As more boats in the MasterCraft lineup have gone to the twin-tipped bow design, it’s nice to see that a boat like the MariStar 215 can maintain a single-tip design while still providing room for up to 14 people. Since its debut in ’06, the MariStar 215 has been a popular ski and wakeboard boat in MasterCraft’s diverse lineup because of its versatility and dependable performance. It’s not only a great all-around boat for the family that likes to do every water sport imaginable, but it really shines for wakeboarding when you load it with the optional ballast.
MariStars are known for their exceptional fit and finish with the quality, puncture-resistant upholstery and stylish accents.
As with all MariStar boats, the stereo system in the 215 comes standard with a subwoofer and amp. This boat also boasts two separate iPod hookups.
Dry weight: 3,575 lb.
Draft: 26.5 in.
Storage: 116 cu. ft.
Load cap.: 2,325 lb.
Fuel cap.: 45 gal.
Bow: 21 sq. ft.
Floor to tower: 6 ft.
Gunwale height: 2 ft. 6 in.
Main lounge: 65 sq. ft.
Sun pad: 19 sq. ft.
Platform: 14 sq. ft.
Engine: Indmar RTP-1 5.7L, 310 hp
(Optional one bag: 650 lb. total)
Location: Lake Sheen, Florida
Elevation: 100 feet
Air temp.: 79°
Water temp.: 81°
*Tested as the X-15, the same hull as the MariStar 215’s.
The 215 welcomes casual recreational ski sets at 15 off, 30-32 mph, but the boat’s real wake performance caters to wakeboarders. We were pleasantly surprised how much wake the optional 650-pound tank created. Double-ups were a blast, providing a nice long ramp with a clean peak. Wakes were pretty wide as well, great for advanced riders. We loved riding at 70 feet.
Overall: It’s great to find such a potentially high-end wakeboarding boat that can offer some satisfaction for skiers too.
With 350 hp upgraded engine and OJ 14.25×14.5 four-blade prop
To 30 mph: 6.2 sec., 159.5 ft.
To 36 mph: 8.7 sec., 281.4 ft.
Top speed: 41.2 mph, 5,300 rpm
Bow rise: 21 degrees during typical acceleration. We heard no complaints from our tech team about obstructions while taking this boat through its paces.
Tracking: The rider will pull around this boat a little bit, but the wide beam helps to keep the ride pretty solid.
Turns: This boat has great power out of turns and we were impressed with how responsive it was in every situation we tested.
Gs crossing wake at 22 mph/30 mph: 1.4 / 1.2
As we got up in speed, the windshield rattled a little, but it was nothing too distracting and the ride was basically smooth and quiet.