The biggest boat in the Malibu line has gotten a refresh for 2019, which not only makes some of the sport’s best wakes and waves even better but also adds features and comfort never before seen in the watersports industry. Of course, with the Wakesetter 25 LSV you’re getting the signature riding experience the LSV line has become famous for — that means symmetrical wakes and waves with mellow transitions, lots of pop for big air, and a ton of push and length for killer surf sessions. All of that is easily adjusted and shaped thanks to the Power Wedge III, Surf Gate and integrated ballast systems, which together Malibu designates as its ISP (Integrated Surf Platform).
One of the major new features in the updated 25 LSV is the engine. Built by Malibu, the Monsoon M6 DI provides more torque while being quieter than ever before. The difference is noticeable, and we had no trouble at all getting on plane even with all the ballast tanks full and six passengers on board. The ride is comfortable and the boat handles easily, especially with the ballast drained. At a top speed of 36.8 mph we recorded a decibal level of just 86.
Inside, the 25 LSV Malibu has added a lot of new tech and features, including the Multi View Wake-bench seat. This back seat can be converted into a rear-facing bench to watch the action on the water, a forward-facing bench to change the layout of the cockpit or even a table. Outside the boat is the optional convertible swim step, part of which can be folded down into the water to serve either as a step to make climbing out easier or as a seat for when your crew is hanging out on the water.
A new captain’s chair upgrades the helm experience for the driver. It’s less bulky than before but also more comfortable, and it’s now easier to get in and out of thanks to leg cutouts. A power option allows you to raise or lower the chair with the push of a button, and it can rotate so you can join the conversation in the cabin when not driving.
The 25 LSV is rated for 18 people. If you can’t think of 17 people you’d like to bring along, don’t worry; once you have this boat, a lot more new friends will suddenly want to join your crew.
- Optional bow camera and thrusters help when docking and trailering a boat this big.
- Three wireless charging stations are part of an array of options for staying charged.
- Command Center dash is beautiful, easy-to-use and never has glare issues.
Price: $133,000 (starting)
How We Tested
Engine: Malibu Monsoon M6DI
Drive/Prop: V-drive/Acme 17″ x 15.5″ 4-blade
Gear Ratio: 2.00:1
Fuel Load: 29 gal.
Crew Weight: 340 lb.