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By midwest_riders (midwest_riders) on Monday, July 06, 2009 - 9:52 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I am looking at a boat and comparing a Supra 24SSV and Malibu 23 LSV. They are both fully loaded with options for wakeboarding. I am wondering what advice anyone has for me about how one compares to the other and what suggestions anyone might have. Thanks in advance.
By John Bauer (jonyb) on Monday, July 06, 2009 - 10:18 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Malibu. I own a Supra and don't plan to buy another one.
By Michael Hunter (mhunter) on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 5:27 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Both are great boats I think the warranty is longer on the Supra. Have you test drove both?
You may want to check out the Nautique 230 also before you buy.

By Cody (loudontn) on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 5:37 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I love both, but as a (bias) owner of a 24SSV, that's the way to go. My local dealer (Knoxville Watersports) has been great to deal with and wouldn't trade that for anything.
By Nick Schimmoeller (nschimm) on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 6:13 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I have been pulled behind both and they are great boats. But seeing some of the issues my buddy has had with Supra and the way the dealer has handled it. I would go with the Malibu.
By pacifichigh (pacifichigh) on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 6:43 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
23LSV -- Killer out of the box wake(full ballast & wedge), roomy interior,unsurpassed fit and finish.
By Diggs ( (tyler97217) on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 7:08 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Here is my good honest impression after having experience with both.

#1 Which dealer do you like better? You will have a relationship with them and it is very important.
#2 The Malibu is a better handling boat when taking turns, etc.
#3 The Supra will give you more boat for your money.
#4 The wake behind both are great.
#5 The Supra is entirely upgradeable in terms of ballast with very little work. You simply unlpug bags and then plug in bigger bags and they are all completely hidden. I love that it is so easy to modify your ballast configuration at the flip of a switch.

With that being said I own a Supra now and these are the criteria I used. We have a great dealer in our area and Skiers Choice has always been a stand up company.
You can't really make a bad decision here as they are great boats. Good luck!

By Brett Barnsley (aaudii5150) on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 8:04 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
23 LSV I'm also bias.... I have one and love it! Bought it used and saved a ton, not to mention that that the guy before me made every upgrade and then some.
By nu bu (05mobiuslsv) on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 8:41 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Drive, ride, and relax in them both and the decision will be very easy for you.
By thesack (thesack) on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 8:53 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
One thing to consider as well is the number of people you typically have out on your boat with you.

I currently have a 21V, which is all around a good boat with a great wake when weighted properly. But when the family comes out we are cramped. I have been looking at the Supra 24, Malibu 23 LSV and 247, and Nautique 230. The Malibu's have the most room in them.

By Richard (nauty) on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 8:55 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
What year models? If the Malibu has the power wedge I would go with the Malibu hands down. I've ridden both and own a Supra 22SSV, but I just think the wake behind the Malibu is easier to dial in, especially with the power wedge. The Supra's have great wakes, but they can be finicky and difficult to balance when you have guests on board who move from one side to another. It's pretty hard to get a Malibu to wash on one side or the other.

In the newer Malibu models all the stock ballast is under the floor leaving you tons of room to add additional ballast in the lockers should you choose. I'm also not a fan of the loveseat behind the drivers seat on the Supra's, but that's all personal preference.

In the end you will be happy with either. After all, it's not like you're going to hear people complaining about owning either of these boats. But if I had my choice I would take the Malibu.

By Bret (wakeride26) on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 9:02 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
What year Supra and what year 23?
By Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas) on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 9:24 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I've only been on the Supra.... it was great.
I love the seating

By midwest_riders (midwest_riders) on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 4:09 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I am looking at a 2005 Supra 24SSV and a 2007 Malibu 23 LSV. Thanks for all the replies. It seems we have a few complete supporters of each one, but it is nice to hear why they each support their brand. I have been in a 24SSV, but not a 23 LSV. We have a Supra dealer around us, but not a Malibu dealer. However, there are a few dealers around us who are able to work on the Malibu.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

By Bryan Locke (gwnkids) on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 5:22 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I have had both and as all have said each one has its strong points.
Easy to upgrade bags but the fill time is slow for the GG
The bags are exposed - if you carry stuff in the trunk they can puncture
Nice play pen and double up seat but makes for a smaller helm
Wake Plate - nice for the hole shot and fine tuneing the wake
Perfect Pass - better than the Malibu Cruse
Nice remote oil filter

Power wedge - very nice for adding lip and for surfing
4 tanks below the floor
Easy to add the piggy back system (750s in the trunk) or plum additional 750 on top of the built in tanks with seperate 1200 pumps (my chioce)
Tons of storage under the seats
Towel warmer (over the engine)
Rope holder (over the trans)
Love the Tower with the sampson mirror
Easer impeller changes (every 100 hrs)

Both have nice wakes but I give the edge to Mailbu

You need to drive and ride both you cannot go wrong both are very nice.

PS My 07 23 LSV has the Hammerhead 400 hp with the 1273 prop I have not been behind the small motor loaded down.

By midwest_riders (midwest_riders) on Wednesday, July 08, 2009 - 12:52 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I would like to try the Power Wedge out. It sounds intriguing and allows for less water in the boat without sacrificing wake size.
By Jason Pribyl (skibum69) on Wednesday, July 08, 2009 - 1:36 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
If those were my two choices I would have to go with the Malibu, they have a lot of little details in interior conviences and comfort that make the difference.
By John Bauer (jonyb) on Wednesday, July 08, 2009 - 7:42 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
The dealer can make or break the brand loyalty. That's mostly what ruined it for me, but now I'm fixing all the piddly crap that the factory did in a half-fast manner. I had a customer bring in a 2008 23LSV a couple weeks ago, and after crawling around in it for 2 days I saw how much better it was built.
By Brock Landers (formfunction) on Wednesday, July 08, 2009 - 7:49 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
John,tell me about the piddly things you have to fix.
By Cody (loudontn) on Wednesday, July 08, 2009 - 8:19 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I can definitely respect the frustration that John has had with his particular boat, but I can assure you his situation isn't uniform across the board. I own an '05, where he has an '07, 24SSV and it's solid and very well built. Mine even belonged to Trevor Hansen and was used hard, but it's still rock solid all around.

I do agree that a dealer can make or break brand loyalty.

Look at both of them and make your own decision based on your own experiences with your own dealer. That's the only way you'll get what you really want and need. They're both terrific boats, and if Supra's didn't exist I would probably have found my way into a Malibu.

By Brock Landers (formfunction) on Wednesday, July 08, 2009 - 8:58 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I build street rods chassis for a living so my opinion of engineering and build quality is very harsh.I have been inside and out of my boat among many other brands and skiers choice is pretty standard of the industry in terms of quality.
By nu bu (05mobiuslsv) on Wednesday, July 08, 2009 - 9:53 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I'll have to disagree with that one, I've owned both.
By Brock Landers (formfunction) on Thursday, July 09, 2009 - 7:12 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Both have there strong and weak points Nubu but the reality is if I pulled half the crap the big three pull I would go out of business.

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