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MN_X_Star
11-23-2010, 12:00 PM
We are currently running an 04 X Star and looking to get something a little larger as our family is expanding. The Star has been an excellent boat for us but its getting a bit cramped when everyone joins us. I am looking for thoughts on the 35 vs. the 55. We love wakeboarding, not joining the tour anytime soon, but would love to get more into wakesurfing. Being that I am in MN its 20 and snowy so test driving one isnt going to happen til spring but I would like to hear thoughts on each of these boats, pros and cons.

Thanks -

TallRedRider
11-23-2010, 01:16 PM
I know that you did not mention it, and I hate when people go away from something the original poster did not recommend, but why not a 45? It has a great wakeboarding and surf wake, and will hold 18 people with no trouble.

The 35 will for sure hold more than the star, but with the fridge or sink, I think the space is less user friendly.

Are you talking about ordering new? If I bought a used 35, I would seriously consider cutting out the fridge/sink option and placing extra seating there.

scott023
11-23-2010, 01:17 PM
The other negative on the 35 is the flip observers seat. You lose seating capacity with that too.

MN_X_Star
11-23-2010, 02:02 PM
Thoughts on wake size, quality? Anyone own either that has valuable input? Are wake tabs needed for a quality surf wake?

Thanks -

scott023
11-23-2010, 02:05 PM
Thoughts on wake size, quality? Anyone own either that has valuable input? Are wake tabs needed for a quality surf wake?

Thanks -

Sorry... the surf wake on the 55 is far superior to that of the 35. The 45's surf wake is also far better than the 35. You will not NEED tabs for either.

Lars
11-23-2010, 02:07 PM
whereabouts in MN are you?

MN_X_Star
11-23-2010, 02:34 PM
whereabouts in MN are you?


Live near Minneapolis, cabin in Park Rapids, working in upstate NY at the moment.

mpabreo
11-23-2010, 03:01 PM
I test drove a 35 and a 45 before my purchase. When the factory decided not to build a 45 to my specifications, then I looked at the 55. Which is a super nice boat, however, I found the 45 was the most practical of the 3. No wasted space with folded seat backs, fridges, toilets, etc. Search this forum for wake comparisions (boarding and surfing). IMO the 45's wake (when weighted properly) is second only to the Xstar.

scott023
11-23-2010, 03:18 PM
I test drove a 35 and a 45 before my purchase. When the factory decided not to build a 45 to my specifications, then I looked at the 55. Which is a super nice boat, however, I found the 45 was the most practical of the 3. No wasted space with folded seat backs, fridges, toilets, etc. Search this forum for wake comparisions (boarding and surfing). IMO the 45's wake (when weighted properly) is second only to the Xstar.

I agree 100%.

sand2snow22
11-23-2010, 03:59 PM
I agree 100%.

Ummm. Have to throw the X25 wake out there, too??????

scott023
11-23-2010, 04:55 PM
Ummm. Have to throw the X25 wake out there, too??????

Haven't experienced it personally...

Cobra Rob
11-23-2010, 05:25 PM
Throw in another vote for the 45.. I got mine due to the huge capacity and no wasted space.

willyt
11-24-2010, 10:48 AM
figured out what to do with that 04 star? wink wink

Throw in another vote for the 25, not as big (obviously) as the 35, 45 or 55 but the wake behind the 25 is amazing... with seating capacity of 16 (interior seems much bigger than the star) i hope your family's not that big...
btw i know it can't fit 16, but we did have 12 on it comfortably one day

sand2snow22
11-24-2010, 11:37 AM
Haven't experienced it personally...

Loyalty, I like it. I get around...........;)

scott023
11-24-2010, 05:00 PM
Loyalty, I like it. I get around...........;)

HA. If I didn't love the thing, I would've traded for something else already. :D

Jerseydave
11-30-2010, 09:40 PM
When I saw the X-55 at the boat show for the first time, the interior was impressive! Not sure how much more $$ it is over the X-45, but for big fun on big water it looks like a great choice. Plus Meaghan Major says she likes the wakeboard wake even better than her X-star!
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Cobra Rob
12-01-2010, 02:51 PM
When I saw the X-55 at the boat show for the first time, the interior was impressive! Not sure how much more $$ it is over the X-45, but for big fun on big water it looks like a great choice. Plus Meaghan Major says she likes the wakeboard wake even better than her X-star!
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I think the X-45 has a more useful layout though.. Less wasted space. :whoknows:

MN_X_Star
12-02-2010, 10:56 AM
I know everyone is suggesting a X 25 or 45. Really not interested in these two at the time. I found both a 35 and 55 for a great deal so this is why I have asked for info on these two models. The 35 is loaded with the 6.0 and looks like a great boat. The 55 is loaded as well with the 8.1 and extra ballast. As of now Im leaning towards the 55, seems to be a better fit and deal for me.

V-man
12-03-2010, 01:49 AM
but would love to get more into wakesurfing.

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If this is your goal then you may want to get some inputs from surfers on the different surf wakes.

If weighted properly the 45 puts out a sizable surf wake.

csnyder2
12-04-2010, 05:08 PM
I have a X35 with the 6.0L engine. I did not drive the 45 or 55 and we stepped up from a 2007 X2 with MCX. When I test drove the X35 a local MC sponsored WB rider went out with us and he did all kind of moves behind the boat, stock. I was impressed. He liked the wake but would want more ballast than the stock setup. He had not been behind the X35 prior. We are only recreational WB and surfers. For surfing we need to add significat amounts of weight to scale the wake up.

I test drove the MCX and 6.0 and for our use the 6.0 is the best choice. The Ms and I like free sking so we had the wake plate installed and it really helps calm down the wake characteristics for skiing. We find it a friendly wake for a large a boat as it is. I also use the wake plate for pulling my kids on WB's. The plate helps the boat keep a constant plane situation in the 14 to 16mph speed area.

We stepped up to the X35 from the X2 because of seating space and we are boating on a fairly large week that builds big water on holiday weekends. The X2 was solid but was getting creamed on these waters. The X35 has a great ride in sizeable water and feels confident and solid. The 6.0 is confident in the boat even when heavily loaded. I do not think surf tabs are needed on the X35.

I hope this is helpful in your decision process and if you have any other questions I can answer about the X35 please ask.

vision
12-05-2010, 12:39 AM
Thread Jack - csnyder2, what was the difference in gallons per hour going from your X2 to the X35?

csnyder2
12-07-2010, 09:35 PM
I am sorry to say I do not know the exact difference. I believe about 1/2 again more fuel for the same run. We would go out for a "quick" run and typically burn 8 gallons and now it is about 12 gallons for the same run. Compared to the 5.7 the 6.0 with the stock prop is turning about 400 to 450 more RPM to achieve the same speed as we got out of the X2 with the 5.7. The 6.0 maximum RPM is about 400 RPM higher and my top speed from the X35 is about 2MPH faster then I got out of the X2. I need to get a different prop and see how the boat performs at a lower RPM. My spare I had for the X2, it is the wrong prop for this boat.

vision
12-07-2010, 09:55 PM
I am sorry to say I do not know the exact difference. I believe about 1/2 again more fuel for the same run. We would go out for a "quick" run and typically burn 8 gallons and now it is about 12 gallons for the same run. Compared to the 5.7 the 6.0 with the stock prop is turning about 400 to 450 more RPM to achieve the same speed as we got out of the X2 with the 5.7. The 6.0 maximum RPM is about 400 RPM higher and my top speed from the X35 is about 2MPH faster then I got out of the X2. I need to get a different prop and see how the boat performs at a lower RPM. My spare I had for the X2, it is the wrong prop for this boat.

Thanks for the info.