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jonasjmac
03-29-2017, 09:42 PM
Looking for a used mastercraft for the family for summer. Not sure of which model but what we want to do is ski, wakeboard, kneeboard nothing competitive, we hear direct drive would be best for us with younger kids and leaning towards ski friendly. Family of 4 and would like to be able to take another family with us at times so seating 8 would be ideal. Looking to stay under 20k range.
Thanks in advance!

MC25
03-29-2017, 09:49 PM
205v for sure

Ski-me
03-29-2017, 09:49 PM
96-2000 prostar 205 DD.

gweaver
03-30-2017, 01:17 AM
Not sure the rationale behind a DD being kid friendly- a v-drive will give you more room, or at least more open space in the middle of the boat, with the added bonus of the rear storage lockers on either side of the engine.
I know you're in completely the wrong part of the country, but here are two ideas of what you might be able to find-
95 Maristar
(https://sacramento.craigslist.org/boa/6064808669.html)
99 Maristar/205V (https://goldcountry.craigslist.org/boa/6011017832.html)

In your area-
and slightly above budget, but I have the 2003 version of this: 2002 VRS230 (https://winstonsalem.craigslist.org/boa/6020795190.html), and while it might not be as ski friendly as other boats, it's got tons of room, tons of storage and it'll certainly have space for 8, with room to add another 3-4 people.
Smaller version of the above boat- Maristar 210 (https://charlotte.craigslist.org/boa/6019318228.html). Hours are kinda high if it hasn't been maintained, and whatever is going on with the rudder concerns me, but it could be worth a look.
Finally, a 91 Tristar (https://greensboro.craigslist.org/boa/6052788524.html)- an older boat, but open bow DD, price is certainly low enough to give you plenty of change to take care of any issues the boat may have, or to upgrade whatever you think it needs.

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Tsumi
03-30-2017, 03:08 AM
I would pick a Maristar 210/X-10. It's a better all-around family boat than the 205V in my opinion. In my experience it also has a softer longline ski wake than the 205V, which is better for beginners.

jonasjmac
03-30-2017, 04:57 PM
Have to travel to see but would something like this fit the bill

http://www.onlyinboards.com/2002-Mastercraft-X9-Excellent-Condition-for-sale-Westminster-South-Carolina-64174.aspx

ttu
03-30-2017, 05:52 PM
that's a nice 209. however with kids personally I would recommend a 205v as other has said.

http://www.onlyinboards.com/2000-Mastercraft-205V-for-sale-Lexington-Kentucky-63922.aspx

gweaver
03-30-2017, 05:54 PM
That's a nice one! Low hours and some nice upgrades. Worth a call. Plus, as it gets warmer and closer to summer, prices will go up and all the low-priced stuff will get sold. Hate to say, but this is a bad time of year to buy a boat. So if you see something you're interested in, take teh time to check it out.
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ttu
03-30-2017, 06:18 PM
That's a nice one! Low hours and some nice upgrades. Worth a call. Plus, as it gets warmer and closer to summer, prices will go up and all the low-priced stuff will get sold. Hate to say, but this is a bad time of year to buy a boat. So if you see something you're interested in, take teh time to check it out.
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I didn't really look at the pics of that 209 but wow that thing is clean and love the cover!! you can tell that has been well taken care of and a big motor to boot!!:D:D

atihanyi
03-30-2017, 09:18 PM
that's a nice 209. however with kids personally I would recommend a 205v as other has said.

http://www.onlyinboards.com/2000-Mastercraft-205V-for-sale-Lexington-Kentucky-63922.aspx

If you want to ski with kids I would stay away from a 209 .A friend had one and after skiing with us and his kids getting into it and fearing the wake behind his 209 he bought an older prostar just for skiing

jonasjmac
04-05-2017, 03:44 PM
So after lots research and some testing is that we prefer direct drive from a ski and handling standpoint, x9 seems like the wake may be too big for the kiddos, for now, and x14 is another option. We are adjusting our budget to 35k hoping to find something newer that I don't have to worry too much about fixing up.

sivs1
04-05-2017, 04:02 PM
With Kids look at the freeboard, the height from the top rail to the floor. the X9 is nice in the cockpit area but the bow is super low and easy for small child to climb right out. Buddy has an X9, it gets crowded fast.

neil.anderson63
04-05-2017, 04:03 PM
If you're not competitive / course skiing. The X9 isn't bad - not fantastic. My kids both learned behind the X9 at preschool ages. The downside with a DD is when you get more than 4 it gets crowded, nowhere to put stuff. You put 8 in a DD and you're not comfortable. When the kids got into their teens and brought friends we felt packed.
Friend just bought a nice 07 X15 for $36k. So deals are out there. Be patient looking and quick to pull the trigger when you find one.

JohnE
04-05-2017, 06:33 PM
X14 DD accommodates 8 fairly well if it is a mix of adults and kids. I've been out many times with 4-6 adults plus 4 kids. I've always preferred the X14 DD over the V-drive for layout. It spreads people out more. (which could be a concern if the kids are too young)

The X-15 is a great all around boat, too. Always under-rated IMO.

jonasjmac
04-05-2017, 06:37 PM
I prefer the feel of the DD over the V, our kids are 7 and 12 and little swim rats