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Old 06-17-2008, 01:13 PM
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Is 310hp enough?

Hello, I'm looking at purchasing a Maristar 230 VRS with the standard 310 HP power plant. Can you let me know if the 310 HP is enough to power the boat for occasional Slalom and wake boarding as well as general cruising? I also you like to get your opinion on whether the 310 is any more fuel efficient than the LTR or other upgrade options. It may all be relative to how the boat is driven but I'm looking for the pro's and con's of going with the standard engine.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-17-2008, 01:16 PM
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I have the 310 in an 03 X-2 and it's plenty of power. I can load the thing down with 2,000+ lbs for wakeboarding and have no probelm getting out of the hole.

The 230 is a bigger boat but I'm guessing the 310 would be enough motor.
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Old 06-17-2008, 01:25 PM
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are you buying new or used? if you are buying new i wouldn't consider anything less than the MCX (350 hp). the boat you are looking at has to weigh in at 4000+ pounds. add a tower and gear and crew and ballast and you easily have 5-6000 lbs. the rtp is not enough unless you are getting it for a steal AND are willing to take a beating when you go to trade or sell, good luck and let us know what you end up doing and post some pics when you get it.
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Old 06-17-2008, 01:26 PM
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I also have the 310 on an 07 X2 and agree plenty of power and absolutely no issues loaded with ballast and people.

That said I would go with the 350 if they have it. Better resale and the 230 is a big boat 2' 5" and #400 more than the X2. If you do a search you will find plenty of opinions on the subject. Both engines are the same platform. The 350 has different air plenum and intake maps which give it more power at the top end and only slight HP increase through the low end. Similar torque numbers as well on both engines. I have a pdf from Indmar showing this if you want it. PM me.
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Old 06-17-2008, 01:27 PM
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You can never have too much HP. If your buying new, get the mcx if not bigger.my two cents.
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Old 06-17-2008, 01:33 PM
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It's a used 2001 230 VRS. So the decision will be to move forward with the purchase or keep looking. The responses seem to be split between the two options. Any word on fuel ecomomy? Are there any other items or issues with either engine? I want to ensure that I ask the right questions.
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Old 06-17-2008, 01:38 PM
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If you have to worry about the gas issue, maybe you should hold off on the boat. If you ever go to resale, the bigger engine will help.
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Old 06-17-2008, 01:39 PM
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I've had a 2000 195, 1:1 trans, w/ 1800lbs of wakeboarding weight/people and 310hp was plenty of power. I now have a 03 X-2 which i run at 1800lbs-2,300lbs w/ 1:1.5 trans and the 310 hp is plenty.
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Old 06-17-2008, 01:42 PM
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It's a used 2001 230 VRS. So the decision will be to move forward with the purchase or keep looking.
You would not miss a bigger engine. They do make bigger engines for a reason however as someone already said you can never have enough HP.

Look at the whole boat and maintenance records. If you really like it and everything feels right then go for it.

edit; My boat probably weighs more than the 230 01 your looking at as it is an 07 and full ballast (plus extra) with crew and we are around 5400#'s. Absolutely no problem with the 310 and performance.

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Old 06-17-2008, 01:43 PM
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I've got the 310 HP in my 2000 PS 205 and it has plenty of power. I slalom, barefoot and wakeboard without issue.
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