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MASTIQUE
02-03-2013, 07:58 PM
Has anyone added tracking fins? Is this possible on an X45? Are the trough bolted or screwed in? I assume these are the correct ones?

http://www.wakeboards.com/MasterCraft-Tracking-Fin-2001-to-2012-p/mastercraft_tracking_fin_01-11.htm

mikeg205
02-04-2013, 09:38 AM
Yes they are thru hull.

willyt
02-04-2013, 10:14 AM
X45 came without tracking fins????

CBRENT
02-04-2013, 10:25 AM
I bought my 2012 X2 out of the showroom, so pre-built without fins. I wanted to have them install fins which they can not do after the boat is built. They must do some reinforcing to that area so the fins can be installed.

Mastercraftdave
02-04-2013, 11:28 AM
I dont have any on my 2012 X45. I was told they arent needed for the X45 b/c its so big. I find that mine tracks great.

scott023
02-04-2013, 11:44 AM
X45 came without tracking fins????

I've never seen a 45 with them.

wheelerd
02-05-2013, 01:24 AM
Of the X series, only the X10, X14V and XStar have tracking fins. (Of course, all the ProStars do.)

AZX45OD
02-05-2013, 01:28 AM
My 2013 X30 has the tracking fins. IIRC they come "standard" now in 2013. I am not sure about which other models now include fins. The handling of this '13 X30 is remarkably better than my 2007 X30 and 2012 X45.

madcityskier
02-05-2013, 09:41 AM
Of the X series, only the X10, X14V and XStar have tracking fins. (Of course, all the ProStars do.)

Of course prostars have them. MasterCraft takes skiing seriously.
When a friend was boat shopping he ran into this. Don't recall which model, but it only came with fins on it if you ordered an upgraded engine. Apparently the thinking was that if you were getting after it seriously enough to need fins you wouldn't be satisfied lyrics with the stock engine.

Huskie05
02-05-2013, 02:43 PM
Of the X series, only the X10, X14V and XStar have tracking fins. (Of course, all the ProStars do.)

My 2011 X55 has tracking fins. I understand that most boats ordered from my dealership had them put on. We custom ordered out boat, don't remember that even being an option.

bjames
02-05-2013, 06:42 PM
Dont the fins mount to a flat spot on the hull - what I mean is the hull has been shaped (flatten out) to accept the installation of fins (including reinforcement).

broncotw
02-05-2013, 07:14 PM
I am curious? Why do you need/want to add tracking fins to your X-45? Are you having the rear end of your boat skip or hop during your skiing or boarding sets? I would think the X-45 would be heavy enough to hold it's rear in the water -- especially if you had water in the sacs.....

snork
02-05-2013, 08:00 PM
fins aid in turning the boat

MASTIQUE
02-05-2013, 08:02 PM
I am looking to improve the handling. When wake boarding and cutting way out and hard it can pull the boat over to that side and you have to correct with the wheel. I think if I have fins this will be lessened. Also, when maneuvering it seems like all the boats I've steered under load, that they turn (corner) better with fins (more like they are on rails). Maybe this is my imagination. I was also thinking that slower speed maneuvers may be better???

broncotw
02-05-2013, 09:29 PM
OK! Gotcha! I have never operated an X-45 and was just curious! Thanks....

snork
02-06-2013, 09:56 AM
fins will not help in the pitching of the boat from side to side you'll need a keel for that

Mastercraftdave
02-07-2013, 01:10 AM
DO you have the hydraulic steering? My X45 Tracks pretty straight without fins. My buddy has a Malibu LSV with fins and he comments all the time about how mine doesnt pull when I cut out like his. I have driven his and noticed the difference when a rider cuts out wide. I dont see why your dealer couldnt add the fins.

Heelgrad
02-07-2013, 12:17 PM
I have the hydraulic steering and mine tracks very straight and doesn't pull at all in the turns. I don't see the need for the fins but without the hydraulic steering it may help a bit and given the price of them would be a good investment. Good luck with your decision.

MASTIQUE
02-07-2013, 05:42 PM
Thanks, I don't have hydraulic steering, wish I did!

Mastercraftdave
02-08-2013, 12:45 PM
Can your dealer add on hydraulic steering?

FourFourty
02-08-2013, 01:20 PM
Dont the fins mount to a flat spot on the hull - what I mean is the hull has been shaped (flatten out) to accept the installation of fins (including reinforcement).

Yes, they do. However, I think the flat spot is there regardless...... I would guess that they use the same mold.

MASTIQUE
02-08-2013, 03:16 PM
Can your dealer add on hydraulic steering?

Yes, but its way more than fins. I'm guessing a Hydo add on aftermarket is probably over $2k.

Mastercraftdave
02-11-2013, 07:14 PM
Man thats a good amount of money But you have a beautiful boat. Have you had any issues with the BIG screen and Power Tower? any updates done?

MASTIQUE
02-11-2013, 07:50 PM
Thanks for the boat compliment! I don't have the power tower. I've had a few touchscreen issues but I'm told the latest release will fix them. As soon as freezing temps subside I'll be able to confirm.