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Old 08-15-2012, 12:13 PM
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The X-30 is a great boat, we love it. I only have the 5.7 in mine and it pulls around my 4500lb boat and 2500 of ballast nicely when there is bow weight. Make sure to get the trim tab as mentioned above. Here are some pics of the boat & wake.
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:05 PM
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I have the same delima. Testing boats in similar conditions with the way we load our boats with typical gear and people is a pita.

I have heard the 30 does not take big lake boat chop as well as a 25 but at 1'7" greater length, that must mean that the 30 does not cut through very well?

We wakeboard more than we surf but we are looking for a thrilling ride. I don't mind plumbing in extra ballast but refuse to have it in the way if that makes a difference.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:00 PM
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I'll echo what the other X-30 owners have said here.

Ours cuts through chop really well and we always get a lot of compliments on what a smooth ride it is, even on the busiest days.

Since others have posted their sleds I figured I'd do the same:

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Old 08-23-2012, 03:02 AM
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You will get an excellent wakeboard wake and wurf wave if all you do is add 750's to the rear. I rode it tonight with about 9 people in the boat and the wake was the biggest I have hit, just enormous. All the other riders kept commenting how giant the wake seemed. Then empty one side and slow it down to 10.5 and the surf wave is magical.

We are really starting to get the boat dialed and I love it more each time we go out now.

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I have the same delima. Testing boats in similar conditions with the way we load our boats with typical gear and people is a pita.

I have heard the 30 does not take big lake boat chop as well as a 25 but at 1'7" greater length, that must mean that the 30 does not cut through very well?

We wakeboard more than we surf but we are looking for a thrilling ride. I don't mind plumbing in extra ballast but refuse to have it in the way if that makes a difference.
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:17 AM
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Also when weighted we usually ride with the plate all the way up. I need to get some pics of the wake.

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I have the same delima. Testing boats in similar conditions with the way we load our boats with typical gear and people is a pita.

I have heard the 30 does not take big lake boat chop as well as a 25 but at 1'7" greater length, that must mean that the 30 does not cut through very well?

We wakeboard more than we surf but we are looking for a thrilling ride. I don't mind plumbing in extra ballast but refuse to have it in the way if that makes a difference.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:24 AM
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jtng, What is your sking setup? Better than the 14v, is stout...
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:36 AM
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I am having surf tabs installed now at Portland Ski Boat Center, so we will have to see if that makes a big difference on the surf wake.

The only advise I would give about this, is if you are running on a surfing budget for wake upgrades, spend the money on ballast, not the tabs.

The surf tabs are not needed for a properly weighted boat. If you don't have enough ballast, they will make a marginal wake a little better. However, if properly weighted for a great wake, you will not need tabs at all.
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:55 PM
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You will get an excellent wakeboard wake and wurf wave if all you do is add 750's to the rear. I rode it tonight with about 9 people in the boat and the wake was the biggest I have hit, just enormous. All the other riders kept commenting how giant the wake seemed. Then empty one side and slow it down to 10.5 and the surf wave is magical.

We are really starting to get the boat dialed and I love it more each time we go out now.

501s, you are runing 750 in the rears over stock and nothing extra in the front correct?

How would this additional balast compare to the same set up in the 25? I am guessing it would need some up front with that hull.

Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:00 PM
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I have 750's on top of stock in each rear locker. I am planning on adding in about 200-400 lbs up front to help with planing faster. But once on plane, the current ratio, although unbalanced, creates a very nice wake. It helps to add some lip but is still very smooth. A little more bow weight just makes it even meatier. It's weird but I am finding that with lots of ballast you can ride a little slower with the new X-30 and the wake is awesome. Normally with more ballast you need more speed but on the X-30 you can go as slow as 20 or 21. I am reallyreally liking this wake now that it's getting dialed. Stock it's ok but it's with more weight where it gets nuts. I mean it is a 23.5ft boat thats 102" wide, so more then 1k of ballast is to be expected.
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:52 AM
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X-30! Saw a 2013 30 today with every available option, 6.2, surf tabs, 4 tower speakers, lights, underwater lights, trailer runway lights, etc. Very impressed!
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