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Old 02-14-2013, 12:03 PM
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X-35 and X-45 High Altitude Engine size

I am looking for people at high altitude, I mostly do my boating between 3600 ft (Lake Powell) and 6000 ft (Bear Lake). I currently have an X15 with the MCX and for the most part it does a good job. We have decided to upgrade to a larger boat. My price range puts me in the 2008-2010 model years for either an X35 or X45. I need some advice on the engine size I should be looking for.

Some information to help, we surf a lot, my wife skis, and we all wakeboard, tube, and cruise around the lake. We spend 2-3 weeks/year at Lake Powell so open cruising with a loaded boat it important.

You boaters in Utah what is your experience? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:28 PM
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At a minimum you should get the 6.0 and at the high altitudes you may still need to reprop. I was in Aurora, CO for work in 2009 and went by the local dealer and was talking with a sales guy and he told me that they get all their X45's with the 8.1.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:43 PM
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At a minimum you should get the 6.0 and at the high altitudes you may still need to reprop. I was in Aurora, CO for work in 2009 and went by the local dealer and was talking with a sales guy and he told me that they get all their X45's with the 8.1.
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Thanks for your input. My dealer here in Utah always said the same thing. When I talked to him about it at the boat show he mentioned a concern about purchasing a boat with the 8.1. That they don't make it anymore and any future maintenance will be tricky and costly. That scares me some. I like the 45 but have concerns about the 6.0 handling it.

Anyone in Utah/Colorado with a 45 that has the 6.0 in it?
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:44 PM
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I'm running the 6.2 in my X45 and that is a great engine for the boat. The 6.0 is gonna work hard on those 2 boats. You can never have enough horsepower.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:47 PM
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I'm running the 6.2 in my X45 and that is a great engine for the boat. The 6.0 is gonna work hard on those 2 boats. You can never have enough horsepower.
Are you running the new Ilmore engines? I would love to get my hands on one of those. But out of curiosity you think a 35 or 45 with the Ilmore engines need to have the 6.2?
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:33 PM
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Yeah ive heard the 8.1 is unreliable, so im sure the 6.0 would be plenty with the right prop!

Whats your price range out of curiosity?
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:36 PM
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:07 PM
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Whats your price range out of curiosity?
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I would say my price range is between $0 and $70K.

I would however look at spending more to get into a 2011 if the deal was just right. That 2011 45 you posted, do you know the engine in it? The add doesn't say. I also found a 2010 35 with the 6.0 low hrs listed for $73K that looks interesting.

FYI if you know anyone interested in a 2006 X-15 well cared for 260 +/- hrs have them send me a message.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:13 PM
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I would aim to find one with a 6.2 Ilmor if you can. Love ours. Hassle free and powerful!
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:25 PM
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I would say my price range is between $0 and $70K.

I would however look at spending more to get into a 2011 if the deal was just right. That 2011 45 you posted, do you know the engine in it? The add doesn't say. I also found a 2010 35 with the 6.0 low hrs listed for $73K that looks interesting.

FYI if you know anyone interested in a 2006 X-15 well cared for 260 +/- hrs have them send me a message.
260 hours on a 2006! i just rolled 270 on my 10! haha. not sure on the engine. Its right down the road from where i live, its at a Bu' dealer
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