For those wakeboarders not ready to take the plunge with MasterCraft's ultra-big V-drives, there's the X-10. At a moderate size – 20 feet, 9 inches long by 95 inches wide – this model offers enough features to make it a great boat for the majority of riders and families.
It leans toward families in part because the hull is the same as that on the MariStar 210, designed for smooth driving with its deep-V entry and luxury cruising with its open interior layout. The plush vinyl in the open bow, the wraparound seating and the three-piece sun deck promote passengers' comfort wherever they may lounge. Then they can grab a drink from the cooler or plug in a blender in one of two 12-volt adapters to really relax.
Not that the X-10 doesn't have an edge to it. MasterCraft touts that X Games motocross star Travis Pastrana gets his thrills on the water behind an X-10. The triple KGB ballast system, aluminum tower and powerful Clarion stereo help generate wakeboarding stoke for all big-air seekers.
For family skiing, the wakes are better than what many people have grown used to and settle for with I/Os. Whether learning slalom, free skiing on combos or even pulling a tube, the X-10 will do the job.
We have a taste for beefy wakes, and the X-10 serves them up, throwing nice swells appropriate for riders of all levels. The V-drive power and the wide hull define the wakes with solid characteristics. Double-ups are peaky with a lot of kick and the transitions are pretty smooth, but not big for the boat's size. And because of the deep hull, you don't feel the chop while plowing through those double-ups.
-The Goldilocks of MasterCraft's wakeboarding boats – not too big, not too small, just right.
-The family-friendly interior and soft-riding hull are borrowed from its sister model, the MariStar 210.
-The V-drive configuration opens up wraparound seating, always a favorite.
-The dash sports new midnight-black accents, while gauge faces with chrome bezels and an improved LCD tachometer display finish off the look.
-You can complement the aluminum tower with restyled bullet-shaped speaker cans and recessed 55-watt floodlights.