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Old 03-05-2009, 01:54 PM
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Need Advice: X-35 or X-45

Hello all, I'm new to the site and in the market for a new wakeboarding boat. I've narrowed it down, and I'd like some input/experiences, both good and bad on the X-35 vs the X-45.

My situation is:

1) Mostly boarding (maybe a little surf, tube, barefoot, etc)
2) Lots of recreational boating on rivers/lakes.
3) More seating capacity is important as I often take large crowds out.
4) I live on the water, boat will be docked on a lift.
5) Fuel economy is not so much an issue.
6) Power recommendations on each? I dont need blazing speed, but dont want to crawl along.
7) How do these boats handle 3-4' chop? I've never owned a direct drive engine such as this.
8) Current boat is a 24' bowrider with tower, wake is good size, shape is horrible.

I've only wakeboarded behind a malibu and my buddies PS197.

Please comment in any way you wish, I'm going test these two boats tomorrow and just may take one home...

Thanks!!!!
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:23 PM
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I had to make the same decision as you a few months ago... 35 or 45. Have you test drove them? They ride and handle completely different from each other, so that will be an important aspect, as there will most likely be one that you appreciate more than the other. I thought the 45 was a much smoother ride that the 35, and the handling was better suited as well, even though it is a foot bigger. The seating layout was considerably different as well, as the fridge/sink unit is available in the 35 and not in the 45. Also, the 35 has the flip observer seat, which may work for some people, but you lose the storage as well as seating with this seat.

All in all, I think you will have to drive them to compare, as they are both great boats that are suited to different tastes. Good luck, let us know what you decide on.
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:40 PM
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I'm planning on test driving both of them tomorrow. I'm leaning towards the 45 as its a bigger, more roomy boat, and has the L18 engine. Problem is this boat is 20k more than the 35 and I'm wondering if I'll be satisfied with the 35...

Any comments on the wake?
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:42 PM
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That's a good problem to have now days: 35 or 45?
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:58 PM
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Good descion to have to make, and even better that you are demoing them. It's a tough choice but I like the X-45 a little better than the X-35. In terms of seating, storage and wake it is a little more suited to how I would use it.

I've never driven either in the kind of waves you asked about, pretty hard to find water that rough in MN, most of the lakes are just to small.

Give us a review after your test drive, lakes are frozen here so I have to live vicariously through you!
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Old 03-05-2009, 03:17 PM
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Actually the weather here has been pretty good. Only 3 weeks this whole winter were too cold where the wetsuit and hood wasnt enough. Last weekend was mid 70's. Predicting to bump 80 degrees this weekend.

I'll be sure to post a full review after driving them both.

Can anyone tell me what an attitude adjustment plate is?
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Old 03-05-2009, 03:25 PM
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Old 03-05-2009, 03:30 PM
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Actually the weather here has been pretty good. Only 3 weeks this whole winter were too cold where the wetsuit and hood wasnt enough. Last weekend was mid 70's. Predicting to bump 80 degrees this weekend.

I'll be sure to post a full review after driving them both.

Can anyone tell me what an attitude adjustment plate is?
This plate will flatten out your wake to make it a bit more functional for slalom. We just bought a 45 and this was one of the selling features for us, as my wife slaloms. I am not sure if it is available on the 35, IIRC it isn't. The 45 was a much more funtional boat for us, the sink and fridge seemed silly when you are on the water and there is a built in cooler in the 45 and a ton of space for more coolers. I test drove 45's with both the LY6 and the L18 and there may not be that big of a performance diffference (hole shot was great in both, similiar top end), so it may not be worth getting the 8.1. (That being said, we got the L18 LOL)
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Old 03-05-2009, 03:44 PM
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Scott - can you post any pics of your 45? or refer me to a thread that has them...

Thanks.
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Old 03-05-2009, 04:51 PM
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