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Old     (nclasen)      Join Date: Apr 2006       07-17-2007, 6:56 AM Reply   
We just received our first 2008 MasterCraft today and man I gotta say the pictures didn't do the boat justice. This thing is sweet. The new graphic looks even better in person and the dash with the new instrumentation is sharp.

The MasterCraft lettering on the hull is a domed decal with a chrome outline with your choice of color. The bullseye decal is great looking and the vinyl colors match the gelcoat extremely well. Also the chromed x-series emblem that sets below the MasterCraft lettering is a nice touch. Looks like it's made similar to the kromex emblem that was used for the PWT X-Stars.

Here are some pictures for those of you who are anxiously awaiting your 08's.

Old     (johns)      Join Date: Sep 2000       07-17-2007, 7:15 AM Reply   
Very nice!!
Old     (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       07-17-2007, 7:16 AM Reply   
Looks like their finally toning down the trans-am look. The dash looks much better.
Old     (ghostrider_2)      Join Date: Aug 2004       07-17-2007, 8:08 AM Reply   
love the dash, huge improvement overall!
Old     (wake1823)      Join Date: Dec 2005       07-17-2007, 8:12 AM Reply   
looks like the stole the decal lettering style (raised) from the new surpas. the dash looks terrible imo . The interior looks good other than the dash.
Old     (xaggie)      Join Date: Nov 2002       07-17-2007, 8:58 AM Reply   
Great looking boat, but I wish they had done something different with the billet piece below the remote where the ballast gauges used to be. I guess you still need the space if you decide against the MFD? Or is that standard?
Old     (pilot_ryder)      Join Date: Apr 2006       07-17-2007, 9:07 AM Reply   
dash and glove box look great, very nice
Old     (c640947)      Join Date: Jan 2005       07-17-2007, 10:06 AM Reply   
well if it was transam before it is buck rogers now. I like em both though. different looks, both cool.
Old     (helinut)      Join Date: Apr 2007       07-17-2007, 10:22 AM Reply   
Never have liked the dash on those boats. The style of switches looks like it should be on a 1950's tractor in Minnesota. The graphics look good though.
Old     (byrd)      Join Date: Dec 2005       07-17-2007, 10:58 AM Reply   
Shawn, those style of switches are very durable. If you look in a NASCAR Racecar, you will see the same switches. On some dashes, I lke the plastic ones, but on the X-Star, IMO, they look like they belong.
Old     (timmy)      Join Date: Jul 2001       07-17-2007, 11:04 AM Reply   
I can see why there are so many more naked boats these days, the graphics keep getting worse (all brands)

That being said, overall the rest of the boat looks nice.
Old     (malibuboarder75)      Join Date: Jan 2004       07-17-2007, 11:10 AM Reply   
Those switches are a bunch more durable. They might not be that appealing, but the will last a lot longer than the plastic crap that becomes brittle in the sun.
Old     (duckguy)      Join Date: Jul 2006       07-17-2007, 11:37 AM Reply   
I think they look good and are very tough
Old     (xaggie)      Join Date: Nov 2002       07-17-2007, 12:01 PM Reply   
I prefer the new switches over the rocker switches in my '04. That being said I find it weird they are not illuminated. The red end glows when the switch is active, but I have almost no clue other than memory as to which switch is what. Kinda bush league for a "flagship" boat IMHO.
Old     (kal_dude)      Join Date: Apr 2006       07-17-2007, 12:43 PM Reply   
how much?$$$$$$????
Old     (c640947)      Join Date: Jan 2005       07-17-2007, 1:12 PM Reply   
no ballast gauges? is it digital now or this boat just not order ballast?
Old     (twoten)      Join Date: Jun 2007       07-17-2007, 1:12 PM Reply   
dash is boring... The machined aluminum was a bit much the last few years, but now its just too plain
Old     (nclasen)      Join Date: Apr 2006       07-17-2007, 1:14 PM Reply   
Andrew the ballast gauges are all built into the digital display. I'll snap some pictures once it's rigged and has power to the display.
Old     (jon4pres)      Join Date: May 2004       07-17-2007, 1:18 PM Reply   
I like everything about that boat but the graphics.

What is that supposed to be on the back of the boat? Someone said a bullseye but I have never seen a bullseye like that before.

I like the word Mastercraft on the side and love the little x-series sticker.
Old     (c640947)      Join Date: Jan 2005       07-18-2007, 10:05 AM Reply   
so do the ballast gauges work any better than before? i am amazed that boat companies cannot get fuel and ballast gauges that read and work properly. Fuel tank sensors in cars seem to work fine. My ballast gauges arent even close most of the time.
Old     (duckguy)      Join Date: Jul 2006       07-18-2007, 10:25 AM Reply   
Your car isnt pitching and rolling either. I am sure they will be happy to hear from you when you engineer out a solution.
Old     (nclasen)      Join Date: Apr 2006       07-18-2007, 10:25 AM Reply   
Andrew the new ballast is monitored through the digital display in the dash along with the perfect pass, depth finder, digital tach, system settings for several things on the boat. It's a pretty sweet setup.
Old     (curtisco24)      Join Date: Dec 2005       07-18-2007, 3:14 PM Reply   
So is the digital dash with ballast gauges like the one malibu has
Old     (airagain)      Join Date: Jun 2006       07-18-2007, 4:11 PM Reply   
The Dial type gauges are so much easier to read on the fly. Your eyes don't have to hunt or focus on them. I drove a Malibu with the digital setup and it about drove me crazy.
Old     (auto)      Join Date: Aug 2002       07-18-2007, 5:00 PM Reply   
Those pics are not causing me to run sell the 07 VLX and buy and x-star.
Old     (kbrowning)      Join Date: Jun 2006       07-18-2007, 6:45 PM Reply   
I think that is an x2 not an x star. If you look at the rear "bullseye" graphic it has the x in one circle and 2 in the other.
Old     (laptom)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-19-2007, 4:36 AM Reply   
The boat looks very sharp.. The dash is a bit "crowded" for my style. Lots of bling, curves and other hassle. It's getting tired for me to look at this when driving the boat. Just a simple clean look is saver and easier imho.

For the rest, it looks really good. I also like the graphics.


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