By Matt Trulio
MasterCraft X-45 and 245 MariStar VRS Models Introduced
Tow boat builder bolsters already-strong lineup.
You have to hand it to the folks at MasterCraft. With the innovative X-30 wakeboard model reportedly selling as fast as they can build them, no one would have blamed them for coasting a bit. But John Dorton, Rob May and the rest of the talented crew at the Vonore, Tenn., company don’t coast. That’s the reason the once-venerable brand, which had lost some of its luster several years ago, is on solid ground. As in rock-solid.
For 2005, the builder has added two new V-drive models, the X-45 and the 245 MariStar VRS.
Targeted at the wakeboard crowd, the 24-foot-long X-45 rides on a vented, stepped hull. To jack up the wakes and help riders launch from them, the model comes standard with a water-ballast system that can add 1,000 pounds to the boat and a redesigned Zero Flex tower.
“The X-45 wake is easy to approach with the perfect lip,” said famed professional wakeboarder, Zane Schwenk, who helped design the model. “The aggressive wake shape allows you to get plenty of upward pop on each trick. With or without ballast, the wake is great for beginner riders all the way to advanced.”
Noteworthy features of the X-45 include an oversized helm seat, rotating board racks and JL Audio speakers, a diamond shaped transom, walk-thru sunpad, scooped billet aluminum vent covers, billet cockpit appointments, aircraft style toggle switches, ballast gauges, and an oversized urethane glove box.
Like the X-45, the MariStar 245 VRS rides on a vented, stepped hull. In fact, the 24-footer actually serves as the foundation for X-45 — dressed with the ballast system and tower the 245 VRS becomes the X-45.
- Matt Trulio is the co-publisher and editor in chief of speedonthewater.com, a daily news site with a weekly newsletter and a new bi-monthly digital magazine that covers the high-performance powerboating world. The former editor-in-chief of Sportboat magazine and editor at large of Powerboat magazine, Trulio has covered the go-fast powerboat world since 1995. Since joining boats.com in 2000, he has written more than 200 features and blogs.
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