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MasterCraft MariStar 255 (2009-)

1 x 400-hp MasterCraft Power Vortec LY6 HO

Brief Summary

A crew of 18 can spend the day in style on this plush bowrider. The list of creature comforts is extensive, and it compliments the smooth-riding deep-Vee hull. The optional 450-hp gas V-8 or the 225-hp Volkswagen diesel offer the range of power options to suit your taste.

Key Features

  • MasterCraft Power Vortec RTP - 1 5.7L multi-port EFI 350-cubic-inch GM V8 engine–310-hp
  • Teleflex Xtreme high-performance electronic throttle & shift cable
  • Snap-in carpeted floormat
  • Wood trimmed accessories
  • 12-volt DC power outlets
  • Teak boarding platform
  • Center sundeck with filler cushion
  • Clarion AM/FM CD stereo
  • Cockpit entertainment center with sink and cover

Test Results

650 4.6 4 0.7 6.92 6.02 561 488 77
1000 6.2 5.4 1.2 5.24 4.55 424 369 78
1500 8.2 7.1 2.1 3.82 3.32 309 269 87
2000 10.6 9.2 3.7 2.87 2.49 232 202 85
2500 16.3 14.1 5.8 2.82 2.45 228 198 85
3000 22.9 19.9 7.9 2.88 2.51 234 203 85
3500 27.4 23.9 10.4 2.65 2.3 214 186 93
4000 31.4 27.3 13.7 2.29 1.99 186 161 94
4500 35.3 30.7 18.5 1.91 1.66 155 135 96
5000 38.5 33.5 24.3 1.59 1.38 128 112 96
5500 41.3 35.9 32.5 1.27 1.11 103 90 106


Length Overall 25' 5'' / 7.75 m
Beam 102''
2.59 m
Dry Weight 4,850 lbs.
2200 kg
Draft 32''
0.81 m
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 90 gal
341 L
Water Capacity N/A


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 4.2 sec.
0 to 30 6.6 sec.
Ratio 1.5 : 1
Props 14.75 x 15.5 4 blade OJ
Load 2 persons, 1/3 fuel, 0 water, 15 lbs. of gear
Climate 41 deg., 41% humid.; wind: 10 mph; seas: light chop

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 400-hp MasterCraft Power Vortec LY6 HO
Std. Power 1 x 310-hp MasterCraft Power Vortec RTP
Opt. Power 1 x 350-hp MasterCraft Power Vortec MCX
1 x 400-hp MasterCraft Power Vortec LY6 HO
1 x 450-hp MasterCraft Power Vortec L-18 HO
1 x 450-hp MasterCraft Power Vortec Saltwater Series L-18 HO
1 x 225-hp Volkswagen Turbo Charged Direct Injection Diesel


Engine Warranty Extended 3 year limited
Hull Warranty Extended Extended Warranty

Captain's Report

By Captain John B. Wenz
Are you an active participant in waterskiing and wakesports looking for a boat that the whole family can enjoy? Are you in the market for an upscale family runabout, but you haven’t quite found the right boat? Are you curious about the advantages of an inboard runabout versus an inboard/outboard? If you can identify with the questions above, you need to take a good look at the MariStar 255 from MasterCraft.

MasterCraft MariStar 255A Water Sports Background
For four decades MasterCraft has produced quality boats, designed and built for the demands of waterskiing and wakesports. From the ProStar skiboats to the X-series wakeboarders, they’ve managed to improve upon classic models to meet the demands of and expanded customer base. In fact, they’ve produced tournament-certified models for every area of competition, and the same design guidelines have been applied to their entire lineup, to a greater or lesser degree. One such example, the MariStar 255, was built for someone who has the active, competitive lifestyle but needs to be able to accommodate the rest of the family as well and do it in style.
MasterCraft MariStar 255Spacious Layout
The MariStar 255 has seating for 18. That’s not a mis-print; and don’t forget that this is a twenty-five footer! The upholstery is luxurious, from the cozy stern seating to the roomy pickle-fork bow cockpit--sit back and enjoy the ride! Creature comforts on the standard equipment list include a premium sound system, a wetbar, luxury trim and lots of storage.
MasterCraft MariStar 255
With your choice of lots of different interior and exterior color choices, you can create exactly the kind of atmosphere that suits your taste. One of the highlights, something rarely found on a boat of this size, is an enclosed head compartment with a vacuflush toilet. Now that’s an item that’s sure to please the fussiest member of the crew.
MasterCraft MariStar 255
The helm layout is reminiscent of a fine automobile. There’s plenty of rich-looking wood trim contrasted with billet aluminum details. The instruments include the standard engine performance information surrounding MasterCraft’s proprietary VDIG readout. This all-in-one display makes monitoring your boat’s performance and environment user-friendly.
MasterCraft MariStar 255The Business End of the Boat
When it’s time to hit the water, the integral transom step makes it easy to get out on the sturdy swim platform. And don’t forget the safety advantages of an inboard configuration when your crew gets wet. The prop is so far forward of the swim platform that it’s virtually impossible for it to be a hazard when climbing back aboard.
MasterCraft MariStar 255
And bowrise is minimized when you’re accelerating, affording greatly improved visibility from the helm. Speaking of accelerating, the MariStar, typical of the MasterCraft lineup, is not shy when it comes to performance. Standard power is a 400 horsepower Indmar LY-6. If you prefer to kick it back a bit, you can choose the 350 hp MCX. For added excitement, go with the big-block, 450 horse L18.
For those interested in diesel, MasterCraft builds the 255 with an optional 225 Horsepower Volkswagen motor, which complies with the rigid EU emissions standards. This probably wouldn’t be my choice if I planned to do a lot of tubing or skiing with a big group on board, though.
MasterCraft MariStar 255Test Results
Our test boat was equipped with the standard engine, and we ran on a very cold day. The lake surface had a light chop, and keep in mind that there were two of us on board. If you plan to go boating with a group, your expectations should reflect the payload on board. We jumped up on plane in 4.2 seconds, and we reached 30 miles an hour in 6.6 seconds.
Our top speed registered 41.3 miles an hour, and with a full 90 gallon fuel tank, you can expect a usable fuel range to be about 234 miles. The MasterCraft MariStar 255 is twenty-five feet, five inches long. With her swim platform she gains an additional two feet, three inches, but don’t worry about fitting this boat into your garage--the swim platform tilts out of the way for clearance.
The 255 has a beam dimension of eight and a half feet, draws thirty-two inches and weighs 4850 pounds.
MasterCraft MariStar 255
I like this boat for several reasons. First, I’m a big fan of inboard propulsion. It’s simpler, and therefore, more reliable. I’ve always felt that along with the advantages offered by an I/O also come many of the disadvantages of both inboard and outboard systems.
The other thing I find very attractive here is the list of options. You start with a classy little ride which you can turn into a downright elegant day boat. Add a couple of the sports options, as you see fit, and before you know it you’ve got yourself a really nice crossover boat that suits just about any family looking for something in this size range.