View Full Version : Considering an X80 - pros vs cons?

04-15-2014, 09:38 AM
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


04-15-2014, 11:08 AM
Two motors, twice as many ponies, your gas bill will double so will the reward points on your credit card :D

04-15-2014, 11:11 AM
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!

04-15-2014, 12:31 PM
It awesome. All pros, no cons. If you've got the money, get it.

04-15-2014, 01:00 PM
Aren't they too wide to tow without a permit?

04-15-2014, 01:48 PM
I met one once, going the wrong direction, in a ski cove. Wifey, wasn't happy.:(

04-15-2014, 02:20 PM
Aren't they too wide to tow without a permit?

Ive heard that too, that would be ultra irritating!

04-15-2014, 02:42 PM
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.

04-15-2014, 02:42 PM
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.

Cobra Rob
04-15-2014, 03:02 PM
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.

04-15-2014, 03:14 PM
Go with the 45.

04-15-2014, 03:19 PM
An 80 is a dang big switch from a 205. Like others have said, a 45 or 55 might fit your requirements and be easier on the bankroll too.

04-15-2014, 05:54 PM
1 more vote for the X45 -

04-15-2014, 06:58 PM
Great insight here - thank you
Didnt know about the permit for travel
also thought the wake would be good because of the size of boat and that it was an MC

I will look into the 45 and 55

04-15-2014, 09:49 PM
My friend has an X80 he keeps on the lake. You can surf it with some weight but can't really get the wave a lot bigger. Takes too much weight to try and offset the twin engines. That being said his wake with only 2 sac's on one side is bigger than my X1 maximized

04-16-2014, 01:29 AM
3 45's and 1 55 at Texas MC. Those would both probably be better fits.