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Old     (bamacpa)      Join Date: Aug 2006       08-23-2006, 6:03 AM Reply   
I currently have a '04 SunTracker Party Deck 21' (220HP). The boat throws a pretty good wake (deep V hull) with enough weight and a proper trim (5-9 people). I have a regular ski pylon which makes the tow point about 4' above the water. I cannot put a tower on this boat because of the aluminum hull. I'm considering trading this boat for a 1996 MC Maristar 200VRS with the Corvette LT1 engine (319HP) and putting a tower on it.

Tow questions. Does the Maristar have a nice wake (loaded or not)? Will the tow point make much difference (another 3')?

I really like my deck boat and need help determining if this would be a good move. My son is into wakeboarding and is at the intermediate level, so progressing here is the main concern.
Old     (gmarkham1)      Join Date: Sep 2003       08-23-2006, 9:28 AM Reply   
cant really answer your question but I saw a monster tower on an aluminum boat over the weekend... I wish I had taken a pic..

here is couple from monster towers website...
Old     (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       08-23-2006, 9:34 AM Reply   
the 20 foot maristar question has been brought up before with no real answer. my local dealer has one and I'm thinking of taking it out just to see. I think the 23 foot maristar puts out a decent wake, but never heard of/seen anything behind the 20 footer... surely someone has sacked out this boat before
Old     (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       08-23-2006, 9:57 AM Reply   
found this. its comparing a 06 maristar 200 to an 06 X2. doesn't help a whole lot...
This is a little more relavant: compares a 95 maristar 200vrs and 92 Nautique Excel.

hope that helps. not much discussion of the wake, but no one raggin on it either
Old     (mac_attack)      Join Date: Oct 2003       08-23-2006, 10:03 AM Reply   
Allen, the only thing I can recommend is to test the boat out. Take your son and see if he like the wake. Another question to ask yourself, could you get a proven wake for similar money? Something like a 1996+ MC 205, Super Sport, Launch?
Old     (bamacpa)      Join Date: Aug 2006       08-23-2006, 1:31 PM Reply   
Thanks guys.

Try this. Assuming the wake is sufficient, the other three advantages I can see over my deck boat are ability to put on a tower, more horsepower (319 vs. 220), and an inboard engine (compared to an I/O). I have been told by a couple of dealers that the aluminum could fold/buckle under the stress from the tower.

So, given the wake is sufficient, would the tower (3'- 4' higher tow point), additional horsepower, and an inboard engine be any better than what I have for wakeboarding?

There has to be some advantage or why else spend the big bucks on a "wakeboard" boat?

Old     (midwesty)      Join Date: Aug 2003       08-23-2006, 1:33 PM Reply   
we ride behind a 03 maristar...i think 21' or so

it puts out a very nice wake with 1300-1500 lbs


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