Late last year, MasterCraft made waves with the introduction of the CSX, an inboard-hybrid runabout that opened a new door to versatility on the water. Six months later, enter the ProStar 214 — a ski boat that will make any family of skiers take notice with its unique interior layout and advanced skiing performance.
Here’s how this newly released direct drive measures up in three key categories you should consider when you’re shopping for your next boat.
Buoy chasers who desire a little more space and comfort from their ski boat will certainly appreciate the 214′s wakes. For the boat’s size, the wakes are moderately soft and attackable from 15 to 35 off. Although it doesn’t offer quite the same skiing performance as its brother, the slalom-world-record-setting 197, once you factor in the added space, it’s a winner in the family-ski-boat category.
The designers behind the 214 worked toward building a nimble running surface that’s capable of steady, confident tracking, making the boat extremely agile on the water. To accomplish this, they matched the tried-and-tested ProStar hull with investment-cast underwater gear and equipped the boat with a standard 310-horsepower engine and MasterCraft cruise control for solid pulls.
Clearly, comfort played a major role when designers went to work on the ProStar 214. The wraparound lounge adds a new vibe to the traditional hard-core ski paradigm, combining a socially friendly setup with the tournament-class hull. Eleven passengers can fit on board the 214, up from the 197′s seating capacity of seven. hould always turn off the engine before you move out of the seat.
Engine: GM Vortec 310 hp
Length: 21 ft. 4 in.
Width: 96 in.
Dry weight: 3,000 lb.
Draft: 23 in.
Seating Capacity: 11
Fuel capacity: 40 gal.
More on this boat: www.mastercraft.com