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MasterCraft XT23

MasterCraft's XT23 proves itself worthy of surf, wake and ski duty.

December 7, 2017
MasterCraft XT23
LOA: 23’4″ | Beam: 8’6″ | Draft: 2’6″ | Displacement: 5,000 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 55 gal. | More Information: mastercraft.com MasterCraft

We Say: MasterCraft’s XT23 aims to be a crossover between the brand’s premium X models and the entry-level NXT line while proving itself worthy of surf, wake and ski duty. The latter is a challenge, because the weight that makes for good boarding and surfing isn’t the best for minimizing the wake for skiers. Yet we noted a surprisingly small wake at slalom speeds. Where the XT23 truly excels is at wakeboarding and wakesurfing. Credit the hull and primarily the boat’s 2,600-pound ballast capacity, along with MasterCraft’s optional Gen 2 Surf System ($6,820).

The XT hull also offers a mega ­cockpit. There’s U-shaped seating, with a doublewide observer seat and a flip-over backrest in front of the sun pad that makes for the perfect spectator seat. The captain enjoys total control of features through an intuitive touchscreen display.

MasterCraft XT23
MasterCraft XT23 MasterCraft
MasterCraft XT23
MasterCraft XT23 MasterCraft

Our test boat featured the optional Ilmor 6000 GDI, a 430 hp ­direct-injection 6.0-liter engine that planed us in 5.3 seconds and peaked at 44.5 mph. Engage Launch Control and the Gen 2 Surf ­System plates help achieve plane even with a full load of ballast. Another cool option? MasterCraft’s Dockstar system ($3,160), a pair of pivoting rudders forward of the prop that allow the boat to back up with handling comparable to a sterndrive.

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Who’d Want One: Boaters seeking to ski, wake and surf in style.

MasterCraft XT23
MasterCraft XT23 MasterCraft
MasterCraft XT23
MasterCraft XT23 MasterCraft

Another Choice: Nautique‘s 22-foot Super Air Nautique GS22 ($111,896 with 400 hp PCM ZR4 6.0L) follows a similar ski/wake/surf theme and features a comparable interior layout, as well as 2,250 pounds of factory ballast and the optional Nautique Surf System for wake-shaping.

Bottom Line: $121,960 (with test power); mastercraft.com

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MasterCraft XT23 Certified Test Results
MasterCraft XT23 Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

How We Tested
Engine: Ilmor 6000 GDI
Prop: 15″ x 16″ 4-blade Nibral
Gear Ratio: 1.57:1
Fuel Load: 55 gal.
Crew Weight: 835 lb.

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