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mwg
11-18-2011, 11:58 AM
I got bit by the boat bug last summer and have been lurking and looking for a boat ever since. I grew up waterskiing (well at least trying to). I am currently looking at and seriously considering a 2001 Maristar 210 with the LT-R engine (450 hours). The boat has a tower but no ballast that I can see. Is there anything in particular I need to look at on this boat? Unfortunately I'm in Louisiana and the boat is located in Stockton, CA so I am relying on pics and the salesman.

Thanks!
Mike

CantRepeat
11-18-2011, 12:01 PM
Is it this one?

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/2001-Mastercraft-Maristar-210-100373327


And you can always check out this post.

http://mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showpost.php?p=257514&postcount=47

mwg
11-18-2011, 12:26 PM
Is it this one?

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/2001-Mastercraft-Maristar-210-100373327



And you can always check out this post.

http://mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showpost.php?p=257514&postcount=47

Yep.. and I've read through that essay several times.

Thanks

bobx1
11-18-2011, 12:57 PM
Mike:

For another $11K you can have mine (2007 X1 with just over 100 hours) and I am right in your backyard.

I already have a guy that has asked to purchase it in January/February but you are welcome to take a look. It is winterized and in storage so I told him to wait until it warms up a bit.

Jerseydave
11-18-2011, 09:28 PM
Skidog on here has his beautiful Prostar for sale in GA......closer to home for you than CA.

http://www.mastercraft.com/market/showproduct.php?product=4241&cat=5

If you ski rather than wakeboard the prostar is your best choice.

Ski-me
11-19-2011, 10:02 AM
At first glance, it looks nice from the pics and the tower looks to be a New Dimension (good thing) but I think the first question is your purpose of the boat.

Waterski primarily, Wakeboard primarily, Open bow a must, etc.

I am not familiar with the Maristar but there are several in here that are. Once you give us some more specifics on your purpose (listed in order of preference) that will really help. Also, price range is good.

If you don't need a lot of passenger space, the 92' link above looks to be in exceptional condition....but it's also a close bow. It just depends on what you are after......

Tons of knowledge in here so ask away!

SkiDog
11-19-2011, 12:51 PM
Skidog on here has his beautiful Prostar for sale in GA......closer to home for you than CA.

http://www.mastercraft.com/market/showproduct.php?product=4241&cat=5

If you ski rather than wakeboard the prostar is your best choice.

Dog is ready to deal too!

GoneBoatN
11-19-2011, 02:33 PM
I'm in Louisiana and the boat is located in Stockton, CA

The area you are looking in is a high cost of living zone (essentially an extension of the SF bay area and Sacramento CA area). So you add cost just by that fact. I actually thought of buying out of this area because of this.

You will have to transport to your area adding costs. You will have to visit the area and unless you have some other way of doing so without adding costs (business related travel or have to visit relatives anyways) you will again add cost.

Just looking at the cost aspect you are going to be starting at a disadvantage.

Then, if you have issues after the sale you will not be able to deal with the dealer whom you purchased the boat from. This is really the major advantage of buying the boat from a dealer rather than an individual. Buying from a dealer adds a little more to the cost but you will not be getting the benefits from doing so.

BTW, the boat is in Rancho Cordova, CA which is just east of Sacramento. Stockton is just south of Sacramento. Larson Marine has shops in both areas. Not a big deal but thought you should know.

Just an opinion...

mwg
11-19-2011, 06:53 PM
Thanks for all of the comments. Although I grew up skiing that was close to 25 years ago. Since then I have had a family and now a grandson. So the boat will be a "jack of all trades" boats.. My daughters enjoy tubing, knee boarding, & wake boarding over skiing.. My wife enjoys riding and watching.. Up until a few years ago my father in law owned a Chaparral I/O and we used it regularly.

The boat being CA is a big hurdle and the dealer is working to help resolve the issue in order to reduce that expense.... Additionally they have come down on the price a and have been able to provide a lot of info & pics of the boat (of course if there is anyone in the area willing to check it out I would greatly appreciate it!). We have a good MC dealer in the area that I trust and I asked him to check it out as well... He feels the deal is a a good deal, not great but fair. The one thing that I am not sure about is the snaps for the cover ( cockpit & bow)...any thoughts?

With that said.... Any known problems with this model?

Again thanks for the comments and info.

mikeg205
11-19-2011, 07:46 PM
grand kids.... looks like the open bow and tower is a must... the boat in CA is nice nice hours... here's a nice one in MI no tower but a bit cheaper...great dealer... you could have a tower installed and still save...

mwg
11-19-2011, 08:24 PM
grand kids.... looks like the open bow and tower is a must... the boat in CA is nice nice hours... here's a nice one in MI no tower but a bit cheaper...great dealer... you could have a tower installed and still save...

Link to the dealer?

Thanks

mwg
11-19-2011, 08:26 PM
Skidog on here has his beautiful Prostar for sale in GA......closer to home for you than CA.

http://www.mastercraft.com/market/showproduct.php?product=4241&cat=5

If you ski rather than wakeboard the prostar is your best choice.

Nice boat but I don't think that is what I'm looking for..

waterlogged882
11-19-2011, 08:29 PM
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mikeg205
11-19-2011, 08:29 PM
oops sorry

http://www.actionwater.com/boats/preowned-boats/

bkblaida
11-22-2011, 09:31 AM
I have gone through the long distance used boat buying experience. My two cents is NEVER buy a boat unseen....even from a dealer. A few years back found a used MC from a dealer. Looked at over 30 pictures of the boat including angles and pics I requested. Dealer assured me the boat was even nicer than the pics showed. I was ready to send a check but at the last minute decided to fly down and be sure. Arranged a time and place to meet, inspect and test drive. Never needed the test drive.....as the dealer was pulling into the parking lot it was a huge let-down. This boat was hammered; chips in the gel coat, speaker covers kicked in, rips in the seats, engine compartment made the boat look good and the trailer had 4 mismatched tires, brakes were non-functional and ball hitch did not lock. This dealer worked hard to take pictures that hid all the wear and tear,& outright damage. When I let the dealer know my dissapointment his only comment was "hell, its a used boat.....what you want is some type of garage queen and they don't exist in the ski-boat world". Always see the boat live....never believe pictures or the word of the seller.
AND.....several months of additional searching I found not one but three "garage queens" to choose from and must say found the perfect boat for our family at a great price.

Good Luck

MariStar-Man
11-22-2011, 11:40 AM
Nice colors. I didn't realize that some Maristar's came with Fiberglass swim decks. I guess it could have been an option.

Nice Zero Flex possibly an x-10 Tower. Double axle trailer. Tell him you'll give him $20k cash. then drop 4 bundles on his desk...:D

http://tolimages1.traderonline.com/img/6/dealer/1181108//100373327_1thumb_550x410.jpg?1319688121

http://tolimages.traderonline.com/img/6/dealer/1181108//100373327_3thumb_550x410.jpg?1319688130

http://tolimages2.traderonline.com/img/6/dealer/1181108//100373327_2thumb_550x410.jpg?1319688122

http://tolimages4.traderonline.com/img/6/dealer/1181108//100373327_4thumb_550x410.jpg?1319688134

http://tolimages4.traderonline.com/img/6/dealer/1181108//100373327_5thumb_550x410.jpg?1319688154

quincyfirefighter
11-22-2011, 08:38 PM
The area you are looking in is a high cost of living zone (essentially an extension of the SF bay area and Sacramento CA area). So you add cost just by that fact. I actually thought of buying out of this area because of this.

You will have to transport to your area adding costs. You will have to visit the area and unless you have some other way of doing so without adding costs (business related travel or have to visit relatives anyways) you will again add cost.

Just looking at the cost aspect you are going to be starting at a disadvantage.

Then, if you have issues after the sale you will not be able to deal with the dealer whom you purchased the boat from. This is really the major advantage of buying the boat from a dealer rather than an individual. Buying from a dealer adds a little more to the cost but you will not be getting the benefits from doing so.

BTW, the boat is in Rancho Cordova, CA which is just east of Sacramento. Stockton is just south of Sacramento. Larson Marine has shops in both areas. Not a big deal but thought you should know.

Just an opinion...

X2...........

JohnE
11-23-2011, 12:53 PM
I have gone through the long distance used boat buying experience. My two cents is NEVER buy a boat unseen....even from a dealer. A few years back found a used MC from a dealer. Looked at over 30 pictures of the boat including angles and pics I requested. Dealer assured me the boat was even nicer than the pics showed. I was ready to send a check but at the last minute decided to fly down and be sure. Arranged a time and place to meet, inspect and test drive. Never needed the test drive.....as the dealer was pulling into the parking lot it was a huge let-down. This boat was hammered; chips in the gel coat, speaker covers kicked in, rips in the seats, engine compartment made the boat look good and the trailer had 4 mismatched tires, brakes were non-functional and ball hitch did not lock. This dealer worked hard to take pictures that hid all the wear and tear,& outright damage. When I let the dealer know my dissapointment his only comment was "hell, its a used boat.....what you want is some type of garage queen and they don't exist in the ski-boat world". Always see the boat live....never believe pictures or the word of the seller.
AND.....several months of additional searching I found not one but three "garage queens" to choose from and must say found the perfect boat for our family at a great price.

Good Luck

I bought sight unseen and didn't pick it up for 3 months and could not have been more pleased with the purchase. I guess it is based on the integrity of the dealer.

Jerseydave
11-23-2011, 07:37 PM
I see only 1 board rack and it's the style used in 2003 (I had one, not the best and almost impossible to find those racks and/or get parts for them)

I'm sure you could buy 2 finger-type racks and retro-fit them to that tower.

I agree with seeing before buying.....my buddy bought a CC from pics only and got stuck with the boat after he had it shipped......sold it 2 months later and lots thousands.

mwg
11-23-2011, 09:56 PM
Thanks everyone for the advise... Shipping is cost prohibitive so the search goes on..

MariStar-Man
11-24-2011, 06:29 PM
Thanks everyone for the advise... Shipping is cost prohibitive so the search goes on..

There use to be a guy on this board who also had a maristar, that used to ship boats for people. I forgot who it was... I remembered he was pretty reasonable.

SkiDog
11-24-2011, 09:38 PM
There use to be a guy on this board who also had a maristar, that used to ship boats for people. I forgot who it was... I remembered he was pretty reasonable.

That woulda been Maristar210, but he's outa the shipping biz these days.