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Old 04-15-2014, 10:38 AM
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Considering an X80 - pros vs cons?

I'm considering an upgrade to my boating lifestyle

Current set up is a 1996 prostar 205 that's for sale (see classifieds) and it was/is an awesome boat for me.

Wakeboarding, waksurfing, airchair, tubing and cruising

But I've run out of room for more people and toys and stuff when we're on the boat
It seems that I've outgrown my boat - Also at 6' 210 lbs I'm needing more ballast for surfing and i'd rather not shuffle people around to adjust the wake

I started the boat search and came across the x80 - maristar 280 class boat
I'm intrigued by the possibilities but wondered if anyone had real world experience that can school me on the pros and cons of this boat

I also have a 40 ft toyhauler that I tow with a Kodiak 4500 so I do have the experience and capability to trailer something bigger as well

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Old 04-15-2014, 12:08 PM
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:11 PM
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Where you at in the south? Tx mc has one that is reasonably priced. Never Been on one, but I've heard it takes a LOT off weight to surf. But I have seen some pictures of one sacked out and the wake was stupid big!
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:31 PM
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It awesome. All pros, no cons. If you've got the money, get it.
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:00 PM
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Aren't they too wide to tow without a permit?
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:48 PM
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:20 PM
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Aren't they too wide to tow without a permit?
Ive heard that too, that would be ultra irritating!
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:42 PM
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Aren't they too wide to tow without a permit?
"Legally", yes. 9.6 beam is slightly too wide. Most don't get stopped and hauling with a toy hauler, it will look even less imposing but it Could happen. Likely more as a "have you been drinking" excuse stop than targeted DOT violation.
Fortunately a simple intrastate oversize permit is not that expensive and can be purchased as an annual in most states.
Depending on state, you might run into time of day restrictions.

It is a BEAST of a boat. I have only ridden on one once. Plenty of threads about their wake and handling.

Coming from a 205? I would look strongly if an x-45 or 55 would meet your needs.
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:42 PM
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Very little discussion here over the years about the wake. The early ones came single screw. I doubt the wake is great for anything. I'd look X45 or X55 rather than X80.
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:02 PM
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If space is what you are looking for go with the X45. My buddy went from a 45 to a twin screw 80 and it was way smaller inside. I still prefer my 45. He also had a ton of trouble getting surf wave for it.

The 45 will take an 1100 in the rear locker so you can get a massive wave for any size person.
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