MasterCraft introduces XT23 crossover boat

MasterCraft (NASDAQ: MCFT) unveiled the new XT23 on Tuesday, the company’s latest multi-sport model built for the next generation of boaters. Designed to be a do-it-all crossover, the new XT23 will anchor MasterCraft’s new XT line of boats targeting the sweet spot between the company’s entry level NXT line and its premium X series.

The XT23’s intuitive digital dashboard interface dials in the size and shape of the wake for any sport on the water: wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakesurfing, tow sports or tubing. Equipped with MasterCraft’s Gen 2 Surf System and 2,600 lbs of built-in ballast, the XT23 can be loaded up with a quiver of gear and up to sixteen friends.

The hull on the XT23 has been specifically redesigned to create more interior depth resulting in a spacious lounge, a surplus of storage and more room for families. The rotocast seats were built to provide perfect vantage points to take in the action and the boat’s oversized sunpad serves as a relaxing gathering spot. New for 2017, the entire boat can be outfitted in MasterCraft’s new optional “Cool Feel” vinyl that remains cool to the touch even after extended exposure to direct sunlight.

Also new for 2017, XT23 owners can choose from a wider selection of engine options including General Motors’ new lineup of Gen V engines exclusively marinized by Ilmor Marine, the engineering team behind numerous Indy winning racecars. The XT23 comes standard with Ilmor’s mulit-port injection 5000 MPI V8 model (5.7L) with the option to upgrade to the 7000 MPI V8 version (7.4L); 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 (6.0L).

The new XT23 is the first MasterCraft boat to debut more than a dozen upgrades that will be offered on the company’s 2017 models. Head-turning new hiplines, a functionally redesigned dashboard, bejeweling new aluminum billet and a broadened palette of gel coat and flake patterns are among the new signature stylings making their debut on the XT23.

The XT23 will be the first MasterCraft that includes a choice of now customizable towers – either the ZFT4 or ZFT7 Power Tower –available in multiple configurations of colors, speaker layouts and vertical storage options. The XT23 will also be the first MasterCraft to offer the new Dockstar Handling System, a flanking rudder system that makes maneuvering in tight spots and crowded marinas easier for boaters.

Like all MasterCraft boats, the new XT23 is built at the company’s U.S.-based manufacturing facility in Vonore, Tenn., recently named IndustryWeek’s 2015 Best Plant in North America. MasterCraft backs its boats up with the MasterCare warranty that provides five years of bow-to-stern protection.

To showcase the attributes of the new XT23, MasterCraft enlisted the help of world-renowned musician Donavon Frankenreiter and pro surfers Damien Hobgood, Kianna Fores and Bailey Nagy. The crew spent a day in Southern California discovering new ways to have fun on the water with the XT23.

MasterCraft dealers will begin taking orders on XT23 models immediately. For complete details on the new XT23, visit

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