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Old    Davey Scism (dkscism)      Join Date: Mar 2010       08-08-2017, 8:52 AM Reply   
Hi all,
I just found a '95 maristar 225 VRS.
Ad says its in great shape, been stored dry for most of its life, and runs good. Includes trailer.
No tower or ballast.
Mainly want to surf, and enough room for several friends.
If everything on the ad checks out, is $11,500 a good deal? I'm no expert, but having watched the market for used boats the past year or so, this seems to be a great deal.

Last edited by dkscism; 08-08-2017 at 8:53 AM. Reason: grammar
Old     (saberworks)      Join Date: Sep 2010       08-08-2017, 10:02 AM Reply   
Adding a tower will cost a few thousand at least, more if you get a good one and have it professionally mounted. You'll probably also want perfect pass which is over a grand if you install it yourself. Add another $500-$1000 for ballast. Does it still seem like a good deal compared to what else is out there?
Old    Red Dog (Reddog78)      Join Date: Mar 2017       08-08-2017, 12:47 PM Reply   
Buyt you don't NEED a tower or pp
Old    Davey Scism (dkscism)      Join Date: Mar 2010       08-08-2017, 1:17 PM Reply   
Just doing a quick search on onlyinboards, no mastercraft, nautique, malibu, or supra V drives I found were under $18k, much less 12k.
Old    Ramey Schatz (SHotz__21)      Join Date: Aug 2016       08-08-2017, 1:52 PM Reply   
is a tower necessary for surfing? i would imagine pulling up from the ski pylon would work just fine...
Old    Jeff Exum (whatshesaid)      Join Date: Jun 2013       08-08-2017, 2:06 PM Reply   
You want a tower to store your surf boards, I had a friend that had one of these boats, and the surf wave wasn't bad for what it is. Could be even better with a suck gate on it. I think that's a good deal. Monster tower $1000. PP $1000.
Old    Nacho (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       08-08-2017, 2:24 PM Reply   
while not a v hull, does have some curve in it. good boat for the $$
Old    Red Dog (Reddog78)      Join Date: Mar 2017       08-09-2017, 6:57 AM Reply   
$1000-2000 to store surf boards? Lol ok 👍🏻
Old    Jeff Exum (whatshesaid)      Join Date: Jun 2013       08-09-2017, 7:08 AM Reply   
Red Dog, surf boards cost $500-1000, and they are gonna get damaged in the floor of the boat. Plus who wants them in your way, to each is there own.
Old    Ramey Schatz (SHotz__21)      Join Date: Aug 2016       08-09-2017, 7:24 AM Reply   
some company makes board racks that mount on the gunwails
Old    Davey Scism (dkscism)      Join Date: Mar 2010       08-09-2017, 7:40 AM Reply   
Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad to see there are alternatives to a tower. Regardless, the price of this boat seems to be a good deal. I personally think adding a tower, PP, or ballast would only raise the resale value.
Old    Red Dog (Reddog78)      Join Date: Mar 2017       08-09-2017, 8:24 AM Reply   
You can mount anything to the gunnles. Speakers, boardracks,etc.
Old    Ramey Schatz (SHotz__21)      Join Date: Aug 2016       08-09-2017, 8:34 AM Reply   
I assume anything mounted there would be a PITA to work around
Old    Aric Brabec (aricsx15)      Join Date: Jan 2014       08-09-2017, 10:21 AM Reply   
those gunwale racks are Mastercraft OEM on a CSX. not aftermarket
Old    Ramey Schatz (SHotz__21)      Join Date: Aug 2016       08-09-2017, 10:24 AM Reply   
there are plenty of aftermarket ones available, just a quick pic i found since everyone loves pics.
Old     (Bakes)      Join Date: Mar 2010       08-10-2017, 7:24 AM Reply   
If in good shape, you fix/maintain most things and you leave as is, it's a good deal. If not then the $12k boat rapidly becomes a $20k boat that you can sell later for $13-15k

You will be lucky to get 20-30% of anything you add to the boat.
Old    Rick (CALIV210)      Join Date: Jun 2015       08-10-2017, 7:38 AM Reply   
I think its a great deal you almost never find a V-drive that cheap . I also think you dont need a Tower or PP but holy crap its worth it and it will def help resale value . Also gives you a place to hang speakers down the road . I dont have a tower on my boat at the moment but this winter it will definitely be getting one . Once my kids started wakeboarding I got sick of dealing with boards in the boat real quick . Good luck
Old    Jack Henry (racer808)      Join Date: Jan 2013       08-10-2017, 2:35 PM Reply   
Think of perfect pass as the marriage saver. It's necessary in our home.

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