Originally Posted by jnellie2020
Thanks for the information.
Sorry for my lack of knowledge but what do you mean 'freeboard to really ballast hard'?
I don't think anyone answered your question . . .
In simple terms, freeboard is the distance between the waterline and the deck. On older boats this distance was less than on newer wakeboats since there was no expectation that they would be running 1000+ lbs of ballast. Greater freeboard allows for more ballast weighting with less risk of taking on water over the gunnels or the bow.
On the 205 hull, for example, MasterCraft increased the freeboard in 1996. This is one change that allowed the hull to evolve into the original X-Star and X-2.
2005 X2, Viper Red, MCX, OJ TZ-X5 prop, PPass, rear 750 sacs, KGB, IBS, Bennett Wake Plate, custom wake shaper
(previous) 2001 X5, 1991 TriStar 190