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moosehead
08-20-2018, 12:15 PM
Credit to MC CO and a great crew.

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JP-OH
08-20-2018, 01:15 PM
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08-20-2018, 01:21 PM
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Tookeymonster
08-20-2018, 01:27 PM
Great Video!

moosehead
08-20-2018, 02:47 PM
’19 XStar Review after 4+ hours aboard and behind this vessel last Friday. Comparison is plenty of hours behind a 2014 X46, 2015 X10 & X30, 2015 G23 and 2014 G21, others.

Overall Objective: Category killer for wake and surf boat – mission accomplished. She can do everything but slalom including family, water sports, cruise. It is as if they took the best of MC and the G’s and created a specimen of a lovechild. This is a noticeably larger and taller boat but she still maintains the style, sleeker lines, and handling of other MC’s in the line.

Handling: Surprisingly nice handling despite the larger size and heft of the XStar. Credit this to dockstar, a big arse 18” prop, 2:1 trans, and the 7.4L great pumpkin engine. My gut says if you are at Denver or higher altitude, you would want the 7.4L given the ballast and crew capacity of this rig, though at sea level or near the 6.2L should be good with the above accoutrements. Due to the taller freeboard and gunnels and additional insulation, this boat rides dry, quiet, and damp even with the 7.4L bad daddy engine. Noise levels were equal or less than our 6.2L X30.

Fit and Finish: Decidedly top of the line for any and all boat manufacturers, including MC. This includes the exterior gel; aluminum; best in industry tower/racks/bimini; interior fabrics and trim; shaped teak platform; electronics (yea said that). Cool Feel seems way more robust than the first gen effort and looks super sharp; and as commented before all watersport boats should have Seadek as it is soft, durable, washes down with a simple brush and water, and dries out quickly no odors.

Surf Wave: Tall, long, clean, and powerful. Perhaps a bit more horizontal vs down the line like other recent generation Gen2 MC’s? We have dialed our boats to great waves with aftermarket bags and lead, but this is out of the box bigger and better as-is stock. Really curious to see both the X24 and get in wakeboard sessions on both.

Ballast: The added switch over tank is a spectacular update to the standard KBG center tank, two hard rear tanks, two rear bags. The switchover is “U” shaped and when Gen2 switches either to port or starboard the switchover tank shifts water and weight to that side of the boat providing further list to the surf corner. Wondering if a wakeboarder tied at the tower would do the same by cleaning up ride-side with a bit of list? I did not pay much attention to this before being aboard but it automates what for us is moving crew or lead bags around a bit to optimize surf wave. On the fly switchovers are always dialed too. Last benefit is while there is still a huge amount of transom storage above the hard tanks and ballast bags - I would be hard pressed to see where more ballast is needed on this boat leaving a ton of new-found storage aft. Will predictably eat those words as ballast hogs will fill these to the brim in search of a Tsunami.

Ballast Fill-Dump Times: Literally timed it with a stopwatch as it was hard to believe. 3 minutes is real, and real impressive. A bunch of big daddy pumps and 2” ballast tubing are the ticket.

Storage: Plenty. The new taller transom storage bins both above each rear ballast on either side of the engine and the “pizza oven” above the engine bay are tremendous. Rear storage is now available from the swim platform so crew does not need to move around to get to PFD’s, ropes, smaller surfboards and WB’s – all can fit in the transom area now. We had three+ surfboards stowed under the observer seat with more room for plenty of other gear. Love the dedicated trash bin at the center helm walkthrough.

Klipsch Stereo: Like other engine and Gen2 nuances, MC Colorado is way out in front of this sound system with wiring and software updates. Clarity and volume was comparable to JL, with exception of in-cabin bass. That said, the twin tower speakers put out more bass from the tower than the 770 JL counterparts.

Dash Dual Screens & Other: Intuitive, crisp, manual toggle switches for ballast and tabs still at helm fore of the throttle, rear view camera at main helm screen is phenomenal, Go-Pro integration, etc all are appealing despite the first gen update needs. Would like more time at the helm to better understand everything. Go Pro mounts at the transom step down are slick but note they could get grabbed by a rope just like any other rear mounted camera.

Trailer: Typical bombproof MC quality on steroids with the triple-axles, new wheelsets, matte fender armor, greased hub system, 2 5/16" hitch ball, retractable transom tie-downs, etc. You’re gonna need a bigger 4wd tow rig than a half ton truck.

New MC “Terminator” Billet Mirror: It is gonna cost you but get one. Drop in the bucket on a relative basis.

You would be correct in calling me a fanboy. MC has earned that and taken it to another higher level with this XStar and presumably the X24. There is no substitute. Sorry kids, dunno where your college tuition went.

At this point, my only asks on this boat are stereo flexibility and Surf Pipe/AFE. Both may be aftermarket options for those with MCOCD but would be nice to be sponsored by MC. That is it.

MCMontana
08-20-2018, 08:07 PM
Great review and video.

lashburn1
08-20-2018, 08:20 PM
Great review Moose!!!
Report back on my X24 next

2RLAKE
08-20-2018, 08:40 PM
I see a new boat order coming .... goodbye X10!

moosehead
08-20-2018, 11:09 PM
Alan S can surf. S must stand for Steeze.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180821/dd85e43d3080f51de5bf39b56745d341.jpg

Pizza Box for ropes, or in our case Santiago’s Breakfast Burritos.

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Cavernous rear storage above hard tanks and ballast bags.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180821/66b6bcdcbdf700480015fdb0878f0763.jpg

The Terminator brings back the billet, bigly.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180821/24094162e45b8d177511aeb06dcc6ebd.jpg

Cool Feel is robust, sharp, er, cool.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180821/05af43dc4ad0227ba695ad172e702f35.jpg

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moosehead
08-21-2018, 11:20 AM
The billet stirs my muscle car loins. Found this Murican Manufacturing clip below from Geremarie, who manufactures 750k aluminum parts annually for MC. Learn something every day.

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https://vimeo.com/281840253

lashburn1
08-21-2018, 12:14 PM
Great review and Videos Moose!! thanks.

Mastercraftdave
08-21-2018, 03:03 PM
Man white and tan looks so good. But a white hull in brown Louisiana water would be awful.

Babyback
08-21-2018, 03:27 PM
That’s sweet!

I want to play! I will be in Colorado next week...

Moosehead or Alan S. Any demo days?! :)

lashburn1
08-21-2018, 03:48 PM
Man white and tan looks so good. But a white hull in brown Louisiana water would be awful.

That sounds like Maryland where I grew up off the Chesapeake Bay.
We had to scrub the waterline on our boat because it would get brown once a week

Mastercraftdave
08-21-2018, 04:05 PM
That sounds like Maryland where I grew up off the Chesapeake Bay.
We had to scrub the waterline on our boat because it would get brown once a week

This is exactly what we have to do. My fathers center console that we have right now is turning yellow from being in the river during the weekend and we wash it when we pick it up.

gt23
08-21-2018, 04:10 PM
The billet stirs my muscle car loins. Found this Murican Manufacturing clip below from Geremarie, who manufactures 750k aluminum parts annually for MC. Learn something every day.

Again, use Chrome / Firefox / Safari as your browser, cause Internet Explorer sucks:

https://vimeo.com/281840253

fantastic

jbmccul
08-21-2018, 04:14 PM
This is exactly what we have to do. My fathers center console that we have right now is turning yellow from being in the river during the weekend and we wash it when we pick it up.

A white boat and south LA water will never be a good option. When I hear the Texas guys complaining that Lewisville is dirty I can't help but laugh

moosehead
08-21-2018, 04:43 PM
...on my X24 next

Feels like this is your perfect boat Larry. The Surfstar. CO MC is already seeing X23 owners migrate to the X24 including the family aboard in the surf clip.

I see a new boat order coming .... goodbye X10!

Have yet to hang up the slalom ski, but when/if that happens, you might be correct.

That’s sweet!

I want to play! I will be in Colorado next week...

Moosehead or Alan S. Any demo days?! :)

Call and ask CO MC. Alan expects to have an X24 in any day, doubt she lasts long. You are also welcome aboard our X10 up on Lake Granby if your schedule allows.

Babyback
08-21-2018, 04:58 PM
Feels like this is your perfect boat Larry. The Surfstar. CO MC is already seeing X23 owners migrate to the X24 including the family aboard in the surf clip.



Have yet to hang up the slalom ski, but when/if that happens, you might be correct.



Call and ask CO MC. Alan expects to have an X24 in any day, doubt she lasts long. You are also welcome aboard our X10 up on Lake Granby if your schedule allows.

We’ll be in Colorado August 25 - September 1. Thornton/Broomfield area and The Springs on 26-28.

cbreck0318
08-21-2018, 05:01 PM
So self invites are allowed to this little shindig right cause I’m just over the mountain, well maybe 2 mountains but who’s counting.

Alan-S
08-21-2018, 07:21 PM
X-24 Wheels Down!

Babyback
08-21-2018, 07:40 PM
WOW!

Alan do you need any help with a water test next week? :)

moosehead
08-21-2018, 08:23 PM
Mwahahhaaahhaaa, ha!


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moosehead
08-21-2018, 08:44 PM
Cage match!

Dan2060
08-21-2018, 08:51 PM
Moosehead,
Great write up. This is the best boat I've ever owned period.

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waterbuffalo
08-22-2018, 09:35 AM
The billet stirs my muscle car loins. Found this Murican Manufacturing clip below from Geremarie, who manufactures 750k aluminum parts annually for MC. Learn something every day.

Again, use Chrome / Firefox / Safari as your browser, cause Internet Explorer sucks:

https://vimeo.com/281840253



I love this because it’s our neighboring state, but.....

I will only give them a 8/10 stars, i would give them a 10/10, but I see way to many towers with weld defects on them. I have had the delight to go on a bunch of MC’s so far. On all of the towers I see multiple weld mistakes that are completely unacceptable in the aerospace/automotive industry. They need to wake up in the QC department over there, because most all of them should have been caught by them. I see lots of undercut, pin holes, and poor welds all over the place on towers from early 2000 to recent towers on 2018’s.

I would hate to see a neighboring country (Mexico, Canada) take over and start making a better quality part than we can.

Wake up Murica!!

Mastercraftdave
08-22-2018, 09:51 AM
Dang those boats make my X23 look small.

is it me or is the prop larger on the Xstar?

lashburn1
08-22-2018, 09:53 AM
I love this because it’s our neighboring state, but.....

I will only give them a 8/10 stars, i would give them a 10/10, but I see way to many towers with weld defects on them. I have had the delight to go on a bunch of MC’s so far. On all of the towers I see multiple weld mistakes that are completely unacceptable in the aerospace/automotive industry. They need to wake up in the QC department over there, because most all of them should have been caught by them. I see lots of undercut, pin holes, and poor welds all over the place on towers from early 2000 to recent towers on 2018’s.

I would hate to see a neighboring country (Mexico, Canada) take over and start making a better quality part than we can.

Wake up Murica!!

I would agree here. Works of art for sure, but some of the welds I have seen are a bit off.
Always room for improvement.
I like to think a company like this is always trying to improve. Watching the video, it looks like they've come a long way.

Not doubt MC towers are awesome.

Dan2060
08-22-2018, 10:04 AM
18 inch prop. Rudder is huge as well Dang those boats make my X23 look small.

is it me or is the prop larger on the Xstar?

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Mastercraftdave
08-22-2018, 10:14 AM
18 inch prop. Rudder is huge as well

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did the X24 not get the same size Rudder and prop? I would think with its size it would have similar running gear.

Dan2060
08-22-2018, 10:18 AM
did the X24 not get the same size Rudder and prop? I would think with its size it would have similar running gear.I would think 24 would as well. However, I don't have first hand experience

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waterbuffalo
08-22-2018, 10:35 AM
I would agree here. Works of art for sure, but some of the welds I have seen are a bit off.
Always room for improvement.
I like to think a company like this is always trying to improve. Watching the video, it looks like they've come a long way.

Not doubt MC towers are awesome.



No doubt they’re awesome!!

I think so many corporations are trying to compete with foreign companies they have boosted the quantity’s but in sacrifice of quality!. And that people should expect the highest quality out of an MC tower. Room for improvement for sure, but in my eyes, are far over due.
Case and point, like the cleats they put on now.

Quality! not quantity!

moosehead
08-22-2018, 10:53 AM
Running gear is massive on the XStar per below pic. Single tracking fin.

Figured X24 would be similar but the rudder does appear slightly smaller?

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180822/36896fcd077a37bd1e92b2b847bc261e.jpg




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