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Old    Bryan James (bjames)      Join Date: May 2012       01-08-2013, 10:25 AM Reply   
Beleive it or not, I sold my 2012 X25 (loaded with power tower) and purchsed a 2009 Xstar for reasons related to technology, Its back to basics for me and back to a core wakeboard boat like I had before my X25. Dont get me wrong, the X25 was nice, BUT way too many electrical gadgets.

I no longer have to worry about;
  • Power tower sway and reliability (having to cycle the ignition key to reset the modual each time I lower the tower)
  • BIG - numerous software issues
  • Unreliable ballast system numerous glitches and not customizable
  • Querky surftab/wake plate operation (rider profiles)
  • Wondering how much $$$ to maintain these hi-tech features
  • tower flex

The boat has 65 hours and was very well taken care of. It has the LY6 400hp engine. I had the Wrap made by Serlin Enterprises as a tribute to the PWT edition. (My dream boat).

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Old    Joe (ilikebeaverandboats)      Join Date: Jul 2007       01-08-2013, 10:28 AM Reply   
Nice!!!!
Old    Tim C (lifetimewarranty)      Join Date: Oct 2008       01-08-2013, 11:10 AM Reply   
That is a thing of beauty.
Old    Tampa Wake (tampawake)      Join Date: Mar 2008       01-08-2013, 11:12 AM Reply   
NIce!!! I think the same thing when I get in my OG X Star. Basic but everything works!
Old    RB (boardman74)      Join Date: Jul 2012       01-08-2013, 11:28 AM Reply   
Looks awesome. Could pass for a new boat from the pictures. Dig the wrap!
Old    D.F.T.R. Josh (downfortheride)      Join Date: Jun 2005       01-08-2013, 11:54 AM Reply   
Whooo that is sick! That interior is one of the best that I have seen! Congrats...
Old    BLAIR BARHAM (jonblarc7)      Join Date: Jul 2006       01-08-2013, 12:33 PM Reply   
I love the boat

Just think its alittle funny thinking that BACK TO THE BASICS for you is an 09 Xstar. Not hating at all just got alittle laugh.
Old    RB (boardman74)      Join Date: Jul 2012       01-08-2013, 1:54 PM Reply   
I kinda chuckled at that too. Looks like a bright shiny new boat to me. Great looking one at that!

My 97 must be like back to the stone age. Good thing I traded it in!
Old    Wake Pro Marine (jagermeister)      Join Date: Sep 2007       01-08-2013, 2:55 PM Reply   
Sweet Star.... I've got an 08 with every option... Drop the coin on a Z5 Bimini.. You love it..
Old    Mike (slowwwflowww)      Join Date: Mar 2011       01-08-2013, 2:59 PM Reply   
BOOM!!!Bring on summer baby!!Congrats!!
Old    Bryan James (bjames)      Join Date: May 2012       01-08-2013, 3:24 PM Reply   
Thanks guys.. I am going to see how the stock bimini is first before going to a Z5. I had a Z5 on my last (non mastercraft) and loved it. I do love the idea of having a zippered 'sun roof' on the MC Z5.
Old    DC (durty_curt)      Join Date: Apr 2008       01-08-2013, 3:42 PM Reply   
Congrats! Btw the stock MasterCraft bimini doesn't even compare to the Xstar with a Z5 on it! More shade in my opinion and way more functional.
Old    Wake Pro Marine (jagermeister)      Join Date: Sep 2007       01-08-2013, 3:47 PM Reply   
Just a heads up Bryan... Z5 Bimini sold out to XTP... ie:Xtreme Products.. ie:Monster Tower... I pull the canvas off when we tow a long distance.. local is ok.. a big plus is the 3 surfboard rack built into the top of the bimini.... And as you probably know... pretty pricey for a bimini!!!
Old    Bryan James (bjames)      Join Date: May 2012       01-08-2013, 3:55 PM Reply   
Expensive? yes.. didnt know they sold out to XTP.. interesting. I used to tow my Z5 with the cavas on (3 seasons) on the highway and had no issues. I did havbe the tie downs though. I also like the fact that the Z5 doent rattle around. Anything IMO is better than the bimini for the power tower.
Old    Swatguy (xstarrider)      Join Date: Jun 2007       01-08-2013, 10:55 PM Reply   
BJ

Congrats man. That's an absolute sick looking Star. Thing of beauty. Hope it goes better than your 2 25's. ENJOY! Again absolutely classy. Love to know how u found that laying around.
Old    RPenner (pennery)      Join Date: Jul 2006       01-09-2013, 10:06 AM Reply   
Man Bryan, That X25 was a nice boat.. I am surprised to see this post... However the new one is pretty darn nice as well and looks super clean...
Old    DBC (ixfe)      Join Date: Aug 2008       01-09-2013, 10:42 AM Reply   
Congrats on the new boat. That is a super sick X-Star. I'm a sucker for the PWT and the 40th Anniversary versions.

Also, is there a better looking trailer wheel than the XD Badlands...? The answer is, "No, there is not!"
Old    Tampa Wake (tampawake)      Join Date: Mar 2008       01-09-2013, 11:51 AM Reply   
Wow the guy had two X25s. Damn I always thought that would be my next MC in the future. Not sounding good.
Old    MLO (cbarguy1)      Join Date: Dec 2012       01-09-2013, 2:27 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by ixfe View Post
Congrats on the new boat. That is a super sick X-Star. I'm a sucker for the PWT and the 40th Anniversary versions.

Also, is there a better looking trailer wheel than the XD Badlands...? The answer is, "No, there is not!"
I've got to agree with you. Love those wheels and the trailer too.
Old    MICAH HARPER (MICAH_HARPER)      Join Date: Apr 2010       01-09-2013, 2:36 PM Reply   
So fresh and so CLEAN CLEAN!!!
Old    MICAH HARPER (MICAH_HARPER)      Join Date: Apr 2010       01-09-2013, 2:37 PM Reply   
this is when MASTERCRAFT boats looked good....i think they all look like crap now...lol..but hey everyone has got thier opinion
Old    Joe (ilikebeaverandboats)      Join Date: Jul 2007       01-09-2013, 2:39 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by jonblarc7 View Post
I love the boat

Just think its alittle funny thinking that BACK TO THE BASICS for you is an 09 Xstar. Not hating at all just got alittle laugh.

In terms of the gadgetry, this may be the last breed without multiple integrated touch screens, power towers, key pad ignitions, techy stuff ect. I dont think they were doing much with touch screens back in 09, Tige may have been doing their touch system at that point? Im pretty sure they were the first company to start pushing it.
Old    "G" (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       01-09-2013, 2:52 PM Reply   
Hey Whats the Graphic on the Tower?
Old    Greg Bodor (gti2lo)      Join Date: Nov 2005       01-09-2013, 9:11 PM Reply   
i think every boat manufacturer is going the same way.... Bu, Nautique, Tige and Mastercraft.

They are all electronic and computer driven... so much to fiddle with and break. I love my 08 40th Anniversary and like it because all that can go wrong is the vdig but i have manual gauges too!
Old    Bryan James (bjames)      Join Date: May 2012       01-10-2013, 10:43 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by grant_west View Post
Hey Whats the Graphic on the Tower?
I never really figured that out. They look like amoebas or something. Its the design that was used for the original 2009/2010 PWT stars.
Old    Bryan James (bjames)      Join Date: May 2012       01-10-2013, 10:44 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by ilikebeaverandboats View Post
In terms of the gadgetry, this may be the last breed without multiple integrated touch screens, power towers, key pad ignitions, techy stuff ect. I dont think they were doing much with touch screens back in 09, Tige may have been doing their touch system at that point? Im pretty sure they were the first company to start pushing it.
I thought it was Malibu who came out with the tough screen.. maybe im wrong.
Old    Joe (ilikebeaverandboats)      Join Date: Jul 2007       01-10-2013, 12:35 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by bjames View Post
I thought it was Malibu who came out with the tough screen.. maybe im wrong.
I really can't back it up with evidence, but I think the Tige Touch beat the Maliview by a few months. I will try and do some digging and see what I can find, anyone know for sure??
Old    Tony Forte (91Terminator)      Join Date: Jun 2010       01-10-2013, 1:49 PM Reply   
Maliview came out first but was not and is not a Touch Screen, Tige came out with Tige Touch is 2010 and was First with a Touch Screen. Maliview was a big screen but had and still has buttons on the sides, then Malibu came out with there Touch Screen in 2011 on the side of the dash.
Old    Mark (FunkyBunch)      Join Date: Jun 2011       01-10-2013, 1:49 PM Reply   
Tige was an option as of the 2009 model year and Malibu was a option in 2009.

according to wakeboard mag boat reviews.

Last edited by FunkyBunch; 01-10-2013 at 1:53 PM. Reason: Fixed the year for Malibu
Old    Joe (ilikebeaverandboats)      Join Date: Jul 2007       01-10-2013, 2:05 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by 91Terminator View Post
Maliview came out first but was not and is not a Touch Screen, Tige came out with Tige Touch is 2010 and was First with a Touch Screen. Maliview was a big screen but had and still has buttons on the sides, then Malibu came out with there Touch Screen in 2011 on the side of the dash.
Good catch, i do remember the screen with the buttons on the side.Thanks
Old    Dave O (wakedaveup)      Join Date: May 2012       01-10-2013, 2:36 PM Reply   
MC used Vdig in 2008 which in that case his 2009 Xstar does have a digital LCD screen with zero off, nav (I think), and depth mapping. That system was actually kind of cool too because it actually showed the bottom of the lake as you drove and any approaching shallow spots would show up on the Vdig. That said, this 2009 isn't really back to the basics (zero off, LCD screen, etc). Even though I'm young I like old school stuff myself but this is the era of technology. Any manufacturer that sits back and keeps using old technology, no matter how bullet proof, will get swallowed by it's competitors. May be unfortunate to some, but true.

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