This 20-footer has so quickly caught fire with consumers for its utility, comfort and signature MasterCraft style. The MariStar SS200 packs so much style and usefulness into such a small, buyer-friendly package that it’s no wonder it’s skyrocketed as one of the company’s top-selling boats. The SS200 looks sleek and powerful and it’s amazing how much room this little boat has. Largely due to the roomy pickle-fork bow design, this 20-footer is rated for 11 people. Out on the water we found it responsive and well-suited for both wakeboarders and water skiers. And with a standard 350 horsepower engine, you can easily take your riding or cruising out onto the big water.
This engine has a closed-cooled system and has noncorrosive paint and composite motor mounts to make it ready for the Intracoastal.
The twin tip, pickle-fork design of this boat opens up the bow and allows for so much extra room.
Dry weight: 3,500 lb.
Draft: 27 in.
Storage: 76 cu. ft.
Load cap.: 1,609 lb.
Fuel cap.: 45 gal.
Bow: 25 sq. ft.
Floor to tower: 6 ft. 9 in.
Gunwale height: 2 ft. 6 in.
Main lounge: 58 sq. ft.
Sun pad: 22 sq. ft.
Platform: 13 sq. ft.
Engine: Vortec Saltwater Series 5.7L, 350 hp
(Optional: two bags/one tank, 550 lb. total)?
Location: Lake Sheen, Florida
Elevation: 100 feet
Air temp.: 83°
Water temp.: 81°
*Tested as the X-2, which shares the same hull
For skiers, this boat’s wake is a fairly large. The table is nice and smooth, but transitions, especially at higher speeds, are kind of rough. It’s a fun boat for skiers looking for recreational sets rather than serious course work. Wakeboarders will find the MariStar SS200 to be crisp and clean with the optional factory ballast, if a tad small. The shape is good and rampy, particularly at 65 feet, but a little extra weight would be needed for longer line lengths.
Overall: For wakeboarding, this boat has a lot of potential.
With standard 350 hp engine and OJ 14.25×14.5 four-blade prop
To 30 mph: 5.3 sec., 133.2 ft.
To 36 mph: 7.4 sec., 240.1 ft.
Top speed: 41.3 mph, 5,350 rpm
Bow rise: 24 degrees during typical acceleration. Our team didn’t notice any obstructions while testing this boat.
Tracking: The rider can pull this boat around a bit, so the driver needs to make minor steering adjustments.
Turns: Generally responsive and agile, yet we noticed some play in the steering wheel and turns that banked higher than similarly sized boats.
Gs crossing wake at 22 mph: 1.3
Gs crossing wake at 30 mph: 1
Solid feel throughout, evidence of MasterCraft’s exemplary construction.