Length 21 ft. 8 in.
Seating capacity 10
Fuel capacity 35 gal.
Test prop Acme 13×12 3-blade
Test engine Indmar Corvette LS1 EFI-PFI, 375 HP
Top speed 49.2 mph 5,500 rpm
Accel. to 30 mph 3.8 sec. 91 ft.
Accel. to 36 mph 4.8 sec. 140.7 ft.
Noise levels (db) Neutral 59 D 63 R, 36 mph 85 D 94 R
When Malibu designed the Sunsetter LXi five years ago, it proved
something: Large family inboards could offer great skiing. For
2003, that still holds true, erasing skiers’ misconceptions
that a big boat equals big wakes. Riding on Malibu’s highly
acclaimed SV23 Diamond hull at almost 22 feet long and with a width
amidships that stretches to 93 1/2 inches, we found a boat that
elegantly combines size, storage and performance.
Our test boat was outfitted with the optional Indmar Corvette
LS1 with 375 hp, and it blew us away with its raw power out of the
hole. Smooth and consistent throughout its speed range, due in part
to the CNC-machined Acme prop, the Sunsetter LXi matches the
awesome handling and tracking performance of the Response LX and
LXi almost blow for blow.
Behind the Sunsetter LXi, you can depend on high-end skiability
with clean and soft wakes in a family package, just what
you’d hope for from an approved tournament tow boat. Throw in
the Wedge and add the optional midship Malibu Launch System, and
you have respectable wakeboarding performance for intermediate
Malibu also knows that you can never have enough storage. Stow
away the clutter under the observer’s seat, in the open bow
and in the 18-cubic-foot locking trunk that doubles as a sun deck.
All the details fit together in an integrated system. As far as
we’re concerned, the Sunsetter LXi has proven itself.
•Offers much of the high-end slalom performance of the
Response models, only with more space for families.
•Handling and tracking are impressive, especially for a
boat of this size.
•Rear lockable trunk doubles as a sun deck.
•Can generate wakeboard wakes with the midship ballast
system and Wedge.
•Cushy upholstery in the open bow and rear seating adds to
the luxury feel.
•Driver’s seat aims for exceptional comfort, with
contour design and lumbar support.