MasterCraft Boats X-2 2007

BOAT REVIEW

Big boats have made the biggest splashes in recent years, so it's a great credit to this "little" 20-foot X-2 that it has become MasterCraft's best-seller in only its first year. The agile, trailerable size has certainly struck a chord with inboard buyers, as have the very cool double-pronged bow, the loads of wakeboarding features and the second-to-none construction quality. There's also its cutting-edge modified step hull, which crafts versatile wakes, whether for wakeboarding, skiing or wake surfing. The X-2 is an instant classic.

PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

Anyone familiar with MasterCraft will see that distinctive bow and naturally think this is a mini X-Star. But the most notable difference is in the hull. It's a compact 20 feet long and 94 inches wide, and its step design is more an evolution of the steps on the X-30 and X-45 than it is a contraction of the X-Star's hull. There's more deadrise near the back so the transom has a V shape, and the step design sets the stern deeper into the water at wakeboarding speeds under 24 mph. The result is solid, rampy wakes with a smooth transition and crisp lip, so intermediate riders can soar into the flats as they work on new moves. Advanced riders may look beyond the 550 pounds of factory ballast to boost the wakes further for more air.

At much lower speeds and by shifting ballast, the wake surfing is loads of fun for a boat this size. And skiing speeds take further advantage of the step hull by reducing the running surface and quieting the wakes for recreational carving back and forth.

SPECS

Passengers: 11

Dry weight: 3,500 lb.

Draft: 27 in.

Load capacity: 1,609 lb.

Fuel capacity: 45 gal.

Storage capacity: 76 cu. ft.

Bow: 13 cu. ft.

Center: 33 cu. ft.

Rear: 30 cu. ft.

Platform: 14 sq. ft.

Interior gunwale height: 31 in.

Sun-pad area: 21 sq. ft.

STANDARDS

Base price: $60,370

Engine: Indmar RTP-1 5.7L, 310 hp

Cruise: MasterCraft Cruise

Prop: OJ 14.25 x 14.5 4-blade

Ballast: 550 lb. total

Two bags: 150 lb. each

One rear tank: 250 lb.

Tower: ZeroFlex

Racks:  Swivel, clamp

Pylon: Swivel

Mirror: Tower-mounted

Stereo: AM/FM/CD Clarion deck with MP3 input, four JL Audio speakers, amp, subwoofer, armrest remote

Driver's seat: Swivel, bolster

Dash: Vacuum formed with billet-trimmed gauges

Gauges: 2.25 in., 4 in. and 5 in.

Gas fill: Port

Cooler: 36-quart, built-in

Cup holders: 12, stainless steel

Rub rail: Stainless steel

Platform: Teak

Graphics: X Series

Colors: 21 exterior choices in five color ways; two base interior colors and 11 accents

OPTIONS

Engine: Indmar MCX 5.7L, 350 hp

Cruise: PerfectPass

Wake shaper: Attitude adjustment plate

Stereo: CD changer, driver remote, transom remote, swivel speaker cans

Platform: Fiberglass with rubber

Trailer: Single or tandem axle with disc brakes

Misc.: Heater, shower, bow filler cushion, Bimini top, Saltwater Series package

Also in this line: X-1

The original X-Star is now available as an entry-level boat with an MSRP just under $43,000.

Phone: 800.482.BOAT

Web: MASTERCRAFT.com