If you want to do and try every water sport imaginable — slalom skiing, wakeboarding, wakeskating and more — take a look at the MasterCraft X-9. It really does have something for everyone, from a hull certified for record ski tournaments to a package of wakeboard features similar to what pro riders use. The X-9 is also one of the longest, widest direct-drive boats on the market, as ski handling meets wakeboard partying.
The X-9 is the epitome of multisport crossover fun. These wakes are custom-tailored for advancing intermediate skiers and riders. At skiing speeds it’s certainly capable of shortline, as evidenced by its record-tournament approval. Slow it down to 18 to 23 mph and load up the KGB ballast for intermediate-size wakes with long, clean transitions.
MasterCraft’s world-class construction and engineering come together on the X-9 for confident handling at any water-sports speed. Although it doesn’t handle quite as well as the X-7, you’ll still appreciate the dependable tracking.
About as big as a direct-drive gets, the X-9 offers good walking space around the engine box. Upholstery is comfortable and durable throughout. Stainless-steel grab handles for the rear bench are stylish and useful.
Base price: $51,480
Length: 21 ft.
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, 350 hp
Top speed: 43.2 mph 4,850 rpm
Accel. to 30 mph: 4.9 sec. 136.2 ft.
Accel. to 36 mph: 6.9 sec. 230.7 ft.
Noise Levels (db): Neutral 62 D 64 R, 36 mph 91 D 94 R