I am definately biased, but yea, I am pretty sure he would be very happy with the VLX. I recently got rid of my 05 VLX, with almost 800 hours in the 4 years I had it. Absolutely a fantastic boat, and I would take another one in a heartbeat. While the 01 X Star is a great boat, I really feel he would be making a nice change with the VLX. The 400hp is great, but I was more than satisfied with my 340hp, with an Acme 1235 prop. Plenty of go for everything we did.
Best of luck. Let me know if you have any specific questions.