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Old 08-17-2018, 05:06 PM
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Help me narrow down my boat choices

We have decided to take the plunge into the wakeboard/ski/surf boat world and have been zeroing in on the Mastercraft x2 as our primary target. Given our budget we are looking mostly at boats in the 2009 to 2011 model years. Our priority order for activities is 1) Surfing 2) Slalom skiing 3) Wakeboarding 4) tubing and kneeboarding equally. We are a family of five and plan to have friends along with us but don't want to go longer than a 20-21 footer for storage and towing reasons.

We have found three boats that are all within $5000 (asking price) of each other but each one has its own issue.

Boat 1 is a 2011 with the attitude adjustment plate (which I understand will help with the skiing) and 950 lbs. of ballast on top of the 900 lbs. stock ballast. 190 hours on the Ilmor 5.7. 4 tower speakers. Problem is there is a leak in the centre ballast that the owner is trying to get figured out.

Boat 2 is a 2011 with 900 lbs. of added ballast but no attitude adjustment plate. 2 tower speakers. 280 hours on Ilmor 5.7.

Boat 3 is a 2009 with the attitude adjustment plate and no additional ballast above the stock 900 lbs. 4 tower speakers. 291 hours on Indmar 5.7.


I'm guessing that adding some ballast to boat 3 would be the least expensive option to get to where we would want to be. Adding the attitude adjustment plate to boat 2 will be pricey based on what I have read but is the one that we like the look of the best wrt colours and interior trim (I'm sure the two tower speakers will be sufficient but 4 is nicer). Boat 1 would be just about perfect but I'm not sure I would want to be dealing with a leaking ballast.


Any insights would be appreciated. Also, are there any significant advantages that the 2011 has over the 2009?
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Old 08-17-2018, 05:31 PM
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I am assuming the 900 lbs of ballast is two 460lb bags. You can get those for a $519 from wakemakers, and then add a bow bag for $354. How bad is the looks of the third boat?

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Old 08-17-2018, 06:17 PM
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Nothing wrong with the third boat at all. Interior colour scheme just isnt as nice and its two years older than the other two. Thinking resale down the road. Adding the ballasts seems like the least expensive option and adding all three bags to the third boat would get us what we want performance wise. Just love the loom of the second boat.
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Old 08-17-2018, 06:29 PM
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You will also want the attitude adjustment plate for surfing. It cleans up the wave. You can budget $2K for your dealer to install. Sounds like boat 1 is your preference. I would try to get a sale agreement subject to the seller to get the leaking ballast fixed at his dealer.

I owned a 2009 X2 and it was a great boat. I’ve heard the VDIG screens are no longer available so you might want to take that in consideration. The seats are also prone to pink mold stains so you are bang on with the better vinyl on the 2011 and better resale.
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Old 08-17-2018, 06:30 PM
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What kind of center ballast does boat 1 have? Bag or hard tank? I'm not familiar with the 2011, but if it's as simple as removing a ballast bag that's in a center ski locker, it's an easy job. I just replaced my KGB bag through WakeMakers. $280 delivered, and it holds more than stock. Took about an hour to remove/replace. If it's a bag system, you could potentially use that as a bargaining point to knock a few hundred off the price. If it's got a center hard tank, I'd be leary- those plastic tanks can be hard to repair.

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Old 08-17-2018, 08:18 PM
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#2 you can add Go surf assist or gen 2
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Old 08-17-2018, 09:21 PM
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#2 you can add Go surf assist or gen 2
Gen2 needs the 2013 - newer Murphy software so that is not an option. Go surf assist is an option, but you will still want a center tab.
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Old 08-17-2018, 09:51 PM
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Thanks ap77 - info appreciated and good points about parts maybe being less available for 2009. I was also pretty sure gen 2 wasn't an an option pre 2013.

gweaver - the ballast tank is hard plastic. Apparently the dealer said that one option was to cut the tank out and replace with a bag with an even bigger capacity. Otherwise, they would have to split the hull. I told him to look into plastic welding so maybe that will be an easier fix. Either way, I am not touching that boat until I know it is fixed and done right or replaced with a bag system.

On the costs for these items, I am in Canada so everything is multiplied by at least 1.3 so now we are talking at least $2500 for the attitude adjustment plate (haven't heard back from our local MC dealer yet) and $4000 USD plus install for Go Surf Assist turns into $6000 pretty quick in Canadian dollars. Oh well, still a lot less than a 2014 up here.

So much to consider with these machines. Thanks everyone for your info. Many things I might not have considered. My current boat was so much easier to figure out.
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