The X-Series has come a long way in a few years where now it’s more unusual for us to see a model with a single-tip bow than a pickle-fork one. The MasterCraft X-15 still has that traditional profile, even though it’s one of the company’s newer models. Most surprising, though, may be just how much our test riders thought of this wake. They may not be quite as legendary a shape as the X-Star’s — which are in a league of their own — but they were solid enough to earn a spot in our “tournament wakeboarding” category. Our riders specifically loved how the X-15 handled double-ups, a credit to MasterCraft’s extensive research and development on hull shapes and investment in amazingly solid construction.
The ZeroFlex tower has rear supports that are literally among the edgiest in the industry, with incorporated swivel racks.
As with all X-Series boats, the stereo system in the X-15 comes standard with a subwoofer and amp. This boat also boasts two separate iPod hookups.
Dry weight: 3,575 lb.
Draft: 26.5 in.
Storage: 116 cu. ft.
Load cap.: 2,325 lb.
Fuel cap.: 45 gal.
Bow: 21 sq. ft.
Floor to tower: 6 ft.
Gunwale height: 2 ft. 6 in.
Main lounge: 65 sq. ft.
Sun pad: 19 sq. ft.
Platform: 14 sq. ft.
Engine: Indmar RTP-1 5.7L, 310 hp
Ballast 650 lb. total
(1 rear bag)
Location: Lake Sheen, Florida
Elevation: 100 feet
Air temp.: 79°
Water temp.: 81°
We were pleasantly surprised that the X-15 threw out wakes so respectable, especially with just a 650-pound rear bag. Double-ups were a blast, giving the rider a solid peak at the top exactly like they should. The wakes were pretty wide as well, great for advanced riders. We loved riding at 70 feet.
Overall: The X-15, on the small side when it comes to today’s wakeboarding boats, has wakes that rival the big dogs’.
With 350 hp upgraded engine and OJ 14.25×14.5 four-blade prop
To 30 mph: 6.2 sec., 159.5 ft.
To 36 mph: 8.7 sec., 281.4 ft.
Top speed: 41.2 mph, 5,300 rpm
Bow rise: 21 degrees during typical acceleration. We heard no complaints from our tech team about obstructions while taking the X-15 through its paces.
Tracking: The rider will pull around this boat a little bit, but the wide beam helps to keep the ride pretty solid.
Turns: The X-15 has great power out of turns and we were impressed with how responsive it was in every situation we tested.
Gs crossing wake at 22 mph: 1.4
As we got up in speed, the windshield rattled a little, but it was nothing too distracting and the ride was basically smooth and quiet.