We have a 00 VLX and sacked it for surfing.. Every now and then I would heard the engine rev slightly then catch.. No major slippage or anything but it concerned me.. Trans fluid is full and smells normal..
It's very unlikely that you are getting cavitation. If you did you would also get a vibration.
With a new boat it's also unlikely you have transmission slippage. If it did your temps would go up and it would get worse over time.
If you are running on a speed control the rev changes are most likely caused by that. At slow speeds they sometimes make some big changes, especially if you are going over some rollers.
It's most likely that your prop is turned and the thrust from the prop on the rudder is causing vibration in the steering wheel. Try making sure your prop is as straight as possible and see if it fixes the problem.
mine was caused by prop cavitation felt like the trans was slipping and not a vibration.when under propped the prop will cavatate and boil the water passing the prop causing air to build up props need water to push air does not work very well like I said above I called acme told them my altitude amount of ballast and they told me which prop I needed took their advice and problem solved
I have the "cavitaion" happen about once a day when I am out surfing and loaded heavy (2002 SAN) I have not seen any pitting on my prop, and have assumed it was cavitation and not a trans slippage. I would figure that it would be much more frequent if it was the transmission.
I got a brand new prop with some vibration, I had them re-balance it. They shaved a TINY bit of brass from one blade and it worked wonders on the vibration. Doesn't quite sound like your problem, but my point is that the prop is very sensitive...