Wow. That’s all we can say about the wave generated by the Wakesetter 24 MXZ. OK, we actually have a lot more to say about it, but that’s a good start.
Here’s the more in-depth analysis: The wave the 24 MXZ threw during testing was absolutely massive with so much power and push. That is partly because the 24 MXZ has a hull that’s engineered to maximize wake and wave size. But don’t forget about Malibu’s technology and hardware. The 24-foot boat features Malibu’s Integrated Surf Platform system, which consists of Surf Gate surf tabs, the hydraulic Power Wedge II, and an integrated ballast system. When working in concert, these features allow the boat to displace so much water that a really heavy but consistent wave is created to either side. The wave’s pocket size had a ton of length and a fun lip at the end. However, the most impressive characteristic of this boat’s wave is its height. We’re not exaggerating when we say it was waist-high. It’s like surfing an ocean swell.
Like all Malibu models, the 24 MXZ offers the Surf Band, which riders wear on their wrist in order to control the wave right from the board. With the Surf Band, you can change the position of the Power Wedge and speed up or slow down — even transfer sides. And thanks to Surf Gate, there’s no need to move weight from side to side. All of these next-level, customizable features, combined with the dynamic wave-generating hull, make wakesurfing behind the 24 MXZ better than ever.
The accouterments are better than ever too. The MaliView touchscreen in the dash is intuitive. Passengers (as many as 18 of them) will love the entertainment system and the stylish yet comfortable seating arrangements. With the WakeView seating that folds out from the transom, passengers can watch the wave action behind the boat. The G3.5 tower easily folds down yet, with its stainless-steel construction, is durable enough to withstand a heavy load. When it’s time to go home, the ballast tanks drain in minutes. The boat will climb onto plane in under 5 seconds, then max out at a top speed of nearly 40 mph, so you can surf longer and still get home first.
* L-shaped MaxBallast hard tanks and optional plug-and-play ballast bags help add the weight needed to build massive waves.
* Surf Gate system allows you to sculpt the wake to the rider’s preference without moving ballast.
* Surf Band lets riders control the Power Wedge and boat speed from the water.
* Seating capacity for 18 people means everyone gets to watch riders surf the huge wakes.
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How We Tested
Engine: Indmar Monsoon 575 6.2L
Prop: 17″ x 17″ 4-blade Acme Nibral
Gear Ratio: 1.76:1
Fuel Load: 70 gal.
Crew Weight: 380 lb.
Malibu Boats – Loudon, Tennessee; 865-458-4578; malibuboats.com