Ski Boat Review
When Malibu Boats reinvented its all-star Malibu Wakesetter VLX in 2009, it was a risky move. Improving greatness is no easy task, but Malibu Boats rose to the challenge. Besides creating one of the best wakes in the industry by way of its innovative V25 Wake hull design; 900-pound, three-tank subfloor ballast system; and patented Power Wedge, the Wakesetter VLX exudes the luxury refinements of a high-end European sports sedan. Everything from the spacious interior layout, stainless-steel accents, swivel captain’s seat and new exterior vinyl graphics make Malibu Boats best-selling wakeboard boat even better.
You don’t normally expect luxury comfort from a high-end wakeboard boat, but the Malibu Wakesetter VLX delivers the goods. Perfectly angled seat backs, numerous storage options and an expansive interior layout — thanks to a wide, 100-inch beam — create a relaxing haven after epic wake sessions.
It’s easy to describe the wakeboarding performance of the Wakesetter VLX: perfect. It has one of the cleanest ramps we’ve seen, and it continues to be one of the top choices for pros trying new moves. The size and shape complement each other brilliantly, and wake customization is as simple as pushing the rider preset button, which allows the patented Power Wedge and ballast to adjust to your liking.
1. Control central: The optional MaliView LCD displays everything you need to know about the boat and offers multimedia entertainment.
2. 3D graphics: With new exterior vinyl graphics, the VLX is one of the most stylish boats on the water.
3. Impressive storage: The Malibu Wakesetter VLX offers massive rear storage lockers for large items, and its lockable glove box secures the little things you don’t want to lose.
MSRP: See local dealer
Dry Weight: 3,500 lb.
Standard Engine: Indmar LCR 5.7L 330 hp EFI
Storage: 101 cu. ft.
Load Cap.: 1,654 lb.
Fuel Cap.: 46 gal.
Standard Ballast: 900 lb.
(Maximum Factory Ballast: 1,250 lb.)
Standard Prop: Acme 13.5 x 16 four-blade