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2004 Mastercraft X-Star
After a much-anticipated wait and 386 hours of front-line validation at the X-Games, Vans Triple Crown of Wakeboarding and the US Pro Wakeboard Tour, the verdict is finally in the X-Stars revolutionizing wakeboarding.
In the fall of 2002 the boating industry started buzzing about a new wakeboarding boat. Wakeboard enthusiasts frequenting online chat rooms created most of the hype, waiting out the winter. While MasterCraft employees and team riders put in overtime getting the X-Star to market, wakeboarders speculated about the size and shape of the wake.
Today, riders are doing tricks that have never been done before. Parks Bonifay, X-Games, Vans Triple Crown and Pro Wakeboard Tour Champion, recently performed the first double half-cab mobe (a double back flip with a 360-degree twist) in history behind the X-Star.
Its the most stoked Ive been behind the boat in a long time, said Bonifay. You can ask anyone, the wake on this new X-Star is ridiculous. Double-ups and triple-ups are so big. A lot of new tricks are going to be done, just because of that wake."
At first glance it is glaringly apparent that the X-Stars bow and hull shape are very out of the ordinary. The bow tapers to two points rather than a single point, giving it a hammerhead shape that dramatically increases the bows occupancy and makes it accessible from the front. While the X-Stars advanced bow design mimics that of a tri-hull, the boats hull actually recedes to a single V. Dramatic changes in the boats hull design are also apparent at the stern. Four terraced chines on the X-Stars AP-1 (Anythings Possible) hull chisel and shape the wake.
MasterCraft has always had the best wakeboard hull in the world and now its even better, says Zane Schwenk, professional wakeboarder. I did the biggest raley Ive ever done in my life when we were testing this boat. It has the smoothest transition to a bigger, thicker ramp, with a perfect lip. If youre not a pro and cut your hardest into the wake you might land yourself in a gurney.
While the shape and size of the wake are paramount to riders, the 2004 X-Star has lots of other revolutionary new enhancements that make it a next generation wakeboard boat. The X-Star has a liner ballast system as opposed to conventional storage compartment ballast tanks. Three tanks are located beneath the floor. One 60-gallon ballast bag is located along the keel line, near the bow. Two more 36-gallon ballast tanks are located on either side of the 57-gallon fuel cell, forward of the engine compartment. Topped off, the X-Star can hold 1000 lbs of water weight and 500 lbs of octane, transforming beginner wakes into Grade-A tsunamis at the push of a button.
The X-Stars bow is also more attuned to the growing needs of riders thanks to 2 Clarion stereo speakers with separates, 6 drink holders, a draining cooler, 2 rising seat backs for extra storage and a folding stainless steel ladder that retracts from the anchor box. The floor also has 40 oz. snap in carpet for easy cleaning.
In the cockpit, the X-Stars nerve center stems from the X-Pod. This bullet shaped configuration of billet aluminum gauges suspends the speedometer, tachometer and Perfect Pass cruise control in full view of the driver. The remainder of the dash is constructed of carbon fiber and houses all other essential instrumentation. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and has a chrome center. The molded armrest incorporates a chrome throttle knob and digital AM/FM CD stereo remote. There are also 3 drink holders within reach of the drivers fully adjustable MasterView seat.
Amidship, there is wrap-around seating (covered in dense 34 oz vinyl), 4 stereo speakers with separates, a subwoofer and 8 more drink holders. Underneath each of the seats there are open cavities for storage. The observers seat, opposite the driver, opens from amidship or the bow to form a dual access compartment large enough to fit 2 wakeboards and loads of supplies. Above the observers seat, there is also a carbon fiber glove box that houses the Clarion receiver, a 12V outlet and room for +/- 30 cell phones.
The X-Stars interior is so far advanced, it makes other wakeboarding boats look like Neanderthals.
Above the cockpit is a totally transformed Zero Flex Flyer tower. Whereas the X-Stars ancestor had 2 narrow polished aluminum tubes that supported board racks, speakers and lights, the new X-Star tower has evolved into a single tube thicker in diameter. The X-Stars new board racks also clamp boards rather than strapping them and optional 55-watt floodlights are recessed into the towers new optional bullet-shaped speakers.
The stern is almost unchanged above the water line. The X-Star still has a triple hatch sunpad, a large removable swim platform for launching riders and a 310 hp, 5.7L, standard Predator powerplant under the center hatch. However, underneath the starboard and port hatches the X-Stars interior storage space has expanded in the absence of ballast tanks. The X-Star also has 2 bilge pumps, 2 batteries and 2 gas caps, as opposed to one.
The X-Star has also dramatically increased its futuristic physical attractiveness, adding stainless steel rubrails, stainless steel windshield stanchions, custom billet aluminum badges, billet aluminum vent covers and redesigned hull graphics. These pheromone like features will no doubt entrance wakeboarders and continue to make the X-Star more desirable than its competitors.
We know its dramatically different than whats currently on the market, says John Dorton, president & CEO. But its going take the sport to a whole new level.
Thats why the MasterCraft X-Star is expected to be choice of core wakeboarders.