It’s hard to talk about the progression of wakeboarding without making mention of the Mastercraft X-Star. In 1996 the X-Star made it’s debut and quickly gained notoriety as one of the first boats dedicated to wakeboarding, and was named the official boat of the X-games that very same year. Since then, the X-Star has had a reputation of setting the bar for what a wake boat should be. And now -- after 17 years -- that same tradition of bold innovation continues with the 2013 model.
Category: Large & Functional
Who’s it for: Wakeboarders and Wakesurfers
Engine: Up to 522 hp Ilmor 7.4L V-8
Length: 24' 5” / 7.32 M
Weight: 5500 lbs. / 2,449 kg
Seating Capacity: 14 Persons
Fuel Capacity: 74 GAL / 280 L
Hull Type: Deep V, Wake
Bow Style: Twin Tip Pickle-Fork
Beam: 102" / 2.59 M
MSRP: $105,000 USD
- 3 Touch Screen Cockpit with Easy Hide Main Console
- 2400lbs Ballast
- 3 Rear Facing Rows
- Convertible Rear Bench
- Built In Cooler
- Built In Trash Receptacle
- Rear Audio Control for Riders Suiting Up
- Sloped Swim Platform and rear bench for easy gear entry with board on
- Walkthrough Transom
- Integrated camera in tower for recording riders and can be played back on the boat.
- Saltwater Engine packages available
Is it the Right Boat for You?
The X-Star epitomizes what a wakeboard boat should be, and continues to set the bar year after year. The R&D teams at Mastercraft have spent years collaborating with top wakeboard pros to refine every single inch of the boat. From the unique shape of the hull right down to the rotund 5,400 LB dry weight, this boat is made to do one thing -- make huge wakes. 2013 marks the beginning of the fourth generation of X-Stars and it has already assisted in seven brand new tricks being landed, but that’s just par for the course.
Yes, if you are a serious wakeboarder then there is no doubt that you will want an X-Star within one second of laying your eyes on it. And as you can see from the long list of standard wakeboard centric features, owning one could really propel your riding career.
But even if you aren’t a wakeboarder, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the decadent amenities that the X-Star has to offer. Mastercraft has claimed the X-Star is “the easiest boat to drive on the market,” and after seeing the cockpit it would seem they are correct. The three touchscreen LCD screens keep all of the pertinent information like ballast weight and cruising speed right at your fingertips, allowing the driver to quickly tailor the riding experience for each individual boarder.
On top of that, the seating configuration can be quickly changed around to all 14 passengers with easy view of the rider. Rounded out by tons of cup holders, built in cooler and trash can, ample storage, and deep pillowy seats -- the X-Star doesn’t sacrifice any creature comforts for the sake of being a world class wake powerhouse. But buyer be warned, if you find yourself in possession of a ‘13 X-Star, you will likely find friends and family coming out of the woodwork just begging for a ride.
Having said that, there is one big prohibitor that may stand in the way of X-Star ownership -- the price tag. At over $100,000 it is one of the most expensive boats on the market, and the 74 gallon gas tank isn’t exactly cheap to fill up. On the upside, you could probably charge a premium admission price for all of your new found friends clamoring for a tow.
You can build your very own customized X-Star at the official Mastercraft Website.
If you're still having trouble narrowing down your boat options, then drop me a line and I'd be happy to make some recommendations based on your specific needs. You can also head over to the forums and get input from other boat owners in the About.com community.