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  • Originally posted by dkimball View Post
    I am looking at upgrading from a 2003 Air Nautique 216 direct drive to a 2012 X14V with the ilmor 5.7 liter engine. I have always been a nautique guy and am very familiar with PCM engines. I do most of my own maintenance and winterizing as well but would like to upgrade to a V-drive option and the Nautique Sport 200 is like a unicorn in the used market and I have recently begin researching the X14V from Mastercraft and it looks promising. Our group does a decent amount of barefooting with some wakeboarding mixed in so it seems like a good fit. I am not really concerned about the surf wave as we are not that into it and I can surf others boats if needed. I had a couple of questions.
    1.) How easy is the maintenance on these engines? Are normal items fairly easily accessible? Oil drain hose, oil filter, plugs, wires, impeller, etc.?
    2.) How is it for winterizing? Obviously a direct drive is pretty easy with great access. Are all of the drain plugs pretty accessible?
    3.) Any other comments/concerns with the ilmor engine?
    4.) How do you guys like the X14V for skiing and boating in general?

    Thanks for any help you can provide.
    There is X14-V at Midwest Watersports in Minneapolis:
    09 214 Prostar with MCX

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    • Originally posted by 2RLAKE View Post

      that 40th was great ... you should have kept both!
      Wish i did in hindsight...but it went to a good home and I'll buy it back if and when he sells.
      Prior boats - (3) X14's, (3) Prostars, and a Tristar.

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      • Originally posted by dkimball View Post
        I am looking at upgrading from a 2003 Air Nautique 216 direct drive to a 2012 X14V with the ilmor 5.7 liter engine. I have always been a nautique guy and am very familiar with PCM engines. I do most of my own maintenance and winterizing as well but would like to upgrade to a V-drive option and the Nautique Sport 200 is like a unicorn in the used market and I have recently begin researching the X14V from Mastercraft and it looks promising. Our group does a decent amount of barefooting with some wakeboarding mixed in so it seems like a good fit. I am not really concerned about the surf wave as we are not that into it and I can surf others boats if needed. I had a couple of questions.
        1.) How easy is the maintenance on these engines? Are normal items fairly easily accessible? Oil drain hose, oil filter, plugs, wires, impeller, etc.?
        2.) How is it for winterizing? Obviously a direct drive is pretty easy with great access. Are all of the drain plugs pretty accessible?
        3.) Any other comments/concerns with the ilmor engine?
        4.) How do you guys like the X14V for skiing and boating in general?

        Thanks for any help you can provide.
        1) oil changes are easy. Impeller changes are awkward: the work is easy but access is difficult compared to a direct drive.
        2) I have not winterized the boat yet myself as that voids our insurance.
        3) the ilmor engine has been bulletproof so far. Do more research on the 2012 model year though. There were issues with the touchscreen which some people say they have resolved... but I sold my 2012 and bought a 2014 to avoid dealing with it long term.
        4) we love the x-14V: it is the right compromise for us. We are a family of early morning skiers that enjoy late afternoon surfing, and foiling, followed by sunset cruises and star gazing. It doesn't do anything as well as a purpose built boat like a prostar for skiing or a bigger X boat for surfing. But it does do everything. The ski wake is a common complaint for people coming from a direct drive. You have to go short line, and faster is better to get something closer to a direct drive wake crossing. But if you ski at 15 or 22 off at less then 32mph then you need to pay attention to how you cross the wake - it will throw you if you're not stacked.


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        • Thanks for the info. I forgot to ask what the bow rise is like on take off and when traveling at slow speeds.

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          • Originally posted by dkimball View Post
            Thanks for the info. I forgot to ask what the bow rise is like on take off and when traveling at slow speeds.
            The bow rise is like any other vdrive or stern drive I've been in. So you either want to idle along or get up on plane. We can comfortably idle along at 10-12km/hr, 6-7mph. Avoid those intermediate speeds unless you're surfing or foiling, in which case you want the bow rise to help create the wake.

            Most X-14V boats will have a center trim tab. If you leave it on 'auto-launch', it automatically tilts down when speeding up and then flattens out once you're up to speed. This limits bowrise somewhat and gets you on plane faster.

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            • Thanks for the reply. The one I am looking at is a 2012 and doesn't have the fancy touch screen or the trim tabs. It appears to be a pretty basic model which is fine with me as I don't want or need all of the fancy electronics but know I am wondering if I would want the trim tabs. Do you have any issues with the back sundeck/motor cover cushions sticking above the gunnel of the boat? It is a pretty unique design compared to other boats out there.

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              • No issues with the layout. The two rear seats on either side of the motor box look weird, but its where the kids head to first. They either face forward with their bare feet up on the seat in front of them, or kneel facing the rear of the boat when we're surfing or foiling. The steps on the box make it easy to get up and over onto the platform.

                I'm still nervous about the controls. MC used medallion for 1 year in 2012, and have switched to murphy for other years. I don't think it was a touchscreen problem specifically or a vdig gauge problem... but it is a problem that you should research for current issues and availability of spares to make sure you're comfortable before buying

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                • For any of you 214/X14 owners that didn't see this.. 2008 X14 Hard Tank Removal - TeamTalk (mastercraft.com)
                  If its not a competition ski boat, its always second best.

                  2008 MasterCraft X14, LY6, 400 HP
                  1994 MasterCraft ProStar 205 (SOLD)

                  Check out MasterCraft Buckeye Bash on Facebook!

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                  • Hey X14V owners....I am looking around this year, against my better judgment Potential move up from our '02 197. Anyone barefooting behind their X14V, and/or using a tower boom ? What top speed do you see with the Ilmor 5.7?

                    We'd be boarding, slaloming as well. For footing I don't really worry about wake crossings too much - I do pretty short runs -- long line and on the boom.

                    Any comments most welcome....thanks TT'ers....

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                    • Originally posted by 3event View Post
                      Hey X14V owners....I am looking around this year, against my better judgment Potential move up from our '02 197. Anyone barefooting behind their X14V, and/or using a tower boom ? What top speed do you see with the Ilmor 5.7?

                      We'd be boarding, slaloming as well. For footing I don't really worry about wake crossings too much - I do pretty short runs -- long line and on the boom.

                      Any comments most welcome....thanks TT'ers....
                      NOOOOOOOO!!!!! Don't do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                      If its not a competition ski boat, its always second best.

                      2008 MasterCraft X14, LY6, 400 HP
                      1994 MasterCraft ProStar 205 (SOLD)

                      Check out MasterCraft Buckeye Bash on Facebook!

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                      • With my previous prop I was getting 50 mph , chaged it’s out for more pull out power , 2010 x-14v

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                        • if anyone knows of an x14 coming up for sale let me know please ... our friends are looking and I get to be their personal shopper!!

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                          • Originally posted by Double D View Post

                            NOOOOOOOO!!!!! Don't do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                            Oh man.....I know I know. First world problems, these are. Have considered keeping 2 inboards, one for ski, one for wake/group outing. I'd only be willing to do that if the dealer was close by - and I do not have that convenience here. I rely on the professionals for service.....

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                            • Correction, that 40th IS great, ha!

                              Originally posted by 2RLAKE View Post

                              that 40th was great ... you should have kept both!

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                              • Hello TeamTalk. It’s been a long while since I've posted here. I think it back in 2016. I have a 2008 Prostar 214 that my wife and I absolutely love. It was one of the first things we bought together.

                                Due to some non-boating related injuries for both of us, we have not used the boat in a long time. The last time we had it out was 2019 and that was just for a long weekend of pulling some friends kids around on wakeboards. It was winterized and put back away again, We have come to the realization that we are at a point in our lives where we probably won’t be able to use this machine for what it was designed for anymore. I've had 2 major back surgeries, both shoulders rebuilt, and both knees reconstructed, and my wife just recovered from a Liz Franc fracture along with some other lingering knee problems.

                                I am going to pull it out of storage in the next couple of weeks and go through it. My plan is to get it back into "weekly use" operational condition and keep it that way, with the intention of selling it to the right buyer eventually.

                                The boat was professional treated for long term storage back in 2019 when it was put away. This is what's on my list of thing to do. Please help me add to it so I don't miss anything:
                                • Drain the fuel from the tank and refill. It was treated with stabilizer when it was put away, but I don't trust it will still be good.
                                • Replace the fuel filter
                                • Change engine oil and filter
                                • Change trans oil
                                • Replace spark plugs
                                • replace distributor cap and rotor
                                • replace impellor
                                • replace battery
                                • replace engine drive belt
                                • inspect/replace trailer bunks/carpet
                                • replace all 5 trailer tires
                                • check trailer bearings and replace bearing oil.
                                • check trailer brakes
                                • check winch strap and transom straps
                                • deep clean and condition vinyl.
                                • install new snap in carpet.
                                • Clean and treat bimini cover
                                • refinish swim platform
                                • ???
                                These pics were taken when I pulled it out of storage in 2019.
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                                Last edited by gts-20; 03-29-2022, 06:03 PM.

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