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Old 06-23-2018, 09:37 PM
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2017 xt23 vs 2018, coming from an mb...

Hi there, great forum, thanks for all the info so far. I'm moving over to a Mastercraft soon, from an MB f 22. I was initially looking at nxt's, but now looking at xt 22 and xt 23's. Anyway, was wondering if there are any performance, surf, ballast, etc differences between a 2017 and a 2018 xt23? I know the dash is different but are the little screens to the right of the dash the same?(do the same thing?) I'm in a relatively rural area so it's hard for me to go see them all in person. There is a 2017 a few hours away that I might be interested in, got me thinking...
I've driven nxt's but not xt 23 yet. I am looking forward to a boat that surfs decent but can waterski reasonably well, and is reliable!
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Old 06-23-2018, 10:42 PM
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First the xt23 If a 17 will be less due to currently old stock. Second the screens have changed a lot along with the speakers. I'm sure others will chime in but read the thread in the dual screen issues. Personally if it was me and they were the same build as in features I would go with a 17. the screens on them have very little issues. You can upgrade the tower speakers easier. Also you will get a little extra room from my understanding over the xt22. Both boats should be able to ski. Nothing like a prostar but good enough I would say for your average Joe.

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Old 06-23-2018, 10:53 PM
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Welcome to the boards Freeheeler88! We have a 2017 XT23...and for the same reason hymann listed we went with a 2017 when we could have built an 2018. I would have made a few adjustments but I did not want the dual screens or the new klipish system at the time of purchase.

We surf, ski, and tow the kids primarily.

You might save $ on the 2017 if it fits your preferences. Others will chime in with their experiences and recommendations. You have a good crew here. Welcome to the family
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Old 06-24-2018, 12:09 AM
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Really appreciate the input, thanks! We've had a great time with our mb for three seasons and put quite a few hours on it, but it's been a bit finicky with multiple recurring issues, mostly small ones.
The 17 seems to be near invoice and has the 5500, which seems adequate from my understanding.
I'm also interested in an xt22 closer to me and it has dockstar, which I've read a lot about but have no experience with. I don't need it but my wife would likely dig it.
I know how to play with and set up a surf wave from my mb/gsa experience, but would like a decent recreational ski wake which my mb will not produce.(was not designed to do so)
We are not big stereo people, so I wouldn't even know what's what.
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Old 06-24-2018, 12:30 AM
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5500 GDI is the perfect motor for either the XT23 or XT22. That decision will be traditional bow vs pickle fork. Also keep in mind the size storage...from my understanding the XT22 sits higher on the trailer and will not clear an 8 ft garage door our XT23 Does but just barely.
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Old 06-24-2018, 12:48 AM
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We checked out a tomcat when we were shopping. Ended up with the nxt22. What did you think of the nxt when you demoed it? It will be much closer in comparison to your f22.
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Old 06-24-2018, 08:57 AM
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What colours are these boats? Fyi 2017 would have a massive factory rebate currently so the price should be very attractive.
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Old 06-24-2018, 09:04 AM
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Either will suit you well. I just went with an XT22 and it was a tough choice between that and the XT23. Garage wasn't a concern for me as I have 10' doors.
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Old 06-24-2018, 01:27 PM
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The nxt was indeed similar feeling to our f22. My wave has more energy and push, I have about 4400lbs in it, but I liked the shape and smooth nature of the nxt wave (which also had another 1000lbs over stock in it). It was more quiet than my mb as well.
The 2017 xt23 is white, red, black, pretty basic interior colors, nothing wild. Priced at 98k as far as I can see online, msrp might have been in the 150 range?
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:37 PM
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Does the 17 have the big screen or the little one? Some things to point out on those is the big you can save profiles the little one you can't. The price sounds right for the 17, do you have a link to the dealer your looking at With both boats?

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