MALIBU

Wakesetter 24 MXZ

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WAKESETTER 24 MXZ

WE SAY This big wa­ter­sports boat has a pickle-fork bow, in­no­va­tive lay­out, and the abil­ity to throw mas­sive wakes and waves — all of which lend it broad ap­peal. The wide bow af­fords seat­ing for plenty of crew. In the aft cock­pit, there’s also a ton of space for friends to gather and cheer on rid­ers in the wake. The Wake View seat im­pressed us with its in­no­va­tion and ex­e­cu­tion. Sim­ply slide the aft bench for­ward, flip open the back­rest and voila — sta­dium seat­ing to watch the ac­tion. The qual­ity of fit­tings and up­hol­stery proved high, for this fix­ture and through­out the boat.

As a 24-footer, this boat gen­er­ates a huge surf wave, one that is read­ily shaped us­ing Malibu’s Surf Gate and Power Wedge. Big and rampy de­scribe the wake­board­ing wakes pro­duced by the Wakesetter 24 MXZ. Our test rider,

Emily Dale of Wake­board­ing magazine, noted that, in ad­di­tion to its large size, the 24 MXZ’s wake pos­sessed a pocket with a ton of length and a fun lip at the end.

Boaters who deal with low bridges or store their boat in a garage will like the G3.5 tower, which folds down yet, with its stain­less-steel con­struc­tion, is durable enough to with­stand the rig­ors of the sport.

Time to head home? The bal­last tanks drained in min­utes and, with Ind­mar’s 520 hp Mon­soon 575 6.2L, the 24 MXZ climbed onto plane in un­der five sec­onds and hit nearly 40 mph at wide-open throt­tle.

WHO’D WANT ONE

En­thu­si­as­tic boaters who want a fun, wa­ter­sports hot rod that can carry a crew of 18.

AN­OTHER CHOICE Check out Cen­tu­rion’s G25 or the Tigé RZX 3.

BOT­TOM LINE $131,800 (base price); mal­ibuboats.com

HOW WE TESTED EN­GINE: SIN­GLE 520 HP IND­MAR MON­SOON 575 6.2L PROP: 17" X 17" 4-BLADE ACME NIBRAL GEAR RA­TIO: 1.76:1 FUEL LOAD: 70 GAL. CREW WEIGHT: 380 LB. BAL­LAST TANKS: EMPTY

· LOA: 24'5" · BEAM: 8'6" · DRAFT: 2'8" · DIS­PLACE­MENT: 4,799 lb. FUEL CA­PAC­ITY: 77 gal. ·

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