For 2017 Malibu is offering a base model with analog gauges as well as the Malibu Open Edition TXi, which has a full-color touchscreen as well as an auxiliary screen with hot keys, gunwale ski racks and contoured grab handles. The ski racks swivel to accommodate any ski and have enough clearance that your fin won’t get detuned, even if someone bumps into the top of the ski.
The helm now sports multiple USB ports as well as a dry box to store your phone, and the entire driver’s seat is sunk into the deck of the boat so you have more room to stretch your legs. The driver’s seat is easier to enter for tall drivers, and the dash has a lower profile so you have better visibility.
There’s an open- and closed-bow version of the new TXi, so you get to choose based on how you like to use your boat. If you get the open-bow version, you get the functionality of additional seating, and with the closed-bow version, you get that classic ski-boat look as well as a generous storage compartment that fills the hollow bow.
Malibu made a unique side buckle just forward of the driver that makes the boat look like an arrowhead from a bird’s-eye view. High-density marine-grade foam covers just about everything inside, and the gelcoat is available in metal-flake options that make this sleek hull look fast even when it’s at idle.
LOA: 20’6″ | Beam: 7’11” | Dry Weight: 3,100 lb. | Seating Capacity: 5 | Fuel Capacity: 40 gal. | malibuboats.com