The MasterCraft X-80 is simply huge, Boasting features that seem foreign to water-sports boats — like an enclosed head and a full wet bar — this boat is an all-around family fun boat that can tackle open water as well as bigger lakes. There’s room for 15, so it excels as a day cruiser, and it’s powered by twin engines — again, the only wakeboard boat that can say that — so it’s no surprise that the wakes are so big, they’re scary. We loved testing the X-80 out mainly because it’s just so different than any other boat on the market.
A freshwater sink and optional fridge seems more at home on a center-console cruiser, but is a great unique feature on a wakeboard boat.
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Whether you’re tackling these wakes at 65 or 75 feet out, prepare for big and prepare for steep. It’s kind of hard to compare it to traditional wakes, as it’s more of a unique big-water experience all unto itself. Flying between these huge swells is a really crazy experience, one that might be too hard-core for younger riders. It sure is fun though.
Overall: Riding these wakes is exciting, unique and might make you feel like you’ve shrunk.
Bow rise: 23 degrees during typical acceleration. The X-Pod dash is fairly high and the sheer length of the bow itself is unusually long, so the standard bolster comes in handy.
Tracking: We’re not sure how big you’d have to be to pull this thing off its track, but we’d seriously consider hitting up a diet.
Turns: The X-80 is moderately nimble and maneuverable for a boat of this size.
Gs crossing wake at 22 mph: 1.1
The big-water design and solid MasterCraft construction gave it a smooth feel.