~Face Time vs. Text Messaging
Victory and defeat are not opposites. They go hand in hand.
Sunshine needs clouds to be fully appreciated. Quality needs junk. Winners need losers. And the MariStar 280 needs other brands to be recognized for all the ways in which it overachieves.
Lets begin with its stylish aesthetic. The MS280 looks and moves with a grace that belies its 28-feet, 114-inch beam. And in any boat but a MasterCraft, youd immediately have to question performance. Twin Vortec V-8s make every holeshot a pleasantly thrilling surprise. Plus, counter-rotating props make maneuvering at docks and marinas a breeze.
And lets talk face time. The ample MS280 features luxurious seating for 15, including our gigantic twin-tip bow which seats five adults comfortably. And full, wrap-around seating can be converted to a passenger lounge for relaxing. And if that werent enough, the MS280 is chock full of elegant conveniences such as a freshwater sink with Corian countertop.
Winning and losing complement one another. And really, you need your daily grind to fully appreciate the majestic escape we call the MariStar 280.
Draft: 2 ft. 5 in.
Beam: 9 ft. 6 in.
Fuel tank capacity: 100
1. The MariStar 280 STS stands for Secondary Turn Screw which is an incredibly fancy way to say this bad boy has the power of twin V-8s, not only making the MariStar 280 STS the sole 28 footer in the inboard market but the only inboard with twin powerhouses with maximum horsepower of 800 stallions.
2. The MariStar 280 STS is the only inboard boat to be named Boating magazines Boat of the Year, which was followed a few years later by a Boating magazine honor when the MariStar 280 STS was named 1 of 5 New Classics soon to be desired by all boaters.
3. The MariStar 280 STS is truly a day boat with a 110 gallon fuel tank, entertainment center with sink and ice box, optional refrigerator, head (with optional vacuum flush system) and more than enough space for 15 people.
4. The MariStar 280 STS comes standard with MasterCrafts newest innovation, the VDIG (Video Digital Gauge) that makes reading fuel, temp, speed, depth, air temp and water temp (to name a few) easier and prettier than ever.
5. The MariStar 280 STS possesses the innovative pickle-fork bow that allows for more seating and also creates space for the standard bow ladder and anchor locker that will encourage you to stop this vessel and relax.
6. The MariStar 280 STS has the industrys only 4 tip exhaust system, making sure the 280 STS operates at optimal performance levels
7. The MariStar 280 STS is obviously built to entertain as it comes prepped and ready to stow your stuff with nearly 80 cubic feet of under seat storage
Instead of old-school pitot pickups, MasterCrafts under-hull paddlewheel delivers magnetic signals to accurately measure speed without being affected by random debris or atmospheric pressure
Technology has improved even the most traditional underwater gear, holding design specifications within a .005-inch tolerance for superior performance.
IN-TANK FUEL PUMP
Designed by MasterCraft to maximize fuel efficiency, reduce vapor lock and safeguard boaters, our exclusive in-tank fuel pump pushes fuel to the engine, rather than pulling it.
To minimize vibration and prop slippage, our shaft and coupler use a fitted tongue-and-groove design, which requires fewer parts and tools, making maintenance quick and easy.
Our hand-laid and hand-rolled fiberglass methodstandard since 1983ensures that each boat receives a calculated lamination schedule in high-stress areas, built to withstand not just years of boating, but decades.
Dont worry about keeping sound down in a MasterCraft. Unlike our competitors, we install noise-reducing fiberglass mufflers on every boat we offer.
Stainless steel bolts, nuts, screws, washers, clamps, staples, and insert nuts protect every boats beauty, integrity, and longevity against the harsh elements of water.
Electromechanical Borg Warner instrumentation is driven by proprietary software to read streaming data impulses and deliver unrivaled accuracy.
MASTERVIEW BOLSTER SEAT
Dont get caught short in a seat that doesnt elevate. Move the comfortable bolster seat into place to boost the driver an additional four inches higher.
SWIVEL BOARD RACKS
Easily clamp your boards into place for increased stow-away space and swivel your equipment 180° into the boat for boathouse storage (standard on all X-Series boats except the X-1 and X-2).
An option for most, our standard electronic fuel injection system increases fuel economy and high-output engine performance, surpassing the archaic yet standard carbureted engines used by the competition.
We pull no punches with our pylons. Each is constructed of solid aluminum, anodized to prevent wear and then through-bolted into steel plates eight to 16 times to sustain merciless torque. Its topped off with a WearGuard nylon inset to prevent rope chafe.
JL AUDIO SYSTEM
Have a blast aboard a MasterCraft, with the JL Audio interior and tower speakers, designed exclusively for MasterCraft. Controlled by a premium Clarion head unit, our standard sound optimizes sound clarity inside and out.
TEAK BOARDING PLATFORM
Big is beautiful: MasterCrafts oversized teak boarding platform is the perfect place for putting on equipment, teaching young ones how to ski, or getting back on board.
AUTOMATIC BILGE SYSTEM
Forgot to hit the auto bilge switch? Dont worry. MasterCraft does it for you with a bilge system that automatically senses bilge water level and empties it.
LCD displays depth, hour meter, clock, water temperature, and alarm messages clearly and accurately so you can monitor your MasterCrafts optimum performance.
DIGITAL THROTTLE CONTROL
Digital Throttle Control (DTC) operates at the speed of light and without the bulkiness of cables: the throttle talks electronically to the engine, allowing for a tow-sport-specific cruise control.
38 OZ. VINYL
Your upholstery should look as good as your boat. Premium-grade vinyl with UV protection, mildew resistors, and stain-resistant treatment maintains its shape and color for years.
Rotocast tanks positioned above and beneath the floor utilize their own industrial-sized pumps to quickly ingest up to 1,000 lbs of water weight in under five minutes (Standard on entire X-Series line of boats).
Even with an element as basic as a steering wheel, MasterCraft makes you look good on the water. With our four-spoke, vinyl-wrapped, polished aluminum steering wheel, (standard on most models) youll make all the turns in style.
Take your tunes with you by adding the MP3 player adaptor. Plug your device in and jam to your playlist with clear, crisp sound from Clarion and JL Audio.
Know where youre going and where youve been with Garmins color GPS system, in day or moonlight.
Watch wake-to wake and beyond with a three-piece mirror that gives drivers a broad view of whats behind the boat.
Keep it clean with snap-on covers direct from MasterCraft. Color-match your canvas, too!
MasterCraft bimini tops are built just like the boat to last. Made of stainless steel frames and mildew-resistant canvas, they keep sun out and the quality in.
Bring along a plate of your favorite brownies or deck of cards. Whatever your mission, our sturdy cockpit table stows easily.
MasterCraft Training System is perfect for the days when its only you and your ski buddy up at six. Up to 180 pounds of ballast offset the driver weight for balanced wakes.
CLARION HEAD UNIT W/ CD
Paired with JL Audio equipment, the Clarion head unit and CD changer turn any afternoon into a daylight disco.
Theres no need to climb up to the stereo to change your tunes with the Transom Remote. Simply do it from the platform.
Take away morning chill by blasting the multi-directional heater at cold feet, body, or hands.
Wash off after a day on the water with our integrated shower/washdown system. Water tanks available in the 200, 230, 245, and 280.
ZEROFLEX FLYER TOWER
Towing never looked so good. Elevate the rope for bigger jumps or keep boards off the floor with our sturdy, collapsible tower.
Stay aware of shallow waters with a depth finder, viewable through the LCD display in the tachometer gauge.
Fill up the Blaster with Slick Boot lube and slide into tight bindings like theyre bedroom slippers.
Custom match your boarding platform to your MasterCraft by going glass, featuring integrated rubber.
Nicks and scratches be gone! Protect the transoms gelcoat with our clever teak transom saver.
BOW FILLER CUSHION
Turn an open bow into an open house party by adding a filler cushion for more lounging space.
BOW & STERN CLEATS
Tie up in style with laser-etched cleats, through-bolted into fiberglass and backed with aluminum plates for stress dispersion.
TOWER MIRROR MOUNT
Elevate your mirror and elevate your driving with the patented billet tower mirror mount and quick disconnect.
TOWER SPEAKERS & LIGHTS
Turn up the tunes and hit the house lights with a set of flush-mounted speakers and lights, carved from billet aluminum.
BIMINI WITH TOWER
Save yourself from the sun by mounting our sturdy, integrated tower bimini.
Using a unique rear-latch winch system, MasterCraft covers close tight for clean trailer or on-water storage.
Triple the fun. Take your 280 to the highways in strength and style with an optional triple-axle Phoenix trailer. Full hull support and easy-loading bunks make trailering the 28-footer smooth and comfortable.
Turn any ski boat into a wake machine with the addition of a mini-tower. Great for teaching kids, footing, or tubing.
TOWABLE COVER WITH TOWER
Stop the chafing of tie-downs by eliminating them altogether; MasterCraft covers winch from the rear, with a snug fit.
Saltwater sessions dont necessitate the need for closed cooling with our integrated flush kit.
REMOTE COURTESY LIGHT
Hit the key switch and courtesy lights immediately flood a dark boat and show you on board.