MasterCraft Cross Sport Xtreme: Maximum Utility Tow Boat
MasterCraft CSX: innovative multi-sport model.
MIAMI — MasterCraft has unveiled its new-for-2006 CSX “Cross Sport Xtreme” model. Designed with a center console for maximum watersports utility, the product made its debut at the Miami International Boat Show in mid-February 2006.
“Most boats have been designed to match very specific market needs such as fishing, cruising, skiing and so on,” said John Dorton, president and CEO of MasterCraft, in a press release from the company. “However, we are witnessing a trend of multiple activities in one family, which begs the question — what boat is the best fit for them? We believe we have come up with that answer. The CSX isn’t just a boat for boating’s sake, but a boat that encapsulates the desires of today’s dynamic, athletic outdoor enthusiasts. It is a do-everything craft for both saltwater and freshwater that will change the way we look at boating.
Based on a “pickle fork” hull, the CSX is equipped with Yakima racks for mountain bikes, wakeboards, skis, fishing gear and even a kayak. A direct-drive propulsion system means the engine is set amidship, much like MasterCraft’s tournament-bred ProStar series of boats, allowing for excellent pulling power and better balance, as well as enhanced visibility due to lower bow-riseThe boat’s hull reportedly delivers a comfortable ride in big water while providing the superior wake characteristics for watersports enthusiasts.
The driver’s dash has easy-to-read gauges and a large standard compass. A flush-mounted GPS system is optional. Aft of the driver is a seating “island” that contains a convenient, teak-covered ice box and a sink with a pullout sprayer. In the back, the rear seat flips forward for easy access from the water-level swimming platform.
Construction highlights include an internal system of aluminum and high-density polyethylene backing plates for structural and cosmetic longevity — with a lifetime warranty. Additional design-and-construction features are a heavy-duty rubber hull guard and self-bailing cockpit with surrounding gutter system, as well as “stain-proof” upholstery.
“It is part of our legendary DNA to think of ways to revolutionize the industry,” said Dorton. “It wasn’t that long ago we were considered out of touch by pursuing wakeboarding and creating a new niche with the first ever wakeboard boat. Now, 10 years later, every manufacturer is in that game. We believe the CSX will be much the same — we might appear too extreme but a decade from now, the market won’t know how we existed without this niche in boating.”
For more information: www.mastercraft.com