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Old 07-30-2018, 11:38 PM
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X2 ski and surf qualities

Can anyone comment on the ski (free skiing) and surf qualities of the x2.

Looking for a good and reasonably priced crossover boat that skis and surfs reasonably well.
I know they’re ends of the spectrum but enjoy both aspects.

And can gen 2 surf tabs/system be added to a 2011-2012. Was it an option?

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Old 07-30-2018, 11:47 PM
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Gen 2 can't be added to the 2011 or 2012. It was introduced in 2014 and can be retrofit on a 2013.

If you are in the market I would urge you to look for 2013+

Surf wake is great with Gen 2

Free ski wake is great with the wake plate

I've had a 2008 X2 and now have a 2016 X2...
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Old 07-31-2018, 11:37 AM
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X2 is a solid free ski boat. Advise you to find one with a center ride plate to tune the wake a bit for all activities. Boat will surf decent with 450 piggy back bags in the lockers with the boat set up to “list”. Add a surf gate and the wave will improve on the port side. We don’t use a gate on starboard because the riders on that side say the gate takes the push out of the wave.
You can add GSA to make the boat surf great without listing on any +06 X2.
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Old 07-31-2018, 03:53 PM
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X2 is a solid free ski boat. Advise you to find one with a center ride plate to tune the wake a bit for all activities. Boat will surf decent with 450 piggy back bags in the lockers with the boat set up to “list”. Add a surf gate and the wave will improve on the port side. We don’t use a gate on starboard because the riders on that side say the gate takes the push out of the wave.
You can add GSA to make the boat surf great without listing on any +06 X2.
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Old 07-31-2018, 04:08 PM
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Coming from a 197, you may be disappointed with the ski wake. I have 3 lake neighbors with X2's and they all ski behind my X14.
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Old 07-31-2018, 05:48 PM
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I had a 2008 for 5 years and loved everything about it. The ski wake is good for a v-drive. As others have said make sure it has a center trim plate to flatten out the wake.

As for the surf wave, I had the fly-high x2 sacks plumbed in the back compartments. I believe they are 400 additional lbs. I would fill the rear tanks and sacks only (no center tank). I had a wake shaper surf gate attached to the swim platform. Speed was about 10.5 regular surfers and 10.8 on the goofy side. The surf wave was really good for a 20 foot boat. I "upgraded" to the XT20 and I miss my X2 surf wave. Maybe I'll get it dialed in someday.

I would buy an X2 again.
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Old 07-31-2018, 06:08 PM
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X2 is an iteration of the original x-star 205V hull so skiing wise its basically like taking one of those and moving 500 lbs into the back of the boat. Doesn't do it too many favors but there are far worse ski hulls out there.

As mentioned if you can find a DD hull like a prostar 214, or a X14 DD then you will have less weight in the rear - but you can ballast.
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Old 07-31-2018, 08:02 PM
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X2 is an iteration of the original x-star 205V hull so skiing wise its basically like taking one of those and moving 500 lbs into the back of the boat. Doesn't do it too many favors but there are far worse ski hulls out there.

As mentioned if you can find a DD hull like a prostar 214, or a X14 DD then you will have less weight in the rear - but you can ballast.
Only 2005 and earlier. 2006 and newer are a different hull

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Old 07-31-2018, 08:56 PM
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Did the center plate come factory equipped as an option or was it aftermarket.
Can it be added to a 2012?
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Old 07-31-2018, 09:05 PM
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as far as I know Its a option and can be added but not cheap!! I didn't get it when I bought my 07 later and found the plate on great lakes skipper but I haven't seen one on there in sometime.

as far as ski wake I have only skied behind mine once and it was after my father passed away 4 years ago. did it since he was the one who taught me to ski and was a great skier.

on the surf wake oh it gets good when you add GSA. Mine has two 820lbs bags on each rear locker on top of factory ballast and 400 lbs of steel shot.
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