My buddy has a 94 Maristar 200 Direct Drive. I own a 89 PS and although my wake is noticeably better, I do not mind skiing behind his boat at all. As far as handeling, like it has been said, its not a Pro Star. When I go back and fourth between the two I notice a huge differecnce. The Maristar does not handle as well at low speeds or high speeds. The other comment I have as to rough water is this: although I have never been uncomfortable in chop on it be advised IT WILL EASILY take water over the bow if you are not careful. With two people up front when you come off plane and dont pay attention they are getting drenched.
Just my thoughts....