Yes, you can get a larger MariStar if you want. The MariStar 280 is MasterCraft's largest offering in the MariStar line, but a for a lot of people, 28 feet is just too much. And for a lot of those same buyers, the 24-foot 2-inch MariStar 245 isn't enough. For that segment of buyers the new MariStar 255 should be just right.

Far more than just a watersports tow boat, the 255 is a true inboard day boat in the classic sense of the word. For example, it is rated to carry up to 18 people, holds 90 gallons of fuel and 10 gallons of freshwater. A full 8 feet 6 inches wide and 25 feet 5 inches in length, the 255 is laden with creature comforts not often found in tow boats aimed strictly at water sports.

Mastercraft Maristar 255 running

The Mastercraft Maristar 255 is a true inboard day boat.

Up front, the bow is plenty spacious thanks to the twin-point—MasterCraft-ese for "pickle fork" —hull design, and it has nifty features such as billet aluminum speaker grilles and pull-down armrests and nice deep seating.

Behind the windshield, the 255 features the largest wraparound interior in its class and an observer seat that can be adjusted to face forward or backward. Serious day-boaters will want the optional entertainment center, which includes a refrigerator, a freshwater sink with Corian countertops. That option also comes with a head with a vacuflush toilet, another freshwater sink, six speaker satellite-ready stereo system, contoured seat backs and polished grab handles.

The generous rear sun pad features a transom walk-through with optional teak inlays and an integrated step down onto an oversize swim and boarding platform. Install the removable pylon and the boat can be used for what MasterCraft is famous for: watersports tow boats. Base retail price is $88,890 and for an additional $7,110, you can get an optional in-house-built tandem axle trailer for the 255. For more information, call 423-884-2221 or visit Mastercraft.

Written by: Brett Becker
Brett Becker is a freelance writer and photographer who has covered the marine industry for 15 years. In addition to covering the ski boat and runabout markets for, he regularly writes and shoots for Based in Ventura, Calif., Becker holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in mass communication from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.