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WE SAY The Mal­ibu Wake­set­ter 21 VLX is the only boat of any type that we’ve tested that comes in your choice of two dif­fer­ent hulls. Those seek­ing to pur­sue wa­ter­sports at a higher level can choose the Wake Plus hull. For our test, we se­lected the Di­a­mond Mul­tisport hull, which de­liv­ers per­for­mance tai­lored to those seek­ing a more all-pur­pose wake-sports ex­pe­ri­ence. The wave was im­pres­sive, es­pe­cially for a shorter, nar­rower boat, and the mel­lower hull shape de­liv­ered waves of more power than many might ex­pect for a 21-foot boat. (Most pro-level rid­ers are run­ning 24-foot boats.)

With Emily Dale from our sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Wake­board­ing do­ing the rid­ing, we set our speed at 11 mph, filled the bal­last, en­gaged the Surf Gate, and set the Power Wedge at 2 to get her surf­ing the wave gen­er­ated by the 21 VLX. Dale re­ported the pocket is easy to find and stay in. Fur­ther, she opined that the wave pro­duced has a mod­er­ate shape that can ac­com­mo­date a va­ri­ety of rid­ers. While not as big as some larger wa­ter­sports boats, it still has plenty of power, which is great for be­gin­ners and more-ad­vanced rid­ers look­ing to progress.

Per­for­mance? The Wake­set­ter 21 VLX topped out at 37.9 mph and nets bet­ter than 3 gph at cruis­ing speeds. The 12-inch touch­screen com­mand cen­ter gives the skip­per easy con­trol over the Wake­set­ter 21 VLX’s wake, nav­i­ga­tion and au­dio sys­tems.


Per­fect for boaters seek­ing great value in a do-it-all wa­ter­sports boat.

ANOTHER CHOICE There are no sim­i­lar-size crossovers avail­able at this price. For ex­am­ple, a Nau­tique Su­per Air 210 runs $94,000.

BOT­TOM LINE $79,995 (with test power); mal­

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