Crownline created the E1 XS by modifying the transom of the Eclipse E1 so that it would accommodate outboard power. From the transom forward there’s actually little difference in layout. Because it incorporates the sun lounge and rear-seat base, the E1 XS even retains what had been the sterndrive motor box, now converted into a nifty stowage compartment with a smooth liner. A pop-off panel in the back of this compartment provides access to aft rigging and to the mounts for dual batteries. The seat backrest pivots through three positions to create a lounge or a forward- or aft-facing seat. The transom platform features a step surface forward of the motor well and the wide, four-step boarding ladder and rinsing shower. The E1 XS is also equipped with a ski pylon. A nifty tower is a $7,700 option but also a must for those seeking to enjoy wakeboarding at a higher level. A six-speaker audio system, Bimini top and canvas covers, LED cockpit and exterior accent lighting, a depth finder and docking lights are also standard equipment.