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Brett B

Our new 2012 VLX

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Brett B

My wife and I spent a few years riding in friends boats and researching different brands. We looked very closely at Mastercraft and Nautique as well, and while they are very nice boats it became clear that the Malibu fit us best. It doesn't hurt that so many of our good friends are Malibu owners as well! We looked at Axis too, and while we liked the wake and boat overall, with their increasing prices I just didn't feel like I was getting as much value out of it. So here is our new 2012 VLX that we custom ordered. Picked it up about a week ago so here are a few pictures, I will post some more as we get them.

The V8 4-runner tows it great but will be getting rear air bags soon to help with the squat:

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Demo with the dealer and some break-in hours, boy do I need a tan! The metallic flake looks great on the water!

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It fits! Being able to store it at home (thanks to the G3 tower) was a big part of deciding to buy new:

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Garage storage racks all done:

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Interior pic. Just got the Exile XM9's bolted up, these speakers are awesome. We also had a custom "straight" hoop made which should arrive this week. That way I will not have to remove the hoop to fit under my 7 foot garage door every time we go out. I wanted the original hoop as well though since it works with the bimini which we will use on long weekend summer trips.

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Got to take it out this weekend. I was really impressed with the stock wake with just a couple people in it. Overall we couldn't be happier with the boat, can't wait to spend all summer on it!

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bcoppess23

Congrats on the new boat! Great looking ride and your summer will be filled with a lot of joy :clap::thumbup:

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Slayer

That's a beautiful ride! Congratulations!

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FlatH20

nice set up - one mod that we really like was a tower mounted mirror - that pic of the mirror made me think of it.. nice looking set up! congrats

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Love2Ride

SiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiCK!

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srintx

Congrats, I saw the flake on a MXZ my dealer had and it looked AWESOME~ Enjoy your boat!

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Michigan boarder

She's a beauty! Congratulations!

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BlastRlxi

Congrats! Nice looking boat. Where in Ohio are you?

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Malibuzer

Your tower doesn't look like it is folded all the way? What are you doing to keep it up that high?

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hollifield55

I have a 2011, same colors. Looks great.

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Brett B

Thanks for all the kind words guys, I'm in Columbus.

Your tower doesn't look like it is folded all the way? What are you doing to keep it up that high?

With the hoop removed and the speakers installed it pretty much balances there, you can set it all the way down or partway up like in the pictures. Without the speakers or hoop it would stand itself mostly up. For getting under the garage door it needs to be all the way down, so for now the wifey rides in the boat while backing in to make sure it stays down. With the new straight hoop installed it should stay all the way down on it's own.

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RockinRod

Very nice, congrats.

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bamabonners

very nice - I am a big fan of metal flake.

Wish I had a garage that would fit my boat.

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Bobby Light

I'm not sure what I'm more impressed with the boat or the sanitized room you keep it in. Looks like a clean room at an electronics factory. Impressive :thumbup: .

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Brett B

I'm not sure what I'm more impressed with the boat or the sanitized room you keep it in. Looks like a clean room at an electronics factory. Impressive :thumbup: .

Haha, thanks. I posted the garage picture on facebook and that got the most comments from the local boat friends as well. The oversized 3rd car garage was a big reason why I bought this house, this man has his priorities straight. :biggrin:

I did spend some time getting the garage cleaned up and ready. Cut down a tree that was in the way, moved out some stuff, touched up the walls and epoxy coated the floor. The neighbors of course thought I was crazy commenting on how ridiculously clean the garage was, I didn't tell them why. Then we brought the boat home and I'm sure it all made sense. :lol: The wife thought I was crazy too for putting that much work into the garage but now she thinks it's awesome.

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srintx

I'm not sure what I'm more impressed with the boat or the sanitized room you keep it in. Looks like a clean room at an electronics factory. Impressive :thumbup: .

Ditto, is that an operating room?

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windy1

When I built my house an oversized 3 car garage was first on the list. now i am adding a 24' carport on the side with 10' clearance so I can just back her in with the tower up. BTW although my garage is not an clean as the OP I can say it stays full of cars and not junk. Nothing bugs me more than cars or boats in the driveway and a garage full of crap so nice job with this one.

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JTech

Impressive :thumbup: .

When I saw that, this came to mind:

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Fman

Sweet ride! Looks great! and ditto the other comments, thats the cleanest garage I have ever seen! You have wwwwwaaaayyyyy to much time on your hands! Do you have kids? :) LOL, If not, you need to have some to give you something to do!

And one other question on the straight bar, who did it for you? and will the bimini still work with the straight bar? I was also looking into this, I have to remove my tow ball on the tower to fit in our garage, good call on the straight bar... removing the bar every time you wanted to put it in the garage would be a PIA! its tough to line up every time.

Again, congrats! and enjoy....

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IXFE

How do you like the mirror mounted on the windshield frame? I also passed on the G3 twoer mirror mainly because I didn't want to fork over $500 or whatever it was for a mirror (personally, I'm kind of annoyed that you have to pay extra for a tower mirror). Also, I ready a thread hear about issues people were having.

So I'm curious how i will adapt to the windshield mirror. Do you like??

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Fman

IXFE, Bakes is listing the G3 Mirror for $549, and $599 if you want the stainless handle (which I recommend). For that price I dont think the mirror is worth the cost, I paid $349 for it and thought that was too expensive. I think you made a good call going with the windshield mount, and with the Malibu you have to always have the center window closed anyway because of the size of the window. It looks like it would break to me if you had it open and hit a few big rollers. My old boat had a smaller window and it was never an issue leaving it open while driving the boat, not the case with the Malibu.

That windshield mount looks like it does a great job of showing the entire rider even when cutting outside the wake, although I do think the tower mirror looks cool, but not $600 cool.

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IXFE

^^^ Fman... you just read my mind. That is EXACTLY what I was thinking when I skipped the mirror on my order sheet.

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bamabonners

I prefer the window mount. I have enough stuff to hit my head on without adding a mirror.

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Phoenix

Very nice looking boat. I think your colours are more like what my wife was looking for..... before I convinced her to let me get the black hull.

Where did you get the straight hoop made? I too have a 7' door, along with a one week VTX that I have to take the hoop off.

With the hoop removed and the speakers installed it pretty much balances there, you can set it all the way down or partway up like in the pictures. Without the speakers or hoop it would stand itself mostly up. For getting under the garage door it needs to be all the way down, so for now the wifey rides in the boat while backing in to make sure it stays down. With the new straight hoop installed it should stay all the way down on it's own.

Once I took the hoop off I used some webbing to hold the tower down to the steering column.

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