Malibu's new 22 MXZ is a hot new wakeboat designed for the elite corps of wake aficionados who like to do their tricks in front of a large, admiring audience. Malibu has pushed the helm back and put a pickle fork on the bow to maximize seating and sunning area for wake dudes' babes. Below, more V has been added to the boat's bottom to help create even more wake. If all of this isn't enough, then add the optional Power Wedge which drives down the transom farther, creating as much wake as 1200-lbs of ballast, according to the builder. The wake tower is standard and this boat is hot to tow.
Malibu tells us that the target audience for the new 22’ 3” Wakesetter model is “anyone who wants to enjoy time on water aboard a comfortable wakeboard-style boat." Further, she has been designed to offer "the best pull" in Malibu’s line-up of wakeboats. The MXZ is targeted "for high-level wake-boarders, or those who have aspirations of reaching that level.”
What Malibu refers to as ”Gorilla Fins” are fitted to the Wakesetter’s hull to enhance the boat’s tracking and turning abilities and to help eliminate rolling and sliding in turns.
Built-in, hard-sided ballast tanks are offered in three locations aboard the MXZ model, and are quickly filled and drained with high-flow pumps controlled from the helm. These “Malibu Launch System” reservoirs are offered as standard equipment in the stern and mid-ships, and in the bow as an option, with the new Wakesetter 22 model.
That is a pretty crisp, unambiguous, mission statement for the 22 MXZ and should put the usual suspects on notice that there is a new boat on the prowl.
Malibu Wakesetter 22 MXZ made quite a name for itself among crews who love the quality, durability, great looks and legendary wakes that go along with a Malibu but also love the look and usage of a wide bow. The 22 MXZ has deep, functional storage and plenty of space for you and 14 friends. Wakes are personally approved by pro riders like Brian Grubb, Phil Soven and Amber Wing, and the new Surf Gate makes for some of the easiest and most fun wakesurf sessions you’ll ever have, with instant switching from side to side on the fly. MaliView ties everything in the boat together with an LCD screen that adjusts everything from the helm like the wedge settings, tune selections and much more.
The Malibu Wakesetter 22 MXZ is the best wakeboard boat for you if: You want one of the hottest wide-bow boats on the market in a size class that’s just big enough for pro-level wakes but still small enough to be easy to use.
Check out the 2013 Malibu Wakesetter 22 MXZ, the official towboat of the Red Bull Wake Open and the boat of choice for everyone from King and Queen of Wake Phil Soven and Amber Wing to pro wakeskater and wakesurfer Brian Grubb.
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As soon as you throw the power lever, the power rolls on smoothly and with some authority, even when fully ballasted-up to get the stout, 4,400-pound MXZ up and rolling. On plane in 3.1 seconds, we reached 30 mph in 8.7 seconds. Top speed was 44.3 mph. What is amazing is the throttle response; the power curve is totally linear, so any adjustment is virtually instantaneous.
Many ski boats with the V-drive arrangement, which allows you to put the engine at the rear of the boat to create more interior space, don’t have tracking fins. But the MXZ has a pair of Gorilla Fins, which, as you can guess by the name, are large and in charge. Not only does this enhance straight-line cruising, but when you crank the fat one-spoke Isotta wheel hard over, you can complete a turn before you can finish the phrase, “Hold On!” We even had excellent steerage when chugging along at wakesurfing speeds.
With just the stock ballast setup, the Malibu 22 MXZ makes a beautiful, well-formed wake for launching. Standard ballast gives you 950 pounds of launch liquid in amidships and rear ballast tanks, with the option of adding 350 pounds in front. There’s enough room to boost the ballast aft, but perhaps the handiest aid to setting up the wake is the Power Wedge, which simulates up to 1,200 pounds of additional ballast. This stainless steel water plow pulls the stern of the boat down to boost and shape an already potent wake. Ordinarily, if a rider needs a wake adjustment, the driver must stop and add or subtract ballast by trial and error until it’s perfect, but the Wedge allows on-the-fly tweaking to nail the perfect launch ramp. It’s also superb for eliminating any whitewash that certain conditions can produce. We noticed that when we tried to deploy it at rest, nothing happened because of its swimmer safety feature, which prevents movement until you are in forward.
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