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MasterCraft X-45 (2006-2009)

1 x 375-hp Crusader 6.0 HO MPI

Brief Summary

The 24’2” X-45 is bound to be turning plenty of heads this year. It's built for pure pleasure whether you get your fun just tooling around listening to the tunes or cutting some fine tricks on the perfect wake. The all-new MasterCraft X-45 is loaded with features and built to last.

The X-45 has a built-in four step boarding ladder and a removable teak platform. The ZeroFlex Flyer Tower has built-in pivoting board racks, and a Sirius capable Clarion four JL speaker system. You get three 12 volt sockets for all those cell phones and portables you and your guests bring along. Thirteen drink holders and a 50 quart cooler should take care of the beverages. A digital speed indicator, MasterCraft speed control system and Tournament speedometer should take care of setting the perfect speed.

Test engine -- 1 x 375-hp Crusader 6.0 HO MPI

Best cruise -- 27.9 mph @ 3500 RPM

Cruising Range -- 182 miles


Key Features

  • Three 12-volt power outlets
  • 4-step forward boarding ladder
  • 50 qt. cooler
  • Anodized aluminum ski pylon
  • Teleflex Xtreme high-performance shift & throttle cable
  • Tournament speedometer
  • Pure Vert ballast system
  • ZeroFlex flyer tower

Test Results

600 4.6 4 0.8 5.69 4.95 461 401 64
1000 6.3 5.4 1.3 4.81 4.18 389 339 64
1500 7.9 6.9 2.4 3.36 2.92 272 237 69
2000 9 7.8 4.3 2.08 1.81 169 147 79
2500 12.3 10.7 7.6 1.63 1.42 132 115 85
3000 21.7 18.8 10.1 2.14 1.86 174 151 87
3500 27.9 24.3 12.4 2.25 1.96 182 158 88
4000 32 27.8 14.9 2.15 1.87 174 151 88
4500 36.2 31.4 21 1.73 1.5 140 122 94
5000 40 34.8 23.3 1.72 1.5 139 121 97
5150 42.2 36.7 25.9 1.63 1.42 132 115 99


Length Overall 24' 2'' / 7.37 m
Beam 8' 6''
2.59 m
Dry Weight 4,600 lbs.
2,086 kg
Draft 28''
0.71 m
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 90 gal.
348.7 L
Water Capacity none

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 5.5 sec.
0 to 30 9.4 sec.
Ratio 1.56 : 1
Props 13 3/4 x 14 4-blade Nibral
Load 2 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, min. gear
Climate 65 deg., 40% humid., wind: 5 knots; seas: calm

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 375-hp Crusader 6.0 HO MPI
Std. Power 1 x 310-hp MasterCraft RTP-1
Opt. Power 1 x 350-hp MCX 5.7 L V-8
1 x 385-hp LQ9 6.0 L. V-8
1 x 460-hp L18 8.1 L V-8

Captain's Report

Medium Boat, Adjustable Wake, Extra-Large Fun
By Capt. Vince Daniello
Test Captain
At 24 feet 2 inches, MasterCraft’s X-45 sits right in the middle of the company’s wakeboard equipped “X” series. She falls between the X-7, considered an outstanding slalom boat, and the X-80, a luxury SUV wakeboarder.
Middle is not always desirable, as in the middle of nowhere or between a rock and a hard place, but in the case of the X-45, MasterCraft appears to have found the exact middle of the scale striking the perfect balance between room inside the boat and fun behind the boat.
Starting at the Bow
As with any balancing act the features that make the X-45 work start at each end and culminate in the middle. In the bow the giant seating area is made possible by flaring the hull into what MasterCraft representatives descriptively call the “pickle fork.” Not a catamaran or tri-hull, but simply an exaggerated extension of each chine into a squared-off bow, giving the forward seating area of the X-45 room for two or three to stretch out with feet on the seats, or seat five comfortably. The blunted bow also makes room for a swim deck with telescoping boarding ladder, a drink cooler, and cavernous storage compartments.
Friendly Cockpit Arrangement
At the other end of the scale, the V-drive transmission puts the engine all the way aft, providing a large sun pad across the entire width of the stern. The main advantage of having the engine aft is that it is not in the middle. By keeping the engine out of the middle of the boat MasterCraft has created a family-friendly circular seating arrangement with a comfortable corner for everyone, as well as additional storage and another drink cooler.
Wakeboarding Features
Trying to be all things to all people is a tough load to carry, but the X-45 does it well by adjusting its load. Built on the minimal-wake Maristar 245 ski boat hull, the X-45 turns into a big-air wake maker by filling three ballast tanks with a total of 1,000 pounds of lake water. Each tank has its own pump and individual gauge for infinitely variable, repeatable wakes to suit any level rider.
Since no one wants to be pulled down when they’re trying to go up, the “X” series includes MasterCraft’s wakeboard tower with the tow pylon mounted high above the water for added safety, and uniquely built into the navigation light. The tower includes swiveling, quick-locking board racks, optional speakers, halogen lights, a bimini top, and a mirror. For skiers, a removable ski pylon fits at the front of the sun pad and has dedicated storage beneath the aft seat.
Saltwater Series and Its Features
MasterCraft’s new Saltwater series is built around a 375-horsepower closed-cooled Crusader engine. The company has also added sea strainers on the engine intakes, sacrificial zinc anodes on the underwater gear, and stainless steel hatch lifts. Not satisfied with just solving the obvious problems associated with the corrosive marine environment, MasterCraft is keeping the boat we tested in saltwater and providing only minimal maintenance (a quick rinse after each run) to see if any unexpected problems arise.
On that note, it had been a while since the bottom was scrubbed, so our test numbers probably do not reflect the boat’s capability when clean.
Performance and Handling
On our test, the boat topped out at 42.2 mph turning 5150 rpm, where the engine is rated to turn 5500 RPM with a clean prop. We planed off in 5.5 seconds, and were up and running at 30 mph in 9.4 seconds. Again, I suspect these numbers would have been better with clean running gear. What our test results do not show is the smooth ride of MasterCraft’s hull or the effortless steering and tight turns of an inboard-powered boat. For water sports, the inboard drive also keeps the propeller much farther away from people and tow ropes than is possible with an inboard-outboard.
Can’t decide which one carries the most weight; interior room for the family, big wakes for the kids, or slalom ability for mom and dad? Strike a balance between all three with MasterCraft’s X-45.