The Wakesetter 24 MXZ had a complete redesign for 2017, from the hull up. This new hull was designed to maximize wake and wave size. Did it work? We think so.
The wave that the 24 MXZ threw during testing was absolutely massive, with so much power and push. This 24-foot boat features Malibu’s Integrated Surf Platform technologies, which consist of the Surf Gate vertical surf tabs, the hydraulic Power Wedge II and an integrated ballast system. When working in concert, these features allow the boat to displace so much water that a really heavy but consistent wave is created on either side. The wave’s pocket size had a ton of length and a fun lip at the end. However, the most impressive characteristic of this boat’s wave is its height. We’re not exaggerating when we say it was waist-high.
Like all Malibu models, the 24 MXZ offers the Surf Band, which lets riders control the wave right from the board. With the Surf Band, you can change the position of the Power Wedge, speed up or slow down — even transfer sides. And thanks to the Surf Gate, there’s no need to move weight from side to side. With all these next-level, customizable features combined with the new hull, wakesurfing behind the 24 MXZ is better than ever.
The fit and finish and accouterments are better than ever, too. Passengers (as many as 18 of them if you want to load up) will love the entertainment system and the stylish yet comfortable seating arrangements. The port console features a rear-facing backrest that is ideally suited for spotter duty.
The 2017 model year has brought a lot of nice new touches. For instance, the new G3.5 tower easily folds down yet, with its stainless-steel construction, is durable enough to withstand a heavy load.
The boat is no slouch in the performance department, either. When it’s time to go home, the ballast tanks drain in minutes; the boat will climb onto plane in under five seconds, then max out at a top speed of nearly 40 mph.
* Surf Gate vertical tabs allow for sculpting of the wake to rider’s preference without moving ballast.
* Surf Band lets rider control Power Wedge and speed of the boat from the water.
* Seating capacity for 18 people means everyone gets to watch the rider surf the huge wakes and then jump in and take a turn afterward.
How We Tested
Engine: Indmar Monsoon 575 6.2L
Prop: 17" x 17" 4-blade Acme Nibral
Gear Ratio: 1.76:1
Fuel Load: 70 gal.
Crew Weight: 380 lb.
Ballast Tanks: Empty
Malibu Boats Loudon, Tennessee; 865-458-4578; malibuboats.com