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Malibu Sunscape 23 LSV

1 x 365-hp Indmar Hammerhead gas inboard

Brief Summary

The Sunscape 23LSV is one of the largest of the Malibu fleet. Thanks to her hull design and V-drive the LSV delivers what both skiers and wakeboarder’s are after — precise performance.

Key Features

The interior of the Sunscape 23LSV is loaded with features that you’d most likely find on a much larger boat. Some of her features include an adjustable driver’s seat with air lumbar, center floor storage locker, convex rear view mirror, pop up bow lights and cleats, and JVC single disc player with four Infinity speakers. Her V-drive gives the LSV a roomier layout and delivers a good wake for wakeboarding.
Contact: Malibu Boats Inc., 1 Malibu Court, Merced, CA 95340 Phone: (209) 383-7469,

Test Results

2000 13.9 12 3.9 3.55 3.09 176 153 80
2250 20.4 17.7 4.7 4.34 3.77 215 187 89
2500 24.8 21.6 5.5 4.51 3.92 223 194 85
2750 27.7 24 6.5 4.25 3.7 211 183 86
3000 30 26.1 7.6 3.95 3.43 195 170 89
3250 32.2 28 8.9 3.62 3.15 179 156 89
3500 34.1 29.7 10.3 3.31 2.88 164 143 92
3750 36.1 31.4 12.1 2.98 2.59 148 128 89
4000 38.3 33.3 14.2 2.7 2.35 134 116 94
4500 42 36.5 17.7 2.37 2.06 117 102 96
5000 45.5 39.5 20.3 2.24 1.95 111 96 96
5100 46.4 40.3 21.4 2.17 1.89 107 93 98
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Length Overall 22' 6''
Beam 8' 1''
Dry Weight 3,400 lbs
Draft 1' 6''
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 55 gal
Water Capacity none--500 lb. optional raw


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 2.5 sec.
0 to 30 5.7 sec
Ratio 1.46:1
Props 14x18 4-blade
Load 2 persons, full fuel, no water, min. gear
Climate 70 deg.; 70% humid.; wind: calm; seas: flat

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 365-hp Indmar Hammerhead gas inboard
Std. Power 1x325-hp Indmar Monsoon V-drive
Opt. Power 1x365-hp Indmar Hammerhead gas inboard

Captain's Report

Normally you'd never associate the term “towboat” with “luxury.” “Pedestrian?” Sure. “Functional?” Perhaps. But “luxury”? That might seem like a stretch, but its exactly what you’ll find in Malibu Sunscape 23 LSV. The initials stand for “Luxury Sport-V,” with the “V” referring to the space-saving V-drive transmission in the stern.
Hitched to a powerful 365-hp Indmar Hammerhead, the smooth-running Walter V-drive in our test boat let Malibu’s designers deliver a tournament-grade pull while freeing up a tremendous amount of seating and floor space in the cockpit. We especially liked the gull-wing hatches on either side of the powerplant that provide access to separate stowage compartments so you never have to worry about finding your gear wrapped around an alternator belt. And the center hatch provides easy access to Hammerhead and all its fluid fills while completing a triple-panel sunpad aft.
The uncluttered, U-Shaped seating area in the cockpit (combined with plush seating in the bow) means you can take a crowd of up to 12 people along for the ride, be it cruising, skiing, or wakeboarding. There’s so much room, in fact, that the boat comes with a removable dining table, a feature more likely found on a deck boat than a tow boat.
Fully forward, the helm is one of the most tricked out we’ve seen, with more features than a movie theater. The star of the show for sure is the MSCAN electronic control system, which includes a GPS for speed monitoring, and a built-in cruise-control system so you can dial-in the Sunscape for extended tows, or return to exactly the same speed when the next athlete gets his or her turn at the other end of the towrope.
The luxury continues fully forward with deeply padded seats in the bow and built-in ice chests below, just forward of the walkthrough windshield.
When you also discover the Sunscape can be set up for wakeboarding with 500 pounds of water ballast and another 1,000 pounds of downward force aft courtesy of the “Wedge” hydrofoil, you'll see why the terms “roughing it” and "Sunscape LSV" have nothing at all in common.
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