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Malibu Sunsetter LXI
(w/ 1 x 325-hp Indmar Monsoon gas inboard)

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Malibu Sunsetter LXI
Malibu Sunsetter LXI
The Sunsetter LXi is a tournament-level tow boat that delivers world-class performance and comfort. With seating for up to ten the whole family can enjoy the ride and the excitement.

Key Features

    The Sunsetter LXi is one serious skiboat that’s not only loaded with features, but can run a really straight line thanks to her triple tracking fins. Features on the LXi include Malibu’s Instantaneous Response Technology (IRT), Hydroponic Dampening System, adjustable driver’s seat with air lumbar, center floor storage locker, convex rear view mirror, lighted gunnel storage, interior courtesy lights in both storage and common area, locking glove box, and much more. And with seating room for up to 10 you’ll never have to leave anyone behind.


Malibu Sunsetter LXI Specifications
Length Overall 21' 8'' Dry Weight 2,900 lbs
Beam 7' 9.5'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 1' 6'' Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 35 gal
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity none
Deadrise/Transom N/A Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom open boat Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) N/A
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 Sunsetter LXI Engine options
Std. Power 1x310-hp Vortec carb. gas inboard
Tested Power 1 x 325-hp Indmar Monsoon gas inboard
Opt. Power 1x325-hp Indmar Monsoon gas inboard

Malibu Sunsetter LXI Photo Gallery

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The LXi is a straight-tracking boat.

The LXi had no tendency to skid or slip in turns and she carried her way with great ease on our test run. This handling is due to the triple fins on the forward centerline section of the hull.

Invite the whole crowd to come along for the ride.

As you can see the Sunsetter LXi is family-friendly. Besides being a good tow boat she offers comfortable accommodations for a day of fun in the sun.

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The Sunsetter LXi offers good standard features.

Even with the engine box in the middle of the cockpit there's still room to move around. The aft trunk that opens up from the swim platform is great for waterskiers or swimmers to quickly stow their g

The LXi has a sporty helm with good visibilty.

Sitting behind the helm of the LXi is like sitting behind the helm of a sports car. The seat has lumber support and everything on the dash is within easy reach.

Malibu Sunsetter LXI Captain's Report

As the largest boat to ever pass the American Water Ski association’s test criteria for towing, the Sunsetter LXi is a boat that gives you the best of all worlds. First and foremost it’s a towboat, built on the same SV23 Diamond hull that tows many of the world’s most prestigious waterski events. Now normally if you’re building a world-class ski boat, that’s the end of the story…but not in the Sunsetter since it also does double-duty as an all-around family sport boat/bowrider with a seating capacity of 10 persons.

The first thing we noticed about the Sunsetter was its oversized aft trunk, located just forward of the swim platform. This allows skiers and boarders to stow their gear immediately after coming out of the water, so there’s no need to drag equipment in or out of the cockpit…a feature you’re guests will appreciate.

Like most tournament-level boats, the Sunsetter has its powerplant—-in this case a beefy 325-hp Indmar Monsoon straight-drive—-located amidships for best balance, and the shallow shaft angle (turning a 4-bladed 14x17 wheel) helped the Sunsetter get up on plane with almost no perceptible bowrise in a blistering 2.4 seconds from idle-tow speed! There is good room all around the engine box to walk fore-and-aft, and the cover itself is well supported and easily lifted by two gas-assist struts.

For precision driving there’s a convenient arm rest just behind the single-lever throttle, and our tests showed the Sunsetter will hold its speed (and rpm setting) precisely throughout the rpm range. Moreover, the rudder is tuned to produce a slight right-hand turn pressure, which keeps play out of the steering system, and the company's R&D supervisor Danny Gasper says this attention to detail (along with triple fins on the forward hull) keep allow the Sunsetter to track straight and true within an inch or two of your desired course! The helm chair itself features a lumbar support for long days on the water, but its not really needed thanks to the soft ride delivered by the Diamond hull in short chop.

Out on the water, we had a good chance to test the “Wedge”, an exclusive feature Malibu introduced in 1997. This is an underwater hydrofoil that bolts onto the transom, and when its lowered and locked in the down position, it creates an incredible 1,000 pounds of downward force, converting the Sunsetter from a flat-wake ski boat to a jumbo-wake boarding boat for big air. That, combined with Malibu’s Launch System (which adds another 500 pounds of water ballast in the boat), make it easy to transform this towboat into any configuration you’d like…ski boat, wakeboard boat, or all-around family fun boat.

Malibu Sunsetter LXI Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Malibu Sunsetter LXI is 44.5 mph (71.6 kph), burning 23.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 87.06 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Malibu Sunsetter LXI is 24.3 mph (39.1 kph), and the boat gets 4.19 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.78 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 132 miles (212.43 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.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Malibu Sunsetter LXI Standard and Optional Equipment
Stereo Optional JVC
Exterior Features
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Full Canvas Optional Sunbrella

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Malibu Sunsetter LXI Warranty

Malibu Sunsetter LXI 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 Sunsetter LXI Price

Malibu Sunsetter LXI Price
Pricing Range $30,375.00
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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