You don't usually find the words luxury and wakeboarding in the same sentence, but those are the most appropriate terms to define the X-80, MasterCraft's combination of its deep-V hull and the upscale appointments of its MariStar line.
Once it becomes common knowledge that you can accommodate 15 passengers in this 28-plus-foot-long wake-making machine, your social circle will mysteriously grow. Good thing is your old friends and your new friends have enough room to each host their own soirée in separate sections of the boat. The rear swim platform alone is large enough to double as a dance floor. Sun worshippers in the crowd will like the bow cushion that runs the full length of the open foresection, as well as the extendable bow ladder that helps them disembark without washing off their sunscreen. A built-in Corian-covered minibar with six-gallon freshwater sink means fewer trips to the dock.
Free-skiers will benefit most from this hull design, as it's not tailored for giving you wakes fit for hard edging. If your thing is skiing out in big, open water, the X-80's size and deep-V hull will capably and comfortably lead the way.
As you'd expect, a monster boat easily creates monster wakes that will challenge both mid-level and advanced riders. The wakes behind this boat don't have the same elite form as those from the X-Star, and they are steep, giving you less margin for error when trying to land wake-to-wake tricks. A thousand pounds of in-floor ballast is sucked up pretty quickly.
• The X-80 is the largest inboard water-sports vessel of its kind.
• Twin 350 hp engines give you the juice to take this baby offshore.
• A port-side rear-facing seat converts into a comfy reclining lounger.
• Three coolers and 17 cup holders means drinks all around, all day long.
Top Speed 49 mph 5,000 rpm
Accel. to 30 mph 6.2 sec. 152 ft.
Accel. to 36 mph 8 sec. 239 ft.
Noise Levels (db) Neutral 61 D 60 R, 36 mph 81 D 80 R
Length 28 ft. 3 in. Beam 114 in.
Seating Capacity 15
Fuel Capacity 103 gal.
Test Props 2 OJ 13.7 x 17 4-blades
Test Engine Twin Indmar MCX 5.7L, 350 HP