WSM: How does the 210 differ from the 230?
MasterCraft: It?s a Tahoe versus a Suburban. It?s basically the same product with the only difference being the 230 is two feet longer. If you are a small family, say a husband, wife and two kids, the 210 is going to be fine. The 230 is more of an entertaining boat where you have five or seven people riding in the boat. It?s a matter of size more than performance or features.
What features make it stand out?
Both the 210 and 230 have new interiors. They are all pleated two-tone, which is a real big thing as far as enhancing the looks. We?ve upgraded the Driver?s Command Center so everything is right at the driver?s fingertips. This boat has electro-mechanical instrumentation, an oversized armrest, a built-in throttle and a waterproof Clarion stereo. There?s a new wood-grain steering wheel with leather wraps that are extremely comfortable. Other features include a Masterview bolster seat and storage underneath every seat in the MariStar that goes all the way to the front of the boat on the port side.
Do skiers and boarders buy MariStars?
Obviously, we understand the buyer looking at the MariStar is also looking at the Cobalts, so we have to make these as good or better to compete. That?s the difference between MasterCraft and MariStar. You have the wood-grain steering wheel, the Khaki gauges and a richer, more luxurious attitude. As far as functionality, it?s the same as a ProStar, so the skiing is similar.
Why does it handle big water so well?Our boats ride great in rough water because of the deeper vee all the way through the hull. It starts with about a 30-degree entry in the front and low center of gravity. Another key to the handling is that these boats don?t have any fins on the bottom, which is a significant difference when compared to other V-drives. It?s not supposed to be a ski boat that tracks great in the water and turns on a dime. We build the boat to ride in rough water. That?s one thing thatsets us apart. The hull, stringers, and inner liner are chemically bonded together, then foam is injected into the voids to create a one-piece superstructure with incredible strength and vibration-dampening qualities.
Length: 20 ft. 9 in.
Beam: 95 in.
Fuel capacity: 45 gal.
Seating capacity: 11
Test prop: 14 in. OJ 4-blade
Test engine: Indmar LTR VRS 5.7L EFI
Base price: $42,230
Top speed 44.8 mph, 5,150 rpm
Accel. to 22 5.19 sec.
Accel. to 36 8.84 sec.
Accel. 30 to 36 3.79 sec.
Noise levels (db)
Idle 63 D, 61 R
22 mph 78 D, 82 R
36 mph 85 D, 85 R