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The Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV is designed, engineered, and manufactured to generate a configurable wake to create ideal conditions for multiple tow-sports including waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakeskating, wakesurfing, and tubing. To accomplish this goal, Malibu combined port and starboard L-shaped ballast tanks with power-actuated dams Malibu has branded as the Power Wedge. The Power Wedge lowers in the center of the transom. The Surf Gates on the port and starboard sides of the transom can be actuated to change the wake of the boat. The dams are controlled through the 12” multifunction display Touch Command at the helm and through an optional Command Wheel. Malibu also offers a Surf Wristband that allows the rider to adjust his or her own wake.
A secondary mission is to create an interior and exterior environment that enhances the social nature of tow-sports with sound-systems; ample, adaptive, and comfortable seating, as well as owner customizable upholstery and exterior gelcoat.
- • Simple Collapsing Sport Tower. The standard G3.5 latching sport tower utilizes a simple latching system to raise and lower.
- • Convertible Aft Bench Seat. The aft bench seat converts from facing forward for comfort underway to one that faces aft for watching the action.
- • Multifunction Helm Display. The Malibu Viper II Command Center is a high-resolution 12” multifunction touchscreen that controls the ballast, Power Wedge, Surf Gate, and navigation.
- • Swim Platform to Cockpit Walkover Non-Skid. Malibu built in non-skid, soft decking into the upholstery of the sun pad and aft bench seat to provide a transition pathway from the transom activity area to the cockpit without walking on slippery vinyl upholstery.
- • Deep Stowage. Malibu has provided the 23 LSV with deep stowage under the seating, the cockpit deck, and the aft sun pad.
- • Helm Seat with Bolster. The standard helm seat has a flip-up bolster. A power adjustable helm seat is an option.
- • Forward Sun Pad. The forward sun pad has four drink holders, grab rails, fold down armrests, and speakers.
- • Walkthrough Windshield. The double latching windshield opens to allow access to the forward sun pad.
- • L-Shaped Ballast Tanks. The Malibu 23 LSV has L-shaped ballast tanks that provide more weight distribution and more water.
- • Custom Trailer. Malibu builds their own trailers which guarantees a perfect match.
- • Full 5-Year Factory Warranty. Five years on the powertrain, five years on the interior and upholstery, five years on the audio components and one year on gelcoat. See Malibu for details. Always read and be sure you understand the manufacturer’s warranties.
- • Tower Bimini
- • Upgraded sound system with REV10 tower speakers
- • Washdown
- • Boat cover
- • Rearview camera
- • Power adjustable and heated helm seat
- • Navigational chart plotting
- • Soft Grip flooring
- • Power inverter
- • Battery charger
The Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV has a length overall of 23’0” (7.01 m), a beam of 102” (2.59 m), and an approximate empty weight of 5,000 lbs. (2,268 kg).
BoatTEST.com has not tested the Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV, but, it is our experience and opinion that Malibu has a superior reputation for designing, engineering, and building tow-sport boats with exceptional performance, ride, and handling.
Bow Sun Pad
The forward seating is comprised of a sun pad with forward-facing seating port and starboard and an aft-facing seat at the bow. Access to the forward sun pad is through the middle windshield opening. On the inboard sides of the forward-facing seating are armrests, which fold into place or out of the way. There are two grab handles, two drink holders, and a speaker to both port and starboard of the sun pad. Under the center panel of the sun pad are the batteries, along with the bow ballast tank.
The helm comes standard with the Malibu Viper II Command Center with a high-resolution 12” multifunction touchscreen positioned on the helm dashboard directly above the steering wheel. That display allows the helmsman to control and monitor the ballast, Power Wedge, Surf Gate, and navigation systems, as well as monitoring the boat’s speed, engine RPM, oil pressure, engine temperature, and fuel levels.
Many of these functions can also be controlled by the optional Sport Dash rotary joystick control or from the buttons in the center of the optional Command Steering wheel.
On the starboard side of the dash is a standard 7" Touch Command display, which is positioned to starboard of the steering wheel. All the boat’s systems are controlled by the digital-switching system. Pumps, lights, and even the engine are turned on and off through the Touch Command display. To port of the steering wheel is a place to stow a cell phone.
The Malibu 23 LSV comes standard with the Malibu G3.5 latching tower, equipped with a pair of board racks. The design of the tower makes raising and lowering it simple, and it lowers forward inside the windshield. Malibu offers several options for tower accessories, such as speakers, lighting, and additional or upgraded racks. Malibu also has an optional tower for the 23 LSV: the Malibu G4 tower.
Malibu shows it understands their customers with the design of the cockpit. Tow-sports enthusiasts are highly social and tend to bring lots of friends and family along. To accommodate them, Malibu designed the cockpit on the 23 LSV with a wraparound bench seat that begins just aft of the helm seat on the starboard side, transitions to a forward-facing aft bench, and continues along the port side all the way to an aft-facing seat at the port side console.
When towing, the forward-facing aft bench seat can be reversed to be an aft facing bench seat, to allow its occupants to watch the action. The key is that the seat is mounted on a bracket that allows it to lift out of its position aft to move to the middle of the cockpit.
To allow more passengers to watch the show off the stern in comfort, the inboard-facing bench seats also convert. Flip-up backrests make them aft-facing lounges.
With the newly designed hull, the under-seat stowage on the Malibu 23 LSV is deeper than the previous design. Now all of the gear and provisions that family and guests bring aboard, including towels and jackets, food and drinks, and more.
The transom and swim platform are where the action lives on this boat. First there’s the expansive transom sun pad, atop the engine box. Outboard hinges and gas-assist rams grant access to the engine box and port and starboard lockers.
Just aft, there is bench seating that has stowage under the bench for tow ropes, gloves, and other accessories. The transitions from the swim platform to the cockpit can be tricky with wet feet on vinyl upholstery. Malibu added a soft deck nonskid pad into the aft sun pad and the aft bench seat to reduce that hazard.
A Note on Transom Seating: It is never recommended to have passengers on the transom seats when operating the boat. Fortunately, Malibu has solved this issue, with plenty of aft-facing seating within the cockpit area, where passengers are safer.
The Malibu 23 LSV comes with a standard dual-axle trailer with brakes. Malibu manufactures them to match the model, engineering them based on the size and weight of the boat as well as the clearance needed.
Options to Consider
The Malibu 23 LSV has many options, including hull and interior color choices that help make each 23 LSV as individual as its owner.
Five years on the powertrain, five years on the interior and upholstery, five years on the audio components and one year on gelcoat.
Standard and Optional Features
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