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Malibu Wakesetter VLX
Malibu Wakesetter VLX

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The Wakesetter VLX is an all around boat with lots of torque for wakeboarding and waterskiing. She sports state-of-the-art features and provides good handling and superior control.

Key Features

    One of the most important features on the Wakesetter VLX and any Malibu for that matter is her hull, which is specifically designed to handle wakeboarding and skiing speeds. The Wakesetter’s rear engine configuration and wrap around seating layout work together to give the cockpit more room. The collapsible Titan tower is a great feature that helps beginners get up and out of the water, and it also gives advanced riders bigger air.

Specifications

Malibu Wakesetter VLX Specifications
Length Overall 21' 0'' Dry Weight 2,900 lbs.
Beam 7' 9'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 1' 6'' Fuel Cap 35 gal.
Deadrise/Transom N/A Water Cap 500 lb. ballast
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance 3'6''
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Malibu Wakesetter VLXEngine options
Std. Power 1 x 325-hp Indmar Monsoon gas inboard
Tested Power 1 x 325-hp Indmar Monsoon gas inboard
Opt. Power 1 x 365-hp Indmar Hammerhead gas inboards

Malibu Wakesetter VLX Photo Gallery

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The VLX is a solid and nimble craft.

The Wakesetter VLX is a good tracking boat that delivers on command. She's very responsive and her steering is nearly effortless.

The VLX delivers the ultimate ride!

For improved maneuverability at wakeboard speeds Malibu has tightened the turning radiuses much more on the Wakesetter VLX compared to the rest of the fleet. Besides delivering a steady ride and a gr

Malibu Wakesetter VLX Captain's Report

Let’s face it…you COULD wakeboard behind just about any boat on this website. By the same logic, you COULD try taking a rope-tow all the way to the summit of a ski mountain. But you wouldn’t because if you’re going to the top, you’ve reached a certain level of expertise and you’ll be on the gondola, not the rope tow. The same holds true for the use of Malibu’s Wakesetter VLX. You don’t have to be a tournament level pro to get big air behind it (and 99% of the boarders behind it are not), but you look for a pro-level towboat like the Wakesetter because wakeboarding’s your sport and the Wakesetter is specially designed to help you get sky-bourne.

The Wakesetter VLS has the same hull found on the towboats used in the U.S. Open Waterski & Wakeboard Championships, so you know the performance is there. In fact, according to Malibu’s R&D supervisor Danny Gasper, “The natural design of this hull created a perfect wake [for wakeboarding]. Our tests showed that the Wedge didn’t help it…” since no additional downweighting aft is required. The Wakesetter DOES, however, come with the Malibu Launch System (MLS), an easy-to-use water-ballasting system located amidships that—with the push of a button—brings 500 additional pounds of weight aboard for an even bigger wake while towing. Our tests showed that speed didn’t matter that much to the shape of the wake…at 18 mph or 24 mph it was just as well-shaped for any level of boarder.

The Wakesetter proved to be a solid performer for the driver as well. We liked the oversized 5-inch Servo gauges for precision speed-keeping, and that was further enhanced by the easy-to-use “Zero friction” throttle cables and rack-and-pinion steering for precision course-keeping. What does that mean to you? The Wakesetter runs like a thoroughbred race horse and does just what you want her to do—set the revs for 22 mph and there’s no throttle slip. You can forget about your speed until your spotter says its time to make a pickup. And then you get tight cornering control. Other key features include deeply padded seating for up to ten persons, including three in the bow area which quickly converts to a big sunpad with a standard filler cushion that stows neatly away when not in use. And if you really want to be king of the road, get the Titan Tower for stowing boards and towing high-altitude fliers. Though it looks rugged (and it is), you can easily fold both sections this tower down across the cockpit by removing a single threaded knob...it's a one-person operation that can be done in 30 seconds or less.

So perhaps Paul Singer, Malibu’s marketing director, summed it up best. “99.9% of our buyers are not tournament skiers, but they’ve had the others and now they want the best. We simply deliver.”

Malibu Wakesetter VLX Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Malibu Wakesetter VLX is 46.4 mph (74.7 kph), burning 23.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 87.06 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Malibu Wakesetter VLX is 26.7 mph (43 kph), and the boat gets 3.81 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.62 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 120 miles (193.12 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 325-hp Indmar Monsoon gas inboard.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

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Standard and Optional Equipment

Malibu Wakesetter VLX Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
CD Stereo Optional JVC
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Tower: Watersports Optional
Canvas
Bimini Top Optional
Full Canvas Optional Sunbrella

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Malibu Wakesetter VLX Warranty

Malibu Wakesetter VLX Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

Malibu Wakesetter VLX Price

Malibu Wakesetter VLX Price
Pricing Range $42,059.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

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