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Old 08-11-2008, 08:56 PM
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x-7 vs x-14 ski wake

Can I get some feed back with respect to how the x-14 wake compares to the x-7. would like the x-14 for the room, but don't want to sacrifice skiability...
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:16 PM
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I would be curious to hear others feed back as well. We are looking into a new(er) boat this fall/winter. 214/X-14 is on the short list, growing family and circle of friends interested in hitting the lake has us considering larger boats. My wife likes the X-15 for size and layout and since she and the friends are mostly wakeboarders or novice skiers that makes sense on the one hand, but I am on my ski 90% of the time course or not so.... Unfortunately there is only one way to go as far as wakes are concerned when you are used to skiing behind a 190. it's just how far are you willing to go.
I would also be curious to see where the boats lie in regards to price. I think the X-15 was about 70K and the 214 was about 55k (sticker). Would that put the X-14 in the low 60k range?

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Old 08-12-2008, 01:19 AM
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You may do a search on this subject in old threads, there have been some good discussions on this by some pretty knowlegeable people, I purchased a 2007 X14 for the same reasons wanted more room, the wife liked the amenities and lay out and the family want to surf and wake board, while I am still 90% a skiier. I have not been dissapointed, the x14 won't compare to your 190 but I've skied behind a lot of other manufacturers crossover and ski boats and I believe the X14 Is better or comparable. I found I don't fill up the gas tank except for wake boarding, 40 gallons is alot of weight, I also try and keep riders to a minimum and ski at 34 miles per hour to get the best wake off this boat. You may get a bunch of different opinions but this is my take. The family loves it and I've found we use this boat alot more than our old 87 pro star as it will fit more people has great tunes and the kids of course want to look cool.
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:53 AM
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love my X14. I had a '02 TT 197 and yes the X14 has a slightly bigger wake, not much, but its great for us and we love the room. I can't really tell a difference on the wake for barefooting. The only complaint I have is that my old barefoot boom didnt fit due to the fact that the windshield frame comes back so far ... and that is really nothing to complain about

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Old 08-12-2008, 08:37 AM
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I am sure you will find that the x14 has a bigger wake but the 197 is alot smaller.
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:02 AM
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I believe it will come down to how hard core you are and what you need in slalom and wakeboard wakes. The bottom line is that a crossover boat is a compromise for both sports as the 190 will be superior for slalom and the larger X-Series boats (X2, X15, etc.) will be better wakeboard boats.

That said, we traded our X9 in on the X14 and are absolutely thilled with the decision. We skied the 197 and X14 back to back within 10 minutes of one another and could not detect any significant difference, but then again, we're not hard core and don't ski the course very often. My son easily does inverts behind this boat so it does just fine to keep the boarders happy. For a skier, there is no comparison with this boat vs. the X9 as it's clearly superior.

Whichever boats end up on your short list make sure you ski them before shelling out that much $$ so you don't make the mistake we did with the X9.

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Old 08-12-2008, 10:00 AM
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Can I get some feed back with respect to how the x-14 wake compares to the x-7. would like the x-14 for the room, but don't want to sacrifice skiability...
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Check out this thread for some good thoughts on the x14: http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...p/t-18302.html

You will sacrifice some skiability with and X14/214 vs. an X7/ 197 but mostly at speeds below 34 mph. For course skiing at 34 or 36 mph, the wake is very close between the 2. Possibly better on the x14 at 15 and 22 off. Drop the speed, though and the wakes no longer are as close. I traded my 197 for aan x14 and couldn't be happier. I ski the course once a week or so, and use the boat 2-3 times a week, so the course is only a portion of my use.

And note that the rope will hit the tower at shorter line lengths. But if you are that serious a skier, go with a mini tower or no tower.
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Old 08-24-2008, 08:58 PM
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we traded our X9 in on the X14 and are absolutely thilled with the decision. For a skier, there is no comparison with this boat vs. the X9 as it's clearly superior.

Whichever boats end up on your short list make sure you ski them before shelling out that much $$ so you don't make the mistake we did with the X9.

That's my
I hate hearing that since I just bought an X-9. I wanted the X-14 but had a set budget and was not going to violate it and no X-9 would fit.

Would like any more input on X-9 v X-14 v X-7 from anyone who knows from experience.
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Old 08-24-2008, 10:24 PM
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Age Fighter, ski an X1 or X2 a couple of run's and you'll love the X9, it's all about perspective.
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:34 AM
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Age Fighter, ski an X1 or X2 a couple of run's and you'll love the X9, it's all about perspective.
Good point.
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