The 20-foot X-2, now in its third year, is a top selling wakeboard boat for MasterCraft, and we can really see why. It packs a lot of style and performance into such a trailer-friendly, garage-fitting package. It’s also an amalgam of the best of MasterCraft models: the nimble handling of the smaller ProStars, the easy cruising wakeboarding hulls of the X-30 and X-45, and the wide pickle-fork bow of the X-Star. That’s not to mention the extraordinary work that goes into every MasterCraft behind the scenes, from superior strength of the hand-laid fiberglass to reinforced backing plates for every piece of hardware to much more. The price may be higher than most 20-footers, but boat buyers are snapping up this model because they’re getting what they’re paying for.
It doesn’t affect the running surface, but it does create exceptional space for passengers and gear.
This design combines a classic front profile with edgy rear supports that integrate the ultra-secure board racks.
Dry weight 3,500 lb.
Draft 27 in.
Storage: 76 cu. ft.
Load cap.: 1,609 lb.
Fuel cap.: 45 gal.
Bow: 25 sq. ft.
Floor to tower: 6 ft. 9 in.
Gunwale height: 2 ft. 6 in.
Main lounge: 58 sq. ft.
Sunpad: 22 sq. ft.
Platform: 13 sq. ft.
Engine: Indmar RTP-1 5.7L, 310 hp
Ballast: 550 lb. total
(Two bags, 150 lb. each; rear tank, 250 lb.)
Location: Lake Sheen, Florida
Elevation: 100 feet
Air temp.: 83°
Water temp.: 81°
Casual skiers can get their kicks behind the X-2 at recreational speeds. Our wakeboarder's found the X-2 to be crisp and clean with the factory ballast, if a tad small. The shape is good and rampy, particularly at 65 feet, to make for wake-to-wake pop. Overall: The crisp, clean wake can be amped up by adding to the factory ballast set-up.
With 350-hp upgraded engine (310 standard) and OJ 14.25 x 14.5 four-blade prop
To 30 mph: 5.3 sec., 133.2 ft.
To 36 mph: 7.4 sec., 240.1 ft.
Top speed: 41.3 mph, 5,350 rpm
Bow rise: 24° during typical acceleration. The backrest cushion at the end of the bow did rise above the hull into the sight line somewhat.
Tracking: The rider can pull this boat around a bit, so the driver needs to make minor steering adjustments.
Turns: Generally responsive and agile, yet we noticed some play in the steering wheel and turns that banked higher than similarly sized boats.
Gs crossing wake at 22 mph: 1.3
Gs crossing wake at 30 mph: 1.0
Solid feel throughout, evidence of MasterCraft’s exemplary construction.