MasterCraft MariStar 210 VRS
The MariStar 210 VRS should be an easy sell to families also considering an I/O runabout. Better responsiveness, tighter turning radius, shallower draft, safer prop location, greater water-sports capabilities — all are advantages made strikingly clear minutes into our test drive.
Once these families are convinced that a
V-drive is well worth the price difference, the 210 represents an excellent way to step into a MariStar. It's the smallest boat in that lineup —20 feet, 9 inches long with a 95-inch beam — but even through chop, the deep-V hull helps maintain a smooth feel as the kids spread out in the wraparound lounge and the open bow. Make the interior even cushier with an optional bow filler cushion and stowable refreshment table. A fun ski set or wakeboarding run can be as easy as pulling the gear out of the plentiful storage compartments, crossing over the three-piece sun deck and hitting the water.
If you could see a 210 VRS running alongside a typical I/O, both with skiers in tow, the differences would be obvious. The much shallower draft and water-sports-specific hull design of the 210 make the wakes so much more mellow at skiing speeds. Recreational skiers can rope onto the pylon and enhance their skills to an intermediate level thanks to these wakes.
This is the same hull that's on the wakeboarding-oriented X-10, so the 210 VRS is like a sleeping tiger when it comes to serious riding. When you're ready for big, advanced-level wakes, peaky double-ups and fairly smooth transitions, get the optional tower and ballast to let the 210 VRS tap its full potential.
• The MariStar 210 VRS is a V-drive family cruiser competing — and winning — against I/O runabouts.
• Big enough for a stable ride, yet sized well for nimble driving.
• Multisport capabilities appeal to beginners on up through intermediates.
• Changes for 2005 include new RTP-1 standard engine, new billet aluminum anodized accents, new JL Audio speakers and new vinyl and
Top Speed 44.4 mph 4,950 rpm
Accel. to 30 mph 5.1 sec. 123.6 ft.
Accel. to 36 mph 6.8 sec. 203.2 ft.
Noise Levels (db) Neutral 66 D 61 R, 36 mph 85 D 84 R
Length 20 ft. 9 in. Beam 95 in.
Seating Capacity 10
Fuel Capacity 45 gal.
Test Prop OJ 13.7 x 17 4-blade
Test Engine Indmar RTP-1 5.7L, 310 HP