line and the other line was the maristar line. i'm not too familiar with the pre 98 models so maybe someone can chime in with their history. in 98 they introduced the 200vrs and the 225vrs. in 99 the designation changed to 210vrs and 230vrs (same hull). these were v drives and in 01 they served as the hulls for the X10 and X30. the maristar was marketed as the sophisticated run about that skis/boards and the X was the wild boat with graphics/tower/ballast standard. there were some interior differences such as wood trim on the maristar and chromeish trim on the X. they are identical hulls and the addition of a new dimensions tower to a maristar makes it a twin to the similar X model. those hulls ran to 05. in 06, there was no X10 and the X30 was a completely new hull. in 03 the new pickle fork Xstar was released and the 205v became the X2 which later became the X1 until it was recently retired. the mid to early 00's are the v-drive hulls in the range around 30K. obviously the newer boats will have the higher prices. 01 saw a more modern vinyl pattern with a 3 piece sun deck. 03 saw the introduction of the MCX which replaced the LTR. The LTR was the replacement for the LT1 in the late 90s.

Hope this helps.

vandytim
08-22-2013, 10:44 AM
I BOUGHT A BOAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks everyone for thier imput and help. Yesterday I purchased a 2004 Prostar 205V with only 91 Hours. The boat is amazing and cannot wait to be on the water this weekend.

mikeg205
08-22-2013, 10:46 AM
I BOUGHT A BOAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks everyone for thier imput and help. Yesterday I purchased a 2004 Prostar 205V with only 91 Hours. The boat is amazing and cannot wait to be on the water this weekend.

Post a Pic when you can... congrats.

76S&S
08-22-2013, 11:17 AM
91 hours.........why did the original owner even buy the thing?

Congrats and it didn't happen unless you can prove it with pics!

Moosecrackers
08-22-2013, 11:21 AM
Congratulations. Looking forward to seeing it.

vandytim
08-22-2013, 01:22 PM
i have a picture of it but not sure how to upload it.

vandytim
08-22-2013, 01:23 PM
ha i guess i figured it out

Ski-me
08-22-2013, 01:24 PM
Awesome! Beautiful looking boat.....

mwg
08-22-2013, 02:12 PM
Nice boat.. Hope you like at much as we love ours.. Congrats!

CC2MC
08-29-2013, 03:28 PM
Nice boat! It should fit your needs well.

ttu
08-29-2013, 03:33 PM
A beauty!!!!!:D

chriscraftmatt1976
08-29-2013, 03:36 PM
Very nice!