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Old 10-31-2012, 09:16 AM
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Mastercraft 280 VLD

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Was looking at X45 or 245. Came across this boat (link at bottom). Wife loves the bathroom idea. I know this boat is not the best for wakeboarding. Our perfect boat is an X55 but out of our price range of 40-50K. Any other recommendations or boats your aware of would help.

I have a truck suitable to haul a x80 or 280 and have a large enough dock etc. My question is will the 8.1L be enough for this boat. I like the idea of a single engine for the reduction in maintenance and fuel economy (I know this boat will like the fuel but I am okay with that).

On a side note. Has anybody ever seen or have a camper top on their boats. Our climate is rainy and cold and a camper top is nice to get out of the elements. I think a 280 with a camper top would make a great family boat.

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/20...d-280-99680399

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Old 10-31-2012, 10:15 AM
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I believe it will at least be adequate. And the single prop should throw a better wake than the twin screws I think. I didn't check the specs on the X80, how much does it weigh compared to the X55. Because an X55 with a lot of weight is fine with the L18.
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:54 AM
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I have a friend that has a 280 with 8.1 and it seems to do fine.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:07 AM
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Thanks JohnE. X80 6200lbs X55 5150lbs. Not a huge difference in weight. I don't plan on slamming it anyway.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:16 AM
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If you're going to put a camper top on it, please remove all Mastercraft decals and identification from the boat first, unless you're not concerned about other MC owners pointing and laughing.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:37 PM
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ricford- haha looks like camper tops and MC don't get along. I agree a camper may alter the sleek lines of a Mastercraft. On the other hand when I am out cruising in sub par weather in relative comfort i wont care if it looks funny.

If this boat was going to be strictly a wake board or water sports machine then I would not ask the question. The truth is we will be using the boat for everything.

From what I can tell not allot of owners use their boats for cruising or entertaining. On the other hand I wonder how many people would be surprised at the time spent cruising and relaxing compared to water sports.

Any further information on the 280 hull would be great.
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:11 PM
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Just kidding. You can use your boat for whatever you want to use it for, and put whatever accessories you want on it. I'll see if I can find the pic on here somewhere of a trolling motor mounted to the bow of a MC.
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:12 PM
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We run the X80 with twins, this boat is way heaver then the 6200lbs stated on the MC website. With trailer going over the scales we are at almost 9000lbs. Yes the balest was empty. As a all around boat, its great, we love it. We surf with just 2 people in the boat, wakeboard, and relax with lots of room. Yes i wish it was a single drive, but the extra power is great sometimes as well when you have 15 people onboard and loaded with gear.
The twin love the fuel dock.
You cant go wrong with the 80 if your not a pro rider ect.
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:14 PM
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Oh man that is one awesome looking boat.

After discussing with the wife I think an 80 is the boat for us.

KelownaX45 Did you have a chance to look at the boat I posted?

Anybody know of our seen this boat in person???
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:38 PM
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Looks like the teak needs some lovin, thats minor. FYI, i use a 50/50 water viniger mixture to get the waterspots out of the black gel. Works great.
Also to note, that fuel tank is 100us gallons, thats over 600lbs. Try to haul it empty.
You will love it.
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