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New Boat!!!!! and a couple rants and raves

ScottScottScottScott Posts: 593 Crazy Baller
Don’t go to a boat show… may end up spending some money. We went to the boat show a couple months ago that re-sparked interest in a new boat. This time, things got a little more serious. Lots of looking at different boats, putting down a deposit on one that took about a month before they had that model in town to test drive, then it just didn’t meet our needs. We finally turned focus on the Prostars deciding we were ready for a dedicated ski boat, I already knew that was my favorite boat of the primary ski boat options, tho we did look pretty closely at one 200. Got a couple weeks into negotiations on a Prostar, financing approved etc, then they sold it out from under us…. showed up for a test drive with a different boat. So we continued looking around, finding one we liked, but a little farther away. After inquiring about it, conversations proceeded until we had a deal done within a couple days. Just picked it up Friday, and can’t be happy enough with our purchase. Perfect colors for us, great wake, many great ergonomic features. After enjoying it over the weekend despite some windy days, its all we thought it would be.

Rave: The boat, and Mastercraft. The build, and ergonomics seem to be top notch. We constantly find things that standout in terms of being well thought out. And the wake…..or lack there of….

Rave: Bennetts Boat and Ski, in particular Steve that we dealt with. Great/classy color combination they chose. Straight up dealing and very helpful in making the deal work for us. Immaculate boat, even after spending the summer working the ski school. Everything you hope you encounter in a dealer when making a major purchase.

Rant: The weather. You get a new boat on Friday and end up with high winds all weekend.

Rant: The former Mastercraft dealer, particularly Rich the salesman we dealt with, that sold the boat in negotiations out from under us. Weeks had gone on in negotiations, partly due to a brief interruption as a hurricane passes through. There’s a lot more to this story than needs to be described here, just to say there were multiple lies in attempt to cover up the fact that they sold it and tried to make us go away, then they show up for a test drive with a different boat. Good news for skiers in the future is, they aren’t Mastercraft dealers anymore. They had already stopped selling boats and just had a little inventory left. Just beware buying cars in the Winter Haven Fl. area.
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  • 6balls6balls Posts: 4,881 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Beautiful boat!!
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • ThomasAliveThomasAlive Posts: 46 Baller
    Couldn't agree with you more. We drove the extra 500 miles to buy from them and will happily do it again. Steve is super easy and fun to work with.
  • theboardingschooltheboardingschool Posts: 84 Water Ski Industry Professional
    Congrats! Beautiful boat.
  • RogerRoger Posts: 1,500 Crazy Baller
    @ScottScott - What color was the boat they sold while you were negotiating?
    Roger B. Clark - Okeeheelee skier. Senior driver, Senior Judge
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 593 Crazy Baller
    @Roger Similar coloring to the one we got. More white, blue on the mid sides going into a black point toward the front. Interior was blue and white. Nice thing about that boat was very low hour 2016 (add stated 22hours?) We ended up with more hours, but a 2017 and we like the colors better (exterior and interior.) Just glad that previous dealer is no longer involved with Mastercraft. Rich is a used car salesman (literally and figuratively) I've heard of others with issues with these guys.
  • RogerRoger Posts: 1,500 Crazy Baller
    @ScottScott - Thanks, not the boat I though it was. I bought my boat from them while they were still a dealer, but I worked with the owner and had a great experience. I will say that the couple of times I've had to deal with Rich were a disaster each time. Anyway, the boat dealership was sold and moved to Orlando. Enjoy your new boat!
    Roger B. Clark - Okeeheelee skier. Senior driver, Senior Judge
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 593 Crazy Baller
    @Roger Actually, they were the Mastercraft dealer in Orlando, in association with Ski World, and their location in Winter Haven. They just got out of the boat business all together. So currently there isn't a Mastercraft dealer in central Florida. There is rumor of a major Mastercraft dealer in another part of the country opening a central Florida location soon.

    Someone bought the other boat, and we have no hard feelings to them at all. They got a great boat, and tho we were pretty discouraged at the time we ended up with a boat that we actually like better, and now we have a relationship with Bennetts....who is everything a boat dealer should be. It was a long frustrating journey, but the end results were worth it.
  • RogerRoger Posts: 1,500 Crazy Baller
    I'm glad it worked out for you. I have established with the local dealer (Southeast Mastercraft) here in South Florida and so far they have been excellent. When the 14 Mastercraft was introduced, Okeeheelee was nearly 100% Nautique. Yesterday morning while I was at the lake, there were 4 Mastercrafts, 1 Centruion and 2 Nautiques. There are still a lot more Nautiques than other brands, but it is changing. Nothing against the Nautique, it's a wonderful boat, I just prefer the Mastercraft (after 4 Nautiques).
    Roger B. Clark - Okeeheelee skier. Senior driver, Senior Judge
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 593 Crazy Baller
    I think a lot has to do with time/development etc. The 200 came out in 2011, the prostar just came out in '14. I'm sure the 2018 Nautique will be another game changer. Everything about the Mastercraft really seems to be top quality and well thought out. With limited knowledge and research I think they really excel at the quality control area, its a well built and designed boat.
  • RogerRoger Posts: 1,500 Crazy Baller
    200 came out in 2010. With the Mastercraft change in 2014, it was about them getting the tracking under control. I felt the 2016 (at least one 2015 I drove was good) was when the tracking came to up to snuff. The Nautique still has the edge, but the other boats have closed the gap in recent years.
    Roger B. Clark - Okeeheelee skier. Senior driver, Senior Judge
  • bogboybogboy Posts: 694 Baller
    @ScottScott, beautiful boat you have there. The metallic orange and white prostar on their web sight looks absolutely gorgeous.
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,201 Mega Baller
    A sizable Midwest MC dealer purchased USAWS HQ and is moving in once "we" move out. Lake is included, but I understand that Ski Fluid can stay. Great facility on I 4 for a boat dealer.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 593 Crazy Baller
    Yeah, thats pretty much along the lines of what I heard.....couldn't remember the specifics, or if it was definitely a done deal, sounds like it is.
  • RAWSkiRAWSki Posts: 508 Crazy Baller
    Great looking boat I am sure you will enjoy it. A good dealer can certainly make the difference in boat buying and ownership experiences. Ski Well.
  • Onside135Onside135 Posts: 401 Crazy Baller
    The whole Bennett family are great ski people and better people people....
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,253 Mega Baller
    @lpskier has the same info I heard.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 191 Baller
    Congrats on the boat, it looks beautiful! lists
    Orlando,FL 32804
    Sales: +1 (863) 588-7288
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 593 Crazy Baller
    @vtjc I can only guess that's old info that hasn't been updated. The only Action Watersport I can find website only lists a location in auborndale and has no mention of Mastercraft.
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,253 Mega Baller
    Action Watersports is a Michigan MC dealer (
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 191 Baller
    @ScottScott It matches the story line of other posts with a big mid-west MasterCraft dealer setting up in Orlando.
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,253 Mega Baller
    I know this: the owner of Action Water Sports is a 38 off skier, supports tournaments in our State, has brought Pro events here, maintains a healthy promo program, and is a great guy. So, it could be a solid match.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • m_pagsm_pags Posts: 70 Baller
    In Sept. I purchased a 2017 Prostar consignment boat with under 5 hrs on it through Bennett's. Steve was awesome to deal with. They got my check on Wed and shipped it 1200 miles to me with U ship. I was skiing behind it Sat.
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    I love my 2015 ProStar. I owned a 14 with the 5.7, the 15 has the 6.2. Other than that the boats are the same from an options standpoint. However, even though MC (I asked the CEO) says that they haven't changed anything since 2014, I can tell you my 2015 is tighter and drives better than the 2014. I suspect incremental improvement continues, as is true with Malibu, and CC, I'm sure. Anyway, congrats on your new boat! I'm approaching 300 very happy hours on mine!
    Jim Ross
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,018 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Congrats, you're going to LOVE your PS. Between what I see on TT and BOS, it sure seems like MC has sold quite a few Prostars this year.
    Scott Calderwood
  • TELTEL Posts: 191 Solid Baller
    I was lucky enough to ski with Scott on the madden voyage. I am not sure if I was invited or I invited myself. It is truly a beautiful Boat inside and out. The lack of wakes is a good way to describe skiing behind it. Sunday I had to ski behind my old 2008 196 tug. Thanks, Scott I see a new boat somewhere in my future
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 593 Crazy Baller
    edited October 2017
    Back home I dug around a little more. @vtjc looks like you are correct that it is going to be Action Water Sports Florida. Not sure exactly how you got to the link you found, but when I did a dealer search for an orlando zipcode on the mastercraft site it took me to a map that showed a dot right at Polk City, where the water ski hall of fame is/used to be, listed as Action Water Sports Florida (nothing in orlando directly.) The confusing part is that there is a kayak/paddle board shop in auburndale fl (very close to Polk city) that is called Action Watersports (doesn't appear to be affiliated.) So, end result @lpskier and vtjc both said.... Action Water Sports Florida, the dealer that has a couple sites already in Michigan appears to be opening a Mastercraft Dealership in florida to serve central florida at the former water ski hall of fame location in Polk City.
  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 191 Baller was my first result searching Google for ‘Orlando Mastercraft.'
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,225 Crazy Baller
    You have a great boat @RLogan
    Sorry I didn't get over to take a set this week. Next week for sure!
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