In the mid 90's, MasterCraft took the leadership role in the growth of wakeboarding by releasing the X-Star, the first true wakeboard boat, when water skiing was driving the industry. The reaction? "They've lost their minds to pursue a 'fad.'" In 2003, MasterCraft decided the replace the best-selling wakeboard boat in history and introduced a completely new X-Star, with the unique pickle-fork look and a wake the size of which nobody had ever ridden. The response? We were crazy to be that bold. Fast forward to 2006, where the X-2 takes it rightful place next to the X-Star as wakeboarding's new, smaller superhero – a 20-foot wake machine that will once again have the pundits scratching their heads. Only this time, they'll wonder how MasterCraft did it again.
The X-2 stays ahead of the curve thanks to its familiar SuperFly bow design, which opens up the front for more people, and gives it a styling edge. Inside, a 94-inch wide interior provides as much room as a 21-footer, comfortably seating seven. Underneath is where the magic happens, however. By incorporating a modified step hull, the multi-faceted X-2 is a wake maker and a single ski magnet. Below 24 mph, the stern sits in deep, cleaving a smooth transition that elevates to a tight lip – perfect for long launches into the flats. Drop down to 11 mph, and wake surf wakes are high, tight and clean. For beefier water, add 650 pounds of factory ballast with the flip of a switch. At speeds above 26 mph, the stepped hull gets up and out of the way, leaving behind a trail of bubbles that's delightful to edge a slalom ski through.
"The initial indicators tell us that the X-2 will quickly become our best-selling model," says Parker Stair, MasterCraft's national sales manager. "This boat has been seen on the Internet and at dealerships and made its debut at the WWA Wakeboard Nationals, creating a buzz eerily similar to the 2003 X-Star. In fact, the demand is so high we have already created more molds to meet the wholesale production needs of our dealer network."
At exactly 20 feet, the 3200-pound X-2 utilizes every square inch of onboard space, featuring clean underseat and sundeck storage compartments that will hold 70 cubic feet of anything you can carry on. Because the X-2 makes storage space a premium, there's no loss for seating. Aside from the SuperFly bow, the X-2 comes complete on the inside, featuring a full wraparound seating compartment that envelopes, but doesn't compromise. This little 20-footer plays big – it seats 11.
Behind the windshield MasterCraft's X-Pod inspired modular dash display and billet cockpit appointments give drivers a perfect vantage point. By adding aircraft-style top lit toggle switches, quick-view ballast gauges, and a diamond-shaped oversized urethane glove box, we've truly put the "command" in Driver's Command Center. Add in the second-generation Digital Throttle Control (DTC), and being behind the wheel might become as thrilling as being behind the boat.
From above, the X-2 sports the latest generation of ZeroFlex Flyer tower, giving a sturdy pull point for riders whether they're working on surface turns or moves way out into the flats. It's functional, too; board racks are standard, making it easy to store all your boarding equipment. Adding the optional JL Audio speaker cans and lights is guaranteed to liven up any session.
In back, riders have plenty of room to get in and out of bindings thanks to an oversized boarding platform, stylishly accentuated by the X-2s matching diamond shaped transom, proving that that the riding is not the only thing that will be looking good behind the all-new X-2.
Editor's Note: Potential storylines, keynotes or product news for 2006:
-The X-2 has the same hull as the all-new MariStar 200.
-The X-2 is the official boat of thee Dew Action Sports Tour. Go to dewactionsportstour.com for more details.
-Features GM Vortec's torque-riddled multi-port RTP-1 engine, featuring Digital Throttle Control and standard cruise control.
-MasterCraft Cruise speed control comes standard in the X-2.
Width Amidship: 94"
Boat Weight: 3200 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 45 gallons
Capacity: 11 persons
Ballast: 650 lbs
Standard Engine: GM Vortec RTP-1, 5.7L, 310hp
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