Let's face it: When you try to please all the people all the time, you usually come up with a compromise that leaves everyone flat. That's definitely not the case with this roomy
X-Series direct-drive that delivers a good time for wakeboarders, skiers, footers, tubers and those just along for fun in the sun.
The X-9 is an all-around water-sports ride and family-fun boat with a wakeboard vibe and a shredder's wrapper. It's the largest direct-drive inboard in the MasterCraft stable, with a 96-inch beam.
For water-ski purists who crave tight tracking and crossable wakes, there are the world-record-capable hull and throttle-by-wire technology, powered by the new GM Vortec RTP-1 block. To satisfy your inner Parks Bonifay, you get the double KGB ballast system and the redesigned ZeroFlex Flyer tower with easy-to-handle rotating board racks.
The X-9 tournament-certified hull fills its niche best as a intermediate skier's boat, catering to those at 15 to 32 off, at speeds of 30-34 mph. At shortline you may experience some spray, and you'd be better served to check out the X-7.
From 18 to 23 mph, the double KGB ballast helps the X-9 create respectably large, well-angled wakes for a direct-drive, plenty suitable for weekend board warriors. Ramps are long and clean enough to set you up for respectable aerial maneuvers.
• If 310 multiport horses aren't enough to get you excited, try one of three other Vortec engines with juice up to 425 hp.
• An oversized boarding platform gives riders/skiers enough room to strap it on without doing a balancing act.
• The double Keel-line Gravity Ballast (KGB) system provides up to an additional 700 pounds of wake-sculpting heft.
• The all-new four-speaker JL Audio system comes with a 10-inch subwoofer that gives your Barry White collection the low end it deserves.
Top Speed 43.1 mph 4,750 rpm
Accel. to 30 mph 4.7 sec. 130.4 ft.
Accel. to 36 mph 6.6 sec. 222 ft.
Noise Levels (db) Neutral 61 D 62 R, 36 mph 86 D 93 R
Length 20 ft. 11.5 in. Beam 96 in.
Seating Capacity 9
Fuel Capacity 35 gal.
Test Prop OJ 12.5 x 12 4-blade
Test Engine Indmar MCX 5.7L,