2006 Malibu Wakesetter VLX
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After much too long of a wait, I was finally called up to the Malibu factory in Merced, California a couple of weeks ago to pick up the Official Boat of WakeWorld, the 2006 Malibu Wakesetter VLX
. It was a long drive, but I quickly forgot about the hours on the road when my eyes met up with this black, yellow and gray beauty. The dark color scheme, provided by a WakeWorld reader in our Malibu Design Contest
, was a stunning contrast to the all-white Malibu Wakesetter LSV that had been supplying the pulls for WakeWorld since 2000. The colored Blade tower that topped off the rig was a sleek, carbon fiber, Batman-inspired work of art. I lost count of the number of heads that turned as I headed back down the 5 toward WakeWorld headquarters.
Although we had initially been scheduled to pick up the boat on May 15, immediately after it was used for the 2006 Malibu Boats catalog shoot, the pickup date was changed at the last minute and we ended up waiting an additional month for a mid-June pickup. Apparently Malibu ended up making a lot more changes to the 2006 VLX than they had originally planned. Because of all the new goodies on board, they didn't want the boat out and about before dealers were able to get their hands on them. So not only did we have to wait an additional month, but we also had trouble sleeping knowing that our 2006 Wakesetter was just sitting there in the corner of the factory doing nothing.
Now that it's finally here, we've been hitting the waterways on a regular basis to get it properly dialed in and have managed to provide a few pulls to some San Diego locals in the process. Our goal is to bring our readers details, feedback, reviews, photos, video and much more on this exciting new Malibu Wakesetter in the coming months. We're even going to take you on a factory tour to see how the boat was put together. We look forward to not only burning through many tanks of fuel, but bringing the Malibu experience to you through these pages.
To get things started, we're whipping out a photo gallery of the 2006 WakeWorld Wakesetter
with some of the best pics we've taken of the vessel in her short life. We'll also be answering your questions about the new boat on a regular basis. So if there is anything you want to know about our 2006 Malibu Wakesetter VLX, feel free to email us at 2006VLX@WakeWorld.com
and we'll try to get it answered. You might even win some shwag in the process!
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