2022 MasterCraft XT23 Review

MasterCraft answered the 23-foot wake boat need with the all-new designed 2022 MasterCraft XT23.  Delivering on the XT value promise, the XT23 comes in a traditional bow with more ballast, a redesigned surf system, and the capability to cruise both small and large bodies of water.

With endless color matching and the most comfortable ride, the 2022 MasterCraft XT23 will make a statement all summer long!

2022 MasterCraft XT23 Video Review

2022 MasterCraft XT23 SPECS

  • 23’4″ long
  • 102″ beam
  • 10’3″ boat height with standard Z6 tower
  • 6-liter mpi Ilmor engine (standard)
  • 5,250 lbs dry weight
  • 3300 lbs ballast with SurfStar
  • 79 gallons fuel tank
  • Seats 16 people
  • Vector drive hull

Exterior Styling

On the all-new 2022 MasterCraft XT23, you will find redesigned, bold style lines with new standard and metal flake gel coat colors. The XT23 in this walk-thru video features black mica flake with midnight black on the hull and upper lines.

An exciting change for the 2022 MasterCraft model year includes three new tower options. The XT23 offers the option to color the tower base in either silver satin or black satin. This particular XT23 features the Z6 tower, which brings back the ease of stowing and raising from last year’s ZFT4 tower. The Z8 tower is a step up from the Z6 and features side-tow points for surfing the left or right side of the boat. Finally, the Z10 is MasterCraft’s power tower option. All towers come equipped with the simple-to-deploy bimini.

Interior Styling and Comfort

One of the essential elements for a great day on the water is your comfort level. In the XT23, you have new integrated rear seats with sliding seat bases. There is also an optional sunpad flip seat to offer a seat back to the transom seats. 

Walking into the boat from the swim platform has never been more convenient. With an all-new Seadeck-covered transom step, fiberglass walk-over, and excellent inlaid step, you never have to step foot on your vinyl! The ergonomic observer seats in the cockpit are incredibly comfortable for your day on the water. And with the option of CoolFeel vinyl, the passenger experience in the XT23 is like no other.

Many clients like the picklefork bow because they believe it increases the overall room of the bow. While that may be a little true, the traditional bow of the XT23 is still very comfortable and roomy. 

MasterCraft tops off the comfort features of the XT23 with a driver’s seat made for all-day comfort. Not only does the seat lower and lift, but it also moves forward and back and swivels side to side. This captains chair features a cut-out on the side so you can easily turn around to talk to passengers or coach your surfers. Another bonus we love on the 2022 XT23 is the relocated battery switch under the helm for easy access.


Several flooring options are available to all MasterCraft models. You can choose carpet, SeaDek, or like this boat, you can have Deckadance flooring, which is nice and cushiony on your feet. 


With all of the MasterCraft lines, storage is well thought out. In the XT23, you have the port side communicating storage under the observer seat that passes forward to the bow. You can find dedicated cooler storage under the starboard side seats and equipment storage under the port side lounge cushion. In addition, if you choose not to have the flip-up stadium seat behind the driver, that compartment will offer small bag storage. Like the new XT24, there are storage cubbies above the ballast compartments. In the bow, the starboard seat cushion reveals another small bag storage area. Finally, in every Mastercraft, the bow’s centerline has dedicated anchor storage.


The XT23 has several screen options for 2022. In this video, you’re looking at the Dual Screen Advanced option. This option allows you to add a rear-facing camera but is not standard. With the Dual Screen Advanced option, you will see a 12-inch pano screen at the top that gives us repeated information, so we always have depth, air temp, water temp, and engine data readily at hand. On the right-hand side, we have a 10-inch screen divided into two parts: the top half has your quick keys, such as your presets, ballast and tab settings, cruise control, and the ability to create and set user profiles. The bottom half controls your display, GPS and waypoint tracking, stereo with zone control sound, lights, and switch functions. The XT23 soft keys located to the right of the 10-inch screen allow manual control for your horn, tabs, ballast, and navigation lights. 

New for 2022, MasterCraft designed new cockpit phone holders equipped with a wireless charging option. So now, not only do we have a phone holder at the helm, but we also have up to 5 dedicated phone holder/charging options on both sides of the boat for the whole family. 


The new SurfStar interface is versatile and super easy to use. SurfStar features heavy-duty hydraulic actuators with position sensors. What does that mean? As the plates deploy and go deeper into the water, the wave recovers at a longer distance with a nice smooth transition. To steepen the wave, take out a little more tab, and that wave comes closer to the back of the boat with increased push. The center attitude adjustment plate also helps flatten out the wake for a nice ski run or ramps up the amplitude for wakeboarding. 

To adjust the surf settings, all you do is drag the bar on the left up or down to your desired level. For the more advanced riders who like to customize their experience, you can toggle over to the custom surf screen and adjust each section (tabs, ballast, speed, etc.) there. With SurfStar, you can save and name up to 30 profiles so you can always load the perfect surf wave for your riders. 

Ready for your own XT23? All-new in all the right ways, the 2022 MasterCraft XT23 offers exceptional performance and endless options. Killer looks and a more comfortable ride than any boat in its class. Get the crew together and opt into the extraordinary life of the XT23.

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