View Full Version : New Boat Decision - Looking for a X45 or x30

03-28-2014, 02:52 PM
I am looking to get back in to a Mastercraft after selling my prostar last year. I boat on the Potomac River in Washington DC, which is a fairly large body of water with a ton of big cruisers, so the water can get really rough until we get to our riding spot.

I have been looking at X-45's (2005 and up), X-30's (2006 and up), and Malibu 23 LSVs as I want a larger boat that rides well in rough water. I normally have a crew of 6 to 8 people and since the dock pretty far away from our riding spot, we normally end up staying out all day. I want a boat that 6 to 8 people with gear will feel comfortable and not on top of eachother. We wakeboard and wakesurf (probably 50/50) but by no means a pro at either. My boat is stored at the marina, so no concerns about towing.

What are your thoughts on the X-45's compared to the X-30's in terms of size? How do the wakes compare? How do these boats compare in terms of rough water ride?

I am looking to spend up to $55,000. I am really looking for something that is in really nice shape (which hopefully I can find in my price range). If you are selling at X-45 or X-30 or know of any clean ones for sale, please let me know. I'd obviously prefer something local but I am not opposed to having the boat shipped, so just about anywhere in the US is fair game.

Thanks for your help!

03-28-2014, 02:55 PM
Interesting question, but i will say that if you buy a 23 lsv you'll get beat to death in rough water (been on a 2005 many a day in rough water - not fun). Great surf wake though

03-28-2014, 04:35 PM
Interesting question, but i will say that if you buy a 23 lsv you'll get beat to death in rough water (been on a 2005 many a day in rough water - not fun). Great surf wake though

I agree with this as well. I drove the 23lsv last summer in some pretty good chop comparing it to an x25. The Malibu beat me to death. I would think for that kind of water the x45 would be a great choice. The x30 will handle it well too though. I have no experience with either though so others can weigh in. Scott?

03-29-2014, 07:01 AM
What others have said..... The 23LSV has one of the flatter bottoms of any wakeboat. It is nice for skiing, and better handling. However, the downside is a very rough ride.

03-29-2014, 09:13 PM
I test drove an X-45 with 10 people on board here in the Barnegat Bay and the boat handles rough water very well. I can't speak for the other 2, but size matters and the solid construction of the Mastercraft will prevail in these conditions. The wakeboard wake was very good on the X-45, didn't try surfing but I've heard it's great for that as well.

03-30-2014, 09:24 AM
Thanks for all the comments guys. I am leaning towards an X-45 as it seems like it will fit the bill for what I need. Any X-30 owners been in a 45 or vice versa and care to share their opinions on the two boats?

Now I just need to find a nice X-45 under 55k before the warm weather gets here.

03-30-2014, 01:10 PM
Good choice. Agree 100000% on the 23lsv rough water ride. Great boat though! X45 under 55k shouldn't be all that hard. Good luck!

03-31-2014, 12:44 AM
I have owned a 2007 X30 as well as a 2012 X45. They were both great boats and cut through chop very well. I felt like the wakes were similar on both boats. Their hulls share a lot of the same dimensions on the running surface. They both produce a very clean, chiseled, steep wakeboarding wake-which I loved. I was able to dial in the surf wake on both and they did well. I loved the additional size, storage, and layout of the X45, although the 30 is very roomy as well. Neither of my boats had the hydraulic steering. The X30 did not need it, but the X45 definitely did. It definitely drove like a bigger, less-nimble boat. I loved them both, but I'd buy the X45 if there is one in your range. I'd say hydraulic steering is a MUST on the X45.

03-31-2014, 09:36 AM
Awesome, thanks for the insight AZX45. Nice to know that both do well in the chop, feel roomy inside, and have nice wakes should I come across an X30 that I like.

Seems like there were a decent amount of 45's made with the MCX motor. Although I am at sea level, I still would like to get the big block based on the all the previous threads I have read.

03-31-2014, 10:10 AM
I have passed by this boat several times and drooled over it. If you would like, I could swing by and take a look at it if you are interested.

http://www.rambomarine.com/new_vehicle_detail.asp?sid=05804254X3K31K2014J9I08 I45JAMQ7161R0&veh=30731&pov=3186784