NEWS AND EVENTS
MASTERCRAFT’S ICONIC XSTAR RE-EMERGES WITH THE INDUSTRY’S BIGGEST WAKE
Two decades after changing the sport of wakeboarding with the first performance wakeboard boat, MasterCraft Boat Company (NASDAQ: MCFT) today announced the newest iteration of its iconic XStar. The completely redesigned 2018 MasterCraft XStar dev=buts as the highest performing, most technologically advanced wake-specific boat in the industry, once again setting the standard for those who demand the very best.
"With the new XStar, the original wakeboard boat has again become the unbeatable," said Terry Mcnew, President and CEO of MasterCraft Boat Company. "Over 21 years, our engineers' charter for the XStar has remained the same: do whatever it takes to outperform and progress the sport. For 2018, MasterCraft is the only company that has what the XStar can deliver: the biggest wake in existence and our exclusive digitally-enhanced driving and entertainment experience."
Unprecedented wake and driving performance
Living up to the performance expectations of the iconic XStar brand, the highest performing XStar ever will enable the next level of progression in wakeboarding and wake surfing. Whether its Himalaya-sized double-ups or massive, customizable surf waves, the 23-foot XStar has it handled through a combination of key features. The XStar debuts a radical new wake-specific hull design that can be equipped with 4,100 lbs. of ballast, the largest towboat ballast in the industry, that is achieved with a new midship ballast tank that enhances the wake and improves wake surfing performance. The final element enabling the XStar's profound wake is the optional, award-winning Gen 2 Surf System that creates three zones of perfectly sculpted, customizable surf. Enhancing the wake-friendly operation is a new MasterCraft innovation, the FastFill Ballast System that speeds time to towing by filling the XStar's ballast tanks under three minutes.
The driving performance of the XStar also was enhanced thanks to a new custom rudder design that enables next-level nimble handling. The XStar also can be optioned with the award-winning DockStar Handling System, a revolutionary flanking rudder system that makes maneuvering in tight spots and crowded marinas a breeze.
Luxury meets state-of-the art function
With room for 16 passengers, the XStar offers an intelligently designed, more spacious and comfortable interior paired with MasterCraft's exclusive technology that revolutionizes the driving and entertainment experience. Key new innovations for the 2018 model year are standard features in the XStar: MasterCraft's Dual-Screen Dash control and a superior Klipsch Audio sound system.
The proprietary Dual-Screen Dash simplifies and enhances the on-board experience with technology that tunes the boat's operations to three usage modes: drive, tow and chill. The Dual-Screen Dash improves helm styling and ergonomics, integrates with consumer technology devices and provides important diagnostic information, navigation and even tutorial videos. The operating modes also control the premium audio output.
The XStar also delivers the best sound on the water with standard customizable Klipsch Audio systems, exclusive to MasterCraft. Klipsch Audio's MasterCraft - proprietary marine speakers and amplification solutions crate a heavy-hitting, customizable concert-style entertainment experience that also is paired to each driving mode with the Dual-Screen Dash.
The XStar will come standard with the easy-folding, gas shock assisted ZFT4 tower as new standard equipment. The ZFT7 Power Tower is an additional tower upgrade option on the XStar. The XStar is powered by the latest General Motors engines marinized exclusively for MasterCraft by Ilmor Marine, including an Ilmor 5500 GDI V8 (5.3L) as standard equipment. Two Ilmor motor options are also available, including the direct injection 6000 GDI V8 (6.2L), or the boldest engine in the MasterCraft arsenal, the Ilmor 7000 MPI V8 (7.4L).
Like all MasterCraft boats, the XStar comes with the best warranty on the water, the five year MasterCare protection plan. hand-built by "Master Craftsmen" in the company's U.S.-based manufacturing facility, MasterCraft boats are constructed with quality and reliability in mind resulting in the highest resale values in the industry.
- Length: 23' | 7.01 M
- Width Amidship: 102" | 2.59 M
- Interior Width: 87" | 2.21 M
- Dry Weight: 5,800 LBS | 2,631 KG
- Ballast Weight:3,200 LBS | 1,451 KG to 4,100 LBS | 1,859 KG
- Fuel Capacity: 76 G | 288 L
- Seating: 16 People
- Storage: 122 cubic feet | 3.46 cubic meters
- Hull: Vector Drive
- Color Options: Infinite
Through the years, the XStar enables generations of athletes to achieve the unthinkable. In the North Carolina high country, brought six of the world's best wakeboard athletes together for a private, closed water session to ride the ultimate wake and unlock the perfect lin on the 2018 XStar. Please view their experience at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnn4__0uDnU&feature=youtu.be
New X24 Surf Boat Creates Industry’s Largest Wave, Most Advanced Surf Experience
Expanding its dominance in wake surfing technology and performance, the new X24 announced today by MasterCraft Boat Company (NASDAQ: MCFT) enters the market as the new wake surfing category standard. The newest X-series vessel’s on water experience blends the science of its leading MasterCraft wake surf boat technology with the soul of wave riding. “With the X23 and iconic XStar setting the bar for wakeboarding and surf and performance, it was tough to outdo ourselves. But we delivered,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MasterCraft Boat Company. “With the new X24, we’ve created a reliable and exceptional experience with the ultimate in on-the-water durability, reliability and performance.” Science-driven surf experience MasterCraft engineers have produced award-winning wake surfing technology and boats within the X-series and the X24 is no exception. Surf science was put into motion with the X24, starting with a new surf-specific hull design that when equipped with up to 4,300 lbs. of ballast and the Gen 2 Surf System creates the industry’s largest wake that is perfectly sculpted and customized through MasterCraft technology. New wake-specific technologies work in concert on the X24 to operationally speed up the boat’s wake-specific functions. A premium new 2018 feature, the new FastFill Ballast System speeds ...READ MORE
MasterCraft’s New XT21 Ushers in New Era of Crossover Legacy
MasterCraft Boat Company (NASDAQ: MCFT) today introduced the new XT21, an agile new mid-sized multi-purpose crossover boat. The third addition to MasterCraft's do-everything XT crossover boat line, the 21-foot XT21 replaces the company's legendary X10 crossover with a boat improved in every way. MasterCraft XT series boats are steadily setting the industry standard in premium features and performance for all towboat activities at a more approachable price.Positioned between the new 23-foot XT23 and 20-foot XT20, the XT21 is a middleweight crossover boat that is easy to transport and operate and can accommodate a crew of 14. The all-new hull on the XT21 delivers responsive handling with minimum bow rise and improves performance in every on-water activity - from massive wakes, to endless waves and smooth skiing. Like all MasterCraft boats, the optional award-winning Gen 2 Surf System has been custom designed for the new hull to create three zones of perfectly sculpted lips and sizeable curling surf waves. The Gen 2 Surf System combined with customized hard-sided ballast tanks accommodate up to 2,500 lbs. of ballast to optimize the wake and amplify it to new levels.The XT21 dons over a dozen of the new accouterments found on MasterCraft's latest 2017 ...READ MORE
MASTERCRAFT’S NEW XT20 DELIVERS ENDLESS VARIETY
MasterCraft’s (NASDAQ: MCFT) new highly versatile, twenty foot XT20 boat packs best-in-class performance and styling into a garage-friendly size. Building on the success of the recently- released XT23 model, the XT20 is MasterCraft’s latest addition to its new lineup of category-crushing, crossover boats that deliver premium comfort and performance at a more approachable price. Compact in size but overflowing with features, the XT20 is designed to exceed expectations, perfect for the action-minded family in which everyone has their own favorite way to play. The multi-sport XT20 can do it all without compromise whether the preference is waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, pulling the kids on inflatables, or simply enjoying a sunset cruise. The new XT20 is powered by the latest line of General Motors engines marinized exclusively for MasterCraft by Ilmor Marine, the engineering team behind numerous Indy winning racecars. The XT20 comes standard with a 5.7L multi- port injection V8 engine (5000 MPI V8); for those who prefer gasoline direct injection, Ilmor has introduced the new 5500 GDI V8 model (5.3L) along with the bolder 6000 GDI V8 model (6.2L). The aggressive XT-series hull lines on the new XT20 deliver agile, responsive handling with minimum bow rise, maximizing the enjoyment on the water. The ...READ MORE
MasterCraft Revolutionizes Boat Docking with Towsports Industry-First Dockstar Handling System
VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/171601888 http://www.mastercraft.com/dockstar VONORE, Tenn. (June 21, 2016) – MasterCraft (NASDAQ: MCFT) claims another towsports industry-first with today’s unveiling of its revolutionary new Dockstar Handling System that enables boat drivers of any ability level to confidently drive in reverse and more easily navigate tight docks and crowded marinas. MasterCraft’s engineering team conquered two equally important charters with the innovative Dockstar Handling System: enable drivers to control a boat in both directions in reverse and improve the docking and maneuverability capabilities of an inboard drive MasterCraft. The innovative Dockstar Handling System enables this through a pair of low-profile, flanking rudders that enable port-side reverse control, which was previously unattainable with inboard towboats, while also greatly assisting during docking and controlling the vessel at low speeds. Drivers used to traditional inboard handling will be amazed at the boat’s ability to reverse both port and starboard without having to compensate while newcomers to the inboard category, especially from the outboard or stern drive category, will instantly feel comfortable maneuvering in even the tightest spaces. “MasterCraft and its progression are about making time on the water easier,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MasterCraft. “After we identified a way to make boating with a MasterCraft even ...READ MORE
MasterCraft Boats Broadens MasterCraft Throwdown Competition into Summer-Long Event Series
VONORE, Tenn. (June 17, 2016) – Building on the momentum from last year’s inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown, MasterCraft Boats (NASDAQ: MCFT) has announced plans to expand this platform from a single competition into a full-blown, summer-long event series. This new format will widen the opportunities for both competitors and fans to be involved with the progression of competitive watersports as the new series will feature an online video competition, a made-for-TV pro invitational and a traveling demo tour at regional dealer locations. Last year’s inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown boosted wakeboarding and waterskiing back into the action sports spotlight by boasting the largest cash purse in the history of competitive watersports and a new world skifly record of 312 feet by long distance jumping legend Freddy Krueger. This year’s lineup looks even more promising with world-class riders such as Rusty Malinoski, Harley Clifford and Shota Tezuka set to compete. “MasterCraft has been at the forefront of competitive wakeboarding and waterskiing since the company’s inception in 1968 and the company plans to retain its leadership role in shaping the future of competitive watersports,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MasterCraft. “This new format for the MasterCraft Throwdown will continue to shine the spotlight on the ...READ MORE
MasterCraft Boats Honored with 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plants Award
Marine Manufacturer Recognized for Operational Excellence, Customer Satisfaction and Rewarding Workplace VONORE, Tenn. (Jan. 19, 2016) – MasterCraft Boats (NASDAQ: MCFT) today joined very elite company being named among the 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plants, a prestigious award honoring operational excellence in leading-edge manufacturing facilities across North America. For over two decades, the IndustryWeek Best Plants award has recognized companies that have successfully implemented strategies to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction and foster stimulating work environments. The goal is for other companies to then emulate these best practices. Highly respected, U.S.-based manufacturers such as Harley Davidson, Lockheed Martin and Toyota have won this honor in the past. “MasterCraft is honored to earn the 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plants award and be recognized among these elite manufacturing facilities,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MasterCraft. “Across the company, we continue to set new benchmarks for operational excellence and establish best practices in manufacturing. Our dedicated employees, management team and board members each were instrumental in the company earning this award.” One of the key drivers for MasterCraft was its successful employee empowerment program, an ongoing company-wide initiative that encourages factory line workers to suggest improvements to the production process. More than 13,000 employee-generated improvements were ...READ MORE
MasterCraft Returns As Finalist For 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plants Award
MasterCraft Boat Company (NASDAQ: MCFT), the only marine company to achieve three separate ISO certifications, today was named a finalist for the IndustryWeek Best Plants awards for the second year running. The prestigious IndustryWeek Best Plants awards honor operational excellence in leading-edge manufacturing facilities across North America that have successfully implemented strategies to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction, and foster stimulating and rewarding work environments. “Over the last few years, MasterCraft has implemented a company-wide charter to improve both its production facilities and the manufacturing process, together ensuring the highest level of quality in the construction of our boats,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MasterCraft Boat Company. “Being recognized again as a finalist for an IndustryWeek Best Plants award validates our operational excellence strategy that is embraced from the ground up by MasterCraft’s employees and management team.” Beyond its success in terms of innovations and market share, MasterCraft continues to set the industry bar in terms of quality and workplace safety. The company stands alone as the only marine manufacturer to achieve three separate ISO certifications for Quality, Environmental and Safety management systems across its production, and product development operations. ISO standards represent international best practices that have been in ...READ MORE
MasterCraft Redefines Sophistication and Performance with New X26
MasterCraft (NASDAQ: MCFT) recently unveiled the new X26, the latest addition to its innovative 2016 boat line that delivers a category-defining balance of luxury, power and playfulness. In a class of its own, the X26 delivers an elevated experience on the water through high-end, refined features and upscale amenities coupled with MasterCraft’s legendary towsports performance. Handcrafted in MasterCraft’s U.S.-based manufacturing facility in Vonore, Tenn., the finer elements of the X26 create the ultimate vessel that delivers all-day recreation, luxury and comfort on the water. Every square inch of the boat, down to the smallest detail, has been masterfully built using nothing less than premium materials including precision-cut fiberglass, hand stitched upholstery, industry-leading gelcoat gloss levels and retention as well as jewel-like billet aluminum. The X26’s roomy interior offers a highly adaptable layout that quickly morphs from an intimate setting to a spacious lounge capable of accommodating a guest list of eighteen. Designed with entertaining in mind, the X26 has an optional head, built-in sink, refrigerator, multiple Igloo® coolers, hidden trash receptacles and gas-assisted shocks providing one-handed access to storage compartments. Built for the family embarking on an all-day cruise that can also take performance to the next level, the X26 opens up new ...READ MORE
2018 Boat Buyer’s Guide
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