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09' Wakesetter 23LSV revew


Bobby Light

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So we couldn’t stop with the VLX demo, we told Bakes Marine we had to test big brother too. So we set out Friday afternoon on a less than perfect day, but it didn’t matter we were so stoked to demo the 09’ Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV. So here comes Brett V from Bakes Marine into the parking lot at Lake Sammamish with a beautiful red, black, and white LSV in tow. We loaded up and hit the water and the first thing we had to do was see these surf wakes in stock form for comparison against the monster stock surf wakes of the 09’VLX.

Well it didn’t take us long to see that we were going to need more weight in this boat to achieve the monster surf wake the VLX was throwing down. We didn’t waste any time loading up about 650# in a sac in the rear locker regular side, about 300# in a sac under the seats, and full MLS ballast. I have to say I thought the wave would be a little taller so we adjusted the wedge all the way down from the middle position it was at. I jumped in the lake ready for business. When I started surfing this wake I got the biggest grin on my face. Is it weird to fall in love with a surf wake? I think I have fallen in love with the wave this 09’ Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV was throwing down. I LOVE THIS BOAT.

What the wave lacked in height it more than made up for in push, firmness, and shape. It was like riding an avalanche down a mountain. I’ve never ridden a wave with this much push. I was riding at 10.6 and it felt as if I was going so much faster. I constantly had to put the brakes on with this wave, it was amazing. It did take me a minute to get used the amount of push from this wave but once I did I was having the time of my life. I was trying to see how far back I could ride and managed about 15’ before I started to fall out of the pocket with this weight configuration. I barely put on the gas (leaned forward a little bit) for a second and I was coming in hot on the transom of the boat. The best part was that just like on the VLX all the sacs are hidden and out of the way. For reference there were 3 guys in the boat and one female, they must have thought I was going crazy out there giggling like a little kid. Oh and did I mention I LOVE THIS BOAT.

John got to know really quickly exactly what I was giggling about when he took on the surf wave coming from this LSV. His eyes got huge followed by the smile that you just can’t help while surfing this boat. Our goofy side rider Charlie was with us and has only surfed a few times out on my boat. He rides goofy and doesn’t see the dark side love on my boat to often; I usually make him tough it out regular side. We had to load up the dark side for him on this 09’ LSV. We put about 500# in the back locker and kept full MLS and wedge all the way down. Charlie was going ropeless after about 3 minutes and looked like he was having a blast. The dark side looked to shape up nicely with very little weight on this boat. This boat is very easy to surf given the characteristics of the wave described above.

This boat does list more than the VLX when weighted but who cares I was in surfing heaven. Malibu really stepped up in the interior this year and got rid of the unattractive dash layout in the 08’ LSV. It’s now the same dash and layout as the VLX with all the nice little cubby areas that you never knew you had to have until you see them. Take everything we wrote on the last review of the 09’ VLX interior and apply it here on this boat. These 09’ boats are just plain sexy, I don’t know how else to put it. To me this 09’ Malibu Wakesetter 23LSV boat is just like the VLX, just 1.5’ longer. If you role with a bigger crew or just prefer a larger boat you have to get this 09’ Wakesetter 23 LSV. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the bow rails being moved into the bow area but after testing these 2 09’ boats I actually love how it cleans up the looks of the boats.

The test boat had the 350 Monsoon and stock prop on it and was plenty for what we wanted and surfed great with this setup. Sorry guys we couldn’t get any wakeboarding in it started sprinkling on us towards the end of our surf session.

Bottom line is this is a fantastic boat that puts out the finest surf wake I’ve ever had the pleasure to ride. Thanks Brett V and Bakes Marine for letting us put the 09’ Wakesetter 23 LSV through the paces. We had a great time and everyone loved this boat. I don’t usually get this excited but I just can’t help it with this 2009 Malibu Wakesetter lineup. Great job Malibu I can’t wait to see how you guys take it ANOTHER step beyond in the coming model years. But please let me enjoy the new 09’ I’m going to get before making me drool over some of the new stuff you’ll be coming out with.

Here is the stock surf wake with Full MLS.

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I think the look says it all.

I remember that look! It was OHHHHHHHHHHHHH my god this isn`t a wave it`s tasunami. the wave had so much push we ran the boat up to 12 or 13 and I could still ram the transom with little effort. had a blast on that boat. I cant wait till you pick one up. ill get you a new "you must be this tall to ride this wave sticker" and ill mount it just low enough that I can ride..lol Whistling.gif

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Ya the weather stopped cooperating just as we were finishing up surfing so we were unable to check out the wakeboard wakes. I've seen them before on the 08' and they are great, same hull this year just changed up the interior.

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Trust me John, the wakeboard wake is epic with factory ballast and wedge. No extra ballast is needed or desireable. You really can dial up any wake shape or size you want. Let me know when you are coming down to Lake Anna and I will set up a demo for you and your crew.

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Trust me John, the wakeboard wake is epic with factory ballast and wedge. No extra ballast is needed or desireable. You really can dial up any wake shape or size you want. Let me know when you are coming down to Lake Anna and I will set up a demo for you and your crew.

I have seen pics of the 23 wakeboard wake, but that boat is too big for me. BTW - nice wake John

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I have a '08 and I dont think the interior is that unattractive. I guess I shopped a lot of other boats, and in my opinion the Bu had the nicest interior. However, I do think the maliview is a nice upgrade.

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I have a '08 and I dont think the interior is that unattractive. I guess I shopped a lot of other boats, and in my opinion the Bu had the nicest interior. However, I do think the maliview is a nice upgrade.

Then do your wallet a favor and don't step foot in an 09'. I do agree it was still better than what other manufacturers had to offer.

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I have a '08 and I dont think the interior is that unattractive. I guess I shopped a lot of other boats, and in my opinion the Bu had the nicest interior. However, I do think the maliview is a nice upgrade.

Then do your wallet a favor and don't step foot in an 09'. I do agree it was still better than what other manufacturers had to offer.

Really funny that you say that... 'cause i have an 08 23LSV and i stepped foot in an 09 'cause i wanted to check out Malivue.. and i really expected to be blown away... i wasn't. Maybe i am just weird but i really like the 08 dash layout better... it's higher and i think i just like it that way(the interior is identical other than the dash). My '08 boat's interior is trimmed in Reuben and maybe that has something to do with it... it looks really classy and the 09 we saw was trimmed with black and grey. Can't decide how i like the glove box, I like the new way it opens, but it just seems like the 08 is bigger. Malivue is of course an A++++ REally really cool... I just don't like how small the new dash feels. Other than the dash/glovebox the boats are identical... so you won't be "blown away" or anything like that... its the same boat... just a different dashboard layout which was needed to fit the Malivue (if you have an 07, then yes, expect to be pulling out your checkbook and taking one home.) The 08 still has all the side pocket and storage areas next to the driver just like the 09. At the end of the day I'd take eitehr one.. and if i had a choice i would obviously take the 09 with Malivue, but i think i would miss my big dash.

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I honestly didn't expect 08' owners to post replies to this thread any different than the above. No offense to 08' owners but that dash was only around for a year for a reason.

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I honestly didn't expect 08' owners to post replies to this thread any different than the above. No offense to 08' owners but that dash was only around for a year for a reason.

Ummmm...... Whats so different besides the maliview? Not much if anything. I did step foot in a '09, and the maliview is awesome. But thats about it. I am going to keep mine for 3 years and then get a new one.

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So how was the ballast setup in the pre-weighted pics? I know the stock preset options is full Rear Left, and Full Center..... Im guessing you also filled the front? Im still trying to figure out what wave gives me the best setup before i go through the hassel of adding fat sacs.

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I honestly didn't expect 08' owners to post replies to this thread any different than the above. No offense to 08' owners but that dash was only around for a year for a reason.

Actually what i am saying is that i would prefer an 09 with the 08 dash but with Malivue:). Just my personal taste. Everyone seems to make comments on how they dislike the 08 dash... everyone has different opinions and i just personally like the 08 dash. Maybe because its different and not like every other boat out there. Different isnt always good.. and if more people feel it's a bad design then i can see why Malibu changed it. I just happen to be someone who likes it (and liked it way before i purchased my boat.) The only thing i don't like about my dash is the stereo remote... i wish it was facing the driver, not... ummm... nobody.

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So how was the ballast setup in the pre-weighted pics? I know the stock preset options is full Rear Left, and Full Center..... Im guessing you also filled the front? Im still trying to figure out what wave gives me the best setup before i go through the hassel of adding fat sacs.

Just for clarrification the boat we tested did not have the malivue in the boat. For weight we had full mls filled accept non surf side. Wedge was all the way down. You won't get the wave you're really looking for without fat sacs. But when you add them you'll be in heaven.

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I honestly didn't expect 08' owners to post replies to this thread any different than the above. No offense to 08' owners but that dash was only around for a year for a reason.

Actually what i am saying is that i would prefer an 09 with the 08 dash but with Malivue:). Just my personal taste. Everyone seems to make comments on how they dislike the 08 dash... everyone has different opinions and i just personally like the 08 dash. Maybe because its different and not like every other boat out there. Different isnt always good.. and if more people feel it's a bad design then i can see why Malibu changed it. I just happen to be someone who likes it (and liked it way before i purchased my boat.) The only thing i don't like about my dash is the stereo remote... i wish it was facing the driver, not... ummm... nobody.

HAHA.... my thoughts exactly when I first seen it.. I was like who the hell is going to be right here messing with the radio if the boat is moving ?!?! And one more small gripe is I dont like how the lcd panels are pointing at my knees !!! I see they changed them on the 09's.

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I figure at some point I will have to add weight. But I'm lazy and don't really want to have to hook up pumps so I'm looking for the best wake before I have to do that.

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I figure at some point I will have to add weight. But I'm lazy and don't really want to have to hook up pumps so I'm looking for the best wake before I have to do that.

Wrong boat then, you need the 09' VLX hands down..

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