We’re dealing with a classic here. The original X-Star, the X-1 has pulled the Wakeboard Pro Tour as well as the X Games. Although the current version of the X-Star is top dog of MasterCraft’s wakeboard boat lineup, the X-1 made wake history when it came out. Originally designed from a direct-drive, the X-1 is extremely nimble and maneuverable. A bit smaller than other wakeboard boats, the X-1 will still satisfy wakeboarders looking to get started in the sport and advance their skills. It’s a proven boat that’s still going strong, and for anyone looking for a smaller boat with a nice old-school feel, the X-1 should fit the bill.
It’s cool to see the very modern ZeroFlex tower that MasterCraft introduced last year matched with a classic boat like this.
For a boat of this size, MasterCraft was still able to find room for 11 passengers — plus a big sun pad.
Dry weight: 3,200 lb.
Load cap.: 1,705 lb.
Fuel cap.: 33 gal.
Bow: 17 sq. ft.
Floor to tower: 5 ft. 9 in.
Gunwale height: 2 ft. 2 in.
Main lounge: 46 sq. ft.
Sun pad: 22 sq. ft.
Platform: 9 sq. ft.
Engine: Indmar RTP-1 5.7L, 310 hp
Ballast 750 lb.
(2 rear tanks, 225 lb. each; center tank, 300 lb.)
Location: Lake Sheen, Florida
Elevation: 100 feet
Air temp.: 84°
Water temp.: 81°
The MasterCraft X-1’s wake is a little steep, but maintains nice ramps that are easy to charge. Because of the smooth transition, the wake doesn’t hit you like a wall, so you can edge at it like you’re invincible and expect nice into-the-flats pop. With stock ballast, we recommend the rider shorten up to 70 feet for great wake-to-wake moves.
Overall: The original X-Star throws out wakes with nice ramps and gentle transitions.
With 350 hp upgraded engine
To 30 mph: 4.8 sec., 116.5 ft.
To 36 mph: 6.4 sec., 199.2 ft.
Top speed: 42.4 mph, 5,100 rpm
Bow rise: 21 degrees during typical acceleration. Low-profile dash helped with the driver’s visibility.
Tracking: This X-1 has a lot in common with ski boats in the overall design, so the tracking down the line is solid.
Turns: Incredibly nimble and quick, no one will have to float in the water long after falling behind this bad boy.
Vibration: Solid MasterCraft construction means everything holds steady, including the secure board racks.
Gs crossing wake at 22 mph: 1.6
Gs crossing wake at 30 mph: 1.1