The X-Fire Bow Rider is big on versatility meaning that you can pretty much do any and everything while on board. If you’re a fishing nut, enjoy cruising in the afternoon sun or getting pulled across the water screaming while on skis. This boat is for you! And with its sharp looks, you’ll never go unnoticed because this boat can’t help but be looked at from shoreside.
Since the old Cresta Craft Puma, it has been nigh on impossible to find a craft which is a true ‘do it all’. Hybrid boats for me just don’t seem to cut it – and never mind the give and take where you inevitably lose ability in one aspect of being a true multitasker, I often find the boat just ends up being an ugly duckling. That was basically true, until now…
X-Fire Bow Rider Deck Layout
The driver’s console is mounted on the starboard side and features an angled non-skid kickboard. The kickboard inserts conveniently hide all of the wiring and steering cables beneath the dashboard from sight. A small windscreen deflects bugs as well as chilly winds, particularly on those early mornings when the skiing water is at its best, or while skimming across a glassy surface to that favourite fishing spot. Single lever, double action controls conveniently mounted at the right height ensure ergonomic comfort and the power trim feature allows you to smoothly trim the ride to suit the water conditions. The pilot’s swivel seat is ideal for either driving or, after swivelling to face aft, simply chilling in conversation with your friends or fishing over the side or stern.
A storage console is moulded into the port side which allows the water ski observer the comfort of leaning back with their legs on the long seat, looking on enviously as you demonstrate your magnificent skiing form. Conveniently placed cup holders are also a nice touch.
Of the two hatches in the floor deck, one is a ski hatch, which is also suitable for short or collapsible rod storage. The second contains a large 105-litre plastic fuel tank which will provide many hours of pleasure and the convenience of not having to stop at the filling station every outing.
The fact that it is centrally mounted in the lowest part of the hull, lowers the centre of gravity and adds to the balance and stability of the craft. The lack of red portable tanks also improves the storage facility behind the stern bench seat and reduces the risk of fuel spillage.