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Old 05-13-2013, 01:03 PM
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Great info. I like hearing about the comparison between the star and X25. I'm surprised that the engines would feel so different. I can relate though. I've got the same engine as you in my boat and continue to be impressed with the performance and agility. I came from a 197 and was expecting a 4200#, 22 foot boat to be a barge. Boy was I wrong. That thing is a rocket and handles like a much smaller boat.
Agree 100%. It was litterally night and day in terms of agility and overall power. It just felt like a larger engine, than what I have been used to with my other boats. Overall I was very impressed.
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:46 PM
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How is yours propped? I've got the 14.25 x 14.5 V OJ that came stock as the "high altitude" version. It seems ideal for the boat and I'm at low elevation. Not sure who would want the standard prop but maybe it's better for unloaded cruising? I've also got the ACME comparable prop as a backup but I've never tried it. Some say it's a bit better than the OJ.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:42 PM
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I checked it a while ago and if memory serves, i believe it was the stock prop. I think it was 14.75 x ?? I would have to double check.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:54 PM
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14.75 x 15.5 I believe is the prop... I change to a ACME 2271 (if I remember correctly) and it is even better for accel, surf holding and lower revs at boarding speeds.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:58 PM
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Ok i have to say the write up is kind of concerning... I just bought a new x-25 sold my x-2 205 v. Which as been my favorite boat of all time. Needed more room though.

I didn't expect the x-25 to handle like my 205 but it doesn't handle as well as the x-star? Two of my buddies have the xstar and i have to say its the worst handling boat i've ever driven. The x-25 is worse?

I can live with the boat if the wake is similar to my 205. When i spoke with atkinson at the boat show he said the 25 wake was most like the 205 which is why i bought the boat. I'm really hoping i don't have to load the 25 up with 2500 lbs of extra weight like the xstar needs. The real reason i bought the boat was i was told u needed just another 1200 lbs or so to get the same kind of wake as the 205. I really hope the 25 lives up to my expectations now.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:05 AM
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I owned 3 xstars before moving to the x25. I don't share the same feelings as the OP. It will all come down to how you weight both boats and use them. But my overall opinion is the x25 does everything the star does but better. IMO the only edge the star has is the wake when the boat has 4klbs in it.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:03 AM
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Comparing the X25 to the X Star is like comparing apples to oranges. Sorry for the cliche, but it's true. One is a tournament wakeboard boat and the hull of the 25 was intended for bay/offshore use. I've owned the xstar and my buddy has a 25. The 25 handles like a saltwater boat, bow up in the air, not much hull/water contact when on plane, wider turns... Which is what it was intended for before they dropped a vdrive in it, right? The wake on the 25 is huge out-of-the- box whereas the xstar needs additional weight, but then it becomes world class, one of, if not the, all-time best. X25's V hull will give a better surf wave than the Xstar. Their hulls are just so different because of what they were designed for; you just have to keep that in mind when trying to compare.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:24 AM
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The x-25 is worse?

I can live with the boat if the wake is similar to my 205. When i spoke with atkinson at the boat show he said the 25 wake was most like the 205 which is why i bought the boat. I'm really hoping i don't have to load the 25 up with 2500 lbs of extra weight like the xstar needs. The real reason i bought the boat was i was told u needed just another 1200 lbs or so to get the same kind of wake as the 205. I really hope the 25 lives up to my expectations now.
Atkinson was right - the 25 wake is alot like the 205V, alot like it. If you've ever ridden a SAN 210 with about 4k in it its like the wake with stock ballast + PnP on a 25.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:49 AM
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When i moved from a 2009 Moomba LSV to the X25, I was a little disapointed with the handling and overall power. The LSV (Being a flat bottom tounament boat with tracking fins) was a lot more agile and could turn on a dime. I would even accellerate in a full lock turn. But then again, completly different hull design.

The X25 however felt heavier (which is is), and was not near as nimble. It kind of reminded me of a powerfull runabout. Straight line tracking was great, but tigh cornering was not its forte. In a full lock turn, the boat would loose power or bog down. This was not a factor in our descision to buy the X25. Dont get me wrong, the X25 DOES excel at Surf Wake, larger out of the box wakeboard wake, cabin room, rough water ride...

JBKriss hit the nail on the head, you cant expect the X25 and Xstar to handle the same way as the hull design is completley different. I remember reading somewhere (on this forum) that the X25 isnt used a lot in wakeboard compititions due to its inability to make tight enough turns in a narrow course and hold its speed. Not sure how accurate that info is, but after taking the star for its first run on the same lake and same conditions i have been used to over many seasons, My wife and I immediatly notice some fundemental differences between the 2 boats.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:05 PM
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So where the X Star pulls double ups with ease, the X25 doesn't do as well, correct?
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