Malibu Wakesetter VLX 2007

BOAT REVIEW

The flagship wakeboarding model in Malibu's lineup, the Wakesetter VLX is back for 2007 with as much wake-focused energy and passenger-friendly comfort as ever. Equipped with 1,250 pounds of available ballast, the new all-stainless-steel Power Wedge and the Illusion X tower, this powerful V-drive blends pro-level performance with an on-board personality that the whole crew will dig. Buyers looking for a thoroughbred wakeboarding machine won't be able to resist the urge to experience this wakeboard and ski boat for themselves.

PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

For years Malibu's Wakesetter VLX has delivered on its unspoken promise to offer world-class performance. Its V25 Wake hull works with 900 pounds of standard ballast to churn up huge swells, and with the new all-stainless-steel Power Wedge deployed, the wakes aren't just pro-level in size, they're shaped for advanced moves too. Well-formed peaks with mellow transitions make it easy to edge, but still kick you up, while the long landing zones provide plenty of room for when you come back down. Still, the adjustable wedge lets you sculpt the wakes to your ability, making the VLX a versatile boat that will suit riders at almost all levels.

And drivers of all levels will appreciate the expert handling abilities of the VLX, which come courtesy of Malibu's deep Gorilla tracking fins and balanced hull. It cuts through double-ups like a champ and holds a solid line even with powerful riders in tow.

SPECS

Passengers: 11

Dry weight: 3,600 lb.

Draft: 24 in.

Load capacity: 1,654 lb.

Fuel capacity: 46 gal.

Storage capacity: 101 cu. ft.

Bow: 10 cu. ft.

Center: 46 cu. ft.

Rear: 45 cu. ft.

Platform: 13 sq. ft.

Interior gunwale height: 29 in.

Sun-pad area: 26 sq. ft.

STANDARDS

Base price: $49,682

Engine: Malibu LCR 5.7L, 320 hp

Prop: Acme 13.5 x 16 three-blade

Cruise: Malibu Precision Pro

Ballast: 900 lb. total; LCD dash gauge

One center tank: 500 lb.

Two rear tanks: 200 lb. each

Tower: Illusion X with quick-pin release

Pylon: Swivel, retractable

Mirror: Windshield-mounted

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

Coolers: 60 qt., under side seating

Cup holders: 17, stainless steel

Rub rail: Stainless steel

Platform: Teak, removable

Table: Removable

Graphics: Wakesetter series graphics with cast-stainless-steel Malibu

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Colors: 21 color options, including breast-cancer-awareness pink, in any combination

OPTIONS

Engine: MerCruiser Black Scorpion 5.7L, 330 hp; Malibu Monsoon 5.7L, 340 hp; Indmar HammerHead 383 6.2L, 400 hp

Cruise: PerfectPass

Ballast: 1,250 lb. total with addition of one bow tank: 350 lb.

Tower: Titan III

Racks: Swivel

Wake shaper: On-the-fly or manually adjustable foil

Mirror: Tower-mounted

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

Graphics: Core or Grunge vinyl decals

Misc.: Heater, shower, bow filler cushion, Bimini top, driver's seat heater

Phone: 209.383.7469

Web: malibuboats.com