Well, folks, I'm excited to announce that I'm finally a Mastercraft Owner!! Found a '95 Maristar 200 VRS 275 HP EFI in excellent condition and only 532 hours. The only thing the mechanic said it needs is a new blower. It's making noises, and he said most likely that the motor bearings are shot.
Thanks again to everyone who responded to my questions. Not having owned a ski boat before, I am sincerely grateful for all the comments, suggestions and opinions I received. It was a huge help!
That said, I have another question...the ski pylon is currently located just to the left and back of the captain's chair, but I've seen where some Maristar's (typically a couple years or so newer) have the ski pylon located directly behind the back bench seat thru a notch in the sun deck. Is relocating the ski pylon to this position an option for my boat (i.e. are their mounting holes/additional floor backing at this location in a '95 Maristar)?