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Old 08-15-2014, 02:16 PM
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Maristar 210 vs 230

Currently looking at acquiring a Maristar 1999 - 2001. Having trouble deciding on focusing on a 210 or a 230. The 230 seems so much bigger than the 210 although the capacity on the 230 is only 1 additional person and 40 pounds. This will be a family boat for recreational sking / wakeboarding. Does the 310 hp push the 230 well enough?

Would be interested in hearing peoples thought / experiences with these boats.

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Old 08-15-2014, 02:45 PM
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I have an 02 X30 and couldn't imagine going smaller. I have the 310 and it moves the boats along fine. I was surfing and boarding on the stock prop. I now have changed props and it makes a huge difference, but don't be scared that the 5.7 isn't enough
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Old 08-16-2014, 12:41 AM
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I have a 1998 MariStar 225 (same hull as 230) and love it. Plenty of room. Performs great and handles rough water well. My friend has a 210 and it's a great boat, but a bit more cramped than mine. However, you can't go wrong either way.
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Old 08-16-2014, 01:03 AM
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230 is the perfect family boat for everything
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Old 08-16-2014, 02:37 AM
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I have a 210, and it's great. With 8 people (4 adults, 4 kids) it gets a bit crowded but very do-able; I'm not sure how you'd boat with the 11 allowed by the USCG sticker other than as a pure cruise.

I've got the 308HP MX-Plus engine, and it's never been short of power even with 8. I don't have ballast, though.

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Old 08-16-2014, 10:05 PM
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there have been lots of debates on here about the LTR/MCX vs. the Predator (310hp) motor. there isn't a whole lot of difference. however, i'd use that as a bargaining chip as your resale will suffer. right or wrong, the perception in most buyers minds is that they rather have the higher HP motor and may likely pass on a perfectly good boat with the Predator motor.

the 230 is a fun family size hull. i don't regret going with the 230 over the 210 or 205. good luck.
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:25 PM
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This is my first year in the '01 x30 (230) and really like how roomy it is. Handles great and takes rough water well. Plenty of storage and puts out a nice wake.
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:26 PM
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I have an 02 X30 and couldn't imagine going smaller. I have the 310 and it moves the boats along fine. I was surfing and boarding on the stock prop. I now have changed props and it makes a huge difference, but don't be scared that the 5.7 isn't enough
what prop did you go with? im researching for a better than stock.
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:22 AM
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I went with an OJ 14.75x15.5. It wasn't the most aggressive prop they had, but it was a good choice. Didn't kill the top end too much. My wife is my driver and after I put it on she was like, "wow, something is different. This drives great." That means money well spent. Lol
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:23 AM
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Currently looking at acquiring a Maristar 1999 - 2001. Having trouble deciding on focusing on a 210 or a 230. The 230 seems so much bigger than the 210 although the capacity on the 230 is only 1 additional person and 40 pounds. This will be a family boat for recreational sking / wakeboarding. Does the 310 hp push the 230 well enough?

Would be interested in hearing peoples thought / experiences with these boats.

Thanks!
My 210 was very much powered enough with the 310hp. Only reason I sold was the vinyl was needing replacing in a yr or 2. Great boat!
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