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    Credit to MC CO and a great crew.

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  • #2
    how did you embed the vimeo vid?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by JP-OH View Post
      how did you embed the vimeo vid?
      Put url in front of the video link.

      Add /url at the end of the video link.

      Put [ and ] brackets around url and /url.


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      Quote my reply and you can see how it is formatted.

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      • #4
        Great Video!

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        • #5
          '19 XStar Review

          ’19 XStar Review after 4+ hours aboard and behind this vessel last Friday. Comparison is plenty of hours behind a 2014 X46, 2015 X10 & X30, 2015 G23 and 2014 G21, others.

          Overall Objective: Category killer for wake and surf boat – mission accomplished. She can do everything but slalom including family, water sports, cruise. It is as if they took the best of MC and the G’s and created a specimen of a lovechild. This is a noticeably larger and taller boat but she still maintains the style, sleeker lines, and handling of other MC’s in the line.

          Handling: Surprisingly nice handling despite the larger size and heft of the XStar. Credit this to dockstar, a big arse 18” prop, 2:1 trans, and the 7.4L great pumpkin engine. My gut says if you are at Denver or higher altitude, you would want the 7.4L given the ballast and crew capacity of this rig, though at sea level or near the 6.2L should be good with the above accoutrements. Due to the taller freeboard and gunnels and additional insulation, this boat rides dry, quiet, and damp even with the 7.4L bad daddy engine. Noise levels were equal or less than our 6.2L X30.

          Fit and Finish: Decidedly top of the line for any and all boat manufacturers, including MC. This includes the exterior gel; aluminum; best in industry tower/racks/bimini; interior fabrics and trim; shaped teak platform; electronics (yea said that). Cool Feel seems way more robust than the first gen effort and looks super sharp; and as commented before all watersport boats should have Seadek as it is soft, durable, washes down with a simple brush and water, and dries out quickly no odors.

          Surf Wave: Tall, long, clean, and powerful. Perhaps a bit more horizontal vs down the line like other recent generation Gen2 MC’s? We have dialed our boats to great waves with aftermarket bags and lead, but this is out of the box bigger and better as-is stock. Really curious to see both the X24 and get in wakeboard sessions on both.

          Ballast: The added switch over tank is a spectacular update to the standard KBG center tank, two hard rear tanks, two rear bags. The switchover is “U” shaped and when Gen2 switches either to port or starboard the switchover tank shifts water and weight to that side of the boat providing further list to the surf corner. Wondering if a wakeboarder tied at the tower would do the same by cleaning up ride-side with a bit of list? I did not pay much attention to this before being aboard but it automates what for us is moving crew or lead bags around a bit to optimize surf wave. On the fly switchovers are always dialed too. Last benefit is while there is still a huge amount of transom storage above the hard tanks and ballast bags - I would be hard pressed to see where more ballast is needed on this boat leaving a ton of new-found storage aft. Will predictably eat those words as ballast hogs will fill these to the brim in search of a Tsunami.

          Ballast Fill-Dump Times: Literally timed it with a stopwatch as it was hard to believe. 3 minutes is real, and real impressive. A bunch of big daddy pumps and 2” ballast tubing are the ticket.

          Storage: Plenty. The new taller transom storage bins both above each rear ballast on either side of the engine and the “pizza oven” above the engine bay are tremendous. Rear storage is now available from the swim platform so crew does not need to move around to get to PFD’s, ropes, smaller surfboards and WB’s – all can fit in the transom area now. We had three+ surfboards stowed under the observer seat with more room for plenty of other gear. Love the dedicated trash bin at the center helm walkthrough.

          Klipsch Stereo: Like other engine and Gen2 nuances, MC Colorado is way out in front of this sound system with wiring and software updates. Clarity and volume was comparable to JL, with exception of in-cabin bass. That said, the twin tower speakers put out more bass from the tower than the 770 JL counterparts.

          Dash Dual Screens & Other: Intuitive, crisp, manual toggle switches for ballast and tabs still at helm fore of the throttle, rear view camera at main helm screen is phenomenal, Go-Pro integration, etc all are appealing despite the first gen update needs. Would like more time at the helm to better understand everything. Go Pro mounts at the transom step down are slick but note they could get grabbed by a rope just like any other rear mounted camera.

          Trailer: Typical bombproof MC quality on steroids with the triple-axles, new wheelsets, matte fender armor, greased hub system, 2 5/16" hitch ball, retractable transom tie-downs, etc. You’re gonna need a bigger 4wd tow rig than a half ton truck.

          New MC “Terminator” Billet Mirror: It is gonna cost you but get one. Drop in the bucket on a relative basis.

          You would be correct in calling me a fanboy. MC has earned that and taken it to another higher level with this XStar and presumably the X24. There is no substitute. Sorry kids, dunno where your college tuition went.

          At this point, my only asks on this boat are stereo flexibility and Surf Pipe/AFE. Both may be aftermarket options for those with MCOCD but would be nice to be sponsored by MC. That is it.

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          • #6
            Great review and video.

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            • #7
              Great review Moose!!!
              Report back on my X24 next
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              2019 XT25 GEN2 5500
              2015 X20 SS GEN2 6.0
              2016 G21 Coastal 5.3
              2014 X46 GEN2 7.4
              2014 X30 GEN2 5.7
              2006 VRS200 SS 5.7
              2013 X30 GEN2 6.2
              2013 Yamaha 242LS

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              • #8
                I see a new boat order coming .... goodbye X10!

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                • #9
                  Surf - 2019 XStar

                  Alan S can surf. S must stand for Steeze.



                  Pizza Box for ropes, or in our case Santiago’s Breakfast Burritos.



                  Cavernous rear storage above hard tanks and ballast bags.



                  The Terminator brings back the billet, bigly.



                  Cool Feel is robust, sharp, er, cool.



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                  • #10
                    The billet stirs my muscle car loins. Found this Murican Manufacturing clip below from Geremarie, who manufactures 750k aluminum parts annually for MC. Learn something every day.

                    Again, use Chrome / Firefox / Safari as your browser, cause Internet Explorer sucks:

                    This is "Geremarie Mastercraft Video" by GereMarie Corporation on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

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                    • #11
                      Great review and Videos Moose!! thanks.
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                      2014 Chap 264 Sunesta
                      2019 XT25 GEN2 5500
                      2015 X20 SS GEN2 6.0
                      2016 G21 Coastal 5.3
                      2014 X46 GEN2 7.4
                      2014 X30 GEN2 5.7
                      2006 VRS200 SS 5.7
                      2013 X30 GEN2 6.2
                      2013 Yamaha 242LS

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                      • #12
                        Man white and tan looks so good. But a white hull in brown Louisiana water would be awful.

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                        • #13
                          That’s sweet!

                          I want to play! I will be in Colorado next week...

                          Moosehead or Alan S. Any demo days?!
                          2017 XT23 6000 GDI

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mastercraftdave View Post
                            Man white and tan looks so good. But a white hull in brown Louisiana water would be awful.
                            That sounds like Maryland where I grew up off the Chesapeake Bay.
                            We had to scrub the waterline on our boat because it would get brown once a week
                            sigpic
                            2014 Chap 264 Sunesta
                            2019 XT25 GEN2 5500
                            2015 X20 SS GEN2 6.0
                            2016 G21 Coastal 5.3
                            2014 X46 GEN2 7.4
                            2014 X30 GEN2 5.7
                            2006 VRS200 SS 5.7
                            2013 X30 GEN2 6.2
                            2013 Yamaha 242LS

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by lashburn1 View Post
                              That sounds like Maryland where I grew up off the Chesapeake Bay.
                              We had to scrub the waterline on our boat because it would get brown once a week
                              This is exactly what we have to do. My fathers center console that we have right now is turning yellow from being in the river during the weekend and we wash it when we pick it up.

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