Malibu’s Sunscape 23 LSV was designed to combine the best of both ends of the luxury-series spectrum, offering plenty of interior space and on-board amenities, as well as the ability to handle like the best of its smaller counterparts. The result is a ski boat that’s versatile and agreeable in all regards. So for buyers who aren’t ready for the biggest models in this line, but want room for the whole family and all their gear, the Malibu Sunscape 23 LSV is a great solution.
The Sunscape 23 LSV is equipped with the same V25 Diamond hull as its little brother, the Sunscape 21 LSV, and like that boat, it boasts the ability to cross over from recreational ski wakes to wakes suitable for serious wakeboarders. Thanks to the 340 hp engine, getting up to skiing speed is a snap, and the table at 30 to 32 mph is flat enough for casual slalom cuts at 15 off. Slowed down and decked out with tower, ballast and the wake-shaping Power Wedge, the Sunscape 23 LSV is capable of churning up wakes to satisfy riders of almost all levels.
The configuration of tracking-focused technologies like the deep Gorilla fins, Precision Pro speed control and tunable rudder allow this 23-footer to handle like a smaller direct-drive. Novice and veteran drivers will appreciate the noticeable smoothness and stability.
Dry weight: 3,800 lb.
Draft: 27 in.
Load capacity: 1,945 lb.
Fuel capacity: 55 gal.
Storage capacity: 126 cu. ft.
Bow: 16 cu. ft.
Center: 68 cu. ft.
Rear: 42 cu. ft.
Platform: 13 sq. ft.
Interior gunwale height: 29 in.
Sun-pad area: 22 sq. ft.
Base price: $55,714
Engine: Malibu Monsoon 5.7L, 340 hp
Prop: Acme 13.5 x 17.5 four-blade
Cruise: Malibu Precision Pro
Pylon: Swivel, retractable
Driver’s seat: Swivel, bolster, adjustable lumbar support
Dash: Hand-wrapped vinyl, billet aluminum insert, 25th-anniversary features
Gauges: 5-inch, Medallion, plus LCD screen
Gas fill: Dual rear
Cooler: 96 qt., under side seating
Cup holders: 19, stainless steel
Rub rail: Stainless steel
Platform: Teak, removable
Graphics: Malibu logo, cast-stainless-steel emblems
Colors: 21 color options, including breast-cancer-awareness pink, in eight color ways
Engine: Indmar HammerHead 383 6.2L, 400 hp; Malibu 8100 Vortec 8.1L, 450 hp
Ballast: 1,250 lb. total
One bow tank: 350 lb.
One center bag: 500 lb.
Two rear tanks: 200 lb. each
Tower: Illusion X with quick-pin release; Titan III
Wake shaper: On-the-fly or manually adjustable plate
Stereo: AM/FM/CD Sony deck with MP3 input and 1-gigabyte MP3 capacity, four Rockford Fosgate speakers, remote, tower speakers, XM satellite radio
Platform: Fiberglass with rubber featuring 25th-anniversary logo, removable
Trailer: Single- or tandem-axle, disc brakes
Misc.: Heater, shower, Bimini top, driver’s seat heater