2024 Starcraft MVX 230 Surf

The MVX 230 Surf mixes a fun, agile ride with many watersports capabilities.
Starcraft MVX 230 Surf on the lake
The MVX 230 Surf can be dialed in for watersports as well as everyday boating. Bill Doster

Starcraft may call the MVX 230 Surf a deck boat, but it’s got the unmistakable look and feel of today’s hottest wake-sports models. A trendy gray and black hull, with choice of a red, blue or tan accent, is bolder and darker than the typical Starcraft offering, with colors carrying seamlessly into the interior. A powered overhead tow-sports tower includes board racks and speakers. The Taylor Made tempered-glass windshield sports a sculpted black frame. Add a flip-over backrest ready for a portside spotter to turn and watch the action in the boat’s wake, MarineMat flooring ready to comfort bare feet, and backrests that ratchet upward from the sun pad, and you’re ready for everything, from a surfin’ safari to chilling out at Ski Beach.

Starcraft MVX 230 Surf helm
Control is is integrated into one of two Simrad GO9 touchscreens at the helm. Bill Doster

While the MVX will prove equally adept at towing tubes and skis, it has surf in its name, so you better believe surf is in its game. MerCruiser’s Bravo Four S drive offers the benefits of a sterndrive but positions the prop forward to keep that all-important surf zone clear. A trio of ballast bags, tucked into port and starboard storage compartments and a ski locker, don’t sacrifice cargo space when empty. They pair with hard tanks forward for a total of 2,400 pounds of water ballast. Wake Worx surf tabs on the transom put the fine touches on the wake on a surfer’s preferred side. 

Starcraft MVX 230 Surf bow seating
Interior colors carry over seamlessly from the hull. Bill Doster

Control of all these features is integrated into one of two Simrad GO9 touchscreens at the helm. Dedicate one to engine data and functions, then dial in speed, ballast, wake position and shape on the other. Individual rider profiles can be saved in convenient presets to simplify subsequent ride sessions.

Starcraft MVX 230 Surf cockpit
MarineMat flooring comforts bare feet. Bill Doster

Starcraft pairs the surf-friendly Bravo Four S drive with a single-engine choice, MerCruiser’s 300 hp 6.2-liter. The ­combo pushed our test boat onto plane in 4 seconds before topping out at 47.3 mph. Unlike comparable V-drives, the Bravo Four can be trimmed to lift the bow and achieve faster top-end speed, as well as offer a softer ride in rough water. The positioning of props also quickens the boat’s response, ­giving it a fun, agile feel.

Starcraft MVX 230 Surf aft seating
Backrests that ratchet upward from the sun pad make for comfortable seating. Bill Doster

High Points

  • Port console has a sink, glove box and storage.
  • Standard port and helm heaters warm early-morning or late-season sessions.
  • CZone digital switching automates functions and allows keyless ignition. Vroom!
Starcraft MVX 230 Surf performance data
Starcraft MVX 230 Surf Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

How We Tested

  • Engine: Mercury MerCruiser 6.2L V-8
  • Drive/Prop: Bravo Four S drive/21-pitch counter-rotating stainless-steel propset
  • Gear Ratio: 2.00:1 Fuel Load: 26 gal. Crew Weight: 155 lb.

Pricing and Specs

MSRP:$116,245 (with MerCruiser 6.2L V-8)
Draft (max):NA
Dry Weight:3,435 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity:12/1,700 lb.
Fuel Capacity:60 gal.

Starcraft Marine – New Paris, Indiana; 574-831-2950starcraftmarine.com