View Full Version : New member pictures & a few questions

Ryan X7
12-16-2009, 04:56 PM

I am a new member with some pictures below of the 2009 X7 350 HP.

Old boat was a 18' center concile with a 75 HP outboard and usually started salom sking by standing on one foot in waist deep water as deep water starts draged me forever even tho im only 170 lbs. Needless to say this boat is AMAZING and 350 HP is much better than 75 HP.

One question i have is does the boat have to be moving at a certain RPM to fill up the factory ballast bag under the back seat?

Next question is i would like to learn to wakesurf but wondered how much more ballast i would need to wakesurf since the X7 only comes with 500 lbs (i think) of factory ballast under the rear seat?

12-16-2009, 04:58 PM
Welcome... great looking purcahse you made there. Congrats.

12-16-2009, 04:58 PM
Welcome. Congrats. Your owners manual should say above 1500 RPM's. More ballast the better for wakesurfing.....

12-16-2009, 05:05 PM
Welcome, Nice boat. I put one side sack in besides the 500lbs in the rear and it puts out a nice wake.

12-16-2009, 05:11 PM
Sweet Boat! The more ballast, the better for wakesurfing. Be careful not to sink it when going beck through your own wake!

12-16-2009, 05:40 PM
like the color combination and the look in the water. congratulations!

12-16-2009, 05:44 PM
Nice looking MC - Congratulations & Welcome to the board!!!

12-16-2009, 05:58 PM
Great purchase and Welcome to Team Talk.:D

Ryan X7
12-16-2009, 06:52 PM
Thanks guys, i will do some research to see what setup i need for surfing without sinking her.

12-16-2009, 06:57 PM
Great lookin ride ya gots there! Watch that goal post when back her up!:D I betcha you ain't gotta do a standing start to slalom anymore, do ya?!:D

Ryan X7
12-16-2009, 07:00 PM
No more standing starts which i love, i love getting yanked out of the water and being up in about 60 feet.

12-16-2009, 07:46 PM
:DWatch that goal post when back her up!:D

You big dummy, that's not a goal post, that's fer feetmaball, it's home plate for a baketmaball field!:rolleyes:

12-16-2009, 07:51 PM
I do not have your hull so I can not comment on the best weight for surfing. But, the easiest way to determine the amount of weight that works for your needs before buying sacs is to invite some good sized friends over and have them hang out on the side of the boat you want to surf. Move them around front to back as the distribution of the weight affects the shape and length of the surf wake. This may help decide if you need two small sacs or one large sac.

12-16-2009, 08:04 PM
Interesting rope you got. What's the deal with the things at the end of each section?

Ryan X7
12-16-2009, 09:46 PM
Vision thanks that i great idea i will do that in the spring when the lake is not frozen here in Michigan.
Chicago 190-the rope feathers out and gets thicker before the lope at each end of each section and then they loop thru eachother to connect then into a rope. I think the angle of the photo makes it deciving, i think this rope is made by proline.

12-16-2009, 10:08 PM
Very cool boat - that's next on my list - in about 10 years...

Dig around on the site a little for ballast tips. There is a user names seaworld that has a X7 / 197 I took some tips from to install ballast, with a great setup. Anyway, he also mentioned he had to rig something on the fuel tank vent to keep water from coming back in when the boat was loaded up for surfing. Wanted to make sure you were told this before you fill your gas tank w/water.

When in MI are you? We're in oakland county. A few other MCs on our lake, getting to be a lot of nautiques...

Ryan X7
12-16-2009, 10:52 PM
Thanks for the info on the vent for the fuel tank, what setup do you have on your boat? We are in Hillsdale, MI. I love the looks of Mastercrafts the tower looks much better than other manufactures but thats my personal opinion.

Double D
12-16-2009, 10:54 PM
Great looking boat and nice to have it on a lift. You really moved up, the correct way, from what you had. Way to keep the engine in the middle!!

12-16-2009, 11:50 PM
Very nice looking boat. Hard not to like red Mastercrafts.

12-17-2009, 05:12 AM
Nice looking MC - Congratulations & Welcome to the board!!!

What he said.

12-17-2009, 07:21 AM
Thanks for the info on the vent for the fuel tank, what setup do you have on your boat? We are in Hillsdale, MI. I love the looks of Mastercrafts the tower looks much better than other manufactures but thats my personal opinion.

Yes, I like MC towers the best especially the "older" style where the bottom tube follows the windshield geometry.

I added 2 pumps to my 205. One for a sac in the ski locker that is always connected, and another for a sac that goes where my back seat would be. This one is on a quick connect (I ski 80%+ of the time) so I can use when I need it, and get out of the way all the rest of the time. I may try to mess with positioning of the bag(s) next year if we try surfing. I went once last year behind a wake boat and liked it, but between slalom & wakeboarding, I have plenty to work on. The main advantage would be you can surf in crappy water.

Anyway, here is the link to the 197 with the pumps & 2 bags.


12-18-2009, 01:41 PM
is that a old school wood ski on the rack in the first pic???

12-18-2009, 02:04 PM
Very nice boat.Matches your truck.

Ryan X7
12-19-2009, 12:50 AM
Ben thanks for the info and link. Yes it is an old wood ski on the rack we put it up there to try out the water ski rack after we placed the arm on the tower to move the clamps out to hold a water ski. i ski something a little newer than that now lol.

12-21-2009, 11:04 AM
Wow what a Kool looking boat. I love the graphics and the colors! it would go good with my Rad Red Truck...lol Do you mind telling us where you picked her up at ? I looked for a Red Boat, but got a really great deal on a Blue One...

12-22-2009, 01:14 AM
[QUOTE=Ryan X7;648571]HI,

One question i have is does the boat have to be moving at a certain RPM to fill up the factory ballast bag under the back seat?


1500 rpms is reccomended, but the boat does not have to be underway. I usually idle it up out of gear, and FWIW I filled the ballast quite a few times at an idle before I heard of the 1500rpm rule without problems. It was explained to me that idling up is just to ensure sufficient alternator output so you don't burn the ballast pumps up with low voltage. Don't see this as a problem unless you have a weak battery or running multiple pumps at the same time with the stereo cranked or something.

Nice boat too! I was almost sold on a red X2 before we got the black one this summer.

Ryan X7
12-22-2009, 04:25 PM
We got her at Delivs lake marina.
Thanks for the info about the ballest pumps. i think i have going to get some addition fly high bags with pumps for surfing and then use the stock ballast bag as needed becasue i hate running the boat to fill it up.

12-22-2009, 04:46 PM
FWIW, I've got a 2002 PS197 with rear ballast and most of the time we fill at idle, empty at idle. Occasionally empty it out with engine off. I replaced the original battery once with an Optima a couple of years ago. Never heard the 1500rpm rule.

BEAUTIFUL BOAT, enjoy it !

TX.X-30 fan
12-22-2009, 05:04 PM
Nice Driveway to go with that sweet boat.

TX.X-30 fan
12-22-2009, 05:04 PM
Very clean

12-22-2009, 05:09 PM
Nice X7 and welcome to the MC family.:) We need to see some more pics of your dock here: http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=24080&highlight=boat+dock