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51timber
01-25-2013, 08:11 AM
I have a 2003 x30 with 580 lbs center locker up front and 2 1100's in the rear lockers. I am still having a bit of a problem developing a good pushing wave. I don't know wht considering all of the others with the same boat say how great the wake is. Should I add a surf tab??? any other ideas?

sand2snow22
01-25-2013, 10:00 AM
With that much weight you are doing something wrong. Should be able to create a good wave. What speed are you going?

51timber
01-25-2013, 10:44 AM
About 10-12 mph. Today i was planning on moving tha batteries to the starboard side and installing a battery isolator. Good idea??? Or will that make it worse?

Brian B
01-25-2013, 11:23 AM
Not an easy boat to surf. My X10 requires turning slightly to the surf side to get any push. I dream of the day we can surf going in a straight line!

bturner2
01-25-2013, 12:39 PM
How deep is the water that you're in. I've found that unless we're in at least 10' of water we can't generate a good wake. The prop wash just end up pushing the back of the boat up. The deeper the water the better.

Stefan
01-25-2013, 02:53 PM
I have a 2003 x30 with 580 lbs center locker up front and 2 1100's in the rear lockers. I am still having a bit of a problem developing a good pushing wave. I don't know wht considering all of the others with the same boat say how great the wake is. Should I add a surf tab??? any other ideas?

You fill both side lockers? How do you tip the boat without tabs? Just with people?

I suggest putting the non surfside bag on the seat/in the midship locker surfside!

ttu
01-25-2013, 02:56 PM
i have one of these. hold around 1000 lbs.

51timber
01-29-2013, 09:49 PM
You fill both side lockers? How do you tip the boat without tabs? Just with people?

I suggest putting the non surfside bag on the seat/in the midship locker surfside!

Are you suggesting with the 1100 lbs sac in the port locker full and the 580 lbs sac in the center locker full adding another 1000lbs in the midship (Where the amps are) locker???

You mentioned tabs. I don't have any. What would you recommend??? How would that change the wake???

prostar205
01-29-2013, 10:00 PM
I have an '02 X-30 and from my experience you may have too much weight and the weight not distributed optimally. We surf with the following setup and it works pretty well for a hull that was not designed to surf. This is for surfing the port (passenger) side of the boat.

~750 lbs in port rear locker (passenger side)
~500 lbs in ski locker (custom sac - not factory)
~300 lbs in starboard rear locker (drivers side)
~500-700 lbs in triangular bow sac sitting on top of seats (it will hold 1,000 lbs but we've never filled it up)

We go about 9.6 mph.

I also have the L-18 (496) engine so that adds ~200 lbs of additional weight compared to the MCX engine.

51timber
01-30-2013, 08:05 AM
Nice! I always have maxed out tge 1100 lbs starboard and the 580 mid ski locker with nothing on the port. So it sounds like i just need a 500-700 lbs up front. Easy fix.

I can add a little more in each rear since im running the mcx.

So i take it your'e not running tabs? Also do you have a pic? Ive never seen a metal flaked x30

prostar205
01-30-2013, 11:04 AM
Nice! I always have maxed out tge 1100 lbs starboard and the 580 mid ski locker with nothing on the port. So it sounds like i just need a 500-700 lbs up front. Easy fix.

I can add a little more in each rear since im running the mcx.

So i take it your'e not running tabs? Also do you have a pic? Ive never seen a metal flaked x30

I don't have surf tabs but I do have the 2011 MasterCraft Attitude Adjustment Plate (Lenco center trim tab) but I have it up all the way for surfing.

Here's a picture. It's a very unique boat especially with the 8.1L engine.

51timber
01-30-2013, 11:01 PM
That's a great looking boat!!! Im in the midst of Refurbishing mine now. Everything, down to new interior. Will post pics soon.

Brian B
01-31-2013, 12:00 AM
Always loved prostars X30!

Stefan
01-31-2013, 04:46 AM
Are you suggesting with the 1100 lbs sac in the port locker full and the 580 lbs sac in the center locker full adding another 1000lbs in the midship (Where the amps are) locker???

You mentioned tabs. I don't have any. What would you recommend??? How would that change the wake???

I undestood that you're filling both 1100lbs sacs in the rear locker at the same time...which I will try next season, but I hve tabs to tip it then. In your case I'd suggest putting some weight up front. In our X-15 We have 600lbs in rear, 450 in center and 350 in front, all surfside, but we surf mostly goofy (starboard)...

...btw I like the tabs and don't think theyre useless, unlike most people here.

prostar205
01-31-2013, 10:48 AM
Always loved prostars X30!

Thanks Brian. After going to the boat show this year it just reaffirms that I will be keeping this boat until I die. At ~$100K for a new X-30 or X-45 setup like mine, I just can't justify it.

Here are some more recent pictures.

Stefan
01-31-2013, 12:36 PM
looks much more timeless without the X-30 tribal decal, just classic beauty

prostar205
01-31-2013, 03:54 PM
looks much more timeless without the X-30 tribal decal, just classic beauty

Thanks - that's what I was shooting for. The lines on this boat are ART to me.

brucemac
01-31-2013, 04:00 PM
Clean boat right there