Jack of All Trades
As MasterCraft reiterates, SOMEONE who is buying a wakeboard boat isn’t necessarily buying the boat just to wakeboard. They note that although the X-9 is an excellent wakeboard boat, it also allows you to do other things because it is a direct-drive. The X-9 provides the wakeboard image and wakeboard features with much more versatility than most V-drives.
You never feel cramped in this extremely spacious boat. At just under 21 feet long with a roomy 96-inch beam, it rivals many V-drives in size. Your floors never get cluttered because the KGB ballast system puts one sac in the forward ski locker and another under the rear bench. That bench also converts nicely into a sun deck. There’s plenty of room for additional weight in the huge center-opening gull-wing trunk.
The X-9 also has a spacious open bow and a standard convertible jump seat that stashes behind the passenger seat in two pieces. The driver’s area has all the honed MasterCraft conveniences, including the MasterView driver’s seat, a fingertip stereo remote, brushed aluminum dash and a full set of electromechanical gauges.
The X-9 does an excellent job as a wakeboarding boat with wakes that are big and smooth, with ideal transitions. It possesses great handling for a direct-drive and even offers respectable skiability. The X-9 is so versatile it’s even been approved to pull tournament slalom events.
The wakeboard wake is smooth and offers a great combination of size and shape.
For a larger vessel, the boat handles well in turns and gives the driver total control.
For those hot summer days, the rear seat transforms into a sun deck if desired.
Standard removable jump seat for the walk-through area.
The roomy interior has the capacity to host 12 passengers.
The rear storage compartment is quite sizable and can store boards if you decide not to use the X-series board racks.
The MasterView seating for the driver is an impressive feature to help increase vision.
The reinforced dash is extremely strong and can take the abuse that wakeboarding may impose.
Double-ups are big, but the wake is wide making it more difficult to clear the opposite side.
Over 24 MPH, the boat has a slight porpoise when weighted for wakeboarding.
Length 20 ft. 11.5 in.
Beam 96 in.
Seating Capacity 12
Fuel Capacity 35 gal.
Test Prop OJ 13 x 13 4-blade
Test Engine Indmar Vortec LTR 5.7L MBI, 330 HP
TOP SPEED 42.4 mph 4,700 rpm
ACCEL. TO 30 5.7 SEC. 138.2 FT.
ACCEL. TO 36 7.8 SEC. 241.1 FT.
NOISE LEVELS (db)
Neutral 60 D 60 R
36 MPH 90 D 92 R