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Old    Andrew C (SaidaInc)      Join Date: Sep 2011       09-08-2011, 6:37 AM Reply   
Well I know most people hate the new pickle fork wakesetter but I just bought one and thought Id share some more images of this thing. I think that its going to be a great boat in the Malibu line up.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/malibub...7627438864193/

I talked to the rep on the phone who set me videos of the wave and wake put out by stock ballast on this thing and I was impressed. He metioned that the boat has all the performance of their other line ups and puts out a larger wave than the VLX/VTX although couldnt say exactly how.

Last edited by SaidaInc; 09-08-2011 at 6:40 AM.
Old    Chance Alex (calexan)      Join Date: Dec 2008       09-08-2011, 6:57 AM Reply   
Can you post up some pics of yours? Im sick of seeing the same ones from Malibu...
Old    Ben (kamighazi)      Join Date: Nov 2008       09-08-2011, 7:20 AM Reply   
Yeah that new Mastercraft Wakesetter.... i mean Malibu XStar looks pretty good. The step on the transom, not so much
Old    Tampa Wake (tampawake)      Join Date: Mar 2008       09-08-2011, 7:24 AM Reply   
except a ton more space than the star.
Old    J D (jeff_mn)      Join Date: Jul 2009       09-08-2011, 7:34 AM Reply   
what colors did you go with?
Old    Adam R (wakecumberland)      Join Date: Oct 2007       09-08-2011, 7:37 AM Reply   
Thats pretty ballsy to order a boat based on pictures. Good luck! Hope the wake is all they claim it to be.
Old    Seth M (Sethjoe)      Join Date: Apr 2011       09-08-2011, 8:16 AM Reply   
I've been in one and yes the wake looks awesome and the surf wake is nice and clean with stock ballast. I have some pictures that i will try to get up this morning.
Old    Brad Noneedtoknow (bspot5)      Join Date: Sep 2008       09-08-2011, 9:34 AM Reply   
Our local Malibu dealer has one and they say the wake is not as nice as the VLX.
Old    Joel Treiger (spf2275)      Join Date: Mar 2011       09-08-2011, 10:34 AM Reply   
I like it and I'm not a pickle fork fan.


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Old    C.I.E..... Evan (guido)      Join Date: Jul 2002       09-08-2011, 10:36 AM Reply   
I think we're going to try to take one out in a few weeks. Hopefully I'll be able to comment about the wake then. IMO it looks nothing like the rake nose of the X-star. Probably better for rough water, though we never really had much trouble with our Stars.

It's going to take something pretty serious to get us out of our LSV. I absolutely love that boat. I do like having the option of a larger bow area, though. Probably one of the only things I miss from our X-star days.

Malibu is on point. It'll be interesting to see how this boat stacks up to the offerings from the other companies. Both in wake and price-point.
Old    Andrew C (SaidaInc)      Join Date: Sep 2011       09-08-2011, 5:19 PM Reply   
I just inverted the colors here, black where red was - etc. Liked that look.
Old    vision (bobenglish)      Join Date: Mar 2008       09-08-2011, 5:59 PM Reply   
Need to ride in an LSV. Is it steeper that the X-star? I would like to find a ride that has a slightly narrower and steeper wake than our star and throws a decent wake with 1500-2000 lbs of weight versus 3000 to 4000lbs.
Old    Dave Diaz (wakebrdr94)      Join Date: Jul 2010       09-08-2011, 6:05 PM Reply   
Is it me, or does the ice chest seem to get smaller and smaller, especially in a bigger boat. And yes, that is important.....
Old    Andrew C (SaidaInc)      Join Date: Sep 2011       09-08-2011, 7:27 PM Reply   
yes but the MXZ has two dedicated ice chests so i guess you have to split the feast
Old    Shawn B (ShawnB)      Join Date: Oct 2010       09-08-2011, 7:36 PM Reply   
I'd say it's more the Malibu X25 than the Malibu XStar. Plus it's hard to compare any new boats to the XStar especially when the 2012 is going to be revealed in the morning.
Old    Johnny (johnny_defacto)      Join Date: Sep 2006       09-08-2011, 7:49 PM Reply   
true shawn, but I am sure when people compare pickle fork boats to the xstar, they are referring to the pickle fork xstar that people have seen, not the one behind the curtain or the small pre 2003 xstar.

I love malibu, but this looks like a cut and paste boat. I think the moomba mojo looks more like a malibu than this does. It definately looks better in white and black, I really dislike how the gel scheme on the side has the stripe on the bow that ends into the rub rail. makes the front end look as if it was transplanted onto a vlx from another boat.
Old    Andrew C (SaidaInc)      Join Date: Sep 2011       09-08-2011, 9:13 PM Reply   
rep told me that they wanted to something like this for a while but wanted to do it right. Many designs were considered and the build had to be from scratch. Might appear this way but doubt it was an after thought. I think it looks like a 70s Eldorado personally think it looks bad ass.
Old    Seth M (Sethjoe)      Join Date: Apr 2011       09-10-2011, 10:34 AM Reply   





Old    Seth M (Sethjoe)      Join Date: Apr 2011       09-10-2011, 10:47 AM Reply   
Forgot a couple good ones




Old    Andrew C (SaidaInc)      Join Date: Sep 2011       09-12-2011, 1:33 AM Reply   
That wave looks pretty sick. Thanks for the pics
Old    Dave Diaz (wakebrdr94)      Join Date: Jul 2010       09-12-2011, 9:40 AM Reply   
That's a pretty small cockpit area in relation to the size of the boat. They should have taken a little away from the bow. Still think the axis looks better, and that hurts me to say
Old    GD (diamonddad)      Join Date: Mar 2010       09-12-2011, 10:09 AM Reply   
I don't understand trading BOW space over COCKPIT space and it looks like Malibu did exactly this.

My bow is empty 95% of the time. It's primarily only used to "hang out" when we anchor for lunch.
Old    C.I.E..... Evan (guido)      Join Date: Jul 2002       09-12-2011, 10:34 AM Reply   
GD, I completely agree. That was always one of my complaints with the X-star. With Malibu you have a choice. You can get the MXZ with a huge bow or you can get the LSV that has the huge cockpit. You could almost play football inside the LSV. It's awesome.

I like the look of the white one. It's clean.

Vision, that's exactly what the LSV wake is. More vert and slightly narrower than the X-star. I love both of those wakes for different reasons. The LSV wake is a booter. The X-star wake allows you to charge as hard as you want and take stuff deep into the flats. Both really fun.
Old    Brian (viking)      Join Date: Sep 2009       09-14-2011, 9:54 AM Reply   
I'm a fan of the MXZ. Not really a pickle fork guy but that Malibu is sick.
I'm gonna have to take one out on a test run next spring
Old    Scott Murphy (muurph84)      Join Date: May 2010       09-14-2011, 11:21 AM Reply   
I think one of these just arrived at singleton marine in atlanta. I was there looking at the axis A22 when the truck rolled in. the sales rep said one of the boats on the truck was an MXZ
Old    Travis (fman)      Join Date: Nov 2008       09-14-2011, 11:05 PM Reply   
The wake is getting very good reviews, we just had a crew member on Malibu Crew go out on the MXZ and he is ordering one for next season. With stock ballast and wedge it was better than his loaded VLX. Apparently they have made some changes to the hull from the VLX.

Here are some specs compared to the VLX:

Length 22'3" vs 21"6" VLX
Beam 102" vs 100"
Draft 27" vs 24"
Weight 4000 vs 3550
Fuel 50 gal vs 48

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