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Old 02-12-2017, 09:50 PM
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Best boat for $50k or less

I'm in the market for a used boat. The primary purpose will be wakeboarding, surfing, cruising, and drinking beer (no particular order). The x-15 and x-stars looks solid but I'd like input. This will be my first boat. Thanks!
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Old 02-12-2017, 09:56 PM
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Any size restrictions? I would consider the X45 first for your scenario.
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Old 02-12-2017, 10:11 PM
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My X45! Haven't officially put it up for sale but it is. 2007 low hours loaded! Located in Iowa.
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Old 02-12-2017, 10:56 PM
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I'd start with the NXT20. Could pick up a '15 under $50k, possibly even a '16. Having several years of warranty left is huge piece of mind for a first time boat owner like yourself. Plus you get a legit, easy to use surf system. No suck gate or extra sacs needed. Idiot proofs pulling riders, which is especially nice when you're that rider!

If the NXT20 isn't big enough for your crew (which it probably is if you were considering an X-15), then a 2008ish X-35 or X-45 is your winner.
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Old 02-12-2017, 11:33 PM
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Thanks for the feedback so far. I have not heard of the NXT20s but they look slick.

Feel free to send pics of your x-45

I'll be getting a slip so no size restrictions. As long as it seats 10 or more comfortably
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Old 02-13-2017, 12:12 AM
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NXT20 is definitely on the small side for 10.
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Old 02-13-2017, 12:58 PM
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Thanks for the feedback so far. I have not heard of the NXT20s but they look slick.

Feel free to send pics of your x-45

I'll be getting a slip so no size restrictions. As long as it seats 10 or more comfortably
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NXT20 is definitely on the small side for 10.
Agreed. If you are talking 10+ adults with any frequency, at minimum you're in need of an X30, preferably X45. If many of the 10 are kids, NXT20 could still work but you'll be light on storage.
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:07 PM
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i did 15 medium size people in an X15 once. I did 12+ all the time on the X25 plus two coolers and gear.
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:20 PM
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I vote my star
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:27 PM
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We loved our '06 X-30. Great all around boat. You can get one newer than '06 for less than $50k. MCX is a great engine in that boat, I would not go smaller than that - especially since you say you surf.
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