At more than 28 feet 3 inches long and nine and a half feet wide, the MasterCraft MariStar SS280 is simply huge and unlike any other boat you’re likely to encounter in these pages. Boasting features that seem foreign to water-sports boats — like an enclosed head and a full wet bar — this boat is an all-around family fun vessel that can tackle that medium-sized lake near the house as well as open water due to its full saltwater compatibility. There’s room for 15, so it excels as a day cruiser and it’s powered by twin engines, which means it has enough power to tackle anything you throw at it. Capable of throwing mean wakeboarding wakes or heading out to sea in style, the SS280 just rocks.
A freshwater sink and optional fridge like this seems more at home on a center-console cruiser, but is a great unique feature on a wake boat.
The lounge across from the driver can be configured forward or rear-facing, depending if the day entails riding or cruising.
Dry weight: 6,200 lb.
Draft: 29 in.
Storage: 77 cu. ft.
Load cap.: 2,300 lb.
Fuel cap.: 100 gal.
Bow: 42 sq. ft.
Floor to tower: 6 ft. 4 in.
Gunwale height: 3 ft.
Main lounge: 82 sq. ft.
Sun pad: 25 sq. ft.
Platform: 18 sq. ft.
Engine: MasterCraft Vortec Saltwater Series 5.7L, 350 hp (Twin)
Cruise / stereo
(Optional two tanks, 500 lb. total)
Location: Lake Sheen, Florida
Elevation: 100 feet
Air temp.: 84°
Water temp.: 81°
Wakeboarding wake: 500 lb. factory ballast and wake shaper, 23 mph
At a short 65 feet or a long 75 feet, wakeboarders should prepare for big and for steep. It’s kind of hard to compare it to traditional wakes, as it’s more of a unique big-water experience all unto itself. Flying between these huge swells is a really crazy experience, one that might be too hard-core for younger riders. It sure is fun, though. Likewise, recreational skiing behind this beast is a unique experience you’re not likely to get elsewhere.
Overall: Riding these wakes is exciting, unique and might make you feel like you’ve shrunk.
With 400 hp upgraded engine (twin) and OJ 13.7x 19.5 blade prop
To 30 mph: 6.5 sec., 161.2 ft.
To 36 mph: 8.4 sec., 250.2 ft.
Top speed: 54 mph, 5,100 rpm
Bow rise: 23 degrees during typical acceleration.
Despite its massive size, the pilot of the 280 will have excellent lake visibility.
Tracking: We’re not sure how big you’d have to be to pull this thing but if you did, we’d seriously consider hitting up a diet.
Turns: With the twin engine setup, the MariStar SS280 is surprisingly nimble and maneuverable for its size.
Gs crossing wake at 22 mph: 1.1
This cruising beast was as solid as a rock!