Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV
Recommendation: Hard-core Wakeboard
For 2004, Malibu has found extra ways to get the most wakeboarding performance out of the Wakesetter 23 LSV's beefy size. As a new model, this boat is 3 inches wider and 6 inches longer than last year's version. All along that 23-foot centerline is built-in ballast — 350 pounds in the bow, 500 at midship and 400 in the rear — comprising the Quad Launch System.
That adds up not only to 1,250 pounds, but to an interior layout as big as the wakes. Our testers rated the legroom a perfect 10, with flip-down cup holders, 38-ounce G&T marine vinyl and a heated driver's seat scoring well, too. That ballast does cost you some storage space, particularly in the playpen-only front, yet with the boat weighed down, it remained amazingly stable.
Also stable is the ride. It's a smooth feel with no vibration, a result of the top-notch design and construction we've come to expect (and love) in all Malibu models.
With just the factory ballast, we recommend using the Wedge, which adds the equivalent of 1,000 more pounds to get the best wakes with more lip. If you bring along your own sacks, it's up to you whether you need the Wedge's help. Either way, the wakes get predictably huge and smooth, leading to floaty maneuvers. The landing zone had a big, long downside. And for the double-ups, well, are you ready to get bucked? They're big and solid with a perfect ramp transition.
From the driver's perspective, the double-ups are easily navigable as the 23 LSV confidently plows through. Though the power turns aren't as zippy as a smaller boat's, the 23-footer still maintains superb tracking and responsiveness.
-This newly revised Wakesetter 23 LSV packs in more ballast and more passenger room.
-Its V25 hull was created specifically for wakeboarding wakes.
-The ballast system is among the heaviest to roll out of any boat factory, with four tanks, including one in the bow.
-This boat cries out for the new Illusion X tower to max out the chill factor.
-The Wakesetter tribal decals are now wilder than ever.