Malibu Sunscape 25 LSV
If you're considering a boat as big as this giant V-drive cruiser from Malibu (25 feet long, 102 inches wide), you might as well go all the way. Our test Sunscape 25 LSV showed up looking like a king with the Wakesetter wakeboarding package with Illusion tower upgrade.
Of course, the standard amenities are above and beyond most other boats'. There's a porta-potty tucked into the observer's helm. The huge open bow is so deep that when we sat there, the gunwales came up to our shoulders. A few of us roamed the boat without bumping into each other because the walk-through, wraparound lounge and sun deck are so expansive. This is the only Malibu that comes with swiveling driver's and observer's chairs as well as a concealed walkway over the transom for swim platform access. For its size, we were impressed with its hole shot, which was made possible with the robust Indmar Vortec 8.1-liter 425-horsepower engine. When it comes to the Sunscape 25 LSV, everything is top of the line.
Whether this is a small power cruiser or a large water-sports boat is a good question. Either way, the size and the V-drive make these wakes strictly for the occasional recreational set.
While driving, we couldn't feel the rider tug at all as tracking stayed true. Riders could definitely feel the huge wakes, though. The nicely shaped peaks give a lot of pop, while the transition is a little steep but manageable. We loaded it with the equivalent of 3,000 pounds in the ballast tanks and the Wedge to amplify the swells, and the boat had no problem getting up to speed.
• With the Wakesetter package, this is a maxed-out Malibu when it comes to features, size and power.
• A great choice for family cruising — it's a solid deep-V ride with a minimum of chatter even in choppy conditions.
• When it's fully weighted to capacity, the wakes behind this boat are macking.
• Illusion tower is a stylish, functional upgrade with unbeatable visibility and built-in speakers, racks and lights.
Top Speed 43.9 mph 5,000 rpm
Accel. to 30 mph 6.0 sec. 148.7 ft.
Accel. to 36 mph 8.2 sec. 225.3 ft.
Noise Levels (db) Neutral 58 D 57 R, 36 mph 85 D 94 R
Length 25 ft. Beam 102 in.
Seating Capacity 16
Fuel Capacity 80 gal.
Test Prop Acme 14 x 20 4-blade
Test Engine Indmar 8100 Vortec 8.1L, 450 HP