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Malibu 22 VLX vs Malibu 23 LSV at a 22 VLX vs a 23 LSV.


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Am looking at a 22 VLX vs a 23 LSV. Will mainly be used by my wife and I with occasional use by my daughter and her college friends. Thank you for your comments and suggestions.

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Pretty similar boats if you're looking new. That 23 is the brass ring for a lot of us around here. For me the 22 is a little easier to store, tow, etc. so that's my lean. But that 23 would be just a little more impressive from the wave if you are a surfer... and a little more comfortable for a large crew. Pretty simple trade offs if you aren't talking dollars!

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My buddy has the lsv and I have the 22 vlx. Both setup the same and the surf waves are so close it would be hard to tell the difference. I would say the deciding factors are:

Vlx if

- you want to spend a little less

- want tighter turn radius

- easier to maneuver

Lsv if

- you want more interior seating space

- slightly better ride in chop

- storage area is no issue

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I just bought a 22vlx a week ago. We had it out for 4 days over the weeekend. Put 20 hours on it and have to regrets. We had 6 adults and 2 kids on the boat . I wish I would have ordered the surf storage over the bimini top. We had 3 surf boards and 3 wake boards, and now lloking at buying 2 more racks or upgrading the bimini. Pricing the 23 lsv with the same options was about 9k more. I came from a 2005 SAN and have no regrets buying the malibu. I wish I would have this boat sooner. Good luck. Either way you can't go wrong.

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I have a 2012 21vlx as of right now. I took a 2016 23lsv for a rip and I was suprised how well it handled. I was expecting less but was way better then ever thought. The 450 motor is also a big helper when it is full of water and people. I say the 23 works best for us because we always seem to have lots of people with us.

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