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Malibu Wakesetter VTX
(w/ 1 x 340-hp Indmar Monsoon 340)


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Brief Summary

The 20 Wakesetter VTX is a compact performer. She is garage compatible with a length of 20 feet and beam of 98 inches. The VTX has a standard 320-hp engine package, but can be upgraded to a maximum of 400-hp.

Key Features

  • Premium Polypropylene Carpeting
  • Precision Pro Speed Control
  • Flip Up Bolster Driver's Seat
  • Locking glove box
  • Malibu Sound Suppression Technology (MSST)
  • Ski tow bar/rear grab handle
  • Bow Rails (stainless steel)
  • Ballast Monitoring System (BMS)
  • Chrome Billet Gauge Panel
  • Isotta Steering Wheel
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 20' 0''
    Beam 98''
    Dry Weight 3,300 lbs.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 22''
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 46 gal.
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    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

    Std. Power 1 x 320-hp Malibu 320 LCR
    Tested Power 1 x 340-hp Indmar Monsoon 340
    Opt. Power 1 x 400-hp HammerHead 383

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 4.1 3.6 0.8 5.4 4.7 223 194 N/A
    1000 6.0 5.2 1.2 4.9 4.3 204 178 N/A
    1500 7.7 6.7 2.1 3.6 3.1 149 129 N/A
    2000 10.0 8.7 3.9 2.6 2.2 106 92 N/A
    2500 16.6 14.4 5.6 3.0 2.6 123 107 N/A
    3000 26.8 23.3 702.0 3.7 3.2 154 134 N/A
    3500 31.8 27.7 9.8 3.3 2.8 135 117 N/A
    4000 35.9 31.2 12.3 2.9 2.5 121 105 N/A
    4500 39.9 34.7 16.6 2.4 2.1 99 87 N/A
    5000 42.8 37.2 22.1 1.9 1.7 80 70 N/A
    5300 44.1 38.3 24.9 1.8 1.5 73 64 N/A
    600 194 359 6.60 3.03 2.29 N/A
    1000 178 328 9.70 4.54 2.10 N/A
    1500 129 240 12.40 7.95 1.53 N/A
    2000 92 171 16.10 14.76 1.09 N/A
    2500 107 198 26.70 21.20 1.26 N/A
    3000 134 248 43.10 2657.35 1.58 N/A
    3500 117 217 51.20 37.10 1.38 N/A
    4000 105 195 57.80 46.56 1.24 N/A
    4500 87 159 64.20 62.84 1.02 N/A
    5000 70 129 68.90 83.66 0.82 N/A
    5300 64 117 71.00 94.26 0.75 N/A

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 2.6 sec.
    0 to 30 5.3 sec.
    Ratio 1.5 : 1
    Props 13 1/2 x 16 4-blade bronze
    Load 2 people, 5/8 fuel, no water, minimal gear

    Captain's Report

    A Competitive Performer with Tricked-Out Features By Capt. Randy EmmermannCustomization All the WayAll the boats produced at Malibu are custom made and designed for the individual buyer. The buyer and sales staff start with a designed hull and customize the rest of the boat based on the individual’s watersports needs. The customer has a choice of interior and exterior colors, multiple towers, engine packages, stereos and much more. If you want a color to match your favorite sports team, no problem. If you want a stereo that can be heard on the other side of the lake, bring it on. The colors, options and variety is unmatched by the competition. Malibu strives to use the best materials available to build the best boat possible. They use high end upholstery, stainless steel, stereo packages, engine packages, and they strive to stay ahead of the competition. In addition, Malibu develops and customize things like power wedges, pylons and ballast tanks.Power WedgeMalibu has developed a product called a power wedge which is used in the wakeseeker models. The power wedge is mounted to the transom and is activated electronically from the helm. The wedge will move up and down to change the wake of the boat. The significance of the wedge is that it allows each wakeboarder to dial in the best wake for their needs. In essence the bigger, better wake means greater air for board tricks. The wedge is built out of marine-grade aluminum and should last the life of the boat.In addition to the power wedge, Malibu offers ballast tanks. These ballast tanks are strategically placed throughout the boat to improve or change the wake. The boat we tested had four ballast tanks, one in the bow, one in the center, and two in the stern. Each ballast can be filled separately or jointly to accommodate individual board fanatics. Electronic controls on the dash will indicate the level of each ballast tank. A push of a button and you can control the wake of the boat and level of the ballast tanks. Each tank has two pumps one to fill, and the other to drain.Plenty of SeatingThe upholstery and seating on the Malibu is designed and manufactured and installed for each buyer. They start with a composition plastic for the base and then add a high-density foam. To complete the cushion they cover each seat with a custom color high grade marine vinyl. The thickness of the vinyl is one of the best in the industry 38 oz. These seats have some eye popping colors that co-inside with the hull color perfectly.Sporty TowerThe tower, like the rest of the boat, comes in many shapes and sizes. You can pick a polished tube or powder coated aluminum colorful tower. You can also have the tower racked forward or aft. In essence each tower is selected for the individual. The towers are equipped with a pylon and anchor light. To kick them up a notch you can add multiple speakers, or a dual board rack. These racks are mounted to each outboard side and securely hold an assortment of wakeboards. With a push of a button and a little pull, the board swivels into the boat. You grab your board and swivel the bracket back to the locked position. These racks are stylish and are made of a thick gauge aluminum. They also add a sweet look to the boat and keep boards safe and away from being damaged. These are a must for the serious watersports enthusiasts.Malibu has a patent pending on a new pop up tow ball or pylon. This pylon retracts into the engine compartment when not in use to avoid stubbing your toe. When you need it you simply lift the tow ball up swivel and lock in place. The ball also has a built-in swivel to reduce friction on the ski line. In addition to this engine pylon, Malibu offers one on the tower and a tow connection on the transom. Each one is designed to give the individual the competitive edge.Power OptionsThe engines for Malibu are produced by Indmar. They start with a 350cc GM block, add steroids and build a high output performance EFI engine. They come in various sizes from 320HP EFI to 400HP and have cool names like Monsoon and Hammerhead. Each engine is coupled to a ZF transmission either V or direct drive to produce the ultimate ride. Each boat whether it has a direct drive or V drive has its own advantages for skiing and entertaining. For those of you who need more horsepower Malibu offers a Vortec 8100 that produces a smoking 450hp. This engine package is only available on some models.Stabilizing FinsAll of the Malibu boats have Gorilla Fins or Stabilizing Fins designed and integrated within the hull. The V drive boats utilize the two Gorilla Fins while the Direct Drives have three small fins. Both are used to keep the boat straight and on course. They help stabilize the boat and produce better turning radius for the each model. Our tests reinforced the strong sharp turning capability of the Malibu boats. In addition these fins keep the boat stable while the skier digs in for a turn.So if you’re serious about skiing, wakeboarding or other watersports, you need to check out the full line of Malibu boats. They will manufacture the ultimate boat that not only will meet but exceed your watersport needs. Malibus are also built tough, and designed to last.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Malibu Wakesetter VTX is 44.1 mph (71 kph), burning 24.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 94.25 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Malibu Wakesetter VTX is 26.8 mph (43.1 kph), and the boat gets 3.71 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.58 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 154 miles (247.84 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 340-hp Indmar Monsoon 340.

    Standard and Optional Features


    CD Stereo Standard
    Power Steering Standard

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Standard


    Hull Warranty
    Lifetime Limited
    Engine Warranty
    Limited 3-Year
    Powertrain Warranty

    Limited 3-Year
    Gelcoat Warranty

    Limited 2-Year
    Accessories Warranty
    Limited 3-Year
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