This all-new Wakesetter 247 LSV is our favorite Malibu model. That’s especially high praise considering the top-flight quality and performance of every wakeboard boat in the company’s lineup. But this 247 is so smartly designed it provides the highest level yet of pure fun on the water.
When our test team first got a load of this 24-foot, 7-inch behemoth, we sat on the rear bench, looked out on an unprecedented expanse of beautifully appointed interior space and said, “Wow.” Then we got behind it on our wakeboards and said the same thing. This Wakesetter 247 LSV may come the closest yet to being the perfect boat for today’s wakeboarding lifestyle.
Without any ballast, the Wakesetter 247 LSV alone is a whopping 4,000 pounds across a 102-inch beam. So when we filled the factory ballast to its impressive capacity — 1,500 pounds in all — we were displacing enough water to pump out a mini-ocean behind the boat. Riding those swells while hooked onto the standard Illusion X tower, we found them to be long and meaty, as you’d expect. Even better, they had an excellent, refined shape that was predictable, so we could set up and pull off advanced maneuvers. Just as it does on smaller boats, Malibu’s new Power Wedge was an effective tool for sculpting the wakes further by adding the equivalent of even more ballast, up to 1,200 pounds’ worth. We could go more mellow or more rampy with a few clicks of the switch at the dash. Gotta love it.
Again, credit goes to Malibu’s design team. Long, wide V-drive wakeboarding boats don’t have to handle like barges. The Wakesetter 247 LSV has an amazing synergy of elements, such as oversized tracking fins and an expertly engineered hull, to produce a big boat with considerably tight handling. The overall design is so balanced across the width of 102 inches that the stability is rock solid, even in big turns or powering through double-ups. Our test boat had the maxed-out power plant — a Malibu 8100 Vortec with 450 horsepower — so we can actually talk about impressive top-end speed and good hole shot on a boat that’s just south of 25 feet long.
We have to use that word again: Wow. We aren’t kidding when we say you could have an NBA player stretched out from the observer’s seat and another one on the rear bench, and their high-tops wouldn’t touch. The lounge is that long, and yet Malibu has cup holders, speakers and a cooler seemingly everywhere. Granted, the bow isn’t as big as you might think on a boat this size, but we think adding more space to the lounge was worth it. The upholstery itself is heavy vinyl over cushy foam, with a stylish textured accent, called Diamond Grain, running through it. As we bounded across the open water, our testers enjoyed an extremely quiet, soft ride thanks to Malibu’s solid sound- and vibration-dampening construction. One more time: Wow.
Base price: $60,400
Length: 24 ft. 7 in.
Beam: 102 in.
Seating capacity: 16
Fuel capacity: 87 gal.
Test Prop: Acme 13.5 x 16 4-blade
Test Engine: Indmar 8100 Vortec 8.1L, 450 hp
Top Speed: 47.5 mph 5,050 rpm
Accel. To 30 mph: 6.2 sec. 149.1 ft.
Accel. To 36 mph: 8.2 sec. 245.1 ft.
Noise Levels (db): Neutral 59 D 59 R, 36 mph 81 D 88 R