Several years ago, MasterCraft added the NXT series to its line as a way to deliver the performance the boatbuilder’s reputation is built on at a more budget-conscious price. For 2020, the NXT22 has been completely redesigned from the bottom up to offer both better performance and more features.
The lines of the NXT are MasterCraft through and through, as it carries design cues from both the XT and X series boats, including the pickle-fork-shaped bow. Anodized elements at the base of the tower are carried through to the dash, completing the sporty look of the 22-footer.
At the helm, the captain is treated to a variety of upgrades, including a more ergonomic chair. Analog gauges and switches provide both easy viewing and control over most of the boat’s functions. New for 2020 is the 4.3-inch digital screen that contains factory presets for a variety of watersports activities. If you want to switch from wakeboarding to wakesurfing to water-skiing, you can do it all with the push of a couple buttons below the screen.
The U-shaped seating in the V-drive cabin provides a great social area for all aboard, while the aft seat can be converted into a rear-facing bench to better watch all the on-water action. Thanks to the subfloor ballast system, storage abounds under all the seats, including the bow. Opt for the CoolFeel vinyl interior, and your seats will never get hot, even under direct summer sun—even with a black colorway. Upgrade to the Klipsch audio system, and everybody’s ears will be treated to high-quality tunes throughout the boat.
MasterCraft’s GEN2 Surf System is available in the NXT series, helping provide large, customizable surf waves for a variety of riders. The three tabs on NXT22’s transom are all controlled via simple buttons on the dash. Ilmor’s 6-liter is all-new on the NXT22 and delivers 60 more horsepower than this past year’s model. Getting on plane won’t be an issue, even under a full load. With a 50-gallon tank you’ll be able to enjoy a full day of watersports fun with all your family and friends, no problem.
- Tower and Bimini are easy to operate, even for one person. The tower lowers below windshield level.
- Deep storage underneath the cabin seats has room for you to put all your gear away, leaving the cabin floor clear of clutter.
- Integrated tow pylon aft of rear seat is great for pulling tubes, water skiers, or anything else that doesn’t require the tower.
- A cutout windshield allows the captain easier access to holding onto a dock or communicating with a rider in the water.
Dry Weight: 4,300 lb.
Ballast: 2,150 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: 14/2,312 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 50 gal.
Available Power: Ilmor 6.0L MPI VD
Price: $79,995 (starting)
MasterCraft Boat Company – Vonore, Tennessee; 423-884-2221; mastercraft.com