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Old 09-17-2006, 11:13 AM
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Difference between a 1990 Maristar and a 1990 Prostar

I am considering a 1990 Maristar 210. Does anyone know how much different the Maristar and Prostar were in 1990? In particular I am interested in how much different the wake is. I am trying to improve my slalom skiing but I also want a boat that can wakeboard and surf if I add weight to it. Finnally my main concern with a Prostar is room. I have a family and the Prostar seems just too limited on seating. Thanks.
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Old 09-17-2006, 01:38 PM
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If you do open water skiing, either will be great boats. If you are trying to ski a course on a regular basis (more than a few times a season), you may prefer the 190. Get out behind both, but my bet with a family and a desire for room, the Maristar may be a better.
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Old 09-17-2006, 01:51 PM
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I have the 1990 Prostar. It pretty much has no room in it.
Makes me feel claustrophobic sometimes.

But it is a slalom machine
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Old 09-17-2006, 01:58 PM
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I have a different perspective. IMO, the difference in slalom wakes is huge and if you are really trying to improve your slalom, I would not go for the Maristar. The ProStar wake is in a totally different league and they are just totally different boats. The Maristar is a great family boat but the slalom wake is big. All depends on what you really want. I was in the same boat 12 years ago and went with a 94 ProStar 190 and was really glad I did. It opens up doors in your skiing that aren't accessible on a bigger boat, albeit at the expense of family comfort and open water/rough water capabilities. Again, just my opinion.
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Old 09-17-2006, 01:59 PM
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Yea the prostar is definately going to be a ski boat, if you slalom its great, if you wakeboard w/ a bunch of people, not so great, it'll pitch a good enough wake but there's not much sitting space, unless you have a tower, then you can fit more people. (opens up the backseat)

I would not be slaloming if i had the maristar... better than an I/O or Xstar but no prostar.
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Old 09-17-2006, 03:27 PM
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In 1990 the Maristar 210 was a direct drive boat (unlike all the current Maristars which are V-Drive) ... so essentially it is 2 feet longer than the PS 190 and a deeper V hull
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Old 09-17-2006, 05:27 PM
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I am considering a 1990 Maristar 210. Does anyone know how much different the Maristar and Prostar were in 1990? In particular I am interested in how much different the wake is. I am trying to improve my slalom skiing but I also want a boat that can wakeboard and surf if I add weight to it. Finnally my main concern with a Prostar is room. I have a family and the Prostar seems just too limited on seating. Thanks.
I have 1989 and 1990 brochures and the "Star" magazines with the MC published specifications.
In 1990 the MariStar 210 was 2' longer, 10" wider, 700 lbs. heavier, carries 15 gallons [105 lbs.+] more gas than the ProStar 190. The engine options were Ford 351W 250 hp or the Chevrolet 454 in 375hp and 425hp. Same basic factory or dealer installed options as the ProStar 190, except it came on a Sweetwater tandom axle trailer w/surge drum brakes, metal step plates/fenders, built by Sweetwater Manufacturing, 40 miles from MC, in Sweetwater, TN for MasterCraft Boat Co. to their specifications.
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Old 09-18-2006, 02:16 PM
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I'd agree that the 190 will win the slalom hands down. But, the direct drive 210 isn't too bad on the wake size. Here's a pic of my wake at around 30-33 mph.


The 210 doesn't have any tracking fins, so course skiing will not be too easy. You can throw a fairly decent wake with 500 lbs of ballast and with 1500 lbs, it's huge. I've never tried to surf, but I'm guessing with the right weight it'll work.

As far as room is concerned, the 210 will beat the 190. But's it's still a direct drive, so there is that though.
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Old 09-18-2006, 02:22 PM
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Here's a few more pics of skiing and wakeboarding behind a 210. All of the wakeboard shots are with about 500 lbs of ballast and about 3 people.

Just a shameless reason to show off more pics. Got plenty of the boat too.
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Old 09-18-2006, 06:01 PM
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The extra width and weight are what makes the wakes larger, you can go longer in a boat w/o really making a huge difference.

Weigh your options, choose your boat.


prolly call this 32 ish mph, wasn't in a course so it wasn't getting timed, and wasn't perfect pass.
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