We thought we'd take a sneak peek at one of the new wake boarding boats coming out in 2008. This boat caught our eye and whether the spring's first sessions will serve to train for the pro tour or work out those rookie mistakes, this boat has something special to offer.
Why It Has Our Attention
Sporting a completely new hull design and accommodating 14, the Wakesetter 23 LSV is made with a perfect harmony of great control, comfortable ride and killer wakes in mind. Emulating the fierce look of the 247 LSV, the 23 adds a new frameless-vented windshield for a look all its own. As good as it looks, what catches our eyes are the up to 1,350 pounds of ballast, ballast monitoring system, Precision Pro Speed Control and especially the rider presets.
Pulling a Pro
There's plenty of ballast to distribute, a monitoring system to make sure it's perfect, speed control and an adjustable power wedge. That's a lot to customize, so Malibu added LCD switch panels to control it all. An advanced rider can tweak every aspect of the boat's wake and ride to perfectly suit his or her ride style or even adjust everything especially to work on a new trick or move. Best of all, custom settings can be saved into the system so each rider can have a signature ride at the touch of a button.
Pulling a Joe
All the options and customization sounds great but could easily confuse — or downright scare — someone just learning to cross the wake. That's where the presets come in. Punch up the LCD and set the boat to the factory-set beginner setting and a new rider gets the smoothest ride possible. Intermediate and advanced presettings will help a boarder progress, without requiring so much experimentation with ballast and wedge settings. Just set it, forget it and rip it.
Length: 23 ft.
Width: 102 in.
Draft: 27 in.
Seating capacity: 14
Fuel capacity: 55 gal.
Horsepower: 340 (450)
Ballast: 1,000 lbs. (1,350 lbs.)
For more information: www.malibuboats.com