Malibu has a reputation throughout the industry for crafting high quality, high performing boats with industry leading innovations, that offer as much value as they do fun. In the late 90’s Malibu engineers developed the Wedge which was a simple foil on the transom of the boat that when engaged would create down force in the stern for a rampy wake with more pop. To even further the sport of wakeboarding Malibu created the most comprehensive ballast system in the industry with the MLS or Malibu Launch System. Continue reading
When it comes to internal ballast, Malibu Boats, has had the industry on lock down. Since 2012 Malibu Wakesetter boats have come standard with the Hi Flo ballast system. This new iteration of the Malibu Launch System is not your typical slow to fill and slow to drain ballast system. Malibu has thrown out the 800gph pumps and replaced them with the industries fastest 1100gph aerator pumps. Lightning fast pumps coupled with larger 1-1/8″ hose provides the least restrictive flow into the ballast tanks and out the side of the boat. Continue reading
If you could have the perfect small family boat what would it be? The Malibu 20 MXZ (Little Giant) is the one for me. I need ample ballast and the best interior layout. Smaller boats take less weight to displace more of the hull creating a bigger wake with less effort. This is especially nice when you are out with a handful of people on a regular basis or live on a restricted private body of water such as Lake Oswego in Oregon. Continue reading
Here is a sneak peek at the 2013 Malibu Boat line up. Looks like the VTX (20′), VLX (21′), LSV 23 (23′), and LSV 247 (24′) are coming back unchanged. It looks like the Wakesetter 22 MXZ which was new for 2012 now has a big brother in the Wakesetter 24 MXZ. This will be Malibu’s flagship.
2013 models will have the Malibu Surf Gate option available which will allow owners to switch the surf side quickly and on the fly. This will open up what is possible behind the boat. This is not a substitute for ballast as there is no way to great a bigger wave without displacing the hull deeper in the water. With that said the new Surf Gate will lengthen the wave giving riders more push which allows for a better surfing experience.
To obtain more displacement Malibu will offer a Plug ‘n Play option. This system will work just like the famous Wakemakers Malibu Piggy Back system which fills into the top of the bag and then uses gravity to push water down into the hard tank. We will have a 2013 Malibu Factory Ballast Upgrade available by the beginning of the season to improve filling and draining times on large. There will also be new Malibu Plug and Play Bags available to create bigger waves for both wakesurfing and wakeboarding. Continue reading
Malibu Boat’s own Cindy Gibbs runs you through how to properly dial in your Malibu LSV 23 for wakesurfing. The wake has a great shape but with an additional 750 lb. Fat Sac or 1100 lb. Jumbo Sac in the … Continue reading
For 2011 Malibu Boats put even more stretch into the Wakesetter 247 limousine with room for 17. The Wakestter and Sunscape 247 LSVs have been redesigned inside and out. A new helm offers the driver a performance car look and … Continue reading