Malibu’s new Wakesetter 21 LX replaces both the 21 VLX and 21 MLX models in the boatbuilder’s lineup, yet the unique bow characteristics of those two outgoing models still influence the design of this 2022 boat. As with the pickle-fork bow the MLX sported, the 21 LX’s bow cockpit is squared off, creating more room for passengers. And as with the VLX, it resists distinct pickle-fork styling, sloping toward the bow’s central point in a more traditional fashion but with gentler, more angular lines. The result is a hybrid that gives the 21 LX a unique, modern look while providing kids and adults alike with a comfortable spot from which to enjoy the ride.
While Malibu uniquely offers buyers the choice of both ski- and wake-oriented hulls for the 21 LX, the boat supplied for our test was definitely optimized for board sports. A trio of molded ballast tanks were spread below the floor, adding up to 895 potential wave- and wake-making pounds without sacrificing storage space. Wake enthusiasts will likely add the optional Power Wedge III at the transom to pull the hull deeper into the water and, depending upon position, change both the length and height of the wake. Fully deployed, it simulates an additional 1,500 pounds. Add the optional bow tank and plug-and-play bags, and the total ballast can equal a whopping 3,485 pounds, a sizable figure in this size range.
Wakesurfers will want to option Malibu’s trademark Surf Gate, vertical tabs at the transom that divert water flow coming off the hull to enhance and shape the wake on a rider’s preferred side. All the above wake features, as well as speed, can be easily controlled at the helm via Malibu’s Command Center, an intuitive 12-inch touchscreen, complemented by an additional 7-inch touchscreen for functions typically handled by switches.
All that ballast and passenger potential mean the engine has a lot of weight to push through the water. Malibu’s Monsoon M5Di is up to the task. Rated at 360 hp and producing 400 pounds of torque, it got riders up and out of the hole with ease and pushed an unloaded boat to a top speed of 40.3 mph.
- Wake Plus hull not only displaces more water, but also flows more water to surf features.
- Standard G5 tower includes Bimini and Wet Sounds speakers, and now folds lower.
- Convenient pop-up ski pylon installed at the transom.
How We Tested
- Engine: Malibu Monsoon M5Di
- Drive/Props: V-drive/OJ 1919 15″ x 13″ 4-blade nibral
- Gear Ratio: 1.50:1 Fuel Load: 40 gal. Crew Weight: 450 lb.
Pricing and Specs
|Price:||$103,545 (with Monsoon M5Di)|
|Dry Weight:||4,580 lb.|
|Seat/Weight Capacity:||12/1,692 lb.|
|Fuel Capacity:||50 gal.|
Malibu Boats – Loudon, Tennessee; 865-458-5478; malibuboats.com