Big, perfectly shaped wakes are the calling card of Malibu’s newly redesigned Wakesetter 22 VLX. Featuring a hull designed around the wake and surf crowd, the VLX complements its running surface with a trio of wake-boosting features. There’s the Surf Gate, a pair of movable, vertical tabs extending aft from the corners of the boat’s transom. Tweak their positions to redirect water flow coming off the hull, changing the wake’s converging point and both building and shaping the wake on a surfer’s side of choice without requiring you to reposition your crew or ballast tanks. The gates’ quick 1.5-second actuator time makes side-to-side transfers possible. The surfer is alerted by a transom-mounted horn to time switches.
While the Surf Gate perfects the wake, Malibu’s Power Wedge II is responsible for building much of it. Hydraulically powered, this hydrofoil features a 21 percent surface area increase on the foil, allowing it to simulate 1,500 pounds of ballast. A new angle also increases lift, ensuring that a fully loaded boat gets quickly onto plane. Both innovations, as well as the VLX’s substantial onboard ballast system, GPS-based speed control and nearly all onboard electronics are controlled via the combination of 12-inch and 7-inch touch-screen helm displays that put everything at your fingertips. Rounding out the wake amenities on our tester, the sculpted aluminum G4 tower promises low weight with exceptional strength. Go ahead, lower and raise it yourself. Only 30 pounds of force are necessary to do the job. Pivoting board racks, lighting and optional speakers make the most of the tower’s real estate.
Our test boat was powered by a 550 hp Indmar Monsoon 572, a supercharged power plant that pushed it onto plane with the assistance of the Power Wedge, which also shapes big wakes. Top speed was 42.9 mph.
*Surf Gates redirect water flow coming off the hull, shaping and positioning wake, avoiding uneven ballast and allowing quick transition from side to side.
*Power Wedge hydrofoil simulates 1,500 pounds of ballast.
*Combination of 12-inch and 7-inch touch-screen displays provide control of onboard functions.
*G4 water-sports tower features lightweight yet strong aluminum honeycomb construction. It’s easily raised and lowered by one person.
*Top speed is 42.9 mph.
How We Tested
Engine: Indmar Monsoon 555 hp 572/LSA6.2L
Prop: Acme 2249
Gear Ratio: 1.5:1
Fuel Load: 15 gal.
Crew Weight: 235 lb.
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