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By Thane Dogg (thane_dogg) on Friday, November 26, 2004 - 2:49 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
anyone know? Sure is tech lookin' and sounding, but...if it doesn't fold, isn't it kind of a step back?
 
By Thane Dogg (thane_dogg) on Friday, November 26, 2004 - 12:07 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
...hate to sound skeptical. I do think it looks sick.

http://www.wakeworld.com/news/2004/malibu16.asp

 
By Wkerat (wkerat) on Friday, November 26, 2004 - 2:04 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
yes, it folds, have not seen one down yet
 
By Big Ed (big_ed_x2) on Sunday, November 28, 2004 - 6:23 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
it takes two to fold it down.It's alan bolts and pretty difficult to fold.Never seen it done but seen it down.
 
By Wkerat (wkerat) on Sunday, November 28, 2004 - 6:37 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
My dealer has one coming for the ny show so if I can I will get some pictures of it down.
 
By adam Curtis (acurtis_ttu) on Monday, November 29, 2004 - 6:57 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I have a friend that has it on his, he says b/c the tower is reversed, fixed near the rear of the boat. The rope gets caught on the boards, and racks. just one more thing to consider, but it looks awesome. He'll say the same
 
By Big Ed (big_ed_x2) on Monday, November 29, 2004 - 8:32 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
It's not very tall either so not a big fan.
 
By Koen Vrints (22parksm) on Monday, November 29, 2004 - 9:08 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
http://www.wakeboarder.be/Menu/photoshows/surfexpo/index.html

I took some pictures of the one on the surf expo. you cab see them on my site

 
By Thane Dogg (thane_dogg) on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 1:32 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
that is one sick Malibu you took pics of Koen.
 
By Jason Craveiro (s4inor) on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 11:50 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
The Blade has more than it's share of problems. Stay away from it for the time being.
 
By Diggs (tyler97217) on Tuesday, December 07, 2004 - 8:10 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
s4inor - What are problems with the blade?
 
By Wakeside.com (wakeside1) on Tuesday, December 07, 2004 - 11:54 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
The one I saw at Surf Expo was a prototype. It really looked rough on the edges. It wasn't very rigid side-to-side either. They are probably still working on correcting that with more carbon fiber in the right places.
 
By TY-one-on (typhoon) on Sunday, December 12, 2004 - 9:16 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I also heard that they rattle and to watch out due to gel coat cracks.
 
By Mike (upupnaway) on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 7:25 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I do not understand why they would focus on making the tower light weight, aren't we always looking for more weight?

It does look pretty cool, but I would worry about long term durability. Any tower swept forward or backwards looks like they will invite stress fractures in the long term.


 
By Luke Dalske (oldcentury76) on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 8:51 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
The rattle is probably from the tower being shaped like a wing! You might get some lift from the tower.
 
By Wkerat (wkerat) on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 1:41 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
A light weight tower will stress the boat less and reduce chances of gel damage and stress cracks down the road. The blade I saw today was pretty sweet, limited movement, nice looks, and well integrated. I may have to think about one on my next boat.
 
By swass (swass) on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 1:46 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I don't think the weight of the tower is as important as how the load on the tower is transferred to the hull. I'm no engineer, but I would think four mounting points are better than two.
 
By TY-one-on (typhoon) on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 1:56 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
that is the problem that i heard.
 
By Ryan Rantz (airrantz) on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 3:34 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
are people having problems with the Illusion X tower and gel coat cracks? Is the mounting of this one different? It looks sharp the reverse swoop design has been growing on me, specifically with Malibu's new gel coat schemes.
 
By Stephen Hiltscher (stephan) on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 4:11 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I always thought they looked dumb but after driving & riding all day yesterday behind this boat I found it to be very functional. The rope did go across the board on the racks a couple times but when you have a rider at a sharp angle, it will happen on any tower. I'm short (5'8") so i thought the height was fine, no one else smacked their head. I really liked the forward visibility, flawless. I know it's not the Blade but this one was sturdy as hell & the boat tracked like a pro, much easier to drive than last years!
Don't turn your back on this boat, it's dangerous!

 
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