MasterCraft has given the hard-core slalom ProStar 197 an extreme makeover to create the X-7. At its base is the superb five-event-approved ProStar EVO hull, which seems to tow a new skiing world record every few months. The direct-drive tracking is ideal for running the slalom course.
So what does this have to do with wakeboarding? Our test riders almost forgot this was a ski boat when they loaded up the rear ballast, hooked onto the Zero Flex Flyer aluminum tower and cranked up the four-speaker Clarion stereo. While the interior was originally designed for a calm dawn-patrol crew of slalomites, the convertible rear bench, open-bow seating and dual-access cooler make for a good place to host an intimate afternoon wakeboarding party. Along with new hull graphics, optional bullet-shaped tower speakers and loads of attitude, the X-7 aims to bridge the gap between skier and rider while satisfying both.
The X-7's stylish wakeboard graphics will definitely make a statement in the slalom course, as shortline skiers can max out behind small, ultra-soft wakes. Not only is the X-7 a pro skier's dream, it also caters to the intermediate types who need some love in the 15- to 28-off range. World records have been set on these wakes, so you can't blame them if you don't hit your personal best and beyond.
The wakes are fairly crisp with good shape and allow decent kick, while the transition is smooth, providing surprisingly soft landings. The double-ups are a little on the soft side. The X-7 will work well for beginning to intermediate riders looking to refine their skills before tackling truly big air.
-The X-7 is the world-record ProStar 197 outfitted with the latest wakeboarding amenities.
-Engineers have carved out as much room as possible for passengers and storage in this sub-20-footer.
-Responsiveness and handling are all you'd expect and more from a hard-core ski boat.
-Families of avid skiers and recreational riders will get the most out of the X-7.
-Interior tweaks and new tower additions update the stylish look for 2004.