Rated for 18 people, the MasterCraft MariStar 245 is a great party boat that will also keep everyone in the family happy with its versatile wake performance. The 24-foot length, trailerable limit 8-foot six-inch beam and pickle-fork twin-tip bow all contribute to open up so much space that it’s incredible. You can catch some rays on the 23-square-foot sun pad or strap on your board or ski and grab a tow. A removable cooler and tons of cup holders help keep the party. Spending the day on the lake in a 245 is definitely the way to party and play in style.
Partly because of the boat’s ultra-deep V hull, there’s 115 cubic feet of storage here, plenty for a full day out.
All over this wakeboard and ski boat, from the cup holders to the dash, there’s plenty of bling from the full billet accents and hardware.
Dry weight: 4,950 lb.
Draft: 28 in.
Storage: 127 cu. ft.
Load cap.: 2,928 lb.
Fuel cap.: 90 gal.
Bow: 42 sq. ft.
Floor to tower: 5 ft. 11 in.
Gunwale height: 2 ft. 5 in.
Main lounge: 66 sq. ft.
Sun pad: 23 sq. ft.
Platform: 14 sq. ft.
Engine: MasterCraft Vortec 5.7L, 310 hp
Cruise / stereo
(Optional one bag/two tanks, 1,000 lb. total)
Bolster / swivel
Storage / lounge
Location: Lake Sheen, Florida
Elevation: 100 feet
Air temp.: 83°
Water temp.: 81°
Wakeboarding wake: 1,000 lb. factory ballast and wake shaper, 23 mph
The MariStar 245’s wake is good and wide with the optional 1,000 pounds of ballast, which makes for great wake to wake moves. At 65 feet the wake was rampy and steep, giving our testers a lot of air time, but you’d want to add more weight for longer line lengths. For skiers who enjoy taking in the scene more than aggressive edging, the 245 will do fine.
Overall: Rampy and wide, these wakes are a lot of fun for intermediate to advanced wakeboarders.
With 400 hp upgraded engine
To 30 mph: 6.3 sec., 161.2 ft.
To 36 mph: 9 sec., 293.1 ft.
Top speed: 40.8 mph, 5,500 rpm
Bow rise: 22 degrees during typical acceleration. Our testers didn’t report any visibility problems while testing out the MariStar 245.
Tracking: As you’d expect from a boat this size, the tracking was straight and you really didn’t feel much from the rider.
Turns: Not the most agile 24-boat that we tested, but it does a respectable job of low- and high-speed turns.
Gs crossing wake at 22 mph: 0.9
This boat rode solid and pretty quiet on straightaways, turns and even through double ups.