Since price is a factor when considering whether to spring for a Malibu, the company offers the Wakesetter as a way to get a taste of high-end wakeboarding for just over $30,000. Don't think it scrimps on construction and performance. Built with hand-laid fiberglass and ceramic coring, the SV23 hull is the same as that on the Wakesetter 21 VLX and 21 XTi. The lumbar-support driver's seat, 5-inch servo gauges, interior lighting, side storage and new 38-ounce carpet are also identical. The main differences are the old-school tower, basic styling and little things like plastic stereo speaker covers. To augment the ballast tank, scrunch a fat sack in the front and stick one in the rear locker. Overall, we'd highly recommend this boat to anyone who's ready for wakeboarding's big time, just not on a big-time budget.
As a direct-drive model, this has great tracking to power straight down the course. If you have the Wedge, just flip it up to let reasonably soft slalom wakes cascade out behind the boat, letting even skiers with mid-level skills work on shortening their lines.
The peak and lip on these wakes are the best aspects, with excellent form that makes for fun wakeskating, too. While the transition is a little short and the landing zone has minimal area on the downside, the double-ups are predictably powerful.
-The entry-level Wakesetter trims some bells and whistles while still being worthy of the Malibu name.
-Many aspects are the same as on other Wakesetters, from the pro-level hull to the easy-to-read instrumentation.
-Wakeboarders – and wakeskaters – will enjoy riding behind this fully loaded boat.
-Billet emblems enhance the styling.
-The direct-drive configuration produces responsive handling.
-Well-calibrated gelcoat application lets you pick from hundreds of color combos.