New LCD Screen for Video from Malibu - 09/10/2008

Malibu Boats' new MaliView in-dash 6.5” LCD display transforms the display to color with home theater-style resolution, visible in full sunlight. MaliView allows you to control, monitor and customize boat functions with intuitive 10-button navigation. The new dash display also gives you the ability to view video on the water, from a variety of sources, live or recorded. The screen also will show the pre-set positions of Malibu’s famous wake-producing Power Wedge. After-market rear-mounted mini video cameras send signals directly to the 6.5” screen so the helmsman can view the movie star’s action and antics, in what is Malibu’s latest exciting new contribution to the theater and stagecraft of wakeboarding.

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We’re told by the folks at Malibu that already many wake dudes have dubbed the company’s new MaliView screen a “must have” option. Malibu says – and we don’t disagree – that MaliView could be the best instrumentation centerpiece ever developed for the water sports market. According to Dan Gasper, Director of Research and Development for Malibu Boats, “MaliView brings our boats” unique features together in one easy-to-use system, but we are just scratching the surface. The only thing limiting the capabilities of MaliView is our imagination and we expand that everyday.”

The Boat’s Vital Signs

MaliView presents critical boat information in a large 6.5” graphical color format and includes 10 buttons for easy boat system navigation. The “Cruise” button cues graphical Precision Pro Speed Control information and displays additional gauge information as well as current stereo play selection at the bottom of the screen. The “Gauges” button reveals format choices for various gauge data. Simulated analog gauges, digital gauges and graphical depth are just a few of the options.

MaliView displays pre-programmed wedge settings for individual dudes.

Pre-Programed Speed and Wedge Settings

Precision Pro Speed Control can be turned on or off and the speed can be increased or decreased from any of these gauge screens. The “Preset” button takes the user into a graphical list of available preprogrammed settings. This new thumb-nailed list of presets makes the choice quick and easy. Every boat equipped with the MaliView comes standard with 7 presets and each of those can be easily modified to the boat owner’s personal preferences. Additional Presets can also be easily added to the list of choices, says the builder.

Lights, Action, Roll ‘em

One of the most talked about MaliView features is video connectivity. MaliView offers RCA inputs, video as well as left and right audio, in the glove box for easy video source attachment. Video sources from DVD players, to camcorders, to rear-view cameras can be used with this system. Brush up on your wakeboarding skills by viewing instructional DVDs like Waketrix on the boat. Then record and review your progress behind the boat. You can even battle it out on gaming systems in the boat.

Instrumentation can be displayed in analog or digital formats.

Cue the Babes

Think of the exciting possibilities: be a Guitar Hero, spark a Karaoke Revolution, tackle Madden NFL, play re-runs of Blond Ambition for the babes! MaliView can also display still photos from a digital camera for easier viewing in the sun or to share with the rest of the gang on the boat. Malibu is finding new fun uses for MaliView everyday. The possibilities are endless.

New “Auto Wedge” Feature

Auto Wedge is a new Malibu feature that works with MaliView and is available on all 2009 boats excluding the Ride Series, Response and Response LX. Auto Wedge automatically adjusts the Patented Power Wedge to improve the time it takes to get on plane and reduce fuel consumption while pulling a rider. The company says that during its own internal testing of the new product, the Auto Wedge feature enabled the boat to reach the Precision Pro Speed Control set speed 33% faster and used 30% less fuel when pulling a rider.

In addition to videos and digital pictures of your loved ones, the screen can also display navigational information.

MaliView has a hard-coat anti-reflective lens that is sonically welded to the display housing, says Malibu. This seals the display from water intrusion, reduces light reflections off the lens, and helps to protect the lens from scratching, they say. The MaliView system has the ability to be upgraded with future software advancements and additional features via 2.0 high-speed USB.

MaliView is available in all 2009 Malibu boats, excluding Ride, Response and Response LX models.