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Brief Summary

The Wakesetter 23 LSV is Malibu’s most popular model, and the builder says the 23 LSV is the best-selling tow-boat model in the world. Recently, Malibu introduced a new 23 LSV with several innovative features that enhance its mission as one of the top tow-sport boats on the market. The features involve a new design for the onboard ballast tanks, redundant command and control of onboard systems, versatile seating, and improved stowage. All these new features should ensure that the Malibu 23 LSV remain popular with tow-sport enthusiasts.

Key Features

  • Deep stowage under port and starboard bench seats
  • Power helm seat raises and lowers
  • High-resolution 12" multifunction Malibu Viper II Command Center touchscreen for ballast, Power Wedge, Surf Gate, and navigation
  • Sport Dash analog control dial operates the Surf Gate, Power Wedge, stereo, and speed
  • Convertible aft-bench seating adjusts from forward-facing to aft-facing
  • Latching sport tower with simple raise-and-lower operation
  • Stern activity area is well laid out with aft-facing seating
  • Inlaid walkway pads in the sun pad and transom bench seating
  • Wakesetter Monsoon 410 6.2-liter inboard engine with V-drive
  • 5-year factory warranty. See Malibu or a Malibu dealer for details.
  • Custom factory trailer
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 23'
    Beam 102''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 5,000 lbs.
    2,268 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 27''
    .69 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity 15
    Fuel Capacity N/A
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV running
    The Wakesetter 23 LSV is powered by a 6.2-liter Indmar inboard, which the builder has branded as the Wakesetter Monsoon 410.
    Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV running
    With the Malibu Command Center, the operator can dial-in the size and shape of the wake for each individual and for the type of tow sport, waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakeskating, wakesurfing or tubing.

    Mission

    The Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV is designed, engineered, and manufactured to generate a configurable wake to create ideal conditions for multiple tow-sports including waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakeskating, wakesurfing, and tubing. To accomplish this goal, Malibu combined port and starboard L-shaped ballast tanks with power-actuated dams Malibu has branded as the Power Wedge. The Power Wedge lowers in the center of the transom. The Surf Gates on the port and starboard sides of the transom can be actuated to change the wake of the boat. The dams are controlled through the 12” multifunction display Touch Command at the helm and through an optional Command Wheel. Malibu also offers a Surf Wristband that allows the rider to adjust his or her own wake.

    A secondary mission is to create an interior and exterior environment that enhances the social nature of tow-sports with sound-systems; ample, adaptive, and comfortable seating, as well as owner customizable upholstery and exterior gelcoat.

    Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV layout
    The layout of the Malibu 23 LSV depicts the purpose-built nature of the model with seating arrangements that supports the social nature of tow-sports.

    Major Features

    • Simple Collapsing Sport Tower. The standard G3.5 latching sport tower utilizes a simple latching system to raise and lower.
    • Convertible Aft Bench Seat. The aft bench seat converts from facing forward for comfort underway to one that faces aft for watching the action.
    • Multifunction Helm Display. The Malibu Viper II Command Center is a high-resolution 12” multifunction touchscreen that controls the ballast, Power Wedge, Surf Gate, and navigation.
    • Swim Platform to Cockpit Walkover Non-Skid. Malibu built in non-skid, soft decking into the upholstery of the sun pad and aft bench seat to provide a transition pathway from the transom activity area to the cockpit without walking on slippery vinyl upholstery.
    • Deep Stowage. Malibu has provided the 23 LSV with deep stowage under the seating, the cockpit deck, and the aft sun pad.
    • Helm Seat with Bolster. The standard helm seat has a flip-up bolster. A power adjustable helm seat is an option.
    • Forward Sun Pad. The forward sun pad has four drink holders, grab rails, fold down armrests, and speakers.
    • Walkthrough Windshield. The double latching windshield opens to allow access to the forward sun pad.
    • L-Shaped Ballast Tanks. The Malibu 23 LSV has L-shaped ballast tanks that provide more weight distribution and more water.
    • Custom Trailer. Malibu builds their own trailers which guarantees a perfect match.
    • Full 5-Year Factory Warranty. Five years on the powertrain, five years on the interior and upholstery, five years on the audio components and one year on gelcoat. See Malibu for details. Always read and be sure you understand the manufacturer’s warranties.
    • Features Inspection

      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV running
      Like most tow-sport boats, the Malibu 23 LSV places the helm further forward than a typical bowrider to maximize the cockpit area.

      The Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV has a length overall of 23’0” (7.01 m), a beam of 102” (2.59 m), and an approximate empty weight of 5,000 lbs. (2,268 kg).

      BoatTEST.com has not tested the Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV, but, it is our experience and opinion that Malibu has a superior reputation for designing, engineering, and building tow-sport boats with exceptional performance, ride, and handling.

      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV running
      The shape and size of the wake can be adjusted by the touchscreen at the helm or by a control on a wristband that the rider can wear that links to the boat’s system.

      Bow Sun Pad

      The forward seating is comprised of a sun pad with forward-facing seating port and starboard and an aft-facing seat at the bow. Access to the forward sun pad is through the middle windshield opening. On the inboard sides of the forward-facing seating are armrests, which fold into place or out of the way. There are two grab handles, two drink holders, and a speaker to both port and starboard of the sun pad. Under the center panel of the sun pad are the batteries, along with the bow ballast tank.

      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV bow
      Malibu allows customers to specify their preference of colors in the upholstery panels.
      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV walk through
      The walkthrough windshield provides access to the forward sun pad.
      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV console storage
      Access to console storage is through the forward-facing seat backs.

      Helm

      The helm comes standard with the Malibu Viper II Command Center with a high-resolution 12” multifunction touchscreen positioned on the helm dashboard directly above the steering wheel. That display allows the helmsman to control and monitor the ballast, Power Wedge, Surf Gate, and navigation systems, as well as monitoring the boat’s speed, engine RPM, oil pressure, engine temperature, and fuel levels.

      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV helm
      Shown is the optional Command Steering Wheel and the optional Sport Dash analog control joystick at left. Positioned on centerline above the wheel is the standard Malibu Viper II display and to the right of the wheel is the standard Malibu Touch Command digital switching system.
      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV steering wheel
      The Command Steering Wheel gives push-button control to the many wake-shaping systems on the 23 LSV when the driver doesn’t want to let go of the wheel.

      Many of these functions can also be controlled by the optional Sport Dash rotary joystick control or from the buttons in the center of the optional Command Steering wheel.

      On the starboard side of the dash is a standard 7" Touch Command display, which is positioned to starboard of the steering wheel. All the boat’s systems are controlled by the digital-switching system. Pumps, lights, and even the engine are turned on and off through the Touch Command display. To port of the steering wheel is a place to stow a cell phone.

      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV command center
      The Malibu Viper II Command Center 12” display is standard on the 23 LSV and monitors engine functions and ballast tanks, giving touchscreen control.
      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV dash
      The Sport Dash joystick offers still another way to control the wake-modifying systems, and is positioned next to the smartphone holder.
      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV touch command
      Also standard on the 23 LSV is the Touch Command digital switching system, which controls many electrical functions on board.
      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV helm seat
      The standard helm seat on the Malibu 23 LSV has a flip-up bolster to provide multiple comfortable driving positions. Malibu offers an optional helm seat that is heated and raises and lowers electrically.

      Sport Tower

      The Malibu 23 LSV comes standard with the Malibu G3.5 latching tower, equipped with a pair of board racks. The design of the tower makes raising and lowering it simple, and it lowers forward inside the windshield. Malibu offers several options for tower accessories, such as speakers, lighting, and additional or upgraded racks. Malibu also has an optional tower for the 23 LSV: the Malibu G4 tower.

      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV tower
      Shown is the Malibu G3.5 latching tower with optional REV10 speakers and an optional extra pair of racks.
      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV optional tower
      Malibu’s optional G4 tower is built of aerospace-grade aluminum with a honeycomb structure to improve its strength-to-weight ratio.

      The Cockpit

      Malibu shows it understands their customers with the design of the cockpit. Tow-sports enthusiasts are highly social and tend to bring lots of friends and family along. To accommodate them, Malibu designed the cockpit on the 23 LSV with a wraparound bench seat that begins just aft of the helm seat on the starboard side, transitions to a forward-facing aft bench, and continues along the port side all the way to an aft-facing seat at the port side console.

      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV bench seat
      The wrap-around bench seat can accommodate a large group. Shown is the optional soft-deck non-skid surface, which is soft and grippy underfoot. The Malibu 23 LSV comes standard with snap in marine-grade carpet.
      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV back rest
      With the backrests flipped into the up position, the bench seating converts to aft-facing lounges.
      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV beverage holder
      There are seven beverage holders, two speakers, and two grab handles built into the port-side bulwarks to be out of the way when seated facing inboard.

      When towing, the forward-facing aft bench seat can be reversed to be an aft facing bench seat, to allow its occupants to watch the action. The key is that the seat is mounted on a bracket that allows it to lift out of its position aft to move to the middle of the cockpit.

      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV aft seat
      Shown is the aft bench seating in the forward-facing position. Note the deck step pads that keep the upholstery clean.
      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV bench seat
      To convert to an aft-facing bench, the base of the aft bench seating slides forward and slightly up.
      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV seat back
      The seat back flips up from the base to create an aft-facing bench.
      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV rider
      The passengers get a clear view of the rider or person being towed.

      To allow more passengers to watch the show off the stern in comfort, the inboard-facing bench seats also convert. Flip-up backrests make them aft-facing lounges.

      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV cup holder
      To starboard, there are three beverage holders and a trash receptacle as well as two speakers and two grab handles built in.

      With the newly designed hull, the under-seat stowage on the Malibu 23 LSV is deeper than the previous design. Now all of the gear and provisions that family and guests bring aboard, including towels and jackets, food and drinks, and more.

      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV port console
      The port console opens through the console seat and back for a large, contiguous, accessible stowage.
      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV seat storage
      Shown is the port-side under-seat storage. Malibu uses over the top hinges to allow for hands-free access.
      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV stowage
      Stowage on the starboard side has enough room for a cooler and more.

      Transom

      The transom and swim platform are where the action lives on this boat. First there’s the expansive transom sun pad, atop the engine box. Outboard hinges and gas-assist rams grant access to the engine box and port and starboard lockers.

      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV engine access
      Engine access and deep storage are located under the aft sun pad. Note the removable storage tray directly over the engine.

      Just aft, there is bench seating that has stowage under the bench for tow ropes, gloves, and other accessories. The transitions from the swim platform to the cockpit can be tricky with wet feet on vinyl upholstery. Malibu added a soft deck nonskid pad into the aft sun pad and the aft bench seat to reduce that hazard.

      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV transom
      The transom seating gives riders a place to prepare, with lockers beneath the seats to stow gear.

      A Note on Transom Seating: It is never recommended to have passengers on the transom seats when operating the boat. Fortunately, Malibu has solved this issue, with plenty of aft-facing seating within the cockpit area, where passengers are safer.

      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV deck pads
      Moving forward is more secure with the built-in soft deck pads on the sun pad.
      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV pad
      The pad on the aft bench seat protects the upholstery as well as providing a secure stepdown.

      Trailer

      The Malibu 23 LSV comes with a standard dual-axle trailer with brakes. Malibu manufactures them to match the model, engineering them based on the size and weight of the boat as well as the clearance needed.

      Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV trailer
      This Malibu 23 LSV is a package deal with its Malibu-built trailer in a dealer showroom.

      Options to Consider

      The Malibu 23 LSV has many options, including hull and interior color choices that help make each 23 LSV as individual as its owner.

      • • Tower Bimini
      • • Upgraded sound system with REV10 tower speakers
      • • Washdown
      • • Boat cover
      • • Rearview camera
      • • Power adjustable and heated helm seat
      • • Navigational chart plotting
      • • Soft Grip flooring
      • • Power inverter
      • • Battery charger

      Warranty

      Five years on the powertrain, five years on the interior and upholstery, five years on the audio components and one year on gelcoat.

      Standard and Optional Features

      Exterior Features

      Tower: Watersports Standard

      Warranty

      Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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