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Awaken your dreams, MasterCraft X25

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When it comes to rolling with your entourage, you need a boat that can handle everything you throw at it while laying down one meaty wake. MasterCraft’s X25 is designed to do it all without sacrificing comfort, and the 2013 model is certainly right up there with the best! We check out this awesome craft on her home grounds at Hartebeespoort Dam.


The X25 has been one of the top sellers in MasterCraft’s X-series lineup – and now it’s better than ever! This craft is a 21.5-foot wakeboarding and wakesurfing machine that can hold up to 16 passengers – and you can bet that each one of them is standing in line to be on the next run.

Deck layout
Luxury for onboard comfort starts off in the bow where you’ll find reverseseating for three if they’re wanting to catch the action behind the boat, or two can cruise facing forward while decked on the sun lounger with integrated arm rests. Similarly, another great spot for the riders is at the aft sun pad that has a pair of flip-up backrests for lounging and the transitional step-up in the centre of the walkthrough section that also functions as a seat for booting up on the board.

In the boat is where the family is going to want to be – and with high gunnels, comfy seats and enough space for a small party, it’s not hard to see why.

The 2013 model of the X25 is, perhaps sadly, the last of this version to have the raked back full windscreen. Next year’s model has moved towards a windscreen which is roadster-esque with an open side that allows the driver to grab the dock or chat with a rider in the water. Personally, I’m not sure if I’m a fan just yet – for no particular reason that I can think of immediately, but I find it doesn’t do anything for the looks.

MasterCraft seems to be cornering the billet aluminium market, as evidenced by the windshield frame, the glove compartment lid, and the cockpit dam, and its extensive use of alloy at the helm. The X25 comes standard with a 4.3-inch display, but our test boat was kitted out with a 7-inch touchscreen display which allows the driver the ability to control everything from ballast to the stereo with ease.

The more you look, the more storage space you’ll find. It’s boundless on the X25 and I really like that the bow loungers hinge upwards for true ease of use. Another feature I’m a fan of is the decently-sized, removable cooler box under the starboard side cockpit seat – for keeping those drinks on ice all day long.


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