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SpaceKat

2008 Malibu vRide surf setup suggestions

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SpaceKat

Just acquired my first Malibu and am really excited to experience this boat.  We are coming from a Yamaha jet boat, which we loved, but this should be able to give us so much more.

So a couple of questions:

I think I only have the factory installed center ballast, do i need more?

We have the manual wedge, not the power wedge, is this something that should be upgraded? eventually :)

What about getting a wake shaper?  Like a Swell or a Naticurl? Necessary?  Are those good options?  any other suggestions?

Also, not surf set-up related, but curious what the best aftermarket cover to get for this boat is? I have the original factory cover, but it basically sucks and Malibu doesn't make it anymore.

Thanks and I'll welcome any and all other suggestions for my new toy!

 

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Eagleboy99

Answers:

Yes - and in the bow area as well.

No - unless you are a baller

Yes - your choice or roll your own

Evolution, but prepare to wait as Cory is backed up.  Great Lakes is an option.

 

 

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kerpluxal
38 minutes ago, SpaceKat said:

Just acquired my first Malibu and am really excited to experience this boat.  We are coming from a Yamaha jet boat, which we loved, but this should be able to give us so much more.

So a couple of questions:

I think I only have the factory installed center ballast, do i need more?

We have the manual wedge, not the power wedge, is this something that should be upgraded? eventually :)

What about getting a wake shaper?  Like a Swell or a Naticurl? Necessary?  Are those good options?  any other suggestions?

Also, not surf set-up related, but curious what the best aftermarket cover to get for this boat is? I have the original factory cover, but it basically sucks and Malibu doesn't make it anymore.

Thanks and I'll welcome any and all other suggestions for my new toy!

 

All depends...

If you only have center ballast, You will need rear and front ballast... adding ballast only to front and center will decrease your wave size... 

If you are not adding a wake shaper, you will have to list the boat.. More weight on one side than the other.. This is not an issue if all your riders ride on the same side and many will argue that a listed boat produces a better wave.

the boat will need more weight in rear than in front for best results I currently run about 65% weight to rear to 35% in front.. this is quick formula as i have rear, rear mid, mid, front..

Not sure if you can upgrade to Power Wedge. I am sure you can develop your own though if wanted.

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