View Full Version : 2007 MC x-30 Purchase - Total Rookie NEED HELP PLEASE!

05-25-2014, 12:21 PM
Hello Everyone. I am in my 2nd year of boat ownership after starting last year. Purchased a 2006 Reinell lsr and after the 1st weekend realized how much of a rookie move it was to purchase ANY boat with no experience and even more of a rookie move to not research boats before purchase.

I have very young daughters and two older sons. Sons into wake boarding as they are exceptional snowboarders, as is my Wife. We live in Colorado. I moved here from NY so I suck at all things snowboarding or wake boarding. My goal was to just purchase a family boat last year. Now my goal is to buy a GREAT USED BOAT in the 40K-50K price range. It came down to Mastercraft and Malibu. Moomba seemed like a nice value but I'm sure I will want to upgrade again.

So...it's Mastercraft. There isn't much out there in terms of inventory and for other reasons that you all here already know. So, if I'm not imposing too much, I'm hoping the experts can help me out.

I'm buying used and paying cash.
Looks like the 2007 MC X-30 is where I'm at. Loving the looks of this boat. There are newer and cheaper MC X-30s out there but have more hours and anything over 150 hours freaks me out. I am down to two options but I'm open to other ideas/suggestions as well:

1. http://www.boattrader.com/listing/2007-Mastercraft-X-30-615946

I spoke with the owner. 120 hours. Sending specs. Just hasn't used it forever. $53,000 firm. Have to figure out a way to have it inspected and shipped. 1200 miles away.

2. http://denver.craigslist.org/boa/4434110295.html

This boat is much closer. Haven't spoken to owner. He is probably on the damn boat!

I don't know anymore. I go back and forth between newer Malibu Wakesetter listings, then MC X-series...basically I'm lost and need advice.

Thanks everyone. Happy Memorial Day.


05-25-2014, 04:59 PM
Both look great, the black and white one didn't list hours that I saw. I do like the orange and black, with 120 hours that is like new. Good luck

05-25-2014, 05:07 PM
have you tried looking at www.onlyinboards.com

05-25-2014, 05:17 PM
I wouldn't be freaked out by something above ~150 hrs. That is barely broken in on a boat and they spend most of their life idling around anyway (you can read the ECU to determine how many hours at different rpms but it seems like more than 50% of hours are idling to pick someone up vs? full throttle run). Some on here are over 1,000 hours and still run like new. Sometimes too low of hours can be a problem as well.

Look for maintenance records and have the m/c dealer do a ownership transfer inspection. Costs around $250 but very thorough and will ID any issues before you buy.

05-25-2014, 05:19 PM
I'm 20 mins from Katy if you'd like me to look at it for you.

05-25-2014, 05:23 PM
Absolutely! Thanks man. I insist on paying for your time.

Is 53K reasonable for a pristine 2007 X-30?

05-25-2014, 05:24 PM
I've owed the internet, including onlyinboards.com, and I cannot find any 2007 X-30 boats...which I guess is good and bad I guess.

05-25-2014, 05:31 PM
Well 55k seems extremely high.. lol

05-25-2014, 05:51 PM
yeah...I agree...but that price isn't far off from what I've seen with higher hours from boulder boats.com that have sold. I'm open to suggestions. Thanks for the responses.

05-25-2014, 05:52 PM
Absolutely! Thanks man. I insist on paying for your time.

Is 53K reasonable for a pristine 2007 X-30?

No paying for my time required. Just paying it forward. Send me the contact info. I'll let you research whether the price is right and let you know what I find going over it. I can stop by tomorrow if owner is around. Let me know if he's available.

05-26-2014, 08:19 PM
i would be more afraid of a boat that old with really low hours vs. a boat that has been used on a regular basis. motors have lots of parts that are better off getting lubricated on a regular basis vs. sitting for years. i'd be more concerned with regular maintenance vs. the actual number of hours. both boats look clean, but i'd definitely give the nod to the one with the bigger motor. even if you paid asking price, 2K is definitely worth the upgrade. you probably don't need that big of motor on an X30, but if you plan to slam it or surf it heavily, it will come in very handy. plus, when it comes time for you to sell it, that big motor sets you apart from all the MCXs out there. don't get me wrong, the MCX has proven itself and will do well in that hull. for both those boats, for this time of year, the price doesn't seem too far off. i'd shoot for somewhere in the high 40's for the denver boat, but with the upgraded motor and options, low 50's for summer time isn't too bad.

05-26-2014, 11:31 PM
Agree with jafo9. I would not be scared at all of a boat with over 150 hours, assuming you can have a good record of maintenance and the owner is straight forward with you. There is a 2006 MC X30 here in AL that is a beautiful boat. It has about twice the hours than you prefer, but it is in great shape and you can tell it has been well maintained. That black and white one is nice and has the upgraded engine, which is a plus, and he is willing to throw in a bunch of extras. It seems set up for whatever your needs may be.


Here is a good boat for your needs as well. The X-15, and this boat is in your neighborhood, in Boulder. The hours and price are right in line with what you are looking for.


05-27-2014, 12:57 AM
that boat has been for sale a while too, should be able to get a deal

05-27-2014, 01:53 AM
I am curious why you have chosen the X-30? Have you considered other Mastercraft models? For example for 50K you can get into a 2009 / 2010 X2.

05-30-2014, 12:50 PM
I am curious why you have chosen the X-30? Have you considered other Mastercraft models? For example for 50K you can get into a 2009 / 2010 X2.

The room on the inside of an x30 versus an x2 is like night and day.

06-07-2014, 01:59 PM
If I had 50k to play with and a big enough garage, I'd be looking at X15s or X30s, 06 and up on the 30.
As mentioned above low hrs does help with resale, but the difference in service life from 150 hrs to 300 or 400 hrs is negligible if the boat was well kept and maintained.
Looking at 7-8 yr old boats I'd take a 3-400 hr stored inside boat over a 150 hr stored on a lift or in the water most likely.

06-07-2014, 03:25 PM
Make sure that X30 in Katy has not been in salt water!