The vRide is back after its 2005 debut, continuing to prove its worth as a budget-minded boat. At an MSRP that squeaks in just below $40,000, the vRide is what so many buyers are looking for: a V-drive wakeboard and ski boat with lots of wakeboarding features and Malibu’s reputation for quality.
We’ve found in our tests of the vRide that what Malibu considers “entry level” others would consider “top of the line.” That’s why this boat doesn’t seem stripped down at all.
The hull and the 500-pound center ballast work together to sculpt narrow, mellow wakes that beginners and intermediates will appreciate. When you’re ready for more, go for options like rear ballast for meatier wakes worthy of advanced riders.
For a V-drive, the vRide has incredible handling. Credit goes to the efficient 21-foot length and 93.5-inch beam, as well as the overall balanced design, Gorilla tracking fins and Malibu’s Precision Pro Speed Control.
Malibu ensures that the Ride boats are just as comfortable as higher-priced models, sticking to the same thick 38-ounce vinyl and tri-ply interior padding that makes a Malibu feel so plush.
Base price: $39,995 (trailer included)
Length: 21 ft.
Beam: 93.5 in.
Seating capacity: 10
Fuel capacity: 35 gal.
Test prop: Acme 13.5 x 16 4-blade
Test engine: Indmar Monsoon 5.7L, 340 hp
Top speed: 44.5 mph 5,100 rpm
Accel. to 30 mph: 4.3 sec. 101.9 ft
Accel. to 36 mph: 5.7 sec. 187.2 ft
Noise levels (db): Neutral 58 D 56 R, 36 mph 86 D 90 R