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2008 Malibu Wakesetter VLX
Not-so-secret weapon. It makes world class athletes better. Imagine what it can do for you. The Wakesetter VLX is the official tow boat of Wakestock and WakeWorld.com, as well as the personal boat of pros such as world champions Phillip Soven and Dallas Friday as well as Chad Sharpe, Brian Grubb and Kevin Henshaw. Hard core riders will appreciate the optimized V25 Wake hull, the Malibu Launch System (MLS) and the Ballast Monitoring System (BMS) that can maximize your ride. Add the all-stainless Patented Power Wedge or traditional Wedge for increased vertical performance.
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Best wakeboard boat ever hands down! Even compared to the 09 and 2010 the 08 has the best wake around. I love everything about this boat. I've owned it since summer 08 and have not ran into any problems what-so-ever. WaterskiAmerica's service team is topnotch and the scheduled maintainence is quick and easy. Why do peolpe hate on the wedge? Of course the boat isn't going to plane out with the wedge all the way down and it all sacked out. You've got to get to riding speed then lower the wedge to the position you want. Like I said, we have no problems sakcing my boat down on top of the stock tanks and then planeing out. Love the design and graphics are simple yet sick. I don't want/need a Mastercraft and thier crazy Affliction/Ed Hardy graphics all over the boat. Malibu is the best in the business
This boat is amazing. The wake behind this boat is awesome. It is big and poppy, but still firm and not washed out, even with the Wake plate. Some people hate the wake plate, so don't use it, but it isn't a trim tab and it isn't to plane the boat or increase fuel economy, it is to make the wake BIGGER and it works. We ride with stock ballast and flips are effortless, sacking this out isn't neccessary but we sure will try it soon. I have been stopped on my lake many times by people so they could tell me I have the sickest boat on the lake. A wakeboarders must buy.
Reviewer: Scott Cain
Best wake whether you are running factory or sacking out. Wedge allows you to shape and clean. My boat is always a show stopper. Service at the dealership is outstanding!!!
Reviewer: Matthew Tywoniuk
I have had thit boat for about a year now and I have not had a single problem other than banging the prop up a little. the boat has a great design and sharp exterior excellent storage and balllast tanks are out of the way. the presets are awesome and give a perfect wake no matter what the conditions on the lake are or how many people are in the boat. the malibu vlx can seat 11 comfortably and at the price its not a bad deal.
Had a number of pros ride this. Some like wedge, some don't. All were raving about this boat and picking it of the three that we had available to ride behind. I'm beginner wakeboarder, so not much to offer myself. Wakesurf on this is really really good too, though. This boat is so well thought out. Glad I did not get the Tige or the Moomba. Trim tab vs. wedge is a stupid arguement, as each hull is built a different way based on those two technologies. They are both good, Malibu just chooses to make their boat plane without the tab, and use the wedge to pull against that plane. This boat is amazing fit and finish. Had problems with stock (el cheapo) cranking battery. Replaced and all seems good now.
Excellent boat! Rattles alot more than my Mastercrafts did!!! Otherwise love this boat...great room, great ride, great wake, great storage, great looks!
Reviewer: Clay Martin
I will have to say It will be hard for me by another Suprs or Tige' after I have riddin behide this boat.The wedge does make a big difference.
WOW! There is only one word that describes this boat! AMAZING! This boat, by far, is the sickest boat I have ever ridden behind. I don't why certain people hate the Wedge but to me its the greatest feature on this boat. I ride with a midship ballast of 800lb, two stern ballasts of 400lb each, and the Wedge (1,200lb) completely deployed and the wake is MASSIVE! The wake to wake transitions are perfect. Whether you ride wake to wake (or) wake to flats, you will love this boat; it allows you to shape the wake for either type of rider. For it's price, reliability, warranty, wake, etc... this is the best boat on the market! I wouldn't even consider buying another boat!
this boat is amazing! definately the best wake i have ever ridden behind. when i was riding behind it the ballast was filled to 1250 pounds and the wake was huge! i didnt even need to use the power wedge. if you are serious about wakeboarding and want a serious wakeboarding boat, this is the boat for you. besides, its gotta be good if riders like chad sharpe, dallas friday, brian grubb and phillip soven all own one!
Definantly the best value and boat out there. Malibu has done a great job with all aspects of this boat especially the electronics, layout and handling. Recomended for any one who wants a sick wakeboat and a sweet ride. aynonomus:The Power Wedge is actually a main contributor to the best wake in the industry and beleive me out of the many boats i've owned i've never found any true compeditor to this wake plate.
This boat is a nice boat, it's reliable, it has a nice wake thats steep and poppy (although it rolls, and landings aren't the best). Like the USB port to play mp3. I don't like that there are two compartment doors to get to the engine, it also makes filling sacs more difficult. Also don't like that it doesn't have snap out carpeting. One of the seats is a hazard, cuz if you step on the outside, the seat will flip up and you can fall, i've done it a few times. All the electronic black buttons are kind of confusing to figure out, and some of the guages and sound system already have problems. A lot of storage is lost if you get the bow ballast tank. Don't even get me started with the wedge, stupidest thing ever. All it is is a wakeshaper that doesn't help plane out the boat and worsens handling and decreases fuel efficiency. I wish malibu wasn't so proud of there wedge and just stuck with something proven like a hydraulic trim tab (which is a wakeshaper that increases fuel efficiency by helping plane out the boat and reducing unneccesary drag). I would suggest getting a bigger engine than the standard and getting the wakeboard prop.
Reviewer: Blake K
Ive owned four Vlx's now, just ordered the fifth and have to say, hands down the best boats out there, this is a boat with class, great handling, flawless wake, plus the boat is extremely dependable. i don't understand why anyone would spend there money anywhere else. do yourself a favor and buy a Malibu. When you go visit your local dealer take a chance to get it one and drive it, this will out perform all others. try to run this boat heads up to any other boat, and youll see why the Malibu sets the bar for all other Ski boats.
Reviewer: JB ONeill
the gnar factor from 1 to 10 is 10