2003 Mastercraft 28 MARISTAR

BIGGEST AND BEST RIDING WAKEBOARD BOAT YOU CAN CAN GET W/ SINGLE 496HO 8.1

HUGE ROOMY INTERIOR W/ SEATING FOR 15 PLUS PEOPLE AND ENCLOSED HEAD!

ALL NEW (10) TOTAL POLK AUDIO MARINE SPEAKERS AND SUBWOOFER !

COCKPIT AND BOW COVERS AND NEW FACTORY FULL COVER ALSO

This boat company understands that emotion is a big part of a successful design. It's not enough to build a solid boat, you have to put some passion into it, too, and few builders are as passionate about its boats, its sports, and its owners as MasterCraft.

The latest expression of the MasterCraft fervor-and our 2003 Boat of the Year-is the MariStar 280 VLD. This boat lets MasterCraft take its inboard runabout experience into a new market. The 280 VLD is not a skiboat. It's more than 28' long, with a beam of 9'6", and it redefines the concept of a big-water dayboat. With its outstanding construction and V-drive inboard power, it's ideally suited for intracoastal salt water. It offers the elbowroom and amenities (such as a head compartment) that make deckboats so popular with families. And it presents a stylish profile that's equal parts American swagger and European chic, new school and retro, practical and outrageous.

The pickle-fork bow is its signature. The boat's designer, Peter Granata of Granata Designs in Hilton Head, South Carolina, says the shape of the bow was originally drawn for the MasterCraft X-Star wakeboard boat.

"MasterCraft wanted to increase the room in the X-Star and wanted a look that I would describe as sinister-to appeal to the youthful wakeboarding market," says Granata. "I call it a cat on a V-hull, because it's not a tri-hull shape as you'd find in a deckboat. The broad bow gives you more space forward and a boarding platform at the peak. And the look is great." The bow seating area is as big and as deep as a hot tub.

The boat's curving, teak-trimmed stern offers an interesting contrast to the twin-pronged bow. The hullsides wrap around to meet the transom like Cadillac tailfins. Plus, there's a fixed boarding platform executed in fiberglass colored to match the adjoining hull stripe. The helm is sprinkled with eye-catching aluminum details-the throttle knob, the steering wheel center, the bezels of small instruments-each machined from billet stock. And then there's the fantastic X-Pod, a trio of bullet-shaped nacelles, each holding a major instrument and executed in machined-and-anodized aluminum suspended over the helm console on thin fins. Buck Rogers goes boating.The MasterCraft MariStar 280 VLD is a runabout built to yacht-quality standards, visually exciting and fascinating in its detail. Every builder should try this hard.

This boat company understands that emotion is a big part of a successful design. It's not enough to build a solid boat, you have to put some passion into it, too, and few builders are as passionate about its boats, its sport

  • Class: Power
  • Category: Ski and Wakeboard Boats
  • Year: 2003
  • Make: Mastercraft
  • Length: 28'
  • Propulsion Type: Other
  • Fuel:
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Location: Vandalia, Oh
  • Nominal Length: 28'
  • Engine Type: Other