On purpose or by accident, MasterCraft is answering that question with its X30, a traditional-bow wakeboard boat with some of the nifty features and styling cues.
First there’s the shape, a wonderfully sculpted profile with discernible “hips” that give it a silhouette like no other V-drive tow boat. Second, there’s the innovative seating system at the rear of the cockpit, a billet aluminum backrest and cushion on tracks that allow rear passengers to face the action behind the boat or face forward for the trip out to that secret cove.
The lounges in the cockpit conceal a removable 36-quart Igloo cooler and removable trash bin on the starboard side, and a cavernous stowage compartment to port with a gas strut to hold up the hinged cushion.
The helm is also a real treat, with a swivel seat, flip-up thigh bolsters, and full analog instrumentation up top plus a standard 4.3-inch touch screen display to starboard of the steering wheel. The ergonomics are first rate; your hand falls naturally on the throttle when you drop your arm on the coaming panel armrest, for example.
The bow features stowage beneath each bench and a rear-facing forward seat that conceals an anchor locker behind its backrest. It doesn't sound like much, but anchor lockers are somewhat rare on tow boats.And that’s what this boat is built for. It’s all-new hull is designed with performance and wake shape in mind. The standard ballast system holds nearly 1,000 pounds of water, which is enough capacity for wake-surfing, particularly if you outfit the boat with the optional surf tabs.
As nice as it would be for all buyers to shop at the top of the line, MasterCraft realizes that midline shoppers are equally important. And their middleweight X-30 delivers the punch in just the right place.