2022 Malibu Wakesetter 25 LSV

The Wakesetter 25 LSV produces a sizable wake behind the boat.

Malibu’s Wakesetter 25 LSV is the biggest and baddest model in the manufacturer’s most popular boat series. Translation? You know this boat is going to build truly massive, pro-level wakes capable of satisfying even the most hardcore wake-sports enthusiast. 

Wakesetter 25 LSV out on the lake
With room for 18, the Wakesetter 25 LSV can take everyone surfing. Garrett Cortese

The Wakesetter’s magic formula starts with the hull. Malibu’s Wake Plus is designed to displace a lot of water, naturally producing a sizable wake behind the boat. Pumping up that wake even further is the job of a trio of subfloor, molded ballast tanks, which add 2,070 pounds without eating up storage space. Add an optional subfloor bow tank, plug-and-play bags aft, and the optional Power Wedge III that simulates an additional 1,500 pounds, and serious riders will find a drool-worthy 5,180 pounds of weight at their disposal. And that’s before adding the boat’s 18-passenger capacity into the mix.

Wakesetter 25 LSV helm
Malibu’s touchscreen Command Center lets the driver easily dial in everything. Garrett Cortese

The Power Wedge is unique in that it can quickly be positioned at many angles, dialing in both length and height to tailor the wake to a rider’s preference, or dialing the wake up or down to match beginner and pro skill levels. For the surf crowd, Malibu’s optional Surf Gate adds vertical tabs that deploy outward from the transom, diverting water coming off the hull to further build and shape the wake on either side of the boat. The Surf Gate’s quick response even lets riders switch sides on the fly.

Wakesetter 25 LSV bow seating
Bow seating is comfortable. Garrett Cortese

While the features are many, controlling them is simple thanks to Malibu’s touchscreen Command Center at the helm. Its intuitive graphical interface lets the driver dial in all the above features with a few simple taps, and it remembers individual rider settings to streamline future rides. Malibu’s Surf Band wristband also allows riders to dial in settings themselves. As to the power available to haul all that wake-enhancing weight around the lake, our test boat featured a monstrous engine below the aft sun pad. Malibu’s Monsoon M6Di is rated at 430 hp and produces an impressive 460 pounds of torque. Surf’s up!

Wakesetter 25 LSV cockpit
Multi-View Wake Bench Seat offers prime viewing. Garrett Cortese

High Points

  • Multi-View Wake Bench Seat offers prime, aft-focused viewing.
  • G5 tower offers an elevated tow point and easily folds for added clearance. 
  • Convertible transom seat loungers offer recliner-style comfort at the sandbar.
Malibu Wakesetter 25 LSV performance data
Malibu Wakesetter 25 LSV Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

How We Tested

  • Engine: Malibu Monsoon M6Di
  • Drive/Props: V-drive/Acme 3077 17″ x 15.5″ 4-blade nibral
  • Gear Ratio: 2.00:1 Fuel Load: 45 gal. Crew Weight: 360 lb.

Pricing and Specs

Price: $167,846 (with Monsoon M6Di)
LOA: 25’0″
Beam: 8’6″
Draft: 2’8″ (max)
Dry Weight: 6,175 lb.
Ballast: 5,180 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: 18/2,538 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 103 gal.

Malibu Boats – Loudon, Tennessee; 865-458-5478;