Following up last year’s introduction of the MasterCraft X10, a boat designed to do a lot of things well, MasterCraft just introduced its new X46, a boat designed to do a limited number of thing even better. Namely, wakeboarding and wake surfing.
At 24 feet, 6 inches long, the X46 is built for lots of people, lots of water ballast, and big air for anyone brave enough to get behind the boat. The Gen 2 Surf System is the best way to crank up the wakes. It includes two 800-pound ballast bags in the rear and one up front at 415 pounds, which makes for 7,365 pounds of wake-building mass when added to the weight of the boat itself.
The Gen 2 system comes with Surf Tabs on the port and starboard sides and an attitude adjustment plate at center of the transom. These individually controlled plates allow the driver to fine-tune the wake shapes, whether it’s overall, or side to side. He or she can use the Surf Tabs to create steep short wakes, ideal for use with a “skim board,” or dial up shallower, more progressive wakes that help beginners get in on the action with larger surfboards. MasterCraft has posted an informative video that teaches how to set up the X46 for each discipline, and how to get the most of the Gen 2 system. It’s brief, easy to follow and done well.
Inside, the X46 is brimming with innovative and handy features. The rear bench features a nifty setup that lets passengers face forward on the rear bench. Then, with one hand to lift up and pull the backrest forward, the bench converts to face the rear so you can watch the action behind the boat.
The engine hatch is fitted with a filler cushion that conceals an up-and-over walk-through to the transom. There are also a pair of unique seats on either side of the walk-through, which fold flat to create a full-width sun pad or flip forward to create backrests for rear-facing jump seats. They’re not for use while the boat is in motion, but they make a comfortable place to keep an eye on the kids swimming behind the boat, at rest.
But there are more innovative seating features. For example, the rear forward-facing lounges to port and starboard flip up to reveal stowage areas and access to ballast bags if necessary. The port-side cushion, affectionately known internally as “the coffin” flips up with one hand on a dual action hinge, that holds the cushion up. No need to hold it open. No need for gas struts.
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There also is cavernous stowage under the port-side cowl, and it’s accessible from the cockpit or bow. Of course, the bow itself benefits in terms of available space from the pickle-fork design. The lounges are roomy and wide, with comfortably-angled backrests and flip-down arm rests for forward-facing passengers.
The bow also has a proper anchor locker, often something of an afterthought on tow boats. The locker comes fitted with an eyelet for the rode, rubber stanchions to hold a Danforth anchor, and a telescoping stainless swim ladder. Treated with nonskid, the lid is secured nicely with a sturdy latch.
As second acts go, the X46 is a dramatic step up, which is a considerable accomplishment considering the X10 was the opening act. It’s also solid evidences that single-purpose boats are a big part of the tow boat market, and are sure to find an audience.
Other Choices: The Super Air Nautique G25 is another high-end wakeboarding boat, and is priced similarly to the $120,000 X46. A less expensive option would be the Enzo 244.
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