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Factory tour 10 December


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I would like to publicly thank Malibu Boats for the very thorough and informational tour this morning.  They are building 22 boats a day right now to get dealers stocked up for spring boat shows, but they still devoted plenty of time to the tour. 

By the time the boats are water tested and cleaned up for shipping, they really are works of art. 

By the way, some of you order funny looking color combinations, and others of you order beautiful ones.  Wow! 

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They don't allow photos on the tour.  I saw no reason to push against that policy at all, especially since I'm not buying a new boat.  You basically sign an NDA with them just to get in the door.  

However, our guide, Kasey, took several photos of boats as we passed them.  He said he tries to honor customer requests for photos, and usually takes about 30 pictures of your build if you ask him to. 

I was impressed with the number of parts they make in that facility and the level of automation.  Even the fiberglass roving and mat is CNC cut before it goes into the molds, including for hatch covers and similar parts. 

And for those of you who think Axis is made on a different production line, go check it out.  They go through the same steps as Malibu, by the same people.  I saw no reason to believe that any boat leaves with any flaw that they could find while they build it.  And every boat is water tested on the lake. 

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